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Boxed pews at Glentham Church
Boxed pews at Glentham Church
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Some of the area’s rich architecture and fine heritage will be on display once again in this year’s West Lindsey Churches Festival.

Lincolnshire is renowned for having one of the finest collections of churches in the country and this year more than 90 churches will be opening their doors over the two-weekend festival to reveal some of the finest treasures.

May 11 and 12 will focus on the western side of the district, with churches from Laughton to Welton taking part.

And one of the particular highlights will be the Friends Meeting House in Gainsborough - open on the Saturday only, from 10am to 4pm.

At this simple building, dating from 1704, there is the chance to get an insight into the history of Quakerism in Lincolnshire.

The following weekend, May 18 and 19, will focus on the eastern part of West Lindsey, from Snarford to Swallow.

Travel along the edge of the Wolds to see churches made of ironstone, call in at one of the many Methodist chapels or take time out in one of the self-nominated quiet churches.

And at Cabourne there is a real treasure - the story of the recently rediscovered Tudor chalice, which has not been seen for more than 40 years.

Along the way, over both weekends, many of the open churches will be hosting displays, flower festivals and other exhibitions reflecting life in our countryside parishes.

Many too will be providing lunches, big breakfasts and other refreshments to keep visitors sustained.

Full details of all that is happening are available in the Churches Festival brochure or online at www.churchesfestival.info