Heritage Open Days 2023 - join in the festival

Southport Heritage Open Days tour of Duke Street cemetery in 2022.
David Walshe - Secret Sand Land

Calling all historic building owners, local historians, and anyone with Southport history to share!

Registration is now open for the national Heritage Open Days festival promoting history events taking place from Friday 8 to Sunday 17 September. And Southport’s first event – at the British Lawnmower Museum – is already registered! Do you have a heritage story you’d like to share? Or a historic building that you’d like to show people?

Our guide was entertaining and passed on a great deal of information. I loved finding out about the history of our town.

We can help!

Southport Townscape Heritage Project is ready to help co-ordinate walks, talks, tours and all things celebrating the town’s heritage for Southport’s part in the Heritage Open Days festival. We’ll be promoting all the local events online, on social media and with a leaflet. We can also help you register your event. Get in touch!

This year’s festival theme is Creativity Unpacked – all about the designers, architects, artists and writers who’ve had an impact locally, and maybe nationally. You don’t have to link to the theme, but it might inspire you!

There’s lots of support available from the national team as well – including insurance cover. All events go on the national website so reach a huge audience. And although the event itself must be free and put on specially for the festival, you can ask for donations or raise funds by offering refreshments. Taking part is a great way to get people interested in what you do now, as well as your historic activity or building.

‘Brilliant from start to finish!’

Last year’s Southport events got a big thumbs up in the national survey with 100% scores for enjoyment and recommending the festival to others. Tours booked up and over 1,000 participants had a great time learning something new about the town’s heritage – cinemas, cemetery, celebrities, conservatory (and observatory), church and the cutting edge of lawn care:

I’ll now see all sorts of detail in the buildings which I previously thought I knew!

If you’d like advice or help with putting on an event, get in touch with Sue Latimer sue.latimer@sefton.gov.uk or 07816 114885 (Sue works part-time so leave a message). And if you’re already planning an event, let her know so that she can reserve space in the leaflet.

There’s also lots more information about Heritage Open Days on the national website.

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