Record Number of Lincolnshire Churches 

Open for Celebratory Festival

Welton (St Mary)
A warm welcome and the chance to discover Lincolnshire's history and architecture is being offered to visitors at the 22nd annual West Lindsey Churches Festival, where a record 100 churches and chapels will be open to the public, free of charge.  

Lea (St Helen) & Blyton (St Martin)
The festival is one of the largest of its type in Europe and regularly attracts around 10,000 visitors to the area. Taking place over two weekends, the festival happens on the 12-13th May and 19-20th May. Those paying a visit will experience the rich architecture, history and heritage of these culturally important buildings. Many of the churches are within the Lincolnshire Wolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Visit Welton St Mary’s with its memorial stained glass window. 
This year we are commemorating both 100 years since the formation of the Royal Air Force and a century since the end of World War One. West Lindsey is an area with a rich aviation heritage and a strong association with the RAF. During World War Two there were 13 airbases in the district, although only one now remains active at Scampton. However, there is plenty of evidence of the RAF’s existence and none more so than in the area’s churches. Highlights include Welton St Mary’s with its memorial stained-glass window and Faldingworth All Saints with its front gates serving as a reminder of the Polish Air Force which was stationed here.

Click here to visit an A-Z page listing all churches in the festival or click here for the Google Map

Spridlington (St Hilary) Organ Pipes & Faldingworth (All Saints) Memorial Gates
Many of the churches open over the two weekends feature memorials, plaques, stained glass, gravestones and other artefacts that will be highlighted.  Over half our churches are commemorating the end of WWI or 100 years of the RAF.

Click here to visit our War Art page

Scampton (St John the Baptist) War Graves
One thing that binds the festival together is the sense of community we have. Many of the churches and chapels will be offering refreshments and lunches. These range from tea, coffee and biscuits to ploughman’s lunches, bacon butties, and even cooked breakfasts!

Click here to find out where you can have lunch in a church

Stow Minster and Coates by Stow (St Edith)
More than 700 volunteers will also be sprucing up and opening up the buildings and will be on hand to answer questions and point out details that visitors won’t want to miss.

Coats by Stow (St Edith) top & Tealby (All Saints) bottom
Thanks to the Lincolnshire Organists’ Association, visitors can also enjoy an Organ Trail of 14 live music recitals spread across the two weekends. Many churches will allow visitors to try out the instruments for themselves.

Click here to find out details of the Organ Trail

Claxby (All Saints) top & Blyton (St Martin) bottom
For those interested in family history and genealogy, lots of our churches bring out their parish records, some dating back several centuries and always a fascinating window to the past.

Brocklesby (All Saints) & Nettleham (All Saints)
Other sites, listed as ‘quiet churches’ by the festival, will simply open their doors for visitors and let the buildings speak for themselves.

Riby (St Edmund) top & Nettleton (St John the Baptist) bottom 
People visiting the festival are encouraged to take photos and to share their efforts via social media using the hashtag #ChurchesFest18.

Want a 50 page hard copy brochure? 

Just email your postal address to churchesfestival.info@gmail.com

Morton (St Paul) & Snarford (St Laurence)
So, please enjoy our festival and tell your friends about your experiences here in West Lindsey. We know many of you visit year after year we thank you for your support in making this one of the biggest and best Churches Festivals in the country.

Click here to see our interactive Google Map of the churches

Brocklesby (All Saints) & Stow Minster

Gainsborough (All Saints) top & Southrey (St John the Divine)

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.

Cherry Willingham (St Peter & St Paul) top & Stainfield (St Andrews) bottom

Want a 50 page hard copy brochure? Just email your postal address to churchesfestival.info@gmail.com

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 #ChurchesFest18.


  1. Paul Simpson - (Scunthorpe)26 April 2017 at 17:25

    Looking forward to visiting as many of the churches as I can again this year. It's a credit to the organisers and the volunteers that this event takes place each May. Thank you to you all for making your places so accessible.

    1. Thank you Paul, we love seeing your beautiful photographs too! Angela (on behalf of the Churches Festival).


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