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.|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
|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 email@example.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.