We welcome everyone to the Church, and suggest a programme along the following lines which can be adapted and changed around as required:
A Cup of Coffee or Tea on Arrival (maximum 40 persons)
Mass or Prayers
A History of the Church Talk
A talk of about 30 minutes describing the history of the Church and its Martyrs and will include access to both the wall paintings in the sacristy and the barn loft where Mass was said in secret during penal times. An Exhibition tracing the history of Chideock Village from Domesday and its connection with the Weld family is displayed in the adjoining Museum.
Bring Your Own Picnic Lunch
You are welcome to bring a packed lunch which can be taken in the museum, or tables can be put outside in good weather.
A walk around the village
There are three other points of interest in the village of Chideock. A ten minute walk from the Church is the unusual Weld Memorial Chapel with its richly decorated walls, which adjoins the Parish Church of St Giles. In a field leading from Ruins Lane in the village is the Martyrs Cross on the site of Chideock Castle.
Tea on Departure
We do not make any charge for Pilgrimages or Historical Visits. However, donations towards the upkeep and restoration of this historic building will be welcomed. Thank you very much.
The church car park holds about 15 cars or a coach. Parking is permitted on the road but it is narrow.
A range of cards, candles, booklets etc will be on sale during your visit.
There is one outside toilet.
If visitors which to extend their visit or stay overnight, the Chideock and Seatown Community Website is very informative.
“Worth travelling a long way to see. A treasure to behold”
D.N. New South Wales, Australia