Thursday, 10 March 2011

Explore Norfolk’s Historic Churches in 2011

Explore Norfolk’s historic churches with The Diocese of Norwich’s Open Churches 2011 guidebook.

The free guidebook features 174 churches across the county that are open throughout the year in market towns like Dereham, Swaffham, and Wymondham, on the North Norfolk Coast and in The Broads, the Norfolk countryside and Norwich.

The numbers of churches are swelled to more than 250 during Open Churches Week from Saturday, August 6 to Sunday, August 13, supported by a busy programme of special events and activities across the county. The week starts with the annual Ecclesiastical Classic Car Rally on August 6, which this year heads from Norwich Cathedral to the Loddon area in the southern Broads, and the annual service at St Benet’s Abbey on August 7.

Art Alive in Churches returns for the fourth year, in May and June, in partnership with St Botolph’s Grimston (May 24 to 30), St John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cathedral, Norwich (June 7 to 12) and The Welborne Arts Festival (June 18 and 19).

Information about Open Churches Week and Art Alive in Churches will be available at and the Norfolk Open Churches page on Facebook. The Open Churches guidebook is available from churches throughout Norfolk and all Tourist Information Centres.

Jennie Hawks, Historic Places of Worship Support Officer said: “Norfolk is full of the most beautiful, mainly medieval churches, every one with a treasure to discover and a fascinating story to tell. Wherever you are in Norfolk there is a church tower, from tiny Saxon parish churches to the great cathedrals of Norwich and the Shrines of Walsingham. Whether you travel by train, car, bike, boat or on foot you will find a historic church. Our Open Churches booklet is the perfect guide to days out exploring churches in the county.”

Photograph: Jennie Hawks (centre) with Gloria Davies (left) and Jo Tym at Reepham Church