Explore the county churches at the Lincolnshire Wolds and Coast Festival


The Lincolnshire Wolds & Coast Churches Festival will see more than 140 churches open for two consecutive weekends.

With free entry, Louth Churches and Chapels to Woodhall Spa, Wragby to Sutton on Sea, will celebrate their rich architecture and heritage and offer visitors the chance to become treasure seekers and uncover hidden secrets.

Did you know that St James Louth has the tallest steeple of any medieval church in England and played a central role in the Lincolnshire Rising.

Marvel at the magnificent interior of St James’s Church, Louth

Reverend Nick Brown, Rector of Louth St James said: “Our churches are filled with wonder, each one offers a different experience, whether it is beautiful tranquility and spirituality or exhibitions and vibrant music or simply a welcoming oasis of peace and quiet.

“The festival is also about having fun with the family. Time is so precious today as families juggle a busy life with quality leisure days.

“So we’ve created some fantastic activities that every member of the family will want to get involved in.

“Some churches will have backpacks available, encouraging ‘treasure seekers’ to explore the beauty of our stained glass windows, and even create their own masterpiece showcase to display at home.

“And we also invite everyone to take the challenge and try to spot all the treasures in our brand new book Church Treasure Hunt, not only during the festival weekend but also beyond.”

St. Mary’s Church in Horncastle

The festival covers a vast area of ​​rural Lincolnshire, encompassing the market towns of Louth, Spilsby, Alford, Horncastle, Tattershall, Wragby, Woodhall Spa and Skegness as well as a hundred rural hamlets and seaside villages in between, each church is unique, with an exciting story to discover.

Many activities are also planned: from organ recitals to flower and art exhibitions, from ringing of bells to snacks.

The festival takes place over two weekends; August 31 and September 1, followed by September 7 and 8.

Churches nearest to Grimsby open on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September

Visitors are welcome to St Mary’s, Marshchapel as part of the open church season

North Thoresby, Saint Helena

Saxon origins Norman alterations Tudor restoration of the south wall, including “Early English” style windows. Unusual Tudor benches with “poppy heads” with initials, possibly churchwardens. Norman police.

The east window is a memorial to the two world wars. Frontispiece of the children’s altar in silk brocade used in Westminster Abbey at the coronation of Elizabeth II.

Marshchapel, Sainte-Marie

“One of the most beautiful fabrics in the neighborhood, from the Perpendicular period. Grade I listed church, probably completed around 1420.

The wood carving inside is a point of particular interest. Roof choir of angels, rood screen, pulpit, cast iron cover and “poppy” bench. Special activities include: bell ringing, guest organ rehearsal, local school artwork, and Cub / Scout activities. Craft stands.

Fulstow, Saint-Laurent

Grade II listed with 13th century origins, standing quietly at the edge of the village. Rebuilt in the late 1800s. In a peaceful area, it lends itself to quiet prayer and contemplation. The medieval tree with a cross stands in the cemetery.

The organ can be played every day between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Evening prayer Sunday, 4:15 p.m. Visitor guide sheet available. Free soft drinks and cookies.

Wold Newton, Toussaint

Wold Newton Church

Quiet Grade II listed Victorian church by James Fowler, standing in a peaceful graveyard above the village with lovely views over the Wolds. Decorated in the magnificent style of the high church.

Features statues of saints of local interest, Victorian stained glass, medieval glass, and a beautiful 1901 Forster and Andrew organ, currently under restoration, which may be available for playing and reciting.

Ludborough, Sainte-Marie

Origins from 1200, with restorations over the years. The tower dates from the 14th century, built of local sandstone and was used as a lookout post in times of danger (as recently as the last world war).

The tower has three bells. In 1291 the church was valued at £ 26 13s 4d. South aisle used as a school until 1863.

The Lincolnshire Coast & Wolds Churches Festival project is supported by the National Churches Trust and managed by NCT ​​Heritage Services. The project was funded by generous donations from National Lottery players as well as the following organizations: Explore Churches, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Visit Lincs Coast and East Lindsey District Council.

  • A complete directory of all our churches is now available at Tourist Offices, on the Festival website www.lincswoldsandcoastchurches.org and on the ExploreChurches website: www.explorechurches.org
  • Full details of what each church is offering can be found on the festival website: www.lincswoldsandcoastchurches.org.
  • The festival invites people to join them on Facebook / LincsWoldsAndCoastChurches and Twitter / ChurchesFest and use the hashtag #WoldsAndCoastChurches to talk about the event online.
  • Brochures will also be placed at participating libraries, tourist information centers and churches, and can be requested by emailing: [email protected] or calling 01507 527905.

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