Church Tours & Events

Round Tower Churches Tours for 2018.

These Tours start at 2.30pm at the first church.

7th July 2018 East Lexham, Shereford, Syderstone. East Lexham is north of Swaffham TF860172

Please note that West Lexham has an event from 11am that day with craftspeople on site to show you the work they are doing.

4th August 2018 Thorpe Abbotts, Needham, Rushall. Thorpe Abbotts is in South Norfolk close to A143 TM188789

1st September 2018 Worthing, Bylaugh, Haveringland. Worthing is near North Elmham TF995196

Everyone is welcome to join us, and all Tours are free, though donations are encouraged at every church. Tea will be provided by one of the churches during each afternoon. Further details from ‘Lyn Stilgoe 01328 738237.

Previous 2018 Round Tower Church Tours.

12th May 2018: 10am Norton Subcourse, Thorpe next Haddiscoe, Haddiscoe, before AGM at Haddiscoe Village Hall at 2.15pm.

2nd  June  2018 Pentlow, Essex, Little Bradley, Bartlow,


Norton Subcourse (this and photo of East Lexham by Simon Knott), Pentlow, East Lexham, Thorpe Abbotts & Worthing churches.

Simon Knott’s amazing websites with photos and information about Norfolk churches is

For his Suffolk churches site go to

Round Tower Churches Society Study Day October 6th 2018. 

At Stradbroke Community Centre, Wilby Road, Stradbroke, Eye IP21 5JN.

Time: 9.30am for 10am start. Approximate finish 4.30pm

Dr Helen Lunnon: Church Porches
Roy Tricker: The Formation of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
Tour of Stradbroke Church lead by Roy Tricker.
Dr Dominic Summers: Seven Sacrament Fonts

Costs: £20 for RTCS members, £30 for non-members. Cost includes tea and coffee. Feel free to bring cake to share. Bring your own lunch.
Any profits from the day go towards RTCS Repair Funds.

Applications to Stuart Bowell (2 Hall Road, Chilton Hall, Stowmarket, Suffolk. IP14 1TN  01449 614336 Please send a cheque made out to RTCS or make online payments to RTCS Sort Code 53-81-16 and account Number 04331915, giving the reference SD plus your surname. SD indicates Study Day and your surname tells us who the payment is from. And please wherever possible give an email address for acknowledgement and updates should they be necessary as this saves the Society the cost of postage.

Norfolk Churches Sunday Tours 2018

If you are a dedicated church crawler, you might also be interested in these Sunday tours organised by ‘Lyn Stilgoe and Richard Barham, in association with Norfolk Churches Trust. These start at 2.30pm at the first church and normally end with a a form of Evening Prayer at 6pm or 6.30pm.

15th April 2018 Coltishall, Hoveton St Peter, Hoveton St John, Horning.

20th May 2018 Reymerston, Hardingham, Kimberley, Carleton Forehoe

17th June  2018 Ingoldisthorpe, Snettisham, Heacham, Sedgeford

15th July 2018 Sparham, Elsing, Swanton Morley, Foxley,

Everyone is welcome to join, and the Tours are free, though donations are encouraged at every church. Tea will be provided by one of the churches during each afternoon. Further details from ‘Lyn Stilgoe 01328 738237.

2017 Round Tower Tours.

Fritton St Edmund south Threxton Bramfield by Andy Seago Aslacton

Four churches visited in 2017: Fritton St Edmunds, Threxton, Bramfield & Aslacton

Many thanks to ‘Lyn and Dick for their hard work in setting up these tours and for the excellent Information they provide for us.RTCS at South Pickenham

6th May 2017 Fritton St Edmund, followed by Ashby and Lound, and AGM at Lound Village Hall.

3rd June 2017  South Pickenham, Threxton, Merton

1st July 2017  Theberton, Thorington, Bramfield

5th August 2017  Matlaske, Stody, Letheringsett

2nd September 2017  Wacton, Aslacton, Tasburgh

                                                                RTCS at South Pickenham

2017 Norfolk Church Tours 

23rd April 2017  Ranworth, South Walsham, Upton, Fishley RT

21st May 2017  Saxlingham, Field Dalling, Langham, Binham

18th June 2017 North Lopham, South Lopham, Fersfield, Diss

16th July 2017 Weasenham All Saints, Rougham, Great Massingham, Little Massingham

On this page we advertise events happening in round tower churches. If you have an event you would like to publicize please send information to

November 11th St Peter’s Haveringland: a special Remembrance Service to mark the 70th anniversary of the closure of Swannington airfield, which surrounded the church during WW2. There were representatives of Armed Services, descendants of airmen who flew from here attending, as well as local parishioners and other visitors.

The church was open on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th with an exhibition about the airfield and the men who flew from it. An Avenue of Remembrance was dedicated, there was a fly past and poppy drop. It was a a moving occasion and a great chance to see inside a Round Tower church which is generally closed.

Friends of Hemblington church tour of three Medieval churches with wall paintings. Saturday, 12th August 2017. Visited St Edmund’s Church, South Burlingham NR13 4EU, St Mary’s Church, Moulton St Mary, and St Andrew’s Church at Wickhampton. Tour leader Rev’d Canon Nick Garrard. For more information go to

Rickinghall Inferior by Charles GreenhoughRickinghall Inferior Church. Saturday 13th May and second Saturday of June, July & August between 9am and 12.30pm. Sale of Quatrefoil books. NB The church is open all day. Quatrefoil is a local publishing team. It received a grant a few years ago from the Heritage Lottery Fund to publish books about the history of the villages of Rickinghall, Botesdale and Redgrave. Thirteen books have been published so far on various subjects mainly through the medieval period to the present day. Although the grant covered the first few books, the profit from the sales of the books fund the later ones. As the post office in Rickinghall and the hardware store in Botesdale closed last year, we lost two of our three retail outlets, with only Redgrave Community Shop selling books. The Rector and churchwardens kindly agreed to let us sell the books in Rickinghall Inferior Church. There will also be a small display covering a particular subject of the books each month. The books sell for £5 each, apart from the Rickinghall Inferior Church Guide which sells for £3. For further details see There are many more subjects in the pipeline for further books. Rickinghall Farmers Market and Car Boot Sale are also available next door in the village Hall.
The church is open every Saturday during the summer months from 10 am until about 4 – 5.

St. Margaret’s, Hales, and St. Gregory’s Church, Heckingham. Public Meeting on Wednesday 20th September 2017, at 6.30 at St Margaret’s Church Hales. These churches are the care of the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) who have recently estimated that the repairs required to enable them to remain open for their local community and visitors is about £10,000 each. CCT have set up a public meeting to explain their plans for the two churches, how they will seek funding and how the local community can get involved in the process, from hosting seasonal suppers, a Christmas event or a Summer Tea Party.

For information about CCT go to