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Circus workshops and reenactments to feature in historic weekend for city’s medieval churches

PUBLISHED: 09:54 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:54 20 March 2017

The former church of St Margaret de Westwick in St Benedicts Street, Norwich.  Photo : Steve Adams

The former church of St Margaret de Westwick in St Benedicts Street, Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams

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From circus workshops to entertaining reenactments, these are just two of more than 50 free events which have been unveiled to celebrate Norwich’s medieval churches.

St John Maddermarket church. Date: Aug 1962. Picture: EDP LibrarySt John Maddermarket church. Date: Aug 1962. Picture: EDP Library

It comes following the announcement of Flintspiration, the city’s first medieval churches weekend, which will be taking place over three days from April 29.

Neil Blunt, project director the event and vice chair of the Norwich Historic Churches Trust (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.”

The Plaque in honour of Luke Hansard on the St Mary Coslany church.
Photo: Nick ButcherThe Plaque in honour of Luke Hansard on the St Mary Coslany church. Photo: Nick Butcher

Flintspiration is a chance to celebrate the churches which have been at the centre of our history for centuries.

St.Clement's Church, Colegate, Norwich.; Photo: Paul HewittSt.Clement's Church, Colegate, Norwich.; Photo: Paul Hewitt

Locals and visitors will have the chance to discover, explore, and learn more about the largest collection of medieval churches in Northern Europe.

St Michael at Plea Church. Photo: Steve AdamsSt Michael at Plea Church. Photo: Steve Adams

Events will include music and theatre performances, family activities, a series of themed trails and guided walks, demonstrations, exhibitions, open churches, talks and fairs.

There will be activities such as a drop-in circus workshop for children, reenactments and demonstrations of traditional skills and crafts, and mural, stained glass window, and puppet making. There is also Margery’s Quest, a character-led trail to introduce visitors to some of the most celebrated figures from Norwich’s medieval history, and performances from early music trio Hexachordia, Time Will Tell Theatre Company, Norwich Historical Dance, and acapella group Akabella.

St John de Sepulchre, Ber Street, Norwich. Photo: Steve AdamsSt John de Sepulchre, Ber Street, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

Robyn Llewellyn, head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, which has helped to fund the project, 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 NHCT is working with a range of partners on the project including the Diocese of Norwich, Norwich Cathedral, the University of East Anglia, and volunteers.

St Mary Coslany Church, Norwich. Photo: Steve AdamsSt Mary Coslany Church, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

- The events programme is now live. For more information visit www.flintspiration.org or pick up a brochure from various locations in Norwich and beyond. There will be updates from @Flintspiration on Facebook and Twitter.

The St Augustine's Church. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe St Augustine's Church. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Some of Norwich’s medieval churches:

- St Peter Southgate

- St Botolph

- St Ethelbert’s chapel

- St Saviour’s

- St Augustine’s

- St George Colegate

- St Michael Coslany

- St Mary Coslany

- St Martin at Oak (Coslany)

- St Margaret in combusto (St Margaret Fybridge)

- St James Pockthorpe

- St Clement Colegate

- St John Maddermarket

- St Paul

- St Michael at Plea

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