Be enchanted by Britain's churches

Be enchanted by Britain's churches


Posted 20th Nov 2015


Get in the Christmas spirit with a visit to one of these stunning churches as you admire the medieval architecture and listen to the delightful melodies of the choir, all the while uncovering the past of some of Britain's most historic locations

Milton Mausoleum, Markham Clinton, Newark, Nottinghamshire
Date: 5th December 2015
Time: 2.30pm
Led by a local choir and lit by candlelight, Milton Mausoleum puts on a concert that offers a programme of light-hearted seasonal choral and medieval music, followed by carol singing, mulled wine and mince pies. Visitors may find a torch useful to find their way to and from the Mausoleum.

St Mary's Church, Woodlands St Mary, Berkshire
Date: 5th December 2015
Time: 2.30pm to 4.30pm
This special 'Mince pies by candlelight' carol concert offers the chance to see this Berkshire architectural gem as it would have looked in its Victorian heyday, with candles flickering in the original brass coronas and candleholders, and an interior bathed in soft light.

St Giles Church, Imber, Wiltshire
Date: 19th December 2015
Time: 2.30pm
Visitors are invited to catch a Routemaster bus to a unique carol concert in a ghost village deep inside the Army’s Salisbury Plain Training Area. Sing carols at the 13th-century St. Giles, which only opens a few times a year in the only publicly accessible remains of this abandoned village, evacuated in the run up to D-Day in 1943. The interior, divested of its fittings, allows visitors to truly appreciate the exquisite architecture and the remains of medieval wall paintings.

St Peter’s Church, Allexton, Leicestershire
Date: 21th December 2015
Time: 6.30pm
Visit St Peter's Church for its popular annual carols event held inside the beautiful medieval church which boasts a Norman arcade that dates back to around 1160. It features intricate carvings with zig-zags and lozenge shapes, making it a stunning feature of the church.

St Bartholomew's Church, Lower Basildon, Reading
Date: 28th November 2015
Time: 3.00pm
A warm welcome is offered at St Batholomew’s Christmas concert as visitors are given the chance to explore a 700-year-old flint and brick church with a pretty churchyard situated by a bend in the sleepy River Thames.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Church Park Lane, Warminghurst, West Sussex
Date: 11th December 2015
Time: 10.00am to 4.00 pm
This glorious celebration of Christmas at Warminghurst sees this 13th-century sandstone church filled with trees creatively decorated by schools and local businesses. The unspoilt 18th-century interior, which is illuminated by large windows of clear glass and contains silvery oak pews, provides the perfect location for the festive foliage.

All Saints' Church, London Road, Vange, Basildon, Essex
Date: 12th to 15th December 2015,
Time: 10am to 3pm
The popular annual Christmas Tree Festival in this tiny red-tiled medieval church sees it full of trees decorated by the locals, culminating in a special carol concert on 13th December. Visitors are guaranteed to leave feeling festive.

Victorian Christmas Day, St Lawrence’s Evesham
Date: 19th December 2015
Time: 11am to 3pm
Enjoy Christmas music, Victorian games, as well as Christmas craft activities and tree decorating at St Lawrence's Church. This church of Norman foundations, rebuilt in the 18th Century, is full of activities for the whole family, taking you on a journey of historical discovery during a blustery winter day.

All Saints’ Church, Saltfleetby, Louth, Lincolnshire
Date: 6th December 2015
Time: 3.30pm
Celebrate the Christmas season with candlelit carols at this beautiful medieval marshland church. The tall, square tower of this beautiful church leans dramatically to the west, as if trying to stretch away from the long, low nave below. The church is striking for its light and stillness – it has an air of peace in contrast to its wild, marshy setting.

St Thomas' Church, East Shefford, Berkshire
Date: 19th December 2015
Time: 3pm
This timeless little church in idyllic Berkshire meadow beside the River Lambourn is the remnant of a village which no longer exists and has pre-Norman origins. The annual carol service offers the chance to come and sing together in this peaceful gem, surrounded by medieval wall paintings and tombs.

Most events are free, however donations are welcomed. Some events have a small charge attached, and some should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Visit www.visitchurches.org.uk to find out more.

 

 

By The CCT

 

 


Images courtesy of The CCT, James Darwin, Benjamin J Borley and Andy Marshall





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