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Lincolnshire: open churches festival planned for September

Some 36 churches across Lincolnshire are throwing open their doors this autumn for a weekend hoping to attract a host of visitors.

On the weekend of September 9-10, Lincolnshire will hold host to a completely new open churches festival as the Horncastle Deanery invites people to visit 36 historic buildings in its benefices.

Churches and chapels taking part are located in the town of Horncastle and across the surrounding villages, including Asterby and Hemingby, Woodhall Spa, Bardney, Coningsby and Tattershall, Mareham Le Fen and Wragby.

A free entry event, the Horncastle & Villages Churches Festival Weekend builds on the outstanding success of the West Lindsey Churches Festival (now in its 21st year) with members of the West Lindsey team lending their expertise to the new venture to give many East Lindsey churches a turn in the spotlight.  

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All 54 churches in the Horncastle Deanery are encouraged to have an open door over the weekend, but 36 churches in particular are fully embracing the festival, offering visitors experiences such as organ trails, flower displays, themed exhibitions, lunches and homemade cakes.

Organiser Linda Patrick says she's delighted to be involved in this new event at the very beginning: "As someone who's very passionate about church tourism, I'm so pleased that this open churches weekend will give people another reason to visit Lincolnshire and its beautiful places of worship. Here's to making our county a major destination for those that love to explore churches!"

The festival will also offer visitors a chance to explore the landscape at the heart of Lincolnshire, a breathtakingly beautiful location that encompasses historic Fen country, the upland Wolds area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Lincolnshire Limewoods Reserve – the largest area of ancient small-leafed lime woodland in the country.

A website for the event is being developed at horncastlechurchesfestival.co.uk. The site includes an interactive Google map of the 36 churches involved to make it easy to plan a tour. A Facebook page has also been created for the festival.
 
A traditional print brochure will also be available, and people are asked to email their address details to horncastlechurches@gmail.com to request one.

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