History lovers will be in their element this September when South Norfolk’s most treasured heritage sites throw open their doors. Sixteen South Norfolk attractions will be on show during this year's Heritage Open Days from 6-9 and 12-15 September.
The stunning heritage sites, many of which usually charge admission, will be free to the public all weekend and putting on special events.
South Norfolk Council’s Deputy Leader Councillor Michael Edney said:
"Events like these boost businesses in and around our historic markets towns and bring thousands of visitors to the district."
"We are fortunate to have some beautiful heritage sites in South Norfolk. From the Roman town at Caistor St Edmunds to the magnificent Wymondham Abbey.”
This is the tenth year that South Norfolk Council has supported Heritage Open Days, which are co-ordinated by The Forum in Norwich and presented in a 48-page Heritage Open Days brochure.
This year there are some new events and attractions, including a guided tour of Caistor St Edmund. Children can listen to the storyteller, join in an archaeological dig, or dress up as a Roman and go to training school.
Also new, the Christadelphian Hall in Bramerton is inviting people to have a look at their large collection of bibles – some are extremely rare and hundreds of years old. St Mary’s Church at Yelverton and Forncett St Mary Church are also joining in this year with exhibitions of local interest.
Visitors can also see a unique collection of spectacular steam engines at Forncett Steam Museum, enjoy guided tours of Wymondham Abbey and step back in time at the town’s third annual Vintage Day. Twelfth Century Becket’s Chapel will be hosting a history trail and exhibiting modern textiles, while the lesser known Doric Lodge will be offering tours.
There’s plenty to see and do around Diss too. History lovers can delve into the past at the town's museum and explore the Corn Hall, where they can enjoy performances, talks, tours, workshops and more. Albright of Diss, and Diss Iron Works will be offering glimpses into Diss’s hidden past while Designer Makers 21 will be hosting thatching demonstrations.
Another highlight is a tour of the public rooms at Ravenigham Hall which will include some of the extensive art collection housed there.