Events & Exhibitions

We have a varied programme of events and exhibitions.

Past Events

Epworth Old Rectory Candlelit Tours

December 9th 10th & 11th 2016

Experience the dark, night-time
of the house the Wesleys lived in.
Cost £12.50
Small groups

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Christmas Gift Fair

Saturday 19th November 2016
10.00am - 3.30pm

Beautiful handmade gifts
Entry £1 Children free

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Apple Pressing Day

Saturday 22nd October 2016
11.30am - 3.00pm

Bring your own apples
Children's craft activities in Susanna's kitchen (50p an activity)

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Festival of Quilts

On Display 8th to 15th September 2016

Made by members of the Isle Patchwork Guild & Friends
Free Admission

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The Vikings are Coming...

Saturday 6th August 2016
10.00am - 4.00pm

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Summer Plant and Craft Fair

Saturday 4th June 2016
10.00am - 4.00pm

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Transforming the World from the kitchen?

19 March to 29 October 2016
For times see the full poster

Come and see the exhibition

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Come & Join the FUN at Epworth Old Rectory

Easter Monday, 28th March 2016
11.00am - 3.00pm

Free Treasure Trail in the gardens. Make & Take crafts In Susanna's Kitchen

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Concert - Cornet and Organ/Piano

15th April 2016

£5 per person (incl. refreshments)
Booking Essential

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2015 Events

Costumed Candlelit Tours

4th, 5th & 6th December 2015

Epworth Old Rectory
£10 per person (incl. light refreshments)
Booking Essential

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Half Term Make & Take

Tues 27 October & Wed 28 October 2015
12.30 - 3.30pm

Epworth Old Rectory
Children's Activity Days

Make a Vegetable Friend or a jam-jar lantern

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Exhibition of Methodist Art

15 August - 31 October 2015

Epworth Old Rectory

An exhibition of selected works from the Methodist Art Collection

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Heritage Open Day

Saturday 12 September

Free timed tours will be led by our trained guides. Tours to take place on the hour and half-past the hour

No booking necessary unless you have a group of more than 10 people, in which case please phone 01427 872268.

Refreshments are available for purchase.
The Rectory Shop will be open.

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Mowbray Spring Fair

Saturday 30 May, 11am - 4pm

Epworth Old Rectory

In collaboration with the main events transport yourself back in time and attend the Mowbray Spring Fair.
Medieval re-enactments and living history portraits will be provided by local group Lincolne Skipfierde. Activities will include medieval crafts, combat displays, guided tours and music. Enjoy a falconry display by Willow Falconry and fill up on delicious Hog Roast.
A great day for all the family.
Free entry (Croft Field and Gardens only)
For further information contact Epworth
(01427) 872268

Egg-citing Time For Youngsters

6 Apr 2015 10.30 - 3.00pm

Youngsters will be able to enjoy a really egg-citing time next month when they will be able to hunt for free Easter eggs.

The event, on Monday, April 6, will be taking place at one of North Lincolnshire's most popular tourist attractions � Epworth's Old Rectory.

"They'll be able to 'scramble' around in the Rectory's gardens and follow a trail that will lead them to the clues," said Gill Crawley, manager at the Grade 1 listed building, which is an accredited museum.

The egg hunt is open to children from the ages of five to 11 and runs from 10.30am until 3.00pm. There will also be craft activities taking place for a nominal charge.

The Old Rectory is famous throughout the world as the childhood home of John and Charles Wesley, who founded a movement that went on to become the Methodist Church.

Wesley Day Service

24 May 2015 7.30pm

Wesley Memorial Methodist Church

A special church service to celebrate John and Charles Wesley on this anniversary of John Wesley's conversion

Location: Wesley Memorial Methodist Church

Mowbray Fair

30 May 2015 11am-4pm

To celebrate Epworth's own William de Mowbray part in the sealing of Magna Carta in 1215, we will be having a Medieval living history re-enactment

Admission £2 adults. Children under 12, free

Location: Epworth Old Rectory croft

Epworth Music Event

20 June 2015 11am - 4pm

Annual music event that is rapidly becoming a town favourite. Acoustic bands will be playing in the Rectory's gardens, refreshments available from the Refectory

Location: Epworth Old Rectory Gardens

Volunteers Garden Party

9 July 2015 6pm - 9pm

An evening garden party for volunteers and friends of the Old Rectory. Our volunteers are free and are welcome to bring a guest. Guest ticket �5.00.

Evening will include light refreshments and a promenade talk around the Physic Garden by local herbalist Emma Warrener

Location: Epworth Old Rectory

Heritage Open Day

14 September 2015 2pm - 4.30pm

Timed free tours

Location: Epworth Old Rectory

Christmas craft fair

14 November 2015 10am - 3pm

Stalls and seasonal music in the Rectory that will be decorated for Christmas.

Admission £1 adult. Children under 12, free

Location: Epworth Old Rectory

2014 Events

Christmas Craft Fair

Dec 2014

Lovely handmade gifts for sale in the Rectory which will be decorated for Christmas.

Heritage Open Day

Sep 2014

Epworth Old Rectory will open specially for timed free tours as part of the national Heritage Open Days

Summer Craft Fair

Jul 2014

Entertainment, a wide range of stalls and games out on the croft

Summer Soiree with Strawberries

Jun 2014

A Summer concert of varied music

Wesley Spring Fair

May 2014

Refreshments and entertainment in the garden

Wesley Day Rally

May 2014

Special church service


Apr 2014

A fun quiz in teams

2013 Events

Christmas Craft Fair

Dec 2013

A wonderful opportunity to discover a lovely range of locally made crafts, the majority of which are hand-made, all in the festive atmosphere of Epworth Old Rectory

Heritage Open Day

Sep 2013

Special opening of the Rectory for timed tours as part of the National Heritage Open Days.

Concert by US choir - Starfire Singers

Aug 2013

Concert at Wesley Church in aid of Epworth Old Rectory to be given by Starfire Singers, youth choir from California

Summer Craft Fair

Jul 2013

A great opportunity to celebrate the craft-making skills of local people, enjoy live entertainment and refreshments all with Epworth Old Rectory as a backdrop.

Epworth Arts Festival at Epworth Old Rectory

May 2013

Live music and performances of dance in the grounds of Epworth Old Rectory - with strawberry teas being served.

Friends event

May 2013

The annual opportunity for the Friends of Epworth Old Rectory to come together to see developments at the Old Rectory and to share their ideas.

Epworth Arts Festival

May 2013 to Mon May 27 2013

A four day festival celebrating local talent across several different venues.

Museums at Night

May 2013

Late opening for free costumed timed tours of the Old Rectory


May 2013

Sponsor a hymn to be played and sung in aid of Epworth Old Rectory and Wesley Memorial Methodist Church organ fund

2012 Events

350 years of influence

Dec 2012 to Sun Dec 16 2012

Samuel Wesley would have been 350 in December 2012. We celebrated this with a lecture, exhibition and special united service at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, Epworth.

Christmas Craft Fair

Dec 2012

A wide range of quality hand-made crafts in the beautiful setting of the Old Rectory decorated for Christmas.Seasonal music, stalls and refreshments created a lovely atmosphere and visitors enjoyed their day.

Dramatic Tours by Candlelight

Oct 2012 to Sat Oct 27 2012

Two days in October saw the presentation of special dramatic tours. Visitors were guided around the house in candlelight by 'Hetty Wesley' and the maid 'Abigail', encountering various members of the Wesley household in different parts of the house. Visitors spoke positively of the experience and enjoyed being drawn into the stories of the house. The whole presentation was made by volunteer actors in period costume.

Heritage Open Day

Sep 2012

Free tours led by costumed guides ran all afternoon. We welcomed over 50 visitors who enjoyed discovering the stories of the Wesleys and then enjoyed tea and home-made scones in the refectory afterwards. We will participate again in Heritage Open Days 2013. Watch this space.

Summer craft fair

Jul 2012

A sunny day made the Summer Craft Fair a real success. Locally hand-made crafts were on sale - including honey, soap, silk, chocolate, preserves, paper goods, textiles, wooden goods and much more. Adults and children enjoyed 'splatting the rat' and 'hooking the duck'. The tombola and cake stall had sold out by lunchtime! The catering team worked very hard providing lunches, teas and refreshments all day. Everyone enjoyed the swing band music from 'Room 21 Big Band' and the skills of the young dancers from Epworth Performing Arts Academy. Thank you to everyone who came and to everyone who worked hard to make it happen. THe next craft fair is the Christmas one on 8th December 2012.

Annual Friends event

May 2012

In 2012 this was held on May 26th to connect with Wesley Day two days earlier. An afternoon was packed with activities - a garden tour, a tour of Wesley's villages and a special dramatized tour of the Old Rectory. This event is for the Friends of the Rectory and those who are interested in finding out more.

For more information about the Friends please click here

Museums at Night

May 2012

Museums at Night. This is a national event every May and Epworth Old Rectory has participated since 2010. In 2012 there were late tours by candlelit by guides in costume.

Family Fun and Sports Day

Apr 2012

The Family Fun and Sports Day was held in April 2012 as a celebration of the Olympics. We dodged the rain showers to run many races and side-shows with refreshments, stalls and a bouncy castle to add to the fun.

2011 Events

Christmas crafts

Dec 2011

The Christmas Craft fair in December 2011 brought together all sorts of seasonal gifts hand-made by local people. The 1st Belton Girl Guides sang carols and visitors enjoyed many stalls and seasonal refreshments.

Lydian Choir

Sep 2011

The Lydian Choir gave a concert in September 2011 at Wesley Church in aid of Epworth Old Rectory.

Easter Egg Hunt

Apr 2011

The Easter Egg hunt was held in the school Easter holidays 2011 and many children enjoyed hunting for eggs around the garden and brought their decorated eggs for the competition. Here is one of the winning entries.

Epworth Old Rectory, 1 Rectory Street, Epworth, North Lincolnshire DN9 1HX
Telephone: 01427 872268 - Registered Charity Number: 1140335