24th March 2021
A year ago, the Shrine was forced to close its doors, today we are delighted to welcome you back to the nation’s favourite spiritual place. The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, reopens to pilgrims and visitors on 7th June 2021.
Dear pilgrims, friends and supporters,
From June 7th you may now book your pilgrimage to the Shrine in groups of six individuals, more if your household has more than six occupants. Our accommodation will initially be limited to sixty people on site, open seven days a week. Social distancing will remain in place in the Shrine Church and gardens, the Pilgrim Refectory, Norton’s Café Bar and the Shrine Shop – full guidelines will be sent to you upon booking. Signage to assist you will remain in place and we will continue to provide enhanced cleaning services to keep you safe at all times.
When will all restrictions end?
From June 21st, Covid-19 guidance permitting, lockdown and all restrictions ought to end – from this point we hope we can accept larger groups with no limits on gatherings or any of our services. We intend to reopen all buildings and rooms from this date – catering for around two-hundred resident pilgrims each day.
Who is welcome?
Everyone is welcome at this unique Christian sanctuary – what we have come to call the House of God and Gate of Heaven – situated in beautiful rural North Norfolk, just six miles from the sea. This vision of a sanctuary, and of the Blessed Virgin Mary within it, is one which resonates with all pilgrims and visitors to the Shrine – a place that nourishes, renews and restores, preparing us for a new life after the disruption and distress of the past year.
A sanctuary for you
Here in ancient Walsingham, you can connect with your spiritual life, find prayerful encouragement in life’s journey and healing in the deep peace and tranquillity of the Shrine.
The Shrine stands as a witness to God’s presence in human history. The Holy House – this unique treasured space – recalls how at the Annunciation Mary became like the Holy of holies in the Jerusalem Temple – the place where God came to live with us in a particular way.
Join us again or for your first time
“In you is built new Nazareth” the mid-fifteenth-century ‘Pynson Ballad’ says of Walsingham. Here, in England’s Nazareth, we are reminded that God has dwelt amongst us, lived in our midst and shared our human nature. We want to share our treasure with you – do come and stay, and join us in prayer and thanksgiving.
Book now directly online at www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk, or email our expert hospitality team on firstname.lastname@example.org