Illustrating The Secret Garden with York's Bloom! Festival

Update: The event is now over and we're excited to share the finished mural with you! Find out what happened over on this more recent post.

We're delighted to have partnered with York Theatre Royal and Little Vikings to deliver an interactive performance like no other this Bloom! Festival. Together, we will unveil a large-scale window mural to celebrate the launch of the production, The Secret Garden, appropriately timed with the floral-themed festival. 

The performance will be a truly collaborative experience as we will be hosting give‑it-a-go workshops every hour. If you were looking for permission, now is your opportunity to draw on the windows of an amazing building. Young participants can also take home their own illustrated activity sheet from the day. The experience is perfect for children and the young-at-heart.

The live illustration event and workshops will take place on Saturday 7th July (10:30am - 4pm) at York Theatre Royal. Do let us know if you plan on joining us. We'd love to see you there!

Buttercrumble Illustration Mural Window

About Bloom!

Bloom! is a brand new festival taking place, 5–8 July, celebrating horticulture and flowers in York. York is home to the Ancient Society of York Florists – the oldest florists’ society in the world with records dating back to 1768, and this year it celebrates its 250th anniversary.

The society is unique in that it still retains the word ‘florist’ in its name, which refers back to the time when only florists’ flowers were accepted at horticultural shows and when florists grew flowers purely for their beauty, not to sell or arrange, but to exhibit.

Bloom! is also a wider celebration of York’s horticultural heritage including pioneers such as James Backhouse & Son’s and George Russell, developer of the Russell Hybrid Lupin. The festival will shine a light on York’s little-known gardens and green spaces as well as celebrating local parks, county estates and gardens beyond the borders of York.

The festival is being organised by Make It York and supported by the York Business Improvement District as well as a variety of local businesses and organisations.

Workshop Schedule

10:30-11:00am Give-It-A-Go
11:00am-11:30am Live Illustration from Buttercrumble
11:30am-12:00pm Give-It-A-Go

1:00pm-1:30pm Live Illustration from Buttercrumble
1:30pm-2:00pm Give-It-A-Go
2:00pm-2:30pm Live Illustration from Buttercrumble
2:30pm-3:00pm Give-It-A-Go
3:30pm-4:00pm Live Illustration from Buttercrumble