The Church of England parish church of Whipsnade, also known by its unusual dedication to St Mary Magdalene, stands at the heart of this famous and beautiful village, and is the main spritual centre for the community. It is normally kept open for visits and prayer in daylight hours. As an 'ancient' church building, ours is relatively young: the church tower is the oldest part, dating from the sixteenth century, while the central part of the building is Georgian. At the opposite end to the tower the chancel is Victorian. We're particularly proud, after decades of campaigning and fundraising, to have a 21st-century addition at the south western corner, containing a servery, toilet and meeting room. 











Reverend Nicola Lenthall, 01582-872223


Lay Minister:

Dorothy Blackburn 01582-872670


Isobel Randall 01582-872552

Martin Rees 01582-873117

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Services are usually held every Sunday at 9.00am. Please check the list of services on the main church page.


The church celebrated the feast of Mary Magdalene, our patron saint, on Sunday 23rd July. Friends in Whipsnade and beyond enjoyed afternoon tea (see images below) which was followed by the annual St Mary Magdadalene Evensong service.

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The church extension is now complete. To see how the work progressed please click on the first image below and then on the arrow.

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About Us

The churches of St Mary the Virgin, Kensworth, St Mary the Virgin, Studham and St Mary Magdalene, Whipsnade are in the Deanery of Dunstable in the Diocese of St Albans.

Our Vicar is the Reverend Nicola Lenthall.

T: 01582-872223



For more information about our churches please use the link above.

To visit us

Kensworth Church:

Church End, LU6 3RA


Studham Church:

Church Road, LU6 2NW


Whipsnade Church:

The Green, LU6 2LL