Packed programme of events lined up for Heritage Open Days

A rare opportunity to find out more about some of Berwick's hidden history is on offer as part of Heritage Open Days.

Thursday, 13th September 2018, 9:21 am
Heritage open days around Berwick-Upon-Tweed Jim Herbert leads the 'Towers tour' of the fortifications of the walls

There is more going on in Berwick than any other part of Northumberland, with 30 events organised from tomorrow to Sunday.

Newcomers include an air raid shelter on Castle Terrace, a hidden Ravensdowne garden, the Free Trade pub, a cellar on Quay Walls, New Tower and Berwick Amateur Rowing Club’s boathouse.

Berwick Magistrates Court, Cumberland Bastion and Longridge Towers also make a welcome return to this year’s programme.

Other highlights include a series of walks covering the medieval period to the 20th century, an opportunity to put a stitch in the Tweed 1000 tapestry at the Main Guard and a demonstration by bell ringers in the town hall.

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The town hall will host several exhibitions, including Berwick buildings and facades; Youth Archaeologists Club (Saturday); cholera in Berwick (launch of a comic created by Year 9 students at Berwick Academy); Berwick Cockles (Sunday only); talks (Sunday only); old films of Berwick (Saturday and Sunday).

The event is being coordinated by Berwick Civic Society, Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, Berwick Record Office, Berwick Town Council and Berwick Time Lines.

Archivist Linda Bankier said: “There are 30 events taking place in the town – a selection of open buildings, including some new additions,as well as historical walks, talks,a photographic exhibition and oher activities in the Guildhall. There is something for local residents and visitors and for all ages.

“We hope you will enjoy all the activities which have ben organised in Berwick, Tweedmouth and Spittal. Please do visit as many as you can and experience the richness of our wonderful heritage.”

For full details visit of venues: Berwick Castle Tour, Berwick Masonic Hall, Holy Trinity Church, Main Guard, Ravensdowne garden, Castle Terrace air raid shelter, Spittal Fishing Shiel, St Andrew’s Church, Church of St Bartholomew and St Boisil, The Tower Tour, Berwick Baptist Church, Old Coastguard Station, Palace Green Pavilion, Bankhill Ice House, Gunpowder Magazine, Berwick Magistrates Court, The New Touwer, Longridge Towers, Facades of Berwick, Cumberland Bastion, Quay Walls Cellar, From Ditch to Bastion, Free Trade, Rowing Club, Greenses Arabs and Fish tales and Elizabethan Berwick. Simply turn up to most but tours require pre-booking on 01670 622155.