Daffodils at Rydal Festival: A bloom of visitors arrives | Photos, Video

While Saturday’s rain kept visitor numbers down, Sunday brought forth the sunshine and, with it, hundreds of visitors filled Rydal’s streets for its annual daffodil festival. 

Busloads of people arrive at Rydal during the second and third weekends of September every year to check out the displays and the many gardens open on show. 

This year’s Daffodils at Rydal festival introduced some new elements which were proving very popular with visitors. 

The sculpture garden, a tribute to Rydal resident and noted artist Antony Symons, who passed away earlier this year, was constructed in Pioneer Park. 

As well in excess of 40 artworks filling the park’s walkways and spaces, ‘tree spirits’ were hidden among the trees, and created a popular challenge for visitors of all ages.

The art show, which featured local artists displayed inside a home, was also a drawcard. 

Visiting author Helen O'Neill, whose works include 'Daffodil: Biography of a Flower', said she was impressed at how the festival was growing. 

“I was here last year and some of the gardens have developed so much since then,” she said. 

“It is really a joy to be here.”

Member of the organising committee Christina Lewis said there had been an effort to provide more children’s entertainments this year, with balloon animals, face-painting and activities, including making fresh flower headbands. Kids have free entry to the event. 

SPRING TREAT: Tahlei Tamanitoakula and Jennifer Featherstone make floral headbands at one of Rydal's show gardens. Pictures: KIRSTY HORTON.

SPRING TREAT: Tahlei Tamanitoakula and Jennifer Featherstone make floral headbands at one of Rydal's show gardens. Pictures: KIRSTY HORTON.

“We’ve already seen lots of children, which has been wonderful,” she said. 

The festival continues next Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16. 

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