A CHESTER church will be festooned with flowers this week as it stages a daffodil festival to welcome the arrival of spring.
The Church of the Holy Ascension in Church Lane, Upton, is throwing open its doors to daffodil lovers with a series of special events to mark the change of seasons.
The festival runs from today (Thursday) to Sunday, March 21, and the church will be open from 11am-7pm each day.
Food will be served in the Kempe Room, where there will also be a display of crafts for sale.
An opening service takes place today at 11am followed by lunch in the Kempe Room. Invitations have been sent to local schools and residential and nursing homes.
On Friday, there is a Fellowship Lent lunch and all proceeds from that event will be given to Christian Aid.
On Friday at 7.30pm, there will be a celebration evening of poems, music, gardeners chat and displays connected with daffodils and spring.
The selection of poems performed on the night will include contributions from William Wordsworth, Sylvia Plath and John Masefield.
On Saturday food will be served all day and a cake stall will be on sale provided by Crosswaves to help to raise funds for their Quinta weekend away in May.
On Sunday the festival will be open from noon until 5pm. Food will be served until 5pm.