Heritage Open Days in Burnley: where to go

September 20'Burnley Walk 4'Towneley Hall
September 20'Burnley Walk 4'Towneley Hall
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A HUGE celebration of architecture, history and culture will transport Burnley folk back to a bygone age this weekend.

The Heritage Open Days will see play Burnley play its part in the nation’s celebration of England’s art and culture.

Activities include the Burnley Canal Festival in the Weavers’ Triangle and the Heritage and Woodland Day.

Coun. Andy Tatchell, Executive member for Economic Development at Burnley Borough Council, said: “Over the last few years the visitor economy in Burnley has radically changed.

“The tourism industry is very important to us. The North-West is the third most visited region in England so it is important that Burnley capitalises on those numbers.

“This weekend is set to be one of the most exciting on Burnley’s visitor calendar, there will be something happening to suit everyone.”

Highlights include:

l Guided tours this afteroon (Friday) of Towneley Hall at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm, and Moorhouses Brewery at 7pm (pre-book) ;

l Local churches open to visitors on Saturday;

l Guided walks and cycle rides including a ghost walk around Towneley Park on Sunday afternoon;

l Free entry to Towneley Hall, Gawthorpe Hall, Queen Street Mill and the Weavers’ Triangle Visitor Centre.

Visitors can also find out about work being carried out to reshape the Weavers’ Triangle on a visit to Sandygate Mill and Slater’s Terrace, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Burnley Mechanics is also set to be transformed into the town’s largest beer cellar for the first of what is planned to be an annual beer and music festival.

Organised by East Lancashire’s Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) the festival at the Burnley Mechanics is hoping to attract hundreds of visitors today (Friday) and tomorrow. The Bridge Bier Huis will also be a fringe venue.

The Burnley Canal Festival takes place on Friday and Saturday with an exhibition at Slater’s Terrace from 10am to 4pm on Friday. Live music will be played at the Inn on the Wharf at 6pm both nights and there will be an outdoor cinema in Sandygate Square from 8-30 to 10-30pm on Friday showing Sam Hanna’s Burnley films as well as contemporary films.

The heritage boat The Kennet will be open for visits from 11am to 5pm on Saturday on the canal at Slater’s Terrace. There will be a dramatic boatglow flotilla of narrowboats sailing down the canal from the Straight Mile at 7-30pm, followed by a huge fireworks display at 8-30pm and a music event at the Inn on the Wharf at 9pm.

Burnley Crematorium will be open to the public on Sunday from 11am to 2pm.

Elsewhere, on Sunday, more than 30 vintage vehicles will be on show during a motor cavalcade organised by Lancashire County Council’s museum service to coincide with the Heritage Open Days.

The cavalcade will take in four museums on a scenic route from Helmshore Mills in Rossendale to Queen Street Mill in Burnley.

The cavalcade will arrive at Towneley Park at 2pm and at Queen Street Mill in Harle Syke at 3-15pm.

n For a full programme of what’s happening, when and where go to www.visitburnley.com.