Discover the heritage right on your doorstep as some of Burnley’s historic gems throw their doors open to celebrate Heritage Open Days.
Taking place between 7-10th September, the heritage days will offer residents and visitors a chance to step inside some of the town’s most iconic and historic buildings.
With 11 free events taking place people will be able to discover the hidden stories and historical secrets that form part of Burnley’s rich and diverse history.
The heritage festival starts with a tour around St Andrew’s Parish Church on Thursday (7th September) followed by a guided tour around Burnley Youth Theatre building.
Amongst the attractions there will be a rare opportunity to see Burnley Town Hall, hear the story behind the impressive council chamber, and have a sneak peek into old police cells.
The ‘jewel in Burnley’s crown’ Towneley Hall will also be open for Heritage Open Days from noon until 4pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Visitors will be able to enjoy one hour mini-tours of period rooms covering several centuries of life at the hall.
People can also enjoy a free visit to Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley’s ‘little Downton’, on Saturday (9th September) and see original plaster ceilings, beautiful decorative panelling and luxuriant Victorian rooms showing off furniture, ceramics and portraits.
Other sites taking part are Canalside, Crematorium, All Saints Church, St John’s Church in Cliviger, and Weavers’ Triangle Visitor Centre.
The weekend will be drawn to a close with the annual heritage and woodland festival in Towneley Park (Sunday 10th, noon to 4pm). The festival will include woodcarving and chainsaw sculpture displays, guided walks, craft and exhibition stalls, war re-enactments and much, much more.
Councillor Lian Pate, Burnley Council’s executive member for community and leisure services, said: “Burnley is rich with historical buildings, many of which we see but perhaps don’t often look inside. The weekend allows people to peek ‘behind the curtain’, for free, and get a proper look at Burnley’s proud heritage, and to find out more about some of our best architectural and cultural gems.”
The 2017 Heritage Open Days have been organised locally by Burnley Civic Trust with support from Burnley Council and participating venues.
A copy of Burnley Heritage Open Days brochure is available at Burnley Town Hall reception, and online at bit.ly/BurnleyHOD2017.