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Cotswold Jubilee Churches Festival 2012

Posted: 2012-05-16

Cotswold Jubilee Churches Festival 2012

Visiting historic churches is a particular passion of mine. If one is to judge by the number of people who attended events during last year's Cotswold Churches Festival, it is a passion shared by many others!

This year the churches of the Cotswolds region are holding another festival, timed to coincide with celebrations for the queen's Jubilee. The Jubilee Churches Festival runs from 25 May to 5 June 2012 and includes a wide variety of open days, Diamond Jubilee events, special services and celebrations, concerts, flower festivals, guided tours, and fairs.

The special festival website has full details on all events, participating churches, contact details, directions to help you find the churches, public transportation details, and much more. The website was experiencing some odd technical issues with its maps when I visited, but I'm sure they will be sorted quickly, and you can still find full details of events easily. So if you have an interest in historic churches, why not plan to visit one or two during the Jubilee Festival?

The churches participating rather stretch the traditional boundaries of the Cotswolds - with places as far afield as Ashton under Hill in Worcestershire and Easthamstead, near Bracknell taking part. There are churches from Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Wiltshire, including perhaps the most historic church in the region, Dorchester Abbey. Here is a list of churches currently listing events during the Jubillee Festival:

Brize Norton churchAlvescot, St Peter's
Ascott-under-Wychwood, Holy Trinity
Ashton under Hill, St Barbara
Banbury, St Leonards
Beaconsfield, St Mary & All Saints
Belford, St Mary's
Benson, St Helen
Bicester, St Edburg's
Bierton, St James the Great
Binsey, St Margaret of Antioch
Birdlip, St Mary's
Bladon, St Martin's
Bledington, St Leonard
Blewbury, St Michael & All Angels
Brimpsfield, St Michael's
Brize Norton, St Britius
Buckingham, St Peter & St Paul
Burghfield, St Mary the Virgin
Castlethorpe, Ss Simon and Jude
Chadlington, St Nicholas Church
Chalgrove, St Mary's Church
Chenies, St Michael
Chinnor, St Andrew's
Chipping Norton, St Mary the Virgin
Cholsey, St Mary's
Church Enstone, St Kenelm's
Cogges, St Mary's
Combe, St Laurence's
Crowmarsh Gifford, St Mary Magdalene
Dorchester-on-Thames, Dorchester Abbey
Ducklington, St Bartholomew
Earley, St Peter
Easthampstead, St Michael and St Mary Magdalene
East Rudham, St Mary
Faringdon, All Saints'
Faringdon, All Saints'
Headington Quarry, Holy Trinity
High Wycombe, St Francis Of Assisi
Horley (Banbury), St Etheldreda
Kencot, St George
Kingston Bagpuize, St John the Baptist
Kintbury, St Mary the Virgin
Kirtlington, St Mary the Virgin
Monks Risborough, St Dunstan's
North Leigh, St Mary's
Old Headington, St Andrew
Over Worton, Holy Trinity
Oxford, St Frideswide
Oxford, Oxford St Clements
Prestwood, Holy Trinity
Rotherfield Greys, St Nicholas
Rotherfield Peppard, All Saints
Seer Green, Holy Trinity
South Leigh, St James the Great
Steeple Claydon, St Michael's
Stewkley, St Michael & All Angels
Stonesfield, St James'
Stow-on-the-Wold, St Edward's
Sutton Courtenay, All Saints
Swallowfield, All Saints
Upper Heyford, Heyford Park Chapel
White Waltham St Mary
Wokingham, All Saints
Woodley, St John the Evangelist

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