Discover treasures at Baldock’s Mill in Bourne and John Clare Cottage in Helpston

John Clare Cottage in Helpston
John Clare Cottage in Helpston
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EVERY September, buildings of all ages, styles and functions open their doors to visitors as part of Heritage Open Days.

It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures on your doorstep and further afield. Many properties offer guided tours, special events and activities. There is so much to see and do during the four-day event. Heritage Open Days brings history to life for everyone, whatever their background, age and ability. From castles to city halls, tunnels to tower tops, police cells to private homes, workshops to woodland walks, the variety of places and ways to discover them are endless.

Baldock’s Mill heritage centre and museum in Bourne will open from 2pm to 4pm Thursday to Sunday. The old watermill contains three floors of exhibitions including: Raymond Mays motor racing; Charles Frederick Worth’s haute couture and a gallery of Bourne’s history and heritage as well as two water wheels producing power. The Mill also has a shop that sells a range of gifts and publications, pamphlets and maps relating to Bourne and the specialist displays.

John Clare Cottage at Helpston is offering guided tours of the property from 11am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Numbers are limited to 20 people at a time due to the size of the Cottage and people are advised to book ahead. To reserve a place please contact 01733 253330. The cottage is open from 10am to 4pm on both days.

Heritage Open Days run from Thursday to Sunday at venues across the country. For details of participating properties and opening times visit