Heritage Open Days back again

SCARBOROUGH'S annual Heritage Open Days event will get under way this Thursday.

Buildings across the country that are either not usually open to the public or that usually charge admission will open for free.

Other events such as guided walks will take place and are also free.

The event aims to raise public awareness of our architectural, built, historical or cultural heritage and will be on until Sunday.

Adrian Perry, chairman of Scarborough and District Civic Society, said that last year more than 3,000 people took part.

He added: "We've got a good programme for this year with some new places along with old favourites.

"We're really looking forward to it."

The Civic Society has joined forces with Scarborough Archaeological & Historical Society, Scarborough Museums Trust and Scarborough Borough Council to organise a varied programme of events at venues, which include:

- The Freemasons Lodge in St Nicholas Cliff, which was converted in 1884 from a private house by David Petch, architect. Building possibly has an 18th century core.

- Foulbridge Farm near Snainton, which is a Knights Templar Hall and a grade one listed building.

This is a place that sends shivers of excitement through anyone interested in Templar buildings, because their Great Hall still exists, but for a while nobody knew it was there!

- Futurist Theatre in Foreshore Road. The fifth largest theatre in the UK outside of London.

- Rotunda, the William Smith Museum of Geology which is a listed building grade II*. Described as the finest surviving purpose-built museum of its age in the country, it was built in 1828 to a design suggested by William Smith, 'Father of English Geology'.

- Scalby Heritage Walk. Led by Scalby Village Trust.

- Scarborough Art Gallery which is a listed building grade II*. Scarborough Art Gallery occupies two floors of a nineteenth-century Italianate villa in Scarborough's beautiful Crescent.

- Scarborough Collections at Woodend with store tours to see Scarborough's hidden treasures.

- Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre in Eastborough.

- Scarborough North Bay Railway with behind the scenes tour of the engine sheds.

- St Andrew's Church which is a listed building grade II* on Ramshill Road. Visit the new Heritage Chapel and view the model of Scarborough as it was in 1377.

- St Mary's Church which is a listed building grade I in Castle Road. An 800-year-old building with commanding views of Scarborough.

- Stephen Joseph Theatre on Westborough, Grade II listed, Art Deco. Tour behind the scenes at a world class theatre.

- Trinity House in St Sepulchre St is a listed building grade II*. Founded 1602, this building is one of only four Trinity Houses in the country. Visit the Board room.

- Woodend Creative Workspace a listed building grade II* in The Crescent. Home of the Sitwell family for many years. Visit the Sitwell Library.

A leaflet for these events is available via the Tourist Information Office. For booking of events (unless otherwise stated) please contact (01723) 384503 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Thursday 9 September

10am-4pm St Mary's Church

10am-5pm Rotunda Admission Free

10am-5pm Scarborough Art Gallery Admission Free

10am-4pm St Andrew's Church tours

1 pm Stephen Joseph Theatre (booking)

Friday 10 September

10am-4pm St Mary's Church

10am-5pm Rotunda Admission Free

10am-5pm Scarborough Art Gallery Admission Free

10am-2pm Scarborough Art Gallery Attic Tours (booking) Free

10am-4pm St Andrew's Church tours

11 am Futurist Theatre (booking)

11am-3pm Rotunda balcony tours (booking) Free

11am-4pm Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre

11am-3pm Scarborough Collections (booking)

1 pm Stephen Joseph Theatre (booking)

6.30pm Knights Templar Hall (booking)

Saturday 11 September

10am-4pm Crescent Gardens Art Trail

10am-4pm Freemasons Lodge

10am-5pm Rotunda Admission Free

10am-5pm Scarborough Art Gallery Admission Free

11am-4pm Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre

10am-4pm Trinity House

11am-3pm Woodend Creative Workspace

Sunday 12 September

10am-5pm Rotunda Admission Free

10am-5pm Scarborough Art Gallery Admission

Free

10am-12 noon Scarborough North Bay Railway

(booking)

11am-4pm Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre

1pm-4pm St Mary's Church

2 pm Scalby Heritage Walk (booking)

ABOVE ... The Rotunda museum

ABOVE ... The Futurist Theatre