A Church Trail is a question sheet that guides children and accompanying adults around a church and encourages them to engage with the architecture, history and furnishings. The Arts Society members voluntarily give their time to research and write the questions and corresponding answer sheets. The aim is to encourage 8-12 year olds and their families to learn about the building and inspire them to visit and enjoy other churches.

Church trails are researched, written and designed in a child friendly format. They are produced on two-sided A4 sheets to keep the cost of reproduction to a minimum. Once a trail has been tested, our members provide a CD and hard copy of the questions and answers to the church.

Dorset County was one of the first Societies to produce a Church Trail and have now completed three - St Mary's Puddletown, St Mary the Virgin Piddlehinton, All Saints Piddletrenthide.

At present a small team have almost completed the Children's Church Trail at St. George's Church, Fordington. The picture shows Helen Wagstaffe pointing out the crest on the stone pulpit showing the date 1592 ER (Elizabeth I) and then 34 (34th year of her reign).  They have discovered many other interesting facts about this church.

Please contact Helen Wagstaffe for more information 01300 341019 or