People will have the chance to enjoy 50 free events and celebrate and explore Norwich’s medieval churches during Flintspiration, Norwich’s first medieval churches weekend, taking place across the city on Saturday 29 April – Bank Holiday Monday 1 May.

Thanks to National Lottery funding, local people and visitors of all ages will have the chance to discover, explore and learn more about the largest collection of medieval churches in Northern Europe, in this special weekend of events and open churches.

The events, which have been made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, will include music and theatre performances, family activities, a series of themed trails and guided walks, demonstrations, exhibitions, open churches, talks and fairs. Examples include:

  • Drop-in circus workshops for children at St Michael Coslany / the Oak Circus Centre with Lost in Translation Circus
  • Re-enactments and demonstrations of traditional skills and crafts by the Norfolk and Norwich Medieval Association at St Stephen’s Church and outside The Forum
  • 29 guide-led trails around the city’s churches which can be booked in advance or from St Peter Mancroft during the weekend
  • A new exhibition on Norwich’s medieval churches in St Peter Mancroft
  • Family activities including children’s trails and making a mural, ‘stained glass’ windows and puppets
  • Margery’s Quest – a character-led trail to introduce visitors to some of the most celebrated figures from Norwich’s medieval history
  • Performances from early music trio Hexachordia, Time Will Tell Theatre Company, Norwich Historical Dance, acapella group Akabella and more
  • A talk and exhibition of paintings by Norfolk-based artist Gerard Stamp
  • Flintspiration & Perspiration – a guided run around some of the city’s noteworthy historic churches.

Flintspiration is run by Norwich Historic Churches Trust (NHCT) and made possible thanks to a National Lottery grant of £68,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Neil Blunt, Project Director of Flintspiration and Vice Chair of the NHCT, said: “Norwich has more medieval churches than any other city north of the Alps, an exceptional legacy and outstanding setting for the festival. We’re really excited to have brought together such a varied line-up of events, with something for everyone, especially families. Whether your interest is in church buildings, their past history, the religious or secular activities that go on in them, you are curious about a church you often pass or see an event that catches your interest, we hope we have something for you!”

Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF East of England, said: “We’re delighted that money raised by National Lottery players can support Norwich Historic Churches Trust to promote and share the city’s outstanding medieval heritage. This eclectic selection of events will introduce new audiences to Norwich’s wonderful churches, showing off the buildings’ many treasures and fascinating stories.”

The events are listed at www.flintspiration.org, and in brochures across Norwich and beyond, with updates from @Flintspiration on Facebook and Twitter.

The NHCT is working with a range of partners on the project, including the Diocese of Norwich, Norwich Cathedral, the University of East Anglia and many others, as well many dedicated volunteers.

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Notes to editors

For more information please contact Christina Lister, marketing consultant for the project: comms@christinalister.co.uk.

About Norwich Historic Churches Trust

The Norwich Historic Churches Trust cares for 18 Grade 1 listed medieval churches that are no longer used for worship or have been deconsecrated, and is landlord to tenants such as the Norwich Arts Centre, the Norwich Puppet Theatre, Gildencraft Stone Masonry and Thalia Theatre Company. The Trust has organised the Flintspiration weekend with partners to celebrate Norwich’s outstanding collection of medieval churches. www.norwich-churches.org

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported.