Tours, talks and strawberry teas

Hedge planting at Epworth Old Rectory.
Hedge planting at Epworth Old Rectory.

A trio of Methodist-related events will take place in Epworth later this month, with two of them at the town’s Old Rectory museum.

The first is on May 17 when the Old Rectory – the childhood home of John and Charles Wesley – will be hosting free guided tours as part of the annual and national Open Museums at Night event.

Visitors will be able to have a free guided tour, led by guides dressed in eighteenth century costumes, who will explain the significance of the Wesleys and how the brothers formed a movement that went on to become the world-wide Methodist Church.

Tours are set to begin at 6pm after which they will run every half hour. The last conducted tour begins at 7.30pm

The following Friday, on May 24, there will be a Wesley Day Rally in Epworth’s Wesley Memorial Methodist Church on the High Street to celebrate the date of John Wesley’s conversion. A special church service will take place to begin at 7.30pm.

The next day, on Saturday, May 25 from noon, another event at the Old Rectory will be for both current Friends of the accredited museum and for anyone who might be considering joining them.

This will include a tour of the Grade I listed building to see how restoration work, transforming it back to how it would have looked in the early eighteenth century, is progressing. It will include exploration of the history of Methodism in local villages. Email

Weekend activities will all be part of the Epworth Arts Festival. On Monday there will be music and singing with strawberry teas in the Old Rectory garden from 11am to 4pm. Admission is free.