This tour starts with a morning in Epworth, the little town where the Wesleys were born. Hear about his family in the house where he was lived and sit in the kitchen where Susannah held her famous house meetings. Then we walk a few yards not see the inn where John stayed on his return and his father’s church where, before gathering at the tomb on which he preached.
At the market cross our guide will read the actual words John preached there, then we visit the Wesley Memorial Church, hear how revival broke out in Epworth, and see the rival church set up by the ‘Kilhamites’ who also started in Epworth!
The half day tour ends at this point, but the full day tour then continues after lunch to visit Owston Ferry where John had many friends and nearly died crossing the river. We pass a number of his preaching places on our way to Gainsborough, to see the wonderful medieval Old Hall where John preached – and was famously disturbed by a cockerel!
THE WESLEY FAMILY HOME
FAMOUS SUSANNAH WESLEY'S KITCHEN
The Old Rectory Museum provides a wonderful insight into the Wesley family and their lives in isolated Epworth. You’ll hear about the fire, Susannah’s famous meetings in the kitchen, and ‘Old Jeffrey’ the ghost….
ST ANDREWS EPWORTH
VISIT SAMUEL WESLEY'S TOMB
Our guide will use Wesley’s Journals to put you in the precise place to hear the words spoken over 250 years ago! An enthralling spiritual experience.
GAINSBOROUGH'S AMAZING OLD HALL
A MEDIEVAL HALL - WESLEY AND THE NOISY COCKEREL
The Old Hall us an incredible medieval survival, and its owner invited Wesley to use it from preaching on several famous occasions. At first he was made unwelcome, but later was surrounded by friends. Hear how one cockerel refused to hear the Gospel….
TOUR DETAILS AND PRICING
WHATS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
Walking Tour with Guide around Epworth
Entrance to Old Rectory Museum
Entrance to Old Hall (full day only)
LOCAL EXCURSIONS & EXPERIENCES
We can arrange additional local excursions & experiences as part of your tour. Please ask for details & prices when you make your booking enquiry.
Cream Tea at Hodsock Priory
Traditional English Bell Ringing
Real Ale Beer Tasting
Sherwood Forest 'Red Bus' Tour
Half Day walking tour £75 (minimum for up to 7 persons) Then £10 per person up to £150 maximum. Plus £7.50 per head admission to Old Rectory.
Full Day - £125.00 (minimum for up to 7 persons)
Then £18 per person, up to £300 maximum. Plus per head entry fee to Old Rectory and Old Hall, approx. £14)
Transport not included but can be arranged.
Retford or locations within 25 miles; main line stations at Newark, Retford, Doncaster or Lincoln
Any size between individual and coach. Maximum of 25 is preferable, but more can be managed.
Refreshments & Meals:
Lunch and afternoon cream tea etc can be included as an addition. Please allow around £7-£10 a head depending on requirements.
Some old churches have limited accessibility.
Low, but note that access to some buildings requires use of steps.
Min. of 7 days advance booking. Winter bookings possible but sites are unheated and some lack electricity.
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We will arrange transport, accommodation and additional day and evening events if required. Look forward to hearing from you.
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