Heritage sites – including some run by B&NES Council – will be opening their doors and inviting residents and visitors to explore their unique attractions this weekend.
A wide range of events and activities will take place in the museums, galleries and heritage sites of Bath and North East Somerset, and over 20 sites will be opening their doors to the public from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 September to celebrate Heritage Open Days 2011.
Visitors will be able to explore the long tradition of pot-making in Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution’s ‘Earth + fire = Vessel’ exhibition and view rare jugs from Japan and Pompeii on Saturday 10 September.
They will also be given the opportunity to visit eight of the fascinating religious buildings in Widcombe and enjoy their tea at Widcombe Baptist Church and St Thomas a Becket on Sunday 11 September.
The programme of events includes a tour of Englishcombe village and tithe barn, with a 10-minute talk in the barn, viewing of photos of the old village at the post office and a closing talk in the church on Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September.
Councillor Cherry Beath (Lib-Dem, Combe Down), Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “Bath & North East Somerset Council is proud to support Heritage Open Days and celebrate the distinctive array of heritage sites which are open during this special weekend.
“I thoroughly recommend these open days as I’ve personally found them to be a really good way of getting to know about this area’s rich heritage in more detail, and have usually come away having discovered something new. Visitors have the chance to explore some new places this year and to enjoy some old favourites.”
Residents can even go behind the scenes at the May Gurney Recycling Depot, in Keynsham, to see how Bath & North East Somerset Council’s recycling trucks work and discover how the items they put in their green boxes, blue bags and food waste containers are sorted for recycling.
Guided tours of the recycling depot will run at 10am, 11am and 12noon on Saturday 10 September 2011. Spaces are limited to 20 per tour and must be booked in advance by calling the Council on 01225 394041 or emailing [email protected].
Sturdy enclosed shoes must be worn and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Heritage Open Days activities take place all over England from 8-11 September 2011 as part of European Heritage Days in which 50 countries participate.
According to the Heritage Open Days Report 2010, last year 82 per cent of the visitors in England saw their knowledge increase, and 80 per cent of them felt more proud of their local area.
For more details of Heritage Open Days 2011, including listings and the online leaflet, visit Bath & North East Somerset Council’s website
or pick up a leaflet in your local library.