Hidden historical gems will open to the public for free at this year’s Heritage Open Days (September 12-15).
A wide range of tours, events and activities are also on offer to help bring our local history and culture to life.
Berwick Civic Society and other groups and individuals have organised 18 sites and events in Berwick, Tweedmouth and Spittal. And this year along with ‘established favourites’ to revisit, there are new events to enjoy.
They include two exhibitions at the Main Guard - The Story of a Border Town and the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden. It is open on Saturday, 10am-4pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm.
The Gunpowder Magazine on the walls will be open over the weekend from 10am-4pm.
The Parish Church of Holy Trinity, a rare example of a church built during the Commonwealth period, will be having guided tours on the hour on Saturday, last one at 3pm.
At Berwick Magistrates’ Court there will be a display of historical court records and documents and the magistrates will be recreating trials and giving talks on Friday only.
There’s a wealth of history waiting to be unearthed in the Lion’s House allotments including two forgotten fortifications.
There are also tours of Berwick Castle, Bell Tower, Lord’s Mount, Berwick Museum, the Masonic Hall, St Andrews Church, the Old Gaol and much more.
Cittaslow Berwick Heritage Art and Craft Fair is taking place in the town hall on Saturday from 10am-4pm. There will be more than 15 stalls and various demonstrations.
Free leaflets describing all 18 events are available in the tourist information centre, Main Guard and a few other venues. Many of these events have been organised by Jim Herbert of Berwick Time Lines.