Visitors Guide

The 2023 Spalding Flower Parade is going to be one of the most important events in Spalding's history and we are expecting visitors from every corner of the United Kingdom and beyond

You will receive a warm welcome, wherever you are from


 

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Useful information to make your visit safe and enjoyable

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Arriving by bus
Buses arrive in Spalding from most locations and terminate in the bus station which is just a two minute walk from the parade route. There may be bus diversions in place during the parade as some major roads will be closed for several hours so please check with the bus company

Coach companies from anywhere in the UK please contact us for an information pack/booking form

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Arriving by train
Spalding train station is just a few minutes walk from the parade route and the arena. Regular trains run from Lincoln and Peterborough

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Arriving by car
If you arrive in Spalding before 9am, there will be no problems as roads will all still be open. Once the roads are closed for the parade, it will be difficult to get into the town centre. There will be several large car parks outside the road block area and these will be clearly signposted beforehand. We hope to have a park and ride service in operation. Please do not bring cars into the Castle Sports Ground unless you have a parade pass. Only vehicles in the parade will be allowed access

Dropping off for the parade or arena, use the car park on Westlode Street (B1172), behind the bowling alley. Marked RED car park on the map

Parking arrangements
Car park 1# GREEN
Spalding Auction - Enterprise Way, Spalding PE11 3YR
Open 9am - 2pm with park n' ride service

Car park 2# RED
Westlode Street
Use this car park for dropping off for the parade and arena
No access from Pinchbeck Road or Albion Street between 10.30am and 1.pm (due to parade)

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Where to stay
Fancy staying overnight? Spalding has a selection of hotels and B&B at reasonable prices. Places tend to fill very quickly on Flower Parade weekend so early booking is advised. Find a full list here

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The parade
The parade will leave the Castle Sports Ground at 11am and make it's way through the town on a route of 2.9 miles, eventually returning to the sports ground (PE11 2AJ). You can watch the parade from anywhere along the route. The busiest areas are the Market Place and the junction of Love Lane, High Bridge and Church Street. The best places for families are Halmergate and Queens Road.   (see the route here)

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Health and safety

Please do not cross the road in the middle of the parade and use marked crossing points where available. Please keep small children away from the curbside and keep pets on leads

There will be several first aid points both along the parade route and in the arena. These will be clearly signposted. For your safety there will be roaming security units

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Drones

Please do not fly drones during the parade or over Spalding. We have a Lancaster and Spitfire flyover arranged but please take loads of photos and videos and share them afterwards

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Dogs

Dogs are welcome in the arena but must be kept on leads. There will be a pet station where you will find a supply of fresh drinking water. It will be clearly signposted

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The arena

Those taking part in the parade or vendors can arrive from 7am on the Saturday. Public access will be from 10am. Entry is free of charge but you will be welcome to make a donation to the Flower Parade fund

Live entertainment will start at 10.30am and finish at 7pm. We have a great line up of local acts for your enjoyment including bands and singers

When the parade returns (around 1pm), the floats will be on display for you to see, all free of charge. There will also be a huge classic car show along with vintage vehicles and much more

Food and drink will be available along with a licenced bar and seating area

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Information point

You will find Admin HQ just inside the entrance to the arena. This is the place you can get information, report problems and security concerns. Alternatively, just stop one of our marshals

Lost or confused? Please make your way to the Admin HQ

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Limited access

The sports arena is mainly level ground so ideal for wheelchair access. We will provide toilet facilities for those with limited access. If you have any special requirements, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will endeavour to help. There will be disabled parking clearly signposted close to the arena

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Comforts

There are toilets in Sheep Market and near the bus station but we will provide toilets on the arena, including facilities for disabled visitors

Environmental statement

Our generators will be using biofuel
We request that you take all your rubbish home with you or use the bins provided

Our target is to use 90% recycled materials for our float and trailer building

The majority of floats will be dismantled and used again in future parades

Why not stay in Spalding for a few days?

There are lots of things to see and do. You'll find some great ideas here