Free visits in Heritage Open Days

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Historic properties in Northumberland will be open to the public this September for Heritage Opn Days.

Between Thursday September 12 to Sunday February 15 people can attend the open days, which are free and fun and provide an excellent opportunity for people of all ages to explore the county’s cultural and architectural treasures.

Over the course of the four days local residents and visitors can get free access to buildings that are usually closed to them, have restricted access, or charge for admission.

People can also enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture.

Heritage Open Days is a national initiative which has become England’s biggest and most popular voluntary cultural event.

Last year visitor numbers reached 1.7 million, an all-time high, and this year is sure to be a huge success.

Northumberland County Council is co-ordinating the event in the county and Councillor Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture at the county council said: “Heritage Open Days has always been a huge success across the county and I am delighted to see it return.

“To be able to showcase the many fascinating buildings and architecture we have here in Northumberland, for free, is just fantastic.

“I would urge people to get involved in any capacity they can, be it participation, volunteering or visiting.”

Log on to www.northumberland.gov.uk to see what’s happening in your local area.