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Lots to explore at Norfolk open churches week 

Saturday August 5 sees the return of Open Churches Week. The week is an annual celebration where churches across Norfolk hold a variety of events in their church, such as art exhibitions, flower festivals, and car rallies.

Although the majority of churches are open all year round, during this week others will be opening up especially to welcome visitors to come and explore them.

This year is the 10th anniversary of Norfolk Open Churches Week and will run from Saturday 5 - Sunday 13 August. Once again, the week will commence with the Classic Car Run departing Norwich Cathedral at 9am.

There are so many things to do during the week and so many exciting churches to visit. Just a few highlights include the annual St Benet's Abbey Open Air Service on Sunday 6 August and at the end of the week the winners of the ‘Capturing the Church in Norfolk’ photography competition will be announced at Wymondham Abbey.

Visitors are encouraged to take a look at to see a list highlighting many of the events happening during the week.
Each year the week has a theme and this year the theme is ‘Our Parish and the World', which aims to celebrate the strong connections our county has had with the wider world, through trade, conflict, migration and tourism over the centuries.

Our churches and churchyards are full of stories about how our ancestors travelled the world, how people came to the UK, and about current overseas links. Why not go and explore a church near you and discover some of these links?

Norfolk is a county full of the most beautiful churches with the highest concentration of medieval churches in Europe. Wherever you look in Norfolk you’ll see a church tower, beckoning you across the wide open spaces of the countryside - from tiny Saxon parish churches to the great Norman Cathedral of Norwich there is so much to see and enjoy.

For those wanting to explore during Open Churches Week there is a free quick reference guide of churches in Norfolk and Waveney, which are open during weekdays as well as on Sundays. This is produced each year by the Diocese of Norwich and is free and available to pick up at Tourist Information Centres and Libraries across Norfolk and in parts of Suffolk. Copies can also be ordered, downloaded and viewed online here:

Article printed from at 11:42 on 24 August 2017