Photo credit: Ashley Taylor from Explore Churches

The Festival covers a wide area of rural Lincolnshire, encompassing the market towns of Louth, Spilsby, Alford, Horncastle, Tattershall, Wragby, Woodhall Spa and Skegness as well a hundred rural hamlets and seaside villages in between.

The festival is a celebration of their rich architecture and heritage and offers visitors the chance to see their hidden treasures. There will be many other activities over the course of the festival: from organ recitals to flower and art exhibitions, bell ringing to afternoon teas.

The Lincolnshire Coast & Wolds Churches Festival project is supported by the National Churches Trust and managed by NCT Heritage Services (company number: 11194504). The project has been funded by the generous donations of National Lottery Players as well as the following organisations: ExploreChurches, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Visit Lincs Coast and East Lindsey District Council.

Full details can be found on the Lincolnshire Wolds & Coast Churches festival website.  

Here are some fascinating facts to whet your appetite:

  • St James', Louth has the tallest steeple of any medieval church in England and played a pivotal role in the Lincolnshire Rising.
  • St Margaret, Well and a tale of a gamekeeper who was murdered by poachers, reputed to be the source of the song 'The Lincolnshire Poacher'.
  • Raithby has the oldest Methodist chapel in the county. Built in 1779 and opened by John Wesley, it reveals an exquisite and lovingly preserved Georgian interior.
  • Fulletby St Andrew, set high in the Wolds is constructed like many churches around, in local greenstone. 
  • St James, Spilsby with its Willoughby chapel contain fine tombs and brass connected to the Willoughby de Eresby family. They are well worth a visit as well as the stone memorials for Sir John Franklin and his brothers.
  • Lincolnshire’s seaside churches hold a charm of their own. Many are large like Theddlethorpe all Saints which is also known as the 'Cathedral of the Marsh' due to its impressive spaciousness and beautiful exterior carvings. And next door, St Helens has a fine stone reredos. Other striking churches found on this landscape are close by including Addlethorpe, which is holding a flower festival celebrating the Angel roof, Croft All Saints with its 15th century altar screen and Skidbrooke with the early medieval isolated church of St Botolph standing alone in the Lincolnshire marshes.
  • Stewton, St Andrew? This church was used by Hornby, the international model company, to be the template for their Skaledale village!