Tameside heritage sites ready for Open Days
Friday 1st September 2017 @ 13:55 by Adam Higgins
Community News Tameside

Tameside’s most treasured heritage sites are opening their doors next week as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days.

There will be plenty of fascinating buildings which represent the borough’s rich history to explore behind closed doors during the event between Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September.

All the borough’s towns will be involved, offering a chance to celebrate Tameside’s architectural heritage and to visit areas not usually accessible.

Two open days will be held at St George’s Church on Church Street in Hyde.

The church will be open from 2:30pm to 6pm on Friday where there will be a display of the heritage and history of St George’s School in Hyde from 1836 to the present day.

You can find out why and how the school began, who paid for it and what books were like in Victorian times.

Then, on Saturday, the church will be open from 10am to 4pm, which will be the annual Heritage Open Day with tours of the tower, a chance to try bell ringing, plus a look at the restored clock tower from behind its faces.

There will be music with a choice of a gift of sheet music dating back to pre-World War One, plus discover Church art and find out about the part the church plays in the local community and much more.

Refreshments will also be available.

Everyone is also invited aboard with the Tameside Canal Boat Trust for this year’s Heritage Open Days.

The Trust will be offering canal boat trips up through the lock and back, which is not normally part of the public trips they provide.

Best of all, the trips will be absolutely free as part of this year’s ‘Heritage Open Days’.

You can clamber aboard at Portland Basin, Ashton, on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 September at 11am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm and 3pm.

Heritage Open Days provide an opportunity to discover the area’s history.

For details of the Tameside buildings taking part in Heritage Weekend you can also visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk