Welcome to the West Lindsey Churches Festival

THE 2017 FESTIVAL IS NOW OVER.

West Lindsey's 2018 Open Churches Festival dates are 12-13 & 19-20 May. 90+ buildings, 750 volunteers, all churches free entry. The information below refers to the 2017 festival, and has been left in place to give website visitors an idea of what to expect in 2018.




Welcome to our 21st Birthday Party...

... and what a terrific party we are going to have... 94 buildings are opening their doors to celebrate... rich architecture and heritage, beautiful tranquillity and spirituality, vibrant exhibitions and music... as well as a welcoming oasis of peace and spirituality.

Numerous exciting activities are being staged to whet your appetites – from organ trails to flower and art displays, from bell-ringing to big brunch breakfasts. One church, at Nettleham, is even offering medieval pottage cobs, flaun and possett for you to savour! Or if you fancy partaking in a Cheese and Wine Evening then why not pop along to Laughton on the evening of Friday 12th May?

Our churches at Gainsborough are providing much varied exhibitions for you to enjoy… information on RAF’s 33 Squadron is on display at the Cemeteries and Chapel, St Thomas of Canterbury have an exhibition featuring nightware and the United Reformed Church ask “why did those radical Christians come from here?” So, go along and find out...

Want a hard copy brochure? Just email your postal address to churchesfestival.info@gmail.com

We have “Faith, Hope and Love” at Faldingworth, Scarecrows at Nettleham and Fiskerton, Wedding Gowns at Middle Rasen and Normanby le Wold. You can even travel “Somewhere over the Rainbow” when you visit Southrey!


Many of our churches are also celebrating life in their villages, Langworth, Saxilby, Reepham, Owmby by Spital and Upton to name but a few.


Alternatively, if all you want is a bit of time to yourself, to relax in the quiet of a beautiful spiritual building, then make sure you choose one of the self-nominated “quiet” churches.


And finally, many churches will have refreshments available to help nourish you on your visits, varying from tea, coffee and biscuits to a traditional full cooked English Breakfast.

Once again, we thank you for your support. We would not be here celebrating our 21st birthday if you did not return year after year, ensuring that this is one of the biggest and best Churches Festivals in the country. Not only are you supporting our church heritage, you are also supporting many of our small villages. And this support will help ensure that the lovely community spirit that binds these rural Lincolnshire villages together stays forever.



So come along and join the party!

The festival is also up and running in social media, with busy Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages and an invitation to visitors to share their experiences and photographs live during the festival using the hashtag #ChurchesFest17.




The festival is organised by the West Lindsey’s Churches Festival Committee and sponsored by West Lindsey District Council and Systematic Print.

Barlings - St Edwards

St Edward - Barlings

St Edwards Church Barlings dates back to the 12th Century and was partly rebuilt in Victorian times. The chancel was knocked down and five of the commandments disappeared, the pulpit is also in a strange position out of site of some of the congregation.

It is close to Barlings Abbey which was originally on the site of the Church.

Postcode: LN3 5DG click here to find on Google Maps

Open: 13-14th MaySaturday 10.30am-5pm • Sunday 10.30pm-5pm


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Brocklesby Mausoleum at Great Limber



Brocklesby Mausoleum (at Great Limber) copyright Churches Festival
There will be conducted tours of James Wyatt’s masterpiece, the Brocklesby Mausoleum at Great Limber. There is no need to book but please arrive early for the tours as numbers are limited. Car park signed, from the A18 in Great Limber. Charge £3.

Tour times (Sat 20 and Sun 21 May): 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm (closed from 12noon-1pm).

Click here to visit the Brocklesby Church page.


Brocklesby Mausoleum (at Great Limber) copyright Churches Festival

Postcode: DN37 8JL click here to find on Google Maps

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Willingham by Stow - St Helen

Willingham by Stow, St Helen (by Richard Croft, source)

St. Helen’s Church stands in the centre of the village, easily visible as one passes through and is an integral part of village life. Whilst of Norman origin the body of the church was almost entirely rebuilt by Broderick & Smith in 1880 whilst the tower is thought to date back to the 14th century.

Postcode: DN21 5JYclick here to find on Google Maps

Open: St Helen's Church will be open on May 12th, 13th and 14th for the Flower Festival and other activities including light refreshments from 10am to 4pm each day. Please note the details printed in the 2017 brochure are incorrect, and this web page is the latest and correct information. 

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