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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

ROAD CLOSURES

ALL TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE AND WILL BE ADHERED TO

AS BEST AS POSSIBLE

Hall Place/Market Place closed to traffic from 5:00pm on Friday 12th May

Sheep Market closed and no parking from 5:00pm on Friday 12th May

From 6:00am on Saturday 13th May

Churchgate

High Bridge

Market Place

Swan Street/Winfrey Avenue junction

New Road

Westlode Street (near to Bingo Hall)

From 10:30am on Saturday 13th May

Pinchbeck Road

West Elloe Avenue

From circa 11:15am on Saturday 13th May

Twin Bridges (Albion Street/Commercial Road/Holbeach Road/West Marsh Road) junctions

Holbeach Road

Queens Road

Halmergate/Low Road junctions

Halmergate

Once the parade has fully passed the above roads, they will re-open

Spalding Flower Parade road closures
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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 on day trips from anywhere in the UK  see full information here  

All coaches MUST be pre-booked

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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 have a park and ride service in operation from Enterprise Way (signposted GREEN triangle). 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

Park and ride #1 Enterprise Way - Royal Mail Cart


Car park 1# GREEN circle
Spalding Auction - Enterprise Way, Spalding PE11 3YR
Open 8am - 8pm with park n' ride service. Shuttle every 10 minutes by SmartCabs (fees apply)

Approx. 140 spaces - Free parking - Return bus stop - Royal mail Cart PH

There will be toilets here and food available from the NoshBox

Car park 2# RED circle
Westlode Street
Use this car park for dropping off for the parade and arena
Approx. 161
 spaces - Pay and display
 

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Additional town centre car parking

Victoria Street
Located close to the town centre and accessible from The Crescent and Winsover Road, all day (not affected by road closures)
Entrance to car park What3Words: ///brand.starts.nurses (see here)

Approx. 201 spaces - Pay and Display

South Holland District Council Office
Accessible from all directions (not affected by road closures)
Entrance to car park What3Words: ///quarrel.successes.nods (see here)

Approx. 188 spaces - Free on Saturday

Vine Street
Accessible from Double Street and Broad Street (access restricted during the parade)

Entrance to car park What3Words: ///cracks.costs.folds (see here)

Approx. 67 spaces - Pay and display

The Vista
Accessible from Little London end of town
Approx. 68 spaces - Pay and display

West Lode Street
Not accessible during the parade

Approx. 161 spaces - Pay and display

Holland Road
Restricted access during parade

Approx. 50 spaces - Pay and display

For out of town visitors these are the recommended car parks

Springfields Outlet Shopping & Festival Gardens

Pay and display and within 5 minutes walk to parade route

Entrance to car park What3Words: strain.prefect.third (see here)

660 spaces - £2 all day

Park and ride #1 from Enterprise Way - Follow GREEN CIRCLE

Free parking for 140 vehicles with park and ride by Smartcabs (fees apply)

Entrance to car park What3Wolds: hotspots.pocket.incisions (see here)  - Return from Royal Mail Cart PH

Park and ride #2 from the New Rugby Club


Parking provided by the Rugby Club (fees apply)
Park and ride provided by Black Cat Travel buses (fees apply)

Entrance to car park on A16 Cowbit Road - Drop off in town centre

Spalding Grammar School

The school are providing all day parking on the Rugby field (fees apply)

8am - 8pm

Entrance to car park What3Words: ridge.book.agreed (see here)
5 Minute walk to town centre and the parade

Parking for those with mobility issues

We have set aside a car park at the arena (Swimming pool car park)
This has a very limited number of spaces and these MUST BE pre-booked
 NOW FULLY BOOKED
Available on first come - first served

  • All vehicle MUST be in place by 9.15am

  • Blue badge holders only with badge holder present in the vehicle

  • No exit until after the parade returns

  • Wheelchair priority viewing area available

 

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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

Wigwam Holidays Crowtree, Wragg Marsh

En-suite glamping cabins, some with hot tubs, set in stunning Lincolnshire countryside. 

Access to fire pits, Zebedee’s Pavilion, private parking and beautiful grounds. 

Dog friendly, families welcome.

Peaceful and rural, just over five miles from Spalding, an ideal place to stay for the Spalding Flower Parade event

Facebook here
Website here

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Woodlands Hotel

A beautiful hotel right on the parade route. Ample on-site parking.

Website here

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Cley Hall  Hotel

A beautiful hotel just five minutes walk from the parade route and alongside our beautiful river. This Georgian house makes for a wonderful stay

Website here

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More hotels and bed & breakfast 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

It is illegal to fly drones over large gatherings of people

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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. If your dog is not confident in crowded places, please fit a muzzle. There will be many small children

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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

Toilets on the parade route will be Queens Road, Fulney Road junction and Bridge Street/Church Street

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

Fresh tulips we use will be composted after the event, silks will be used in future events

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

For your safety and security

As well as our marshals, we have employed the services of a security company and you can expect:

  • Trained and registered security officers on the parade route and in the arena

Our terms of entry include:

  • Zero drugs policy with the right to refuse entry or remove offenders

  • No alcohol to be brought onto the arena site unless purchased on site

  • No alcohol in open containers to be taken from the arena (area is no drinking zone)

  • Challenge25 in operation at the bar

  • Anyone causing disturbance will be removed from the site

  • Lost or found children/vulnerable persons to be reported to Event Control

  • Suspicious items and/or persons to be reported to any marshal or Event Control

  • Our entry staff retain the right to undertake visual searches of persons and/or belongings

Event Control will include a CCTV system with coverage of the whole arena. CCTV footage will be retained for 30 days after the event for the sole purpose of crowd monitoring and crime detection

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