Lowestoft Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.

Lowestoft was 13 in the UK for number of events last year, with over 10,000 visits to the various sites and events across the town. The HOD’s committee are full steam ahead to make 2019 another great year.

Many venues have already registered, and more are coming online every day.

East Anglian Transport Museum will be running a free hourly bus service between venues in an Eastern Coach Works liveried bus from 10.30am – 16.30pm on 14 September, so you can travel in historic style.

In North Lowestoft, the Town Hall will be open with stalls from local groups and tours of the building by Lowestoft Town Councillors.  Many properties along the historic High Street are open, the old chemist shop is a must see and new for 2019 is 30 High Street, previously home of Admiral Sir Thomas Allin. 

There are events to celebrate the Heritage Action Zone and The Ness, the UK’s most easterly park, with a series of talks at Blackshore, a new clothing company on Whapload Road on the 21-22 September. Lowestoft Maritime Museum, a little gem, is open and entry is free during HODs. Dean Parkin is devising a free Lowestoft The Ness Big Quiz which you can pick up from various venues over the Festival.

Easterly Artists have a pop up exhibition at 161-165 London Road North on the HODs theme – People Power.

Port House will be open every day from 13 – 22 September, with the biggest ever staged picture exhibition by Bert Collyer.

The exhibition space at the Parcels Sorting Office, Lowestoft Train Station has a full afternoon of talks on 14 September including one by TV’s “Flog it” presenter, Elizabeth Talbot.

Marina Theatre are hosting backstage tours and free workshops and you can tour Bethel Theatre, home to the Lowestoft Players. Top of the Tower Tours will be taking place at Our Lady Star of Sea church for great views over the town.

Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club will be opening their doors and you can visit LT472, Excelsior, one of the nation’s 60 most important historic vessels all on 20-22 September. International Boatbuilding Training College is well worth a visit to see boatbuilding in action.

Pakefield Old Lighthouse will be open in the grounds at Pontins at the southern end of the Festival.

With Living Library of Lowestoft at the main Library and lots of surprise free events at Lowestoft Museum there are venues and events for all ages.

Lowestoft Heritage Open Days runs 13th-22nd September 2019. You can search for events here www.heritageopendays.org.uk and keep an eye on Facebook @heritageopendayslowestoft for updates.

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