Visit unique historic buildings, see beautiful countryside, get some exercise and have fun with the family!
Ride+Stride is a sponsored bike ride or walk in which people all over England walk or cycle between churches, exploring and enjoying the countryside from Cornwall to Northumberland. The money they raise helps to save historic churches, chapels and meeting houses for future generations by helping to fund urgent repairs and the installation of modern facilities.
Ride+Stride is England’s open churches day, but as well as getting out and visiting churches, chapels and meeting houses, you can also raise money to help churches in good repair. The idea is to visit as many places of worship as possible open near you and also get sponsored for visiting them. In 2015 Ride+Stride raised almost £1.5 million for churches.
The sponsorship money you raise is shared 50/50 between a county church trust that helps historic churches and the individual church of your choice.
Ride+Stride is organised locally by county church trusts with national support provided by the National Churches Trust which runs the Ride+Stride website and provides marketing advice. Ride+Stride started in Suffolk in 1981 as a sponsored bike ride but quickly became a national event.
Contact your local church taking part in Ride+Stride or your county church trust and they’ll provide you with a form to collect pledges from sponsors on which you can indicate the church that you’d like to receive half of the money you raise.There are full contact details on our website.
Horncastle & Villages Churches Festival
A celebration of a rich architecture and heritage, of beautiful tranquillity and spirituality. This year many of our churches will be paying special tribute to those who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars as well as celebrating the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF. Churches are open 8th - 9th September 2018.
Every church has a story to tell, and none more so than from a group of churches situated 20 miles east of Lincoln on the fringe of the Lincolnshire Wolds. Following on from the success of its inaugural festival last year, the Horncastle and Villages Churches Festival will see 45 churches and chapels open their doors on the 8th and 9th September.
With free entry to all, each building hides a story simply waiting to be discovered, providing a memorable encounter with heritage and atmosphere. And with the backdrop of the Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on one side and the tranquil water of the River Witham on the other, what better place to spend a late summer’s weekend retreat.
The event brings together many rural communities, with churches offering homemade bakes and lunches, bell ringing, crafts, book sales and exhibitions such as displays on local history or children’s artwork. And with this year many of our churches are commemorating two significant dates. This part of Lincolnshire is rich in aviation heritage and the festival is featuring exhibitions celebrating 100 years since the formation of the RAF. Other villages are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the of WWI. High Toynton is a “double thankful” village – a term coined by Arthur Mee after the first World War to pay thanks to all their servicemen returning home. At High Toynton, one of only 14 villages in the UK, all servicemen from both world wars safely returned home.
Over 100 volunteers open up their churches, ensuring they are on hand to answer questions on the buildings and point out quirky details visitors would not want to miss. And, of course, to tell those hidden stories that are just waiting to be discovered.