Last Updated: 8/8/2020 @ 00:00

  PLEASE AVOID WEEKENDS
Thank you for supporting the Shrine.
We ask pilgrims to avoid visiting on weekends as we are often at capacity.
When we are at capacity we regret that you will be turned away.
We however encourage you to visit on weekdays when it is much quieter. Thank you.  

Easing of restrictions

We are delighted, that following the easing of restrictions with respect to places of worship, the Shrine site at Houghton-St-Giles opened for private prayer on Monday 15 June and for public Mass from Saturday 4th July.  The Slipper Chapel Shop and Tea Room are also offering a limited service in accordance with government guidelines.

The Shrine’s accommodation at Elmham House has reopened and is taking bookings for August through to the end of next year.

Thank you to all our pilgrims and visitors for their understanding, patience and support at this time. The Shrine is closely monitoring the guidance being issued at national and local level with respect to coronavirus and you are encouraged to refer back to this website on a regular basis for updates.

Face Coverings

In line with HM Government guidelines into force from 8th August 2020 with respect to places of worship, face coverings should be worn in the Shrine’s chapels at all times and in all public interior spaces such as the Slipper Chapel Shop and the Shrine’s Accommodation.  They should also be worn outside when social distancing cannot be achieved.  This policy is to protect all praying and working at the Shrine as well as those living in the local area.  Please bring your own face coverings.

Social Distancing

Visitors are required to adhere to HM Government’s social distancing guidelines at all times. 

In the Chapel of Reconciliation, each suitable seat has been marked with a green “tick”.  Stewards will assure the seating capacity (50 places) is not exceeded.  Further seating is available in the outside domain.  Space is limited in the Slipper Chapel building so only a handful of people will be permitted inside at any one time.

Midday Mass in the Chapel of Reconciliation

Public Masses resumed on the 4th July and we ask visitors to note the following:

  • Stewards: stewards will be at the entrance and exits of chapels to welcome you, answer questions and assure capacity of chapels is not exceeded.
  • Online Collection: there will be no collection during Mass to minimise the risk of cross contamination. We invite people to give online through www.walsingham.org.uk/support-shrine and ask you to consider making a regular gift to assist the Shrine in this challenging time.  If you prefer to send a cheque, please follow the same link and select “cheque” as a payment option.
  • Holy Communion: in line with Bishop’s Conference guidelines, communion will be offered at the end of Mass.  The priest will give Holy Communion in the hand.  Please extend your arms out fully to ensure some degree of distancing. Further details will be provided at Mass.
  • Singing: we regret there will be no “congregational” singing for the time being.

Please note:  the morning 09.30 Mass in the Slipper Chapel will for now not be open to the public.  This Mass will however be accessible online as part of our 24/7 livestream and can be followed at www.walsingham.org.uk/livestream.

Chapel Opening Times

(Please note: timings are subject to change at short notice)

The Slipper Chapel will be open daily between 10.30am and 4pm.

The Chapel of Our Lady of Reconciliation will also be open daily between 10am and 1pm and then between 2pm and 5pm.

Stewards will be on-hand to welcome you, direct you and light candles for you.  Please ensure social distancing when queuing and follow the instructions of stewards on site.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available at the Shrine between 11am and midday or by appointment with the duty priest in the outside domain.

Shrine Parking open between 09.30am and 5pm

Owing to the limited capacity of the Shrine to receive visitors due to social distancing regulations, only the Shrine car park will be in operation.  It will be open between 09.30am and 5pm.  When all spaces are filled (approximately 50), pilgrims will be directed to spend time in Walsingham*, Wells-next-the-Sea** and the surrounding area, and are invited to return later in the day.  We regret that owing to the narrow roads by the Shrine there will be no capacity for vehicles queuing or parking on the roads approaching the Shrine.

* Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Friday Market Place is open for private prayer daily between 10 and 11.30am, Monday to Friday

** Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea open for private prayer Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10 and 11am

Walsingham 24/7 Livestream

In response to the current situation, in addition to our regular noon Mass transmission, the enhanced 24/7 livestream schedule includes:

  • Morning Prayer
  • Morning Mass
  • A Talk
  • Morning Rosary
  • Midday Angelus and Mass
  • Adoration
  • Divine Mercy Chaplet, Benediction and Rosary
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Talks / Spiritual Readings
  • Vespers

For the latest schedule visit www.walsingham.org.uk/livestream.

Prayer Intentions & Lighting A Candle

Each day those who are suffering from the coronavirus, those who have died, their loved ones and those who care for them are being remembered in prayers at the Shrine.

If you would like for us to pray for a special intention or wish to have a candle lit for you, you may do so in person, or through our webpage www.walsingham.org.uk/light-a-candle/ or call 01328 820 495.  Your intention will be placed before the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham in the Slipper Chapel.

Organised Pilgrimages

We regret at that owing to the current coronavirus situation all organised pilgrimages to Walsingham between now and at least 31st July 2020 are cancelled. These measures have been introduced to reduce the risk of transmittal of the virus between pilgrims and to staff and the local community. We are in the process of contacting organisers to update them of this situation and may need to extend the cancellations further into the year. Further details will be published on this website.

Accommodation

Accommodation at Elmham House and Dowry House will remain closed until the end of July.  These measures have been introduced to reduce the risk of transmittal of the virus between pilgrims and to staff and the local community. Depending on how the pandemic develops, we may need to extend the closure. Further details will be published on this website. We will be in touch with those who have bookings in this period to advise them of situation and next steps.

Slipper Chapel Shop

The Slipper Chapel Shop reopened to pilgrims on 15 June 2020.  Online orders for statues, rosaries and other pilgrim gifts for future disptach can be made at shop.walsingham.org.uk. By ordering through our shop you are directly supporting the Shrine.  Thank you.

Shrine Tea Room

The Shrine Tea Room is open daily offering a takeaway service including barista coffee, tea, cakes, sandwiches and other meal options.

 

Useful Links

Archbishops’ Letter on Resumption of Collective Worship
Bishops’ Conference Guidelines on COVID-19
Government Guidelines on COVID-19