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Heritage Open Days 2014

Heritage Open Days

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

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.

Winter Gardens

Winter Gardens

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 opportunities: 
A great number of opportunities to discover what is actually on your doorstep - on guided walks around Lancaster's Dalton Square and the Friarage in the Middle Ages you can learn all about the district's fine buildings. One such building is the Quakers' Meeting House in Meeting House Lane; come and discover what's inside this Grade 2 Listed Building, built in 1652, and its impact on Lancaster today.  Explore the myths of Freemasonry and take a look inside the mysterious Masonic Lodge in Morecambe.

Buick at the Bradford to Morecambe Car Rally

Buick at the Bradford to Morecambe Car Rally

Take in the best views across Morecambe Bay from the open top double decker bus, or learn all about Morecambe's Art Deco past with a guided tour. Step back in time at the Platform with a Vintage Village Hall and Tea Room where you will find vintage stalls, enjoy homemade cakes  and enjoy tea served in vintage china. 

The Bradford to Morecambe Historic Vehicle Rally, taking place this weekend, will no doubt be quite a spectacle! From Bentleys to Buicks, over 140 vintage cars will be arriving along the promenade in a grand cavalcade to the Arena where you can take a closer look at these amazing vehicles. 



Lancaster Visitor Information Centre




01524 582394

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