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Heritage Open Days set to provide opportunity to explore local landmarks

PUBLISHED: 14:22 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:25 05 September 2017

The Marina Theatre in Lowestoft. Picture: Mick Howes

The Marina Theatre in Lowestoft. Picture: Mick Howes

Mick Howes

In what is one of England's biggest celebrations of history and culture, members of the public will be able to visit some of the area's most renowned landmarks and treasures free of charge at a four-day long festival.

The Mincarlo Trawler, the last surviving fishing vessel built in Lowestoft. Photo: Mick HowesThe Mincarlo Trawler, the last surviving fishing vessel built in Lowestoft. Photo: Mick Howes

Taking place between Thursday, September 7 and Sunday, September 10, the annual Heritage Open Days event began in 1991 with the aim of increasing appreciation for the cultural spectacles that the country has to offer.

The principle has continued across the nation ever since and a number of historic sites in and around Lowestoft will be involved in this year’s initiative, opening their doors to people who may not be aware of the area’s rich heritage.

There will be a total of 141 events taking place across Suffolk, with a staggering 18 of those in Lowestoft itself.

Among the more familiar locations available for people to visit is the Marina Theatre, where there will be a chance to explore behind the scenes and see areas of the theatre that are not normally on view to the public.

Lowestoft Museum, which is opening its doors for the Heritage Open Days celebration. PHOTO: Nick ButcherLowestoft Museum, which is opening its doors for the Heritage Open Days celebration. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

If dry land is not for you, the Mincarlo fishing trawler will be inviting people to climb aboard and tour the last surviving fishing vessel to be built in Lowestoft.

Meanwhile, Flint House on Lowestoft High Street will be providing a ‘taste of history’ by offering samples of recipes dating from as early as the year the building was constructed - 1586!

Annie Reilly, national manager of Heritage Open Days, said: “Heritage includes anything from old buildings to landscapes and monuments, and it really is all around us.

“Many of the locations are not usually open to the general public, so this is an opportunity for people to visit places that they’ve never seen before and unearth hidden secrets.”

All the locations involved in the festival will be free to visit.

A number of events do not require booking in advance, but tickets are available via heritageopendays.org.uk, where you can also find more information about all the sites taking part in the celebration and the dates on which they are open.

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