The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham is to reopen for residential stays in the New Year with the launch of a new online booking system in mid-December. The Shrine will welcome visitors from 11th January 2021, initially taking reservations from individuals or households up until the end of March. However, from April onwards, COVID restrictions permitting, it will once again be open to group pilgrimages.
Groups who have booked for residential stays during the first three months of 2021 will need to rebook as individuals.
COVID restrictions remain in place and all visitors will be required to follow the control measures in place to protect themselves and others. Further information regarding safety will be sent upon booking.
The Shrine will accommodate up to 60 residents at any one time, to ensure that social distancing is maintained among visitors and, especially, to protect those gathered within the Refectory and Shrine Church. These constraints will be reviewed monthly as the tier system and vaccination programme is introduced throughout the UK. In line with current guidance, bookings can only be made by those from regions in tiers 1 and 2, and if tier ratings change after reservations have been made visits can be postponed.
Shrine accommodation will open from Monday to Friday each week, offering a maximum of four-night stays and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. The Shrine’s Café & Bar will remain closed, but meals and refreshments will be served from the Refectory team, offering bed & breakfast, half board and full board through winter. The Shrine Shop will also be open on restricted hours.
A limited Church programme will run for visitors including Evening Prayer, Mass and Shrine Prayers, full details will be available on the Shrine’s website (‘Services in the Shrine Church’ under the ‘Worship’ section. This programme will change as restrictions are changed and in response to demand.
The quickest way to book your stay will through our website https://www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk/