Once again dozens of buildings in our district, some of which are not normally accessible to the public will be opening their doors for Heritage Open Days.
This year’s event, which is part of England’s biggest heritage festival will take place over ten days from 13 to 22 September with 48 local venues taking part.
Highlights this year include guided literary and heritage walks of Leamington, tours of St Mary’s Church in Warwick with an opportunity to visit the tower and see the bells, the chance to experience a Victorian school day at St John’s House Museum or take a guided tour of St Mary’s Priory and Abbey Ruins in Kenilworth. Many of the district’s churches will be open with volunteers on hand to show visitors around their fascinating interiors designed by the leading architects and artists of the day. Other local attractions including Packwood House, Baddesley Clinton, Lord Leycester Hospital and Hill Close Gardens will be offering free admission at limited times during the festival.
Bagot’s Castle in Baginton, a fascinating ancient monument lost in time for hundreds of year will be open from 12 noon to 4.30pm each day for the entire Heritage Open Days event.
The Castle’s Custodian David Hewer commented;
“This is the tenth consecutive year that we have taken part in Heritage Open Days. We think that this is a great opportunity for local people to discover a hidden treasure right on their doorstep. From small beginnings our visitor numbers for this event have grown year on year, with people of all ages, from families with young children to individuals or couples with an interest in local history enjoying an afternoon at our stunning 19-acre site.”
The Chairman of Warwick District Council, Councillor George Illingworth added;
“The Council is pleased to support and coordinate the district’s annual Heritage Open Days Festival. As this year’s events are taking place over ten consecutive days, there are even more opportunities for local people to take part in a guided tour or visit buildings and places of interest some of which are not normally open to the public, free of charge. I would like to thank the large number of volunteers who have once again given up their time to organise the fantastic range of activities taking place. “
A guide listing all the venues taking part and opening times is available from libraries and visitor information centres. Further information is available on the Heritage Open Days and Warwick District Council website and our Twitter and Facebook accounts.