Lincolnshire’s Rich Heritage Celebrated in the West Lindsey’s Churches Festival
For two weekends this May, Lincolnshire will host one of the finest church festivals in Europe as over 80 places of worship open their doors as part of the West Lindsey’s Churches Festival. As well as the rich history and architecture each church offers – dating back to the Saxon church of St Mary’s in Stow – there will be a wealth of activities for visitors to enjoy including homemade food, organ music trails, bell-ringing, crafts, book sales, art displays and themed exhibitions.
The festival spans May 9-10 and May 16-17 with churches to the West of the district opening on the first weekend and to the East opening on the second weekend.
Details of what’s happening at every church can be found on the festival blog at www.churchesfestival.info, where you can search for churches grouped by postcode or simply by A-Z.
You can also view and download a 48 page brochure via the blog, but if you would rather have a hard copy organisers are happy to send you one if you email your full address details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most churches in the festival will be serving refreshments ranging from the rejuvenating hot drink with biscuits to hearty ploughman’s lunches, mouth-watering bacon butties or traditional, full cooked English Breakfasts in the aisle at Riby’s St Edmunds!
With help from the Lincolnshire Organists’ Association, several churches in the festival will also be filled with music.
On Friday May 8 there is a concert at Grayingham, St Radegund, from
7.30pm, featuring music for organ, French horn, trumpet, clarinet and choir.
On Saturday May 9 there is an organ trail follow, including Newton on Trent, St Peter 11am-11.30am: Owmby-by-Spital, St Peter & St Paul 11am-11.30am: Spridlington, St Hilary 12noon-12.30pm and Hackthorn, St Michael & All Angels 2pm-2.30pm.
The following Saturday May 16, the organ trail visits Faldingworth, All Saints 11am-11.30am, Market Rasen, St Thomas 12.30pm-1pm, Caistor, Methodist 2pm-2.30pm and Grasby, All Saints 3pm to 3.30pm.
The festival is organised by the West Lindsey’s Churches Festival Committee and sponsored by West Lindsey District Council and Systematic Print.