Heritage open days on our patch this weekend

Heritage-open-days_logoHeritage Open Days is England’s biggest heritage festival, involving 40,000 volunteers. It celebrates our history, architecture and culture, offering you the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are free to explore. Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors.

It is a once-a-year chance to discover the often hidden or forgotten gems on our doorsteps. There are lots of them in our area this weekend, so here is the long list.


Walk with Sir Joseph Banks. Starting at the Banks Centre take a walk round the town visiting all the places associated with Sir Joseph Banks. The walk lasts approximately an hour. Details.

Dark Deeds in the Lincolnshire Rising. Bishop’s Chancellor Murdered! Thomas Cromwell’s servants in the stocks! Exhibition showing Horncastle’s part in the Lincolnshire Rising. See the scythes purportedly used and the Champion’s armour purloined by the leader for the march to Lincoln. Details.

Woodhall Spa

Cottage Museum Family Event: Tudor Tidbits! Discover the intriguing stories behind the fifteenth century Tower-on-the-Moor, constructed centuries before the Cottage Museum, and now emblem to Woodhall Spa. Craft activities with a Tudor theme, including jewellery, jesters, heraldic designs, creating your own Tower-on-the-Moor emblem and more! Details.


Holy Trinity Church: Tattershall’s Important & Impressive Medieval Glass – a talk with slides by Dr. Penny Hebgin-Barnes, the national expert on Lincolnshire’s medieval stained and painted glass. Details.

Tattershall College, a Tudor Survival. Visit this miraculous building that survived Henry VIII’s closure of chantries, conversion to a brewery, and 1970’s ‘conservation’. Details.

Tattershall Castle: Discover one of the first and finest brick castles in England, home to Lords, Ladies, farmers and cows. Explore all six floors of this imposing building from basement to battlements, climb all 149 steps of its spiral staircase and marvel at the views of the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside from the roof. Details.

Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre, Tattershall Thorpe. Dedicated to the history of RAF Woodhall Spa and its Squadrons and civilian life in Lincolnshire during WWII with wide ranging displays. Visit England quality assured visitor centre. Details.

Timberland Diesel Pumping Station, Witham Bank. A working demonstration of Ruston Hornsby 9XHRC engine and Ruston Bucyrus 10RB dragline. Details.

Dogdyke Steam Drainage Station. Our 1856 beam engine will be in steam powering the scoop-wheel land drainage pump. It’s the last in the UK. Also see the 1940 Ruston and Gwynnes diesel pumping set in action. Details.


Rare Timber Framed (Mud & Stud) Barn, Tumby Moorside. Experience Mud & Stud – almost unique to Lincolnshire. See renovation work to this 18th century barn by EMESS (East Midlands Earth Structures Society) plus exhibition of photographs & information on Mud & Stud in Lincolnshire. Details.


Church of St John the Divine: Illumination or Damnation! What did the Tudors do for Southrey’s ‘Brute and Beastly’ commoners, food, farming and housing? What if there had been a church here then? Come and see! Details


St Lawrence’s Church :Tudor Tales – organised by Society for Lincolnshire. Explore St Lawrence’s Church, built in 1434, discover links to Tudor times and look at the display of stonework from nearby Bardney Abbey. Craft activities for all the family with a Tudor theme. Details


St Andrews Church: Nuns So Rare. The only Lincolnshire Benedictine Nunnery for 400 years, Stainfield St Marys was dissolved in 1536. Visit the Queen Anne church erected on the site, explore nunnery and village life; walk through parkland, enjoying the tranquil setting. Details.


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