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Doors are open for heritage weekend
THE Vale will celebrate its rich history this weekend when some of the areas most loved buildings open as part of Heritage Open Days.
Starting today the four-day national event gives people the chance to explore buildings not always open to the public, for free.
In Evesham the Bell Tower will be open on Sunday from 12noon - 4pm and St Lawrence’s Church will be open from 9.30am to 4pm each day.
The Bell Tower, which is currently the subject of a Journal campaign to raise £500,000 for its restoration and conservation, was built in 1531 by Abbot Clement Lichfield as part of the town’s long-lost Abbey.
In the town’s Oat Street, the 18th-century Unitarian Chapel will be open from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday and from noon to 4.30pm on Sunday.
Other venues across the Vale will also be welcoming visitors. In Bishampton, the village’s history society has organised a heritage trail on Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
In Broadway, the Gordon Russell Design Museum will open from 11am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
In Pershore, tours of Number 8 Community Arts Centre take place on Friday and Saturday at 11am and 2pm.
There are guided walks around the town leaving from the centre at 2pm and 3pm on the same days and a chance to visit the town’s Heritage Centre in the Town Hall from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Friday and from 10am to 3pm on Saturday.
Pershore Abbey is open from noon on Friday and 10am on Saturday, closing on both days at 5pm.
The town’s Baptist Church is open from 2pm to 4pm on Friday and Saturday and St Andrew’s, built by Edward the Confessor, will be open from noon to 5pm on Friday and on Saturday from 10am to 5pm.
Boat trips run by the Pershore Avon Navigation Trust departing from the end of culvert in St George’s Field take place from 9am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday.
There will also be an historical exhibition and teas available at Wyre Mill.
For more information, visit heritageopendays.org.uk.
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