Situated just to the north of Scunthorpe, the farm is part of the ‘Higher Level Environment Scheme’. It offers ‘open access’ to walkers on the hillside grassland, along with access routes around arable fields. It provides good views of the Trent Valley and hosts a variety of measures to encourage a diverse flora and fauna. Pre-booked group and school visits are also available; for these, refreshments can be provided, along with the use of the full range of facilities at the ‘Fenestra Conference Centre’, which is also to be found on the farm. The centre is suitable for a wide range of uses and activities.
Church Farm Trails and Fenestra Conference Centre
20-21 Visual Arts Centre
Visit North Lincolnshire’s lively contemporary visual arts centre offering a regularly changing programme of contemporary art and craft exhibitions, as well as related events and free creative activities for all ages. Located in a Grade II* listed building 20-21 also offers a shop stocking artist made goods and a cafe rated 5 stars for food hygiene. Admission free.
Wesley Methodist Memorial Church
This Methodist church in the heart of the town is set in beautiful gardens. It was built in 1889 as a memorial to John and Charles Wesley. Open throughout the year 10am – 4pm, conducted tours arranged through the minister. No charge – but donations always welcomed. 2014 sees a new Wesley Heritage garden.
St Andrew's Church
St Andrew’s Parish Church has been at the heart of Epworth life for around 800 years. Overlooking the town it provides an ideal base from which to explore the built and cultural history of Epworth. Both the church and the town have strong connections to the Wesley family; the Reverend Samuel Wesley was rector here from 1695 to 1735. His sons were born and brought up in Epworth. 2pm-4pm daily March to October (Other times by arrangement).
Thornton Abbey & Gatehouse
The ornate fortified gatehouse of Thornton Abbey is among the finest in Britain. There are remains of monastic buildings and an exhibition on the abbey’s history. Extensive restoration of the crumbling monastery and a new exterior staircase gives visitors easier access to the gatehouse and its haunting passageways and hidden alleys. The abbey offers a fantastic chance to experience history first-hand, and the grounds are a haven for wildlife and the ideal place to get away from it all.
Epworth Old Rectory
Epworth Old Rectory (built 1709) will transport you back to the early 18th century. This is the home where Samuel Wesley (Rector of Epworth) & his wife brought up their family. Their remarkable sons, John & Charles Wesley went on to develop the Methodist movement. Here, at the Old Rectory, you will see their childhood home. This house brings 18th century history alive and is a place where you can learn about the huge influence the Wesleys had on British religious, cultural & social life. For opening dates and times, please see our website.