New guide promotes area’s most magnificent buildings

Marion Thomas, member of the Churches Festival committee outside a church
Marion Thomas, member of the Churches Festival committee

A new publication has been produced promoting West Lindsey’s most treasured buildings encouraging visitors to visit all year round.

West Lindsey District Council is delighted to announce the release of a new publication, produced in partnership with countywide destination management organisation, Destination Lincolnshire.

The guide promotes some of the area’s most magnificent churches, chapels, minsters, and meeting houses. It has been made available just in time for the West Lindsey Churches Festival, one of the area’s annual flagship events, which takes place this weekend (13 & 14 May) and next weekend (20 & 21 May).

The guide is an A5 printed publication and has been made possible through churches being invited to submit a listing completely free of charge. Copies of the guide will be available from participating churches during both festival weekends.

Faye Pudney, Visitor Economy Officer at West Lindsey District Council has been leading on the guide on behalf of the council. She said:

“We’re delighted to be able to produce this publication that promotes our area’s most treasured assets. We have worked with the churches to bring this publication to life, and to enable visitors to explore them at their own pace at any time of the year.

“This project also aligns with our Visitor Economy Strategy that aims to extend the tourist season as well as potentially encouraging overnight stays.”

The guide also provides a flavour of what else is available in the area to allow visitors and residents to discover what the area has to offer. It has been organised in to three sections – ‘Beyond Lincoln’, ‘Discover Gainsborough’, and ‘Lincolnshire Wolds’, the Council’s three core visitor brands.

Destination Lincolnshire’s Campaign Manager, Jennie Lowthian was thrilled to work on the Churches Guide project. She said:

“There are so many wonderful churches, chapels, minsters and meeting houses to explore across the whole of West Lindsey, with fascinating stories to discover and individual features to marvel at, from medieval architecture and hand stitched tapestries to beautiful stained glass and striking memorials. The new Churches Guide is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase these magnificent assets, to encourage visitors to spend time in the district, meander around villages and towns, sample delicious homemade food and drink, whilst exploring some of Lincolnshire’s most historically important churches.”

Marion Thomas, member of the Churches Festival committee also added:

“I am pleased to hear the Churches Guide has been made available just in time for this year’s festival. We have over 80 churches participating this year, so for those who cannot make it round them all, the guide is the perfect opportunity to come back at a later date to explore them further.”

The West Lindsey Churches Guide is now available to download from WLDC’s website. Head over to West Lindsey Heritage and History  to find out more. Hard copies can also be requested by emailing

This publication has been produced by Destination Lincolnshire in partnership with West Lindsey District Council. They would like to express their thanks to each and every participating church for taking part.

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