The season for opening St Mary’s Conwy for visitors has now come to an end. Read below about what we provided and how to join our wonderful welcome team for 2022.
Contact us if you are interested in arranging a group visit (in or out of season).
St. Mary’s Church is in the heart of Conwy town, and it’s been a place of continuous worship for over 850 years. It’s a place of historical and spiritual significance, the site of Aberconwy Abbey and older than Conwy castle!
After a season of having to shut in 2020, were excited to open for a 10-week ‘high summer’ season in 2021 with our fully trained welcome team! There were weekly classical concerts and an art installation, as well as self-guided trails of the church and the graveyard.
The Butterfly Project
Summer 2021 was a very particular time in our history – the moment when we took the first, tentative steps out of the ‘chrysalis’ of confinement and protection. Just as the caterpillar is transformed through the darkness, we have emerged changed by our experience of the pandemic. But before we experience the total freedom of extending our wings, we are still fragile. Each beautiful, created and known by God. This was the inspiring idea of artist Jackie Ley’s, to allow all our visitors to record their feelings about the pandemic and their prayers on squares cut from OS maps, then made into origami butterflies and hung aloft in St Mary’s Conwy. We have also run workshops in local schools, as children and young people have been able to express their feelings, know the desires of their hearts are known to God and be encouraged to have hope in the future. He hears us when we pray.
We were also delighted to host an exhibition of young people’s work, inspired by our landscape:
Over the last two years, between March and October we have greeted a growing number of visitors (over 16,000 visitors in 2018, and 21,000 in 2019). When the volunteers talk about the time they have given, their most memorable experiences are the joy of meeting people from around the world, making new friends and enjoying a great community spirit.
Together, we have won accolades from our visitors by winning Trip Advisor awards for excellence in 2019, and the coveted ‘Travellers’ choice’ award in 2020.