We know that there are lots of events taking place at churches, so we are developing an events calendar for ExploreChurches.

However, in the meantime, here is a list of the major annual open days, heritage festivals, music events and other activities. Please click on the title to find out more.

Please use the menu to the right to find individual events at churches. We will try to keep this up to date until the events calendar is available.

To add an event to this list please email


An exciting festival weekend in April, celebrating Norwich's outstanding collection of medieval churches. Discover, explore and celebrate Norwich’s 31 medieval churches with performances, workshops and family activities, exhibitions, talks, a series of themed church trails and guided walks and open buildings.

West Lindsey Churches Festival

Every May sees the West Lindsey Churches Festival. With 94 churches opening their doors to celebrate rich architecture and heritage, beautiful tranquillity and spirituality, vibrant exhibitions and music as well as a welcoming oasis of peace and spirituality.

Bradfield Festival of Music

Continuing a tradition of high quality music making in a hilltop Peak District village, the beautiful surroundings of Bradfield and its 15th century church are backdrop to an annual June / July festival that celebrates classical and contemporary music.

North York Moors Chamber Music Festival

Every August, the festival aims to provide the highest level of chamber music within historical buildings which themselves celebrate the rich history of the moors, one of our country's most stunning and panoramic landscapes.


Ride+Stride is a sponsored bike ride or walk every September in which people all over England walk or cycle between churches, exploring and enjoying the countryside, whilst raising money to help to save historic churches, chapels and meeting houses.

Heritage Open Days

Every September some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.

Horncastle & Villages Churches Festival

A new annual event for September. This year 36 Lincolnshire churches are fully embracing the festival, offering visitors experiences such as organ trails, flower displays, themed exhibitions, lunches and homemade cakes.

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