A new churches festival for the Wolds and Coast
Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Up to 200 churches are to open their doors to visitors in the first ever ‘Lincolnshire Wolds and Coast Churches Festival.’
Amazing stories waiting to be told.
The Festival is being organised by the National Churches Trust, which has just received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £7,700, alongside other partner funding. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on revealing the fascinating stories in Lincolnshire’s churches and the hidden treasures that are waiting to be discovered.
It is going to be a celebration that joins all the Wolds and coastal villages together. A celebration that invites holidaymakers to visit churches in our rural hamlets and rolling hills. A celebration that shares the rich heritage of churches with all, as families are encouraged to become treasure seekers. Using magnifying glasses and binoculars they will be invited to get close up in these mini museums and explore deeper into their history.
The festival is being delivered through a partnership between National Churches Trust and NCT Heritage Services Ltd, in conjunction with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Lincolnshire County Council, East Lindsey District Council, Lincolnshire Coastal BID and partner churches.
Project Manager, Linda Patrick, is overjoyed to be promoting Lincolnshire churches.
“Over the last year, the National Churches Trust has been working with 50 churches in the Horncastle area, on a project to help churches promote their heritage to visitors.”
“We have seen such wonderful enthusiasm from all the churches who have embraced the project. We now have churches open at weekends inviting all to enter, where once they were locked. We have churches providing refreshments for travellers who happen to pass by on a much loved walk. We have uncovered amazing stories waiting to be told and new interpretation material is being created to tell these tales.”
“All this enthusiasm is catching! So much so, that churches within the Lincolnshire Wolds and stretching to the coast are busy working together to create the 'Lincolnshire Wolds and Coast Churches Festival’, spanning the first two weekends in September.”
“This is a wonderful community project which is seeing many partners come together to benefit the communities of the Lincolnshire Wolds and the coastal strip.”
“All our partners believe this project is so right for Lincolnshire, not only for the people who live here, but also for the many visitors that come to our seaside resorts and the Wolds for holidays and days outs” sums up Linda “It’s definitely going to put churches on the map.”
All churches in the area have now been contacted to take part, but if further information is needed about this festival please contact Linda Patrick.