WINCHESTER Cathedral Flower Festival returns this year with Illumination: A Festival of Flowers from September 5-9.

This year’s event features an array of flower arrangements inspired by the Winchester Bible, the finest surviving 12th-century English bible.

The cathedral will once again be transformed by striking and fragrant floral displays. Visitors will be invited to immerse themselves in a riot of colour and admire a variety of arrangements evoking the Winchester Bible’s exquisite decorative schemes coloured with gold and lapis lazuli.

One volume of the Bible is currently on display in the North Transept. From next year, all four volumes will be displayed in the multi-million pound exhibition Kings and Scribes.

Returning to the festival is creative director Angela Turner, having designed the 2013 Flower Festival.