The programme of events for Flintspiration – Norwich’s first medieval churches weekend – has been launched, with over 50 free events taking place at churches and venues across Norwich on Saturday 29 April – Bank Holiday Monday 1 May.

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

Events 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
  • 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 new exhibition on Norwich’s medieval churches in St Peter Mancroft
  • 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 with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Neil Blunt, Project Director of Flintspiration and Vice Chair of the NHCT, said: “We’re really excited to have brought together such a varied line-up of events, with something for everyone, especially families. People are always telling us they want to know more about our historic churches, so this is a unique opportunity to really get involved.”

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 programme is now live 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
In 1967 the Diocese of Norwich decided that only eight of the thirty-one medieval churches were needed for worship, leaving the remainder at risk of demolition. Thus the Norwich Historic Churches Trust (NHCT) was set up in 1973 to care for most of the unneeded buildings, wholly dependent upon grants and donations for all significant repair works. At present, the NHCT are landlords for 18 of Norwich’s churches, including such tenants as the Norwich Arts Centre, the Norwich Puppet Theatre, Gildencraft Stone Masonry and Thalia Theatre Company. 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.