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Hundreds set to enjoy the first virtual Heritage Open Day

8:23am - 10 September 2020

Heritage Open Days are, for the first time, offering the festival virtually with free events and local stories to see online, or to enjoy in a safe and socially distanced manner.

The festival, which is held in Weston from Friday 11 September until Sunday 20 September, invites members of the public to explore historic buildings and uncover stories under this year’s theme ‘Hidden nature’. Events will include live virtual, and socially distanced, tours around off limit areas such as:

  • the exquisite ‘Clevedon Torc’, on loan from the British Museum
  • Susann, the Social Distancing Robot – intrigued by the history of Weston and magically revealing historical facts of the town centre
  • Carboot Disco Bing in the Italian Gardens, providing classic seaside entertainment  
  • a socially distanced walk and talk tour in Anchor Head Cove, exploring the history around swimmer Kathleen Thomas, the first person to swim from Penarth to Weston in 1920
  • Youtube tours of the Winter Gardens, Blakehay Theatre, Weston Museum and Grove House
  • a Zoom seminar on the Local Studies Library
  • a series of ‘Hidden Nature’ virtual tours and events

The national festival in 2019 saw hundreds of visitors keen to discover different architectural treasures in Weston-super-Mare and enjoy expert tours explaining the historical relevance of each building.

North Somerset Council’s Heritage and Regeneration Champion; Cllr John Crockford- Hawley said: “Due to Covid-19, this year we have curated a festival that aims to give you the chance to experience some of the many places of interest virtually. There are numerous places of historic and architectural interest in and around Weston-super-Mare. It's wonderful to see so many opening their doors during this September's Heritage Open Days, showing we are very much part of a national celebration”.

For a full list of Heritage Open Day venues, visit https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/business/regeneration-development/weston-super-mare-town-centre-regeneration/heritage-action-zone