Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest heritage festival celebrating our history, architecture and culture.
This year, for the first time, the event will cover two weekends – the second and third weekends in September. In Deal and Walmer we have more events than ever before to fill that space, including 31 venues and two walks. Some of the venues are not normally open to the public whilst others have special exhibitions and all of them are completely free.
Saturday 8th September will see churches around the area open for their ‘ride and stride’ event and welcome visitors to find out more about their history. That day, the ruins of the Medieval Manor House in Walmer, privately owned and not normally open to the public, will be open with guided tours by the owner. Walmer Lifeboat Station will be open throughout that weekend to view their boats, and further afield St. John’s Village Hall in Kingsdown will have an exhibition of their history.
The weekend of the 15th and 16th September sees a variety of historic places open. New this year are a convent, a chapel converted into a private house, the Captain’s Garden opposite Deal Castle and the newly opened Kent Museum of the Moving Image. At Betteshanger Park there will be a preview of the Kent Mining Museum (opening in 2019) and trips to other mining heritage centres in a vintage bus.
All this is in addition to the many venues which have opened before and two guided history walks. You can see all of the events in an interactive map at www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/map-search/south-east.
The events have been coordinated by the Addelam History Research Group and The Deal Society, in conjunction with the Deal Town Council and Walmer Parish Council.
Latest information is available at @DealSociety on Facebook.
A leaflet listing all of the events and their opening times is available from the Tourist Information Office at Deal Town Hall and from other locations around the area.