South Glos Heritage Open Days 2010

Posted on Wednesday 25th August 2010 at 8:18 am by SH (Editor)

Whether it’s a trip to the beautiful baroque mansion at Dyrham Park or a peak at the old engine sheds at the Avon Valley Railway in Bitton, there is something for everyone during this year’s Heritage Open Days.

Unlock the secrets of the past and celebrate architecture and culture with all the family during this annual event which runs from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th September at various locations across South Gloucestershire.

Some 26 properties and sites are taking part including Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Ram Hill Colliery in Coalpit Heath, the Rolls Royce Heritage Trust in Patchway, Thornbury Castle and St Mary’s Church in Yate, a grade I listed building dating from Norman times. They will all be opening their doors to the public for free and guided walks will take place at Thornbury Castle gardens and there will be free admission to the National Trust site at Dyrham Park on Saturday 11th.

Cllr Brian Allinson, executive member for planning, transportation and the strategic environment, said: “With so many historical treasures to explore in South Gloucestershire, I would encourage everyone to get out and about this September and discover England’s rich architectural and cultural heritage. This is the 14th year that South Gloucestershire Council has put a programme of local events together and as well as the firm favourites, the old police station in Chipping Sodbury, the 19th century Oldwood Pits in Rangeworthy and the grotto at Warmley House feature for the first time this year.”

Visitors will need to book on some of the tours and visits. A leaflet containing full details of the English Heritage event is available at libraries and main council offices or by calling 01454 863592. The leaflet may also be downloaded here [PDF, 760KB].

Related link: South Gloucestershire Museums and Heritage

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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