EVENTS ranging from a chance to have a bash at a creative livelihood to a rare insight into the history of buildings are lined up as part of a celebration of the region’s heritage.
The opportunity to try out stonemasonry, and an event based at the Apollo Pavilion in Peterlee, will join tours of historic places during next month’s Heritage Open Days programme in County Durham.
Dozens of venues are taking part in this year’s national event, with details of all activities around the county included in a special guide.
Published by Durham County Council, the free booklet is available from locations around the area, including libraries, Customer Access Points and participating venues.
Sandra Robertson, the council’s heritage, landscape and design team leader, said: “County Durham’s Heritage Open Days programme continues to expand, with 20 new venues taking part.
“We know from the feedback that we have received, that our guide to Heritage Open Day events and activities is very popular, giving detailed information about venues and opening times.
“I would encourage people to get their copy early so they can plan how to make the most of these four special days.”
Other events on the County Durham’s programme include a chance to delve into the World War One archives held by Durham County Records Office and a tour of art belonging to Durham University’s colleges.
Those behind the Tyne and Wear Heritage Open Days claim the title as one the biggest and best regionally organised programmes in England.
Organisers say this year’s programme, which will be the 12th for the area, will be better than ever before, with a diverse range of 202 buildings and activities participating.
On Wearside, the calendar will feature a chance to see behind the gates of Liebherr Sunderland Works and a tour of Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House in Pier View, Roker.
Heritage Open Days 2013 runs from Thursday, September 12, to Sunday, September 15, and offers the opportunity to take a look at behind the scenes of places that are not normally open to the public, or attend specially organised events.
Copies of the Heritage Open Days guide are available by calling 03000 267 133, or emailing email@example.com.
For more information about Heritage Open Days activities in County Durham, visit www.durham.gov.uk/heritageopendays or www.twhods.org.uk for the listings for Tyne and Wear.
The national website can be found at heritageopendays.org.uk.