Try bellringing at Grade I-listed St Edith's Church at Monks Kirby for Heritage Open Days

St Edith's Church in Monks Kirby.

St Edith's Church in Monks Kirby.

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Visitors can try bellringing at St Edith’s Church in Monks Kirby as it opens its doors for the 2016 Heritage Open Days festival.

The large Grade I-listed priory church dating from 1077 will be open between 10am and 5pm from Thursday September 8 to Sunday September 11.

Also on offer are two free introductory sessions to bell-ringing for anyone wishing to try out a new hobby and learn about the bells, including one cast in 1390. There is no need to book a place – just turn up on Thursday between noon and 2pm or on Sunday between noon and 4pm.

Visitors to the church will be able to admire this imposing building located in a tranquil rural setting. The stained glass windows are widely acclaimed.

Loyd Grossman, patron of Heritage Open Days, said: “At a time when many of our heritage sites, museums and buildings of cultural interest are under increasing economic pressure it’s heart-warming to see the number of Heritage Open Days events continue to grow. Our army of volunteers play an important role in championing our wonderfully diverse local heritage, opening up doors and keeping access free for these very special four days every year. We are keen to encourage people to stand up for the places that are important to them by bringing to life their stories for everyone to enjoy.”

Heritage Open Days is the largest heritage festival in the country. In 2015, over 4,800 events welcomed around three million visitors across England. Heritage Open Days operates as part of the National Trust with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Every single Heritage Open Days event is free, including access to many sites that usually charge for admission. For details and opening times, visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk