Open house for county heritage

The winding wheel at Woodhorn Colliery.
The winding wheel at Woodhorn Colliery.

ALMOST a hundred visitor attractions and events will take place in Northumberland as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days in September.

The annual long weekend takes place between September 8 and 11, with dozens of attractions in south east Northumberland offering free entry.

English Heritage planning director Carol Pyrah said: “Heritage Open Days is a unique event.

“For four days Northumberland opens its doors and everyone is free to explore.”

Included in the list is the winding engine at the former Woodhorn Colliery, now a major museum attraction and home to the county archives.

Following renovations, thanks to funding from the SITA Trust, visitors will be able to enter the last Victorian engine house in Northumberland and see some of the workings in action.

Demonstrations of the winding gear will take place on the hour on the Saturday and Sunday.

Ms Pyrah added: “An army of volunteers will welcome the public to an array of fascinating buildings.

“It is these volunteers, and the places they celebrate, that are the lifeblood of our country’s heritage.”

Another of the highlights include the Sanger’s Circus Heritage Trail in Morpeth town centre.

Created by performing arts company November Club, which has worked with pupils from the town’s St Robert’s First School, the event is inspired by visits to Morpeth by the Lord Sanger and Sons Circus.

The one hour events take place at 10.30am on Thursday, September 8, and Friday, September 9, by advance booking only from (01670) 503866.

For details of all the Heritage Open Days taking place in the north east, visit