Celebrating the best of Wirral's heritage
HERITAGE Open Days are taking place across Wirral in
September 2016, in what promises to be 1 of the biggest and best festivals of its type
anywhere. More than 100 free events are scheduled to take place all around the
borough over a 9 day period between 3 September and 11 September 2016, to celebrate Wirral's
architecture, history and culture.
Heritage Open Days are a national initiative co-ordinated by the National Trust
but supported by many heritage groups and through funding from the People's
Postcode Lottery. As has become tradition, though nationally the festival only
runs for only 4 days, such is the scale of the Wirral programme that our
Heritage Open Days take place over 9 days.
Among the highlights this year is a visit the newly renovated World War II
air raid shelters at Birkenhead High School Academy. A chance to explore some of
the historic rooms of Leasowe Castle and the opportunity to take part in a
themed walk exploring the past, present and future of Wirral's Victorian
masterpiece, Flaybrick Cemetery, also stand out this year. The Wirral programme
is run entirely by volunteers and co-ordinated by Wirral History and Heritage
Association, with support from Wirral Council.
Cllr Jerry Williams, Wirral Council's Heritage Champion, said:- "Heritage
Open Days are one of the highlights of the tourism calendar for visitors and
residents alike, with nine fantastic days of Wirral's important culture, history
and heritage. From historic buildings and guided walks, to places of worship and
wonderful gardens, there is something for everyone to enjoy."
Details of the complete programme can be found
Pre-booking is essential for many events, so people are advised to reserve a
place as soon as possible.