600 Norfolk churches thrown open their doors
More than 600 churches across Norfolk are throwing open their doors to visiting cyclists and drivers as part the Norfolk Churches Trust 33rd sponsored Bike, Ride and Drive event on Saturday September 10.
The major annual fundraising event encourages people to explore the country's rich historical past by cycling or driving to visit as many of church buildings as possible during the day.
Participants of all ages can sign up for free but can collect sponsors for every church they visit if they wish.
Organiser Charlie Inglis said: “Most participants treat it as a great day out on their bikes, but we’re more than happy for people to use their cars too. The main thing is that as many people as possible visit these fantastic buildings and raise funds to preserve them for generations to come.”
More than 600 of Norfolk’s beautiful churches will be open for the event, which is also open to people who want to make a one off donation. All funds raised are split between the participant’s church of choice and the Trust’s general funds.
The person who raises the most on the day will be awarded a certificate signed by the Trust’s patron, HRH The Prince of Wales.
The Norfolk Churches Trust was founded in 1976 with the aim of preserving Norfolk’s historic legacy of medieval churches. Over the past thirty-two years that the Bike Ride has raised around £2,800,000.
The money has been divided between the church of the participant’s choice and The Norfolk Churches Trust, which gives grants to hundreds of churches for repairs, renovation and the conservation of their buildings.
This year the trust is also running a Bike, Ride and Drive photography competition sponsored by Cheffins Fine Art Auctioneers. Participants visiting the churches are encouraged to take photos and post them to the Norfolk Churches Trust's Facebook page, to tweet them or to email them to the organisers.
For more information about the Bike, Ride, Drive event please click here