Church Tourism Week, an annual celebration of historic churches, takes place nationwide in the last week of July, national heritage charity The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) has announced.
The week-long programme of events and activities for all ages is a celebration of our outstanding architectural heritage and an invitation to explore church buildings – and British history – in new ways.
Between 21-30 July the silvered oak doors of historic churches and chapels across the country will be thrown open for events including concerts and theatre, Champing™ church camping adventures, historic tours, family trails and craft, tower climbs and art exhibitions.
Crispin Truman, CEO of The Churches Conservation Trust, the national charity that protects historic churches at risk, says:
“Church Tourism Week highlights the heritage of our extraordinary ancient churches and chapels, showcasing the fascinating stories, art and experiences they offer and inviting people to explore them in new ways.
“Churches are often the oldest and grandest buildings in our communities, but more than that they tell the stories of those communities, the people that lived within them and the last thousand years of our country’s history in a way no other buildings can”.
The initiative follows on the footsteps of a £600,000 investment made by the Government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport to develop a number of the trust’s most important churches as first-rate heritage visitor sites.
For the first time heritage charities and attractions across the UK are taking part in the celebration, with over 30 participating sites nationwide.