Heritage Open Days 2021

Every September thousands of volunteers across England organise events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.



Attractions and organisers in the district are planning their events for 2021. Please check back via this page or via the website www.heritageopendays.org.uk to find out more details as they become available. ‘In person’ events may be subject to current government guidelines and restrictions around Covid-19 – please check before attending.



The Music Room

Sun Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1EW

Like so many Landmarks, plenty of questions remain unanswered about the Music Room. It was built in about 1730 as a garden pavilion, probably for Oliver Marton, a prosperous lawyer of the Middle Temple, London.

The plasterwork of the Music Room itself took 6,000 hours of work to repair. It is an exceptional Baroque interior, where guests may now sleep as well as play the baby grand piano. On the walls are the Muses: eloquence, history, music, astronomy, tragedy, rhetoric, dancing, comedy and amorous poetry; with Apollo over the fireplace. A fruitful goddess with a torch presides over the ceiling. One Muse had vanished entirely and was recreated by the plasterers from Sutton Coldfield as a modern girl, big and busty, with a cheerful eye; she makes an excellent Muse of dancing.
Join us on these free open days to marvel at the careful restoration work.

Entry is free but must be pre-booked here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-landmark-trust-10429116340

History sheets will be available.

Event Times

Saturday 18 September: 1000-1600
Sunday 19 September: 1000-1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Visits must be pre-booked
Booking Contact: Fiona Keyte
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-landmark-trust-10429116340
Booking opens: 1 June 2021 09:00
Booking closes: 17 September 2021 09:00

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information




Newland Charcoal Iron Furnace

Newland Iron Furnace, Newland, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 7QG

Visitors will get the chance to look round the Newland Charcoal Iron Furnace. There will be an exhibition of the furnace history and operation and guided tours will be given to explain things further.

The site contains the remains of the Newland Charcoal Iron Furnace, an 18th century water powered blast furnace used for around 150 years to produce Pig Iron. Visitors are welcome to look at displays showing the history of the furnace and its restoration. Information on related industries is also provided. Guided tours around the furnace remains *and surrounding hamlet are provided throughout the day. Children supervised by parents or guardians are more than welcome.

Event Times

Saturday 11 September: 10:00 to 17:00
Sunday 12 September: 10:00 to 16:00
Saturday 18 September: 10:00 to 17:00
Sunday 19 September: 10:00 to 16:00

Booking Details

No booking required


Some of the site and tour route is available to wheelchair users. Parking is limited to about 6 vehicles. There is no room for coach parking.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

Tours will be given to all visitors who want one as part of their visit and can be tailored to their requirements.


The furnace is located in the hamlet of Newland off the A590, 1 mile north east of Ulverston. The roads leading to the furnace will be signed from the A590 at either the Murco/National Garage or Coal Yard.

Organised by

Newland Furnace Trust

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