Festival showcases 86 Lincolnshire churches

  • Cherry Willingham, St Peter & St Paul. Open 17th-18th May, Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 12noon-4pm. Photo: Push Creativity
  • Caistor, St Peter & St Paul. Open 10th-11th May, Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 11.30am-4pm. Photo: Push Creativity
  • St Mary's Church in Claxby. Open 10th - 11th May, Saturday 10am-4.30pm & Sunday 10am-4.30pm. Photo: Push Creativity
  • St Mary's Church in Claxby. Open 10th - 11th May, Saturday 10am-4.30pm & Sunday 10am-4.30pm. Photo: Push Creativity
  • Southrey, St John the Divine. Open 10th - 11th May, Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 9am-3pm. Photo: Push Creativity
  • Southrey, St John the Divine. Open 10th - 11th May, Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 9am-3pm. Photo: Push Creativity
  • Gainsborough All Saints - Open 17th-18th May, Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 1.30pm-4pm. Photo: Push Creativity
  • Stainfield, St Andrew - Open 10th - 11th May, Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday 10am-5pm. Photo: Push Creativity
  • Gainsborough All Saints - Open 17th-18th May, Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 1.30pm-4pm. Photo: Push Creativity
  • Cherry Willingham, St Peter & St Paul. Open 17th-18th May, Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 12noon-4pm. Photo: Push Creativity
  • Caistor, St Peter & St Paul. Open 10th-11th May, Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 11.30am-4pm. Photo: Push Creativity
  • St Mary's Church in Claxby. Open 10th - 11th May, Saturday 10am-4.30pm & Sunday 10am-4.30pm. Photo: Push Creativity
  • St Mary's Church in Claxby. Open 10th - 11th May, Saturday 10am-4.30pm & Sunday 10am-4.30pm. Photo: Push Creativity
  • Southrey, St John the Divine. Open 10th - 11th May, Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 9am-3pm. Photo: Push Creativity
  • Southrey, St John the Divine. Open 10th - 11th May, Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 9am-3pm. Photo: Push Creativity
  • Gainsborough All Saints - Open 17th-18th May, Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 1.30pm-4pm. Photo: Push Creativity
  • Stainfield, St Andrew - Open 10th - 11th May, Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday 10am-5pm. Photo: Push Creativity
  • Gainsborough All Saints - Open 17th-18th May, Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 1.30pm-4pm. Photo: Push Creativity

Some 86 churches across Lincolnshire will open their doors as part of an annual festival of heritage, arts and activities.

In the countdown to West Lindsey’s Churches Festival, organisers are inspiring professional and amateur photographers to get involved by sharing their images using the Twitter hashtag #ChurchesFest.

They’ve started proceedings with a stunning gallery of professional images by local photographer Ashley Taylor from Push Creativity Studios.

The Festival, which is sponsored by West Lindsey District Council, Systematic Print and The White Heather, takes place over two weekends, May 10-11 and May 17-18.

Churches in the East of the district will be open to the public during the first weekend and churches in the West of the district will open in the second.

Visitors will be able to enjoy live music, refreshments and fascinating tales of Lincolnshire churches and their heritage.

Organiser Linda Patrick said: “This is one of the biggest and best Churches Festivals in the country and I want to thank those that visit the festival, year after year, for making it so successful.

“Not only are you supporting our church heritage, you are also supporting many of our small villages. And this support will help ensure that the lovely community spirit that binds these rural Lincolnshire villages together, stays forever.

“With the help of social media we hope to bring in even more people this year, inspire them to visit the churches on their doorstep, or make a day of it and travel to a part of Lincolnshire that’s new to them.”

Details of each church, heritage and special themes running through the festival can be found via the festival blog.

You can apply for a brochure with maps for the first and second weekends by emailing your address to churchesfestival.info@gmail.com. Alternatively, you can download the 48 page brochure here.