Events: How many different flavoured scones will you eat in county’s first ‘sconeathon’ during festival in May?

Events: How many different flavoured scones will you eat in county’s first ‘sconeathon’ during festival in May?

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One of the largest festivals of its kind in Europe is to return over two weekends in May and this year will offer scones of all shapes and tastes in what’s believed to be Lincolnshire’s first ‘sconeathon’.

The challenge for the festival visitor is to taste as many types of scones as they can over the four days.

Now in its 23rd year, the West Lindsey Churches Festival regularly welcomes 9,000 visitors and will see 95 churches and chapels across the district opening their doors on the weekends of May 11-12 and May 18-19.

With free entry to all, around 40 of the participating churches are gearing up for the ‘Sconeathon Challenge’, creating flavoured scones for visitors to sample as they travel from church to church.

“Ancient recipe books are being dusted down as our members hunt for the more traditional flavours,” says festival chairman, Paul Howitt-Cowan.

 

“We are in for a tremendous treat. Many people are also creating new unique scones, especially for the weekend. 

“It is going to be taste-bud heaven!”

There will be a wide variety of flavoured scones on offer, such as loganberry and lemon glazed (Reepham), stilton and apricot (Messingham), Ardigg apple (Knaith), basil and sun-dried tomato (Blyton), ginger and honey (Wragby Methodist) and cranberry and orange with an orange glaze (Willingham by Stow) .

Gluten-free scones will be available at Scampton and Claxby.

Plain, fruit or cheese scones will also be available far and wide for those with a traditional palate.

For a full and mouthwatering list of scones and churches, visit

Discover buildings which are often ‘mini-museums’

Other attractions include lunches being served in around 25 churches, homemade cakes served in many more and a host of free music sessions, including 15 organ recitals and medieval, renaissance and baroque music performed by Sixteen Eighty Five.

The festival is also an opportunity discover buildings which are often ‘mini-museums’.

“We want people to open the doors and look inside these stone buildings and learn about their past, in a fun and enjoyable way,” explains Paul.

“One group of churches right in the south of the area has certainly grasped this opportunity. 

“The ‘Abbots Treasure Hunt’ (taking place around six churches in Bardney, Southrey, Stainfield, Apley, Minting and Gautby) entices the visitor to follow the clues between the churches to discover where the Abbot of Bardney has hidden his treasure. 

“And a reward is offered to the person who finds it!”

Wragby’s All Saints
(Image: explorechurches.org)

Many other intriguing stories can be discovered at the festival churches. including:

  • Gautby and the murder of a young man on his Grand Tour of Greece
  • Langton by Wrabgy and its famous son, Stephen Langton, key architect of the writing of Magna Carta
  • Kettlethorpe’s association with Katherine Swynford, the third wife of John of Gaunt, well known from Anya Seton’s famous novel Katherine
  • Thoresway and the mystery of the Pagan drowning pool

“Learn about our heritage, view magnificent carvings, memorials and stained glass, chat with local historians, listen to the sounds of organ music and, of course, taste those wonderful scones! You will not be disappointed,” added Paul. “Every church really does have a story to tell.”

 

Full details of each church and an interactive map, as well as more details about taking part in the sconeathon can be found on the festival website

Brochures will also be placed in libraries, Tourist Information Centres and participating churches, and can be requested by emailing churchesfestival.info@gmail.com

The festival is sponsored by West Lindsey District Council and Systematic Print.

 



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