Heritage Open Days 2014
Heritage Open Days
The Lancaster district is throwing open its doors once again with local buildings of every age, style and function taking part in the biggest free celebration of England's history, heritage and culture.
This year’s Heritage Open Days take place from Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 September 2014.
Heritage Open Days is a celebration of the country's rich architectural and cultural heritage, offering you free access to fascinating buildings of every age and style. Participating buildings range from castles to theatres and museums to town halls, as well as other hidden gems not normally open to the public. This is a chance to discover many hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours which bring to life the district's history and culture.
The Judge's Lodgings, Lancaster
Nearer the date, a full programme of events will be available online and from Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres (01524 582394 / 582808).
Did you know that the Judges' Lodgings is the oldest town house in Lancaster and used to be the home of Thomas Covell, the famous witchfinder-general who played a part in the trials and imprisonment of the Lancashire Witches? This year you will be able to view for the first time the house's gardens to the rear and share ideas for its future development.
Why not take the opportunity to step inside the fabulous Victorian Pavilion Theatre now known as the Winter Gardens in Morecambe or gaze over the fantastic array of classic bikes on show. Or take a trip to the quaint village of Heysham where you will find the remains of St Patrick's Chapel and see the ancient rock-hewn graves which are amongst the ruins.
2013's Heritage Open Days offered the following:
A great number of opportunities to discover what is actually on your doorstep - on guided walks around Lancaster to learn all about the district's fine buildings. One such building was the Quakers' Meeting House in Meeting House Lane, a Grade 2 Listed Building, built in 1652, and how it impacted on Lancaster today. The myths of Freemasonry and the inside of the mysterious Masonic Lodge in Morecambe.
Views across Morecambe Bay from an open top double decker bus, and tours of Morecambe's Art Deco past were available. A step back in time at the Platform with a Vintage Village Hall and Tea Room where vintage stalls, enjoy homemade cakes, tea served in vintage china could be found.
In 2014 there will be all this and more so don't forget to save the dates and take a peek at what is on your doorstep/