Thousands celebrate Norfolk history and culture on Heritage Open Days
PUBLISHED: 16:41 10 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:58 10 September 2017
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Thousands across Norfolk got a chance to uncover the hidden gems of the county’s past on Heritage Open Day.
There were no shortage of places to explore as more than 60 historical sites were open to the public in King’s Lynn on Sunday, September 10.
Some of the town’s iconic buildings opened its doors to the public, including Custom House, Southgate and Red Mount Chapel.
Stunning views of The Wash could be seen atop the Clifton House watchtower which was used by merchants in the 16th century to check on ships coming down the river.
Waiting in queue for a chance to climb the five-storey tower was Katie Fisher from Dersingham. She also took the opportunity to hop on board the newly-renovated Baden Powell cockling boat on a tour along the River Ouse.
She said: “It was lovely, you get a different view of the town from the river. It was lovely to see the work gone into the boat come to fruition.”
The Tuesday Market Place was abuzz with activities as visitors were given the chance to go underground for a tour of the Second World War air raid shelter.
A pop-up cinema showing archive footage of the town proved a huge success as well as the classic car day display which pulled in over 200 vehicles.
One of the main attractions of the day was the opening of the former Wenns pub in Saturday Market Place, as visitors packed into the pub for a sneak peak of the renovation works and a chance to unwind with a drink.
Heritage Open Days takes place every year for four days in September. This year, 270 events took place in Norfolk for England’s largest festival of history and culture.
Various events took place across Breckland to celebrate the region’s rich heritage, including a tour of the former Cold War atomic weapons bunker in Barnham, near Thetford.
People were invited to Ebridge Mill pond in north Norfolk, to either walk the 2.5 miles of canal path or take to the water on a canoe.
In Norwich, the Cathedral of St John The Baptist offered an exclusive tour of out-of-bounds areas, from some of the upper reaches of the Cathedral down to the lower depths.