Heritage Open Days 2019

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Be part of the celebration of the country’s fantastic architectural and cultural heritage. Search and explore the district’s hidden gems. Enjoy one-off tours, events and activities bringing history and culture to life. And even better it is all FREE.

This year Heritage Open Days will take place 13-22 September 2019. See events currently registered to take place in Lancaster and Morecambe Bay at this year’s Heritage Open Days below:




Butterfly House and Mini Zoo Tours – Williamson Park – Sunday 22nd September 11am-2pm, tours at 11.30am and 1pm.

Cottage Museum – Everyday from Friday 13th September until Sunday 22nd September: 1pm-4pm.

Discover the Hidden Garden – The Storey Gardens – Saturday 14th September 12pm-4pm.

Engineering, Elephants & Camaraderie – Halton Mill – Saturday 21st September 10am-4pm, tours at 11:30am & 2:30pm.

Iconography, art, architecture and history at St Joseph’s – St. Josephs Presbytery – Saturday 14th September: Icon Workshop 11.30am-1pm, History & Architecture presentation 2.30-3.30pm.

Judges’ Lodgings – Saturday 21st September: 11am-4pm and Sunday 22nd September: 11am-4pm.

Lancaster Castle – Saturday 21st September: 10am-4pm and Sunday 22nd September: 10am – 4pm.

“The Twisted Rose and Other Lives” – Lancaster City Museum – Thursday 19th September: 7pm-9pm.

Lancaster Grand Theatre Heritage Weekend – Lancaster Grand Theatre – Friday 13th September: 10am-3pm, Saturday 14th September: 10am-3pm, Sunday 15th September: 10am-3pm.

Lancaster Maritime Museum – Saturday 14th September: 10.30am-3pm.

Lancaster Priory – Saturday 14th September: 11.30am-3pm Tours at 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm and 2.30pm.

Lancaster Town Hall and Clock Tower Tour – Lancaster Town Hall – Saturday 14th September tours at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm.

Lancaster War Memorial – Garden of Remembrance – Friday 13th September: 3pm-4pm, Friday 20th September: 5pm-6pm and Saturday 21st September: 11am-12pm.

Ludus Dance – The Assembly Rooms – Saturday 21st September: 3:30-5:30; Tea Dance at 4pm.

Lune Bank Gardens Open Day and Tour – The Sea Scout Hut – Saturday 14th September: 11am-2pm.

On The War Path – Walking Tour of Lancaster’s Military History – Lancaster City Museum – Saturday 14th September: 1pm-4pm.

Open Spaces – Luneside Studios – Saturday 14th September: 10am – 4pm.

Quay Meadow Archaeological Finds Display –  Lancaster Maritime Museum – Saturday 21st September: 10am-4pm and Sunday 22nd September 10am-4pm.

Ryelands Park and House – Saturday 14th September 11am-2pm.

Standfast & Barracks Factory Tour – Saturday 14th September – tours every half hour between 10:30am & 3pm.

The Viking Settlement of Lower Lunesdale – Halton Mill – Friday 20th September, 7:30pm

Tour: War Memorial Village – Friday 13th September: 11am-12pm and 5pm -6pm, Saturday 14th September: 11am-12pm and Saturday 21st September: 2pm-3pm.

Tours of The Friends Meeting House – Sunday 15th September: 2pm-4pm Tours every 15 minutes.


Morecambe Bay

Morecambe War Memorial – Friday 20th September: 11am-12pm and 2pm-3pm.

Leighton Hall – Tuesday 17th September: 2pm-5pm.

A Grand Day Out: Morecambe Heritage – Saturday 21st September: 11.30am.

Morecambe Winter Gardens tours
Saturday 14 September: 11:15, 12:15, 13:15, 14:15, 15:15 (Tours 45 mins)
Sunday 15 September: 11:15, 12:15, 13:15, 14:15, 15:15 (Tours 45 mins)

Leighton Hall tours
Tuesday 17 September: 14:00-17:00

The Clergy Daughters’ School, Cowan Bridge
Sunday 22 September: 10:30-17:30

Heron Corn Mill Tours and Flax Processing Workshop
Saturday 14 September: Tours 11:00-16:00
Sunday 15 September: Tours 11:00-16:00
Drop-in Flax workshop: Sunday 13:00-16:00

Gunpowder Trail Walk
Saturday 21 September: 10:00 and 14:30 (Walk approx. 2 hours 15 minutes)

Lancaster Canal Special Bicentenary Boat Trip
Saturday 14 September: 11:00-16:00 (Each trip takes about 45 minutes.)
Saturday 21 September: 11:00-16:00 (Each trip takes about 45 minutes.)

Guided walk around Hincaster Tunnel
Sunday 22 September: 14:00-16:00 (2 hour walk)

Kirkhead Tower
Sunday 15 September: Tours at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 (Walk takes 1hr – 1.5hrs)

Cartmel Priory Gatehouse
Friday 13 September: 10:00-16:00
Friday 20 September: 10:00-16:00

Conishead Priory and Modern Buddhist Temple
Saturday 14 September: 11:00 -17:00
Sunday 15 September: 11:00 -17:00

Gleaston Water Mill
Friday 13 September: 11:00-16:30
Saturday 14 September: 11:00-16:30
Sunday 15 September: 11:00-16:30

Newland Furnace Trust
Saturday 14 September: 10:00-17:00
Sunday 15 September: 10:00-16:00
Saturday 21 September: 10:00-17:00
Sunday 22 September: 10:00-16:00

Swarthmoor Hall
Tuesday 17 September: 10:30-16:30 (Tours 40 minutes)
Wednesday 18 September: 10:30-16:30 (Tours 40 minutes)

Roxy Cinema Ulverston
Saturday 14 September: 10:00-13:00

Dalton Castle
Saturday 14 September: 11:00-17:00
Saturday 21 September: 11:00-17:00

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