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Historic landmarks across Suffolk and north Essex will be welcoming visitors during this September’s Heritage Open Days

PUBLISHED: 23:17 04 September 2017

The picturesque Bourne Water Mill at Colchester. Picture: ANDREW MUTIMER

The picturesque Bourne Water Mill at Colchester. Picture: ANDREW MUTIMER

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Take your family to learn about our local history as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days festival.

Explore the 200-year-old Theatre Royal this weekend. Picture: PHIL MORLEYExplore the 200-year-old Theatre Royal this weekend. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

From this Thursday, September 7, to Sunday, September 10, members of the public will be able to enjoy access to many well-known buildings around Suffolk and north Essex as part of the annual Heritage Open Days.

Visitors to the various heritage buildings will be able to see a whole range of historic places that are rarely available to the public eye, as well as visit many popular attractions that are open all-year round.

Cabinet member for heritage, councillor Tony Goldson said: “Suffolk Record Office is hosting a series of free Heritage Open Days as part of England’s largest heritage festival. The events around the county will promote Suffolk’s marvellous heritage using uniqe and irreplaceable archives and fantastic printed materials.

“We hope to encourage people to get involved, by exploring, and discovering more about the history of their local area and how they might use the Suffolk Record Office in future.”

Over the weekend, there will be tours of Bury St Edmunds’ Theatre Royal where the public will be able to go behind the scenes and learn about the theatre’s 200 years of history.
As well as theatres, people will be able to have the opportunity witnessing the turning wheel of Colchester’s Bourne Mill, that was originally a fishing lodge in the 16th century, and walk around the picturesque gardens.

Classic cars on display outside the Felixstowe Museum. Picture: TIM GARRETT-MOOREClassic cars on display outside the Felixstowe Museum. Picture: TIM GARRETT-MOORE

Felixstowe Museum will also be opening its doors to show visitors around Britain’s last remaining purpose-built Submarine Mining Establishment, where people can learn about Felixstowes local history, as well as military, aviation and naval history.

For the first time as part of the Heritage Open Days, the Gothic House in Halesworth will also allow visitors to find out about the 570 years of history of the building and get a taste of the changes to architectual styles over the past five centuries.

Another first for this year’s open days is Mutual House, Ipswich, that you may know as the flagship branch of Ipswich Building Society, where visitors will be escorted by staff throughout the building, including the basement and strongroom.

Over the weekend, St Mary’s Church at Bungay will giving public a tour round their tower, where visitors will be able to soak in the beautiful views of the medieval town, and might even get a glimpse of the female peregrine falcon who has claimed the tower top while she searches for a mate.

Heritage Open Days is a national event celebrating the history and culture of our country over four days every September. 
For a full list of properties in Suffolk taking part in the open days, please click here, and for properties in Essex please click here.

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