Whatever you seek from a church we are sure to be able to please. This year 86 churches are opening their doors over the two weekends. Click this link to open a PDF of the 2015 brochure: CHURCHES FESTIVAL 2015 PDF
Numerous exciting activities are, once again, taking place for your enjoyment. Why not follow the organ trail on Saturday 9th May, visiting the four churches of Newton on Trent, Owmby by Spital, Spridlington and Hackthorn. Other musical treats in store can be found at Grayingham, Nettleton and Caistor.
History is an obvious feature to our festival. In 2015 we are celebrating the 800th year since the sealing of the Magna Carta, the document which became the foundation of our civil liberties and law. At the tiny hamlet of Langton by Wragby sits St Giles’ church with its stained glass window that is dedicated to Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury and the principal architect of the Magna Carta. Join in the 800th anniversary celebrations and learn more from the themed displays.
We have a few new churches taking part this year. For the first time, the doors of St Thomas of Canterbury will be open. This grade II listed building, tucked away in the heart of Gainsborough is a must to visit. Also, during the first week of the festival the tiny St Edmunds Chapel at Spital in the Street will welcome you. So why not pop along to this medieval hospital and uncover its secrets.
Once again exhibitions feature prominently during the weekends: the exhibition of teddies and toys being staged at Scampton, “Family Life” at Snitterby, bee keeping at Legsby and a “tea towel tour” at North Kelsey.
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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, including Knaith, Snelland, Usselby and Normaby by Spital.
Many churches will have refreshments, ranging from tea, coffee and biscuits to a traditional full cooked English Breakfast. Lunches are also being served at some of our churches.
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