Fleur Creatif: An Autumn Floral Workshop Adventure

Fleur Creatif October 2019
Price
From £995
Leaving on
06/10/2019
Arriving back on
10/10/2019
Location
Belgium
Flights from London Heathrow and Manchester

Join us on a new and exclusive floral workshop tour with master florists behind Fleur Créatif’s show-stopping designs

We are delighted to announce that, following the sell-out success of our Spring Workshop Adventure, we have once again teamed up with leading flower magazine Fleur Créatif, organisers of must-see FleurAmour events, to offer an inspirational Autumn workshop programme with three of their designers.

Highlights of the tour include:

  • Hands-on workshops with three of Fleur Créatif’s best known designers –  Moniek Vanden Berghe, Geert Pattyn and Annick Mertens 
  • A visit to a flower grower
  • A visit to Frederiek Van Pamel’s flower shop in Bruges
  • Shopping opportunities at floral wholesalers Euroflor and Van Der Vennet
  • Time in four of Belgium’s must-see cities – Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges

We offer this tour inclusive of flights from London Heathrow or Manchester -or without flights (join the tour in Brussels on the 6th October)

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Annick Mertens Floral Workshop October 2019

Annick Mertens specialises in simple creations made from natural materials - including, from June to October, plenty of home grown garden roses. You will spend an hour picking flowers and foliage from the fields and gardens surrounding her studio in Verrebroek, before taking part in a two hour workshop.  Read more about Annick on our blog

Moniek Vanden Berghe Floral Workshop October 2019

Moniek Vanden Berghe’s work is firmly rooted in the natural world. She will share her techniques in a three hour workshop at her studio near Ghent.

Geert Pattyn Floral Workshop October 2019

Geert Pattyn’s pure, simple designs make use of seasonal materials. He will reveal how he achieves his signature creations in a two hour workshop.

Floral designer to the stars, Frederiek Van Pamel’s shop is a feast of flowery inspiration. Fresh blooms sit alongside extraordinary installations, interesting objects d'art and beautiful pieces of furniture.

Frederiek Van Pamel Fleur Creatif Tour October 2019

Walking into cut flower and floral accessory wholesaler Euroflor is like entering a treasure chest. Reeds, glass, pottery, feathers, shells, pearls, pins and freeze-dried flowers are just some of the decorating accessories on sale.

With a product range of more than 5,000 items, Van der Vennet is one of Belgium's leading floral wholesalers. If you're looking for the latest silks, ribbons, packaging or artificial blooms to enhance and inspire your own displays, then this is the place to be. 

Brussels Fleur Creatif tour October 2019

Brussels is not only the city of the EU, it's also the city of artists Pieter Brueghel and René Magritte, the inventor of art nouveau architecture Victor Horta, and Tintin’s creator Hergé. These cultural links can be explored in the Belgian capital’s many museums and galleries, including the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, the Comic Arts Museum and the Music Museum, a fascinating place in its own right housed in a magnificent Art Nouveau building. Brussels also has plenty to tempt shoppers.  The big names in Belgian chocolate – Leonidas, Godiva and Neuhaus – all have several branches here and other foodie treats can be found close to the Grand Palace in Rue du Marché aux Poulets and Rue Sainte Catherine.  Market lovers will enjoy the lively Place de Jeu de Balle flea market, which has been trading in the city since 1919, while anyone interested in artisan products of all kinds should head for the cobweb of squares and narrow streets that make up Ixelles.  This area is also filled with bars, cafes and restaurants from where you can watch the bustle of Brussels go by.

Antwerp Fleur Creatif Tour October 2019

The old city centre of Antwerp is steeped in history, from the imposing Grand Palace in Grote Markt to Ruben's palazzo and the Gothic splendour of the Cathedral of Our Lady. Even the shopping mall Stadfeestzaal is located in what was once the palace ball room. 

Gent Fleur Creatif Tour 2019

Belgium's most beautiful city, Ghent is home to a flourishing flower trade. The pedestrianised city centre is a wonderful example of early Flemish architecture and boasts impressive Gothic sites such as St Bavo's Cathedral and the Castle of the Counts.

Bruges Fleur Creatif Tour October 2019

It would be hard to imagine a more picturesque city than Bruges. Boasting cobbled streets lined with perfectly preserved medieval buildings, romantic canals and more horse drawn carts than cars, it is a UNESCO world heritage city made to be discovered on foot. Key sites in the city centre include the magnificent 14th century Gothic Stadhuis (town hall) from where Bruges was governed for 600 years, the equally impressive Old Civil Registry and the beautifully ornate, gilded façade of the Basilica of the Holy BloodThis unusual double church (there's a lower, Romanesque church and a neo-Gothic upper one) contains a venerated relic of the Holy Blood.  The city is also famous for its lace, beer and chocolate and there are plenty of places to pick up examples of each to take home.

Day One, Sunday 6th October

Arrive in Brussels and check in at Crowne Plaza La Palace Brussels Hotel

Walking tour of Brussels

Group dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the hotel

Day Two, Monday 7th October

0830h - Breakfast at the hotel and check out

1000h - Depart hotel for Annick Mertens Flower Workshop

1115h - Arrive Annick Mertens. One hour flower picking, followed by two hour workshop and light lunch

1515h - Depart Annick Mertens for Antwerp

1800h - Depart for Crowne Plaza Hotel, Antwerp

Evening at leisure and overnight at hotel

Day Three, Tuesday 8th October

Breakfast at the hotel

0900h - Transfer to floral wholesaler Euroflor

1115h - Depart Euroflor for Moneik Vanden Berghe

1300h - Arrive Moneik Vanden Berghe for three hour workshop and lunch

1530/1600h - Depart Moneil Vanden Berghe for Ghent

1615/1645h - Arrive Hotel de Flandre, Ghent

Early evening - tour of Ghent

Overnight at the hotel

Day Four, Wednesday 9th October

Breakfast at the hotel

0900h - visit to flower grower

1130h - Depart grower for Geert Pattyn

1215h - Lunch in Kortrijk

1415/1430h - Arrive Geert Pattyn for two hour workshop

1630/1645h - Depart Geert Pattyn for Bruges

1745/1800h - Arrive at NH Bruges hotel

Overnight at the hotel

Day Five, Thursday 10th October

Breakfast at the hotel

0900h - Depart Bruges hotel

0910h - Arrive at floral wholesaler Van der Vennet

1015h - Visit to Frederick Van Pamel flower shop, followed by free time in Bruges

1330h - Coach transfer to Brussels Airport for return flights to the UK

Tour ends

 

 

 

The historic landmark 4* Crowne Plaza La Palace Hotel overlooks Brussels Botanical Gardens and is close to important sites such as the Grand Palace and Royal Museum of Fine Arts. Facilities include comfortable, contemporary bedrooms, three restaurants and a fitness centre.

Located in the green heart of Antwerp, the 4* Crowne Plaza features a sleek modern restaurant, comfortable contemporary bedrooms, an indoor pool and on-site fitness centre.

The 4* Hotel de Flandre is a neo-classical boutique hotel located in the medieval heart of Ghent. Perfectly placed for sight seeing, it offers elegant, comfortable bedrooms, a cosy bar and a pretty private courtyard garden. 

Set in a former 17th century monastery close to the medieval heart of Bruges, the 4* NH Brugge is a mix of old and new; guests sleep in modern bedrooms and eat in the traditional beamed dining room. There is also a pretty terrace and garden. 

 

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All flights are with Brussels Airlines

Flights from London Heathrow

Outbound: Depart 1105h, Arrive 1315h, SN2094

Inbound: Depart 1650h, Arrive 1705h, SN2095

Includes 1x 12kg hand luggage and 1x 23kg checked luggage

Flights from Manchester

Outbound: Depart 1005h, Arrive 1225h, SN2174

Inbound: Depart 1645h, Arrive 1700h, SN2177

Includes 1x 12kg hand luggage and 1x 23kg checked luggage

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Flights from London Heathrow, £1130pp

Flights from Manchester, £1250pp


Tour excluding flights for those wishing to join in Brussels, £995pp

Single room supplement £185 for a 4 night stay

 

Tour Includes

  • Return flights to Brussels with Brussels Airlines
  • 1 night HB at 4* Crowne Plaza La Palace, Brussels
  • 1 night B&B at 4* Crowne Plaza, Antwerp
  • 1 night B&B at 4* Hotel de Flandre, Ghent
  • 1 night B&B at 4* NH Bruges
  • 3x floral workshops, materials included
  • Light lunch with Annick Mertens
  • Lunch with Moniek Vanden Berghe
  • Group dinner on first evening
  • Visit to floral wholesalers Euroflor and Van der Vennet
  • Visit to flower shop, Frederick Van Pamel
  • Visit to local flower grower
  • Services of ECT Tour Manager
  • 23kg luggage allowance