The Heritage Open Day 2019 Durham events have been extended to 10 days, with 80 venues throwing open their doors. Here's the date, time and schedule for 2019.
The Durham Heritage Open Days festival - which is now in its 25th year - will feature 10 consecutive days of events celebrating the architecture, parks, gardens and culture of County Durham.
Usually just taking place over a weekend, the Heritage Open Days events have been extended to 10 days, with 80 venues putting on events for the public.
In County Durham, the events not only includes venues that have waived their usual admission price for the duration of the Heritage Open Days, but also features some special events and places not usually open to the public, as well as a series of guided walks.
What's the Durham Heritage Open Days date?
The Heritage Open Days in County Durham take place from Friday September 13 to Sunday September 22.
What sort of things can I see during the Heritage Open Days?
There's everything from stone masonry demonstrations to cheese making tours. Some events will give access to painting and art collections, and hidden architectural treasures, while others will give access to Durham's churches, castles and cathedral.
It's not just buildings either; during the Durham Heritage Open Days, visitors can explore outdoor spaces such as the restored Old Durham Gardens and a poetry trail through the North End allotments. There's also a chance to learn about significant historical remains such as those of Beaurepaire Manor House and Binchester Roman Fort.
Railway enthusiasts can ride on the Thorpe Light Railway, enjoy a talk about the progress made preserving the Stockton and Darlington Railway, take a historical walk along a section of its original track bed, and see the sights of the Locomotion museum in Shildon on its special themed tours.
Is there anything special I should look out for?
Highlights of the Heritage Open Days festival include an opportunity to visit Consett's Allensford Blast Furnace, the earliest surviving ore-roasting kiln in Britain; cheese making in Butterknowle, Teesdale; and a walk-through art installation at Peterlee's Apollo Pavilion, featuring lights and inflatables.
How much do the Heritage Open Days in Durham cost?
All activities are free, but booking is required for some tours and activities.
Is there a full list of Heritage Open Day events in Durham?
Yes - you can grab a brochure from a council customer access point or library, which will also include booking details. You can also find more details at heritageopendays.org.uk.