England’s biggest heritage festival finds itself exploring the wonders of Preston over a four day weekend this month, and we’ve put together a day-by-day guide of everything you need to know.Advertisement
Heritage Open Days offer the chance to look around hidden places, all for free, and experience parts of the city that otherwise may be left unseen. The Heritage Open Days website has a full breakdown of everything in Preston and the surrounding area.
Some events are scheduled tours, while others allow you to roam free and below is a guide to all the fun that can be had in the hidden gems of our city, as well as the times, locations and booking information for each beginning on:
Thursday September 10
St. Mary’s CE Parish Church, Church Avenue, Penwortham, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 0AH
The 14th century church offers huge character for Heritage Open Days, containing a memorial and graveyard including that of John Horrocks, founder of the great Preston cotton firm Horrockses.
Open: 1pm until 4pm.
There are no tours for this location, but no booking is required. This event is not suitable for the under 5’s. Also open Saturday and Sunday.
Haslam Park and Local Nature Reserve Bristow Avenue, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 1JE
The Victorian Park and nature reserve offer a tree walk and guided tour of both attractions. They are both at the same location and the talk will cover the natural history of the area including its links to Lancaster canal.
Tours: 11am and 2pm.
There is a maximum of 20 people per tour, no booking is required. Also open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Samlesbury Hall Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 0UP
This Lancashire stately home shows the history of 1325 maintained to allow modern day families to experience its archive and history. The live animals in the grounds will be a huge hit with the kids, as well as educational for all.
Open: 11am until 4pm.
There is a maximum of 100 people per session. There is no tour and no booking is required. Also open Friday and Sunday.
St. Mary’s RC Church Brownedge Lane, Bamber Bridge, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 6SP
The interior of this church is where the beauty lies as the church has seen rennovations and extensions since it’s beginnings as a chapel in 1780. One for those appreciative of the tall spires and high ceilings often found, and is also said to be popular with stained glass enthusiasts.
Open: 1pm until 5pm.
There are no tours for this location, but no booking is required. This event is not suitable for the under 5’s. Also open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Twelve Tellers 14-15 Church street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 3BQ
The Twelve Tellers will be known to most as a pub due to recent restoration, but it opened as a savings bank in 1907 with history dating back even further to 1776. The restorations we see today in the pub are sensitive to that of its original architecture. Visitors will have exclusive access to the boardrooms which have benefitted from the impressive restorations.
Open: 10am until 6pm.
There are no tours for this location, but no booking is required. Also open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
All of the events listed above are open on day one of four throughout the Heritage Open Days weekend.