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Website development

ExploreChurches is always changing. We are uploading new themed lists, trails, stories, events and churches each and every month. We also manage and get involved in projects around the UK, which lead to specific content here. On this page we will keep you updated about content, our current targets and priorities and our future development plans.

If you have ideas about how we could improve ExploreChurches, please do get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

Current content & priorities

We set targets for the site every year and measure our KPIs every month.

We upload new content every week and promote it far and wide, including on our own social media channels.

At the end of April 2020

  • Number of churches : 4000+
  • Number of themed lists, stories, trails : 24
  • Number of regional landing pages : 10
  • Number of themed landing pages : 4
  • Number of festival pages : 1

Targets

10000 churches by the end of 2023.
Integrated booking system for church events, tours and trips, our Experiences by ExploreChurches.
Ongoing and updated statistics for the church tourism sector.

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EC version three

ExploreChurches was expanded to include a booking module, thanks to a project funded by VisitBritain. Providers, including churches, can now create and promote Experiences via the website. Tour operators and individuals can create an account, choose favourites and book.

EC version two

ExploreChurches was rebuilt, with a brighter, fresher design in the summer of 2018. We also added more content types, including trails, events and the ability to add sponsorship or advertising in order to help with the financial sustainability of the site. We launched with lots of new content in September 2018, including adding an events calendar. We have also added extra content types to church pages, enabling you to upload guidebooks or leaflets, list regular events and services and more detailed facilities tags.

EC version one

ExploreChurches first launched in November 2016. In the following 18 months we uploaded over 2000 churches and around 45 themed lists. The website attracted around 5000 visitors per month and we engaged with around 45000 people per month on social media

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