Town looks forward to second weekend of busy heritage festival

PUBLISHED: 15:30 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:25 11 September 2018

Re-enactment of 1914 Women's Suffrage Society Meeting at the Friends Meeting House, Pakefield. Picture: Paul King

Re-enactment of 1914 Women's Suffrage Society Meeting at the Friends Meeting House, Pakefield. Picture: Paul King


After a fantastic first weekend of events and heritage on display, there is even more on offer on the Heritage Open Days festival’s second weekend.

More than 70 events and activities are on offer for keen history fans again this weekend, following on from the fantastic success of the first weekend.

There is an opportunity to see what is reputedly the oldest house in Lowestoft at 36, High Street. The townhouse, with shop, dates back to Tudor times and has one of the most impressive moulded ceilings in the country.

Visitors can also book onto a walk through 700 years of history, exploring the Beach village, historic buildings, and links with people from their past, wartime memories, fishing and maritime stories and more.

The walk, which requires pre-booking will leave Ness Point at 10am on Friday, September 14, and finish at St Margaret’s at noon.

For those with a maritime persuasion there will be a rare chance to see 24 hour time-lapse footage of the day-to-day life of Lowestoft’s harbour and working port at the Lowestoft Lifeboat Station as it hosts an exhibition by Associated British Ports.

In addition, the International Boatbuilding Training College will throw open its boatshed doors to allow visitors to see more than 20 boats on site, including the reconstruction of the Chet Boat, which forms part of the Water, Mills and Marshes project.

L&G Roberts Fish Merchants are also opening their doors for a second weekend, with visitors able to see how the fish is prepared, straight off the boat, and also to watch demonstrations of filleting and lobster pot making. Doors are open from 10am to 1pm on Friday, September 14, and 9am to 10am on Saturday, September 15.

In Gunton, the church dating back to Saxon times at Gunton St Peter’s is open for viewing from 9am to 5pm from Thursday, September 13 to Sunday, September 16.

The Lowestoft Record Office will also be open on Saturday, September 15, to allow people to drop in and ask staff questions regarding family and property history with bookable 30 minute slots.

For more information, visit the Heritage Open Days website or pop into the old cafe site and concourse at Lowestoft Railway Station where you will find the festival’s box office from 9am to 5pm between Thursday and Sunday.

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