The 2019 festival is now over, but event details have been left on this website to give a taste of what's on offer in 2020, when the festival will return on 9-10th and 16-17th May. Theme: Adventurers & Pilgrims. This website will update in March 2020. 

Love scones? Then you will love travelling around the area visiting some of the many churches that are taking part in the West Lindsey Churches Festival's first ever “Sconeathon!”

Over the weekends of 11th and 12th May and 18th and 19th May, nearly half of the churches are offering mouth-watering scones to keep you nourished during your visit. Scones originated in Scotland in the early 1500s’ when they were made with oats and baked on a griddle. It was in the late 1700s’ that the Duchess of Bedford, on feeling hungry one afternoon, requested her servants to bring her tea and some sweet breads. She was so delighted by this treat that she ordered it every afternoon, a tradition that became known ever more as Afternoon Tea. Our churches have risen to the challenge and have created some wonderful recipes, both traditional and unusual. Which variety will be the festival favourite?

The Sconetahon challenge to the festival visitor is to taste as many types of scones as you can over the four days, sharing photos in social media using the hashtag #LincsSconeathon.

Highlights include

WEEK 1. 11-12 May

St Martin, Blyton
An amazing array of savoury and sweet scones that are sure to delight. Choose from: cheese and caraway : basil and sun dried tomato : caramelised onion and thyme : date and orange : Lemon and poppy seed : Pear and goats cheese : apple, sultana and cinnamon : traditional  scones.

St Michael, Hackthorn
Sample tastings will be on offer before you buy from a selection of plain, cheese and fruit scones. Variety packs will also be on sale to take home for tea.

St Mary, Knaith
Big smiles and big flavours will be served at this delightfully curious church with its stunning views of the River Trent. A tempting selection of scones on offer: Ardigg Apple : buttermilk with cheese and chives : traditional scones with jam and cream : miniature cheese, onion and black olive.

Holy Trinity, Messingham
Celebrating 800 years of ministry, Holy Trinity will ring out the bells during festival Sunday. Enjoy the atmosphere whilst partaking in and afternoon treat of cheese : sultana : cherry : mixed fruit : stilton & apricot : date and walnut and for the health conscious a Slimming World recipe scone!

St Paul, Morton
The church has created a thoughtful Recipe and Afternoon Tea story booklet especially for the weekend. Pages includes Bible texts and information on feasts and celebrations. Table displays on the theme ‘An Afternoon Tea’ also decorate the church and, of course lots of scones to sample :  cherry : cheesy herb : fruit : cheese : savoury cheese and chutney are the favourites.

All Saints, Pilham
A pretty church serving a pretty traditional bake of cheese, cherry or sultana scones.

St Peter & St Paul, Reepham
Tempt your taste-buds with the unusual flavours of: loganberry and lemon glazed : mincemeat : Greek yogurt and perhaps few more interesting combinations.

St John the Baptist, Scampton
Traditional fayre is the order of the day at St John the Baptist with an offering of: cherry :  fruit : lemon and poppy seed : cheese : olive and rosemary. There will also be gluten free scones available.

St Peter, Scotter
Cheese, sultana and cherry scones will be awaiting your arrival. Also enjoy our plant whilst you take in the beauty of our village church.

St Helen, Willingham by Stow
During April, a scone competition was held in the village. The winning recipes in both adult and under 16 age groups will be made and sold during the festival weekend. The adult winners were: apricot and ginger : Wensleydale, leek and walnut : cranberry and orange with an orange glaze. The children’s winners were: fruit scones and strawberry scones. A recipe book featuring all the winning recipes as well as a few additional ones will be on sale.

Grayingham, St Radegund
We will have three varieties of scone: Lincolnshire Blue Cheese and Fig, Honey, Raisin and Sunflower, Blueberry and Lemon

Other churches taking part in the Sconeathon during 11 and 12 May can be found at:
Blyborough, Brattleby, Cherry Willingham, Corringham, Gainsborough All Saints, Gainsborough United Reformed, Glentworth, Grayingham, Kettlethorpe, Nettleham, Saxby, Scotter, Scotton.

Week 2: 18-19 May

St Mary, Claxby
Twice baked and gluten-free scones.

St Mary, East Barkwith
Good old fashioned traditional varieties will be available all weekend.

All Saints, Grasby
Chocolate chip as well as traditional varieties are the temptations on offer at this delightful church nestling high in the Lincolnshire Wolds.

St Mary, Hainton
Good old fashioned traditional varieties will be available all weekend.

St Edmunds, Riby
Enter the Riby Sconeoff by bringing along baked scones on Saturday 18th May between 12-3pm. Download entry details here ( Celebrity Lincolnshire chef Rachel Green will be among the judges tasked with selecting the winning scones.

Methodist Chapel, Wragby
A variety of savoury and sweet scones will be served daily and also our special Festival scone of Ginger and honey. Enjoy whilst exploring our display of scarecrows.

Other churches taking part in the Sconeathon during 18 and 19 May can be found at: Cuxwold, Holton cum Beckering, Market Rasen, Nettleton, Rand, Snelland, Stainfield, Swallow, Tealby, Thoresway, Wickenby and Wragby All Saints.

You can also read about churches involved in the Sconeathon on the ExploreChurches website here:

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