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Activities for this year's Heritage Open Days celebration
THOUSANDS of people from across the region have already taken the chance to visit forgotten and disused venues normally closed to the public.
And thousands more are expected to go to a total of 391 North-East venues and a further 115 in North Yorkshire open to the public on various days and times from today, Thursday, September 12 to Sunday, September 15 as part of this year’s Open Heritage Days celebrations.
This year is thought to be a record for the number of activities and events include and will be poetry festivals, walking tours and the chance to visit disused railway stations.
In County Durham the official Open Heritage Days website, heritageopendays.org.uk, put the number of venues at 79, beating last year’s then record 68 venues.
Coun Neil Foster, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for economic regeneration, explained most event were organised by volunteers.
He said: “It’s not just a chance to visit one of the county’s dozens of historic buildings, there’s so much more to make the most of, from becoming a stonemason for the day or taking a 1950s coach trip around the Durham Dales or enjoying live music in the beautiful surroundings of Old Durham Gardens.”
Activities in County Durham include: *Free admission to Durham Town Hall, the DLI Museum, Durham Art Gallery, Auckland Castle, Binchester Roman Fort and East Durham Heritage and Lifeboat Centre *The opportunity to work as a Victorian Washer boy at Killhope: the North of England Lead Mining Museum.
*A guided tour of the hidden woodland retreat of Flass Vale in Durham.
*An insight into the history of Peterlee’s controversial Apollo Pavilion, a walking structure which is also a piece of art. The 1950s structure has attracted graffiti but was still listed as a Grade II* building in 2011.
*Attend a drama at Station House in Bishop Auckland. New this year, the ‘station master’ will be in costume to talk to the public and there will also be the chance to listen to music and browse local archives.
Activities in Darlington include: *The Tees Cottage Pumping Station, the Victorian waterworks on Coniscliffe Road.
*Visit usually unseen parts of the Grade I-listed St Cuthbert’s Church, which dates from the 13th Century and is one of the most important churches in the north of England. The belfry will be opened and there is an opportunity to climb up to see the church’s famous eight bells.
*Guided tours of Crown Street Library, Head of Steam train museum and the Civic Theatre. Darlington Model Railway Club will also be exhibiting working layouts at the museum.
*A trail walk at Westbrook Villas where pioneers of the railways once lived.
*Visit Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College which was founded as a grammar school 450 years ago.
Activities in Teesside include: *Meeting costumed charges at Ormesby Hall, a Georgian mansion Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough.
*Yarm Methodist Church where ‘John Wesley’ himself will attend.
*Voices from the Past event, including guided tours at Gisborough Priory and Gardens in Guisborough.
*Visiting the Grade II*-listed St Nicholas’s church in Guisborough Activities in North Yorkshire include: *Walking with Saints, Celebrating St Anne’s 600th anniversary at Catterick Village. There will also be a planned walk around the area.
*Visit Dishforth Hall in Dishforth, winner of the Ripon Society’s Best Restored Building Award.
*Fountains Abbey, Studley royal, Nunninghal Hall and Nostel Priory will also throw their doors open for free on Saturday, September 15.
*The Visit Witch of the Woods event on Saturday, September 14. Take a walk from village of Galphay to a 400 cottage near Fountains Abbey and find out about the legend of the witch.
*Go to Aysgarth Station Heritage Site which this year will have a Victoritan theme.
Activities in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear include: *Have a peek behind the scenes at The Sunderland Empire.
*Go to the Newbiggin Methodist chapel. Built in 1759, it is believed to be the oldest Methodist place of worship in continuous use as a chapel in the world.
*The Flodden Monument, at Branxton, Northumberland. Guided walks to commemorate the 500 year anniversary of the battle.
*Illuminating the Lindisfarne Gospels Festival at Blyth.
*A Weekend of Words at the Castle Keep, Newcastle, A weekend of poetry.
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