Heritage Open Days bringing history to life for visitors

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BUILDINGS of all ages, styles and functions open their doors to visitors each September as part of Heritage Open Days.

There is so much to see and do during the four-day event and many properties offer guided tours, special events and activities. 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.

BOURNE: Baldock’s Mill heritage centre and museum in Bourne will open from 2pm to 4pm today, tomorrow and 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.

STAMFORD: Tours of interesting medieval buildings undercrofts and commercial properties relating to Trade and Travel in the town will take place tomorrow from 2pm to 4pm. Meet at Stamford Town Hall, St Mary’s Hill. There is also a short tour and talk at the George Hotel referring to its association with the Great North Road. Meet at St John’s Church on Sunday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. To pre-book either tour contact Christine Stanier - 01780 754320.

The re-organised Stamford Collections Store (formerly part of Stamford Museum) can be seen tomorrow and Sunday from 2pm to 4pm. Find out how to access the objects, photographs, information files and more. Stamford Collections Store, Goldsmith’s Lane. Pre-book with Stamford Library on 01522 782010.

HELPSTON: John Clare Cottage at Helpston is offering guided tours of the property from 11am to 2pm tomorrow 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.

OUNDLE: Southwick Hall near Oundle will be open on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. The medieval/Elizabethan manor house includes exhibitions and grounds. Refreshments will be available. Contact 01832 274064.

PETERBOROUGH: Flag Fen and Longthorpe Tower are holding guided tours tomorrow and Sunday at 11am and 2pm. Tours will be held at Peterborough Museum at 11am and 2pm tomorrow and 2pm only on Sunday. The museum tour will include a look behind the scenes. There’s no need to book, just turn up. Normal admission charges apply.

A free heritage bus service will be running throughout the weekend at hourly intervals between Peterborough Museum, Flag Fen and Longthorpe Tower.

For further information and for the full heritage bus timetable please visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com. For further details about the events at Peterborough Museum and Longthorpe Tower call 01733 864 663 and for Flag Fen contact 01733 313414.

For more details visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk