Heritage Open Days in Sunderland: City serves up a feast of events as events celebrate Edible England

Sunderland is serving up a range of free events for England’s largest festival of history and culture.
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Heritage Open Day begins on Friday, September 10, and events will go on until Sunday, September 19.

This year’s theme is Edible England, and Sunderland’s programme of events includes talks, heritage walks, guided tours of landmark buildings and visits.

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Participants can take a grand tour of Sunderland Empire Theatre, visit an art installation at Washington Old Hall, or take a heritage walk around Hetton.

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Bowes Railway

With lots of activity also taking place at Bowes Railway and a talk on the history and heritage of Sunderland’s Vaux Brewery, visitors will be completely spoilt for choice this year.

An additional programme of online events is also planned. These will include an online Facebook event all about local food and feasts, and a virtual walk around old Ryhope with best-selling Sunderland author Glenda Young.

Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet Member for Vibrant City, Coun Linda Williams, said: "This year’s Heritage Open Days offers a fantastic selection of activities that showcase the best of Sunderland’s rich heritage and cultural offering.

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"There is something for all in this programme of events, and I'd encourage everyone to take a look at the website and see what's on offer."

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Washington Old Hall

Sarah Holloway, Programme Manager for Heritage Open Days, said: "Taking part in Heritage Open Days is such a good way to find out more about the place you live in, or are visiting. Over the years our event organisers have uncovered previously untold stories or little-known facts about their local area. We have such a rich and diverse history all around us just waiting to be explored."

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Heritage Open Days is coordinated and promoted nationally by the National Trust with support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Every single Heritage Open Days event is free, including access to many sites that usually charge for admission.

The Heritage Open Days programme of events and activities is coordinated and promoted nationally by the National Trust, with support from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and run by local councils and community champions with enthusiastic volunteers.A full programme of events is available at https://www.mysunderland.co.uk/heritageopendays.To find out more please visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk

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