Welcome to our 2017 Flower Festival

Historic church celebrates blooming weekend

One of the most beautiful and historic churches around St Albans will be full of flowers from October 6th to 8th for our annual free community flower festival.

St Leonard’s will be celebrating our Harvest Festival weekend with more than 40 floral arrangements from local organisations and people.

The amazing Sandridge knitted village will also be in church to fascinate visitors. The village features hand-knitted models of local buildings and landmarks.

Rev Peter Crumpler, associate minister at St Leonard’s said: “The flower festival is a major event in the church and village’s calendar. We expect to welcome hundreds of people through our doors over the weekend.

“People of all ages, from seven to over 90, have made arrangements, with the local school, residential homes, Heartwood Forest, the Brownies and numerous other local groups and organisations taking part.”

Home-made cakes and other refreshments will also be available to the visitors expected across the weekend.

The theme of the festival is ‘Journeys and Adventures.’ Visitors can follow St Paul on the road to Damascus, footballers heading for the World Cup in Moscow, or many other exotic trips.







Photos from
last year's Festival


The festival is open on Friday, October 6th, from 10.45 am to 5pm; on Saturday October 7th, from 10am to 5pm, and on Sunday October 8th, from 11.15am to 5.30pm. The event will be opened by County Councillor Annie Brewster at 11am on Friday October 6th, with children from Sandridge School taking part.

St Leonard’s will be holding its Harvest Festival services on Sunday October 8th, with worship for all ages at 10am, and a Harvest communion service at 6pm. The church will be collecting money for the Bishop of St Albans’ appeal to help poor communities in the Philippines, as well as collecting goods for the Feed foodbank in St Albans.

Items requested by the Feed food bank are:

Coffee, long life milk & sugar

Fruit juices/squashes

Tins of meat/pies/vegetables

Cooking sauces/rice/noodles

Spaghetti/ravioli/macaroni cheese

Fruit/puddings, jams & spreads

Cleaning products/detergents

Shavers/shaving foam & toilet rolls

Deodorants/shower gel & shampoo

Nappies: 5+, 6 & 6+



The Village Voices community choir will be performing their Harvest concert in the church on Saturday evening, October 7th, at 8pm. Admission £5 on the door. Proceeds go to St Leonard’s Church.