Heritage Open Days celebrates 25 years as England’s largest festival of history and culture. It brings together over 2,000 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers.
Running 13th – 22nd September 2019 it is your opportunity to see hidden places and new experiences across the country for free!
There are some great places opening their doors in Bury St Edmunds. Here are a pick of a few that are on offer:
Lost Bury St Edmunds, United Reformed Church, Whiting Street
An illustrated talk about the places that are no longer here but are remembered by many – Saturday 21st September 10:30am.
Tour of the Apex, Bury St Edmunds
Explore the backstage life of the Apex on a guided tour. Including the dressing rooms and an opportunity to stand on the stage. Thursday 19th and Friday 20th September – 10am and 11:30am. Booking required.
‘Dissent, Riot and Rebellion’, War Memorial, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds
Enjoy stories from 1100’s when the Abbey ruled through the next seven centuries and right up to very recent past. Saturday 14th and Sunday 22nd September at 10:30am. Booking required.
Ancient Library Tour, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Angel Hill
Learn about the ancient library and manuscripts in the Cathedral. With over 550 books mainly printed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Saturday 14th, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st September from 2pm to 4pm in 30-minute sessions. Booking required.
Bury St Edmunds Fire Station Tour
Tour the station with the trained fire crew, explaining the roles and responsibilities of the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service. Sunday 15th and Wednesday 18th September – 11am – 12pm and 2pm – 3pm. Booking required.
Guided Tour of the Athenaeum, Bury St Edmunds
Take a tour around the beautiful building on this 45-minute guided walk and large about this stunning assembly house. Sunday 22nd September – 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Booking required.
National Trust Ickworth
Experience the magnificent Italianate Palace in the heart of an ancient deer parks. Walk the tranquil parkland and discover the impressive house for free on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th – 9am to 5pm.
The Rise and Fall of Rougham Hall
A historical talk followed by a 2 hour walk to the ruins of Rougham Hall and back. Sunday 15th September – 10am to 1pm. Booking required.
West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village
Visit the award-winning reconstructed Anglo-Saxon Village and Museum. Sunday 22nd September – 10am to 5pm.
Rede Hall Farm Park, Chedburgh
See two breeds of Heavy Horse and take a walk around some of the farm showing fauna and flora conservation measures. Monday 16th and Wednesday 18th September – 10am to 12pm. Booking required.
To find out more about all the Heritage Open Days across the county and how to book visit the Heritage Open Days website.