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Fleetwood Heritage Open Days 2017

Heritage Open Days is your chance to visit fascinating places all over Fleetwood for free, which are usually closed or charge for admission.

This is your chance to look around many of the historic and interesting buildings and places in Fleetwood, some of which you can't normally go in.

Bearing in mind the weather, it was a good turnout in Fleetwood for Heritage Open Days last weekend. 

On Sunday morning The Esplanade was closed for the Triathlon and so visitors to the Mount and Lighthouse were fewer in number, but it was amazing how many braved the rain to see the two landmark buildings in the afternoon.

Even the walks around the ferry and dock areas were popular, despite the rain.

The maquette of the new statue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood was on display in Fleetwood Museum, and that was very popular. The Museum was busy all weekend, especially on the Sunday when the sculptor himself was present.

More about the new statue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood

Maquette of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood statue, with the sculptor at Fleetwood Museum

Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September 2017

Fleetwood Heritage Open Days

Fleetwood is a fascinating place with a rich heritage and lots of historical buildings - many more than you'll probably imagine - and from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September you'll be able to look around the ones that interest you.

The Heritage Open Days are organised all over the country by community groups and Civic Societies in conjunction with English Heritage who manage the scheme on a national basis.

Fleetwood Civic Society is one of 1400 such organisations who between them muster up 40,000 volunteers to put on this national event every year, that delights over 1 million visitors. Fleetwood Heritage Open Days can rightfully say that it's part of Englands biggest voluntary cultural event!

Buildings of every shape, style and function show of their architectural treasures and secrets, helped by knowledgeable local guides who organise events and tours to share their local knowledge and bring the place to life.

Fleetwood Heritage Open Days

Are all free of charge and right here in the streets of Fleetwood. Open to everyone, whether you live next door or are on holiday, or have a passion for Decimus Burton or lighthouses and long to find out more!

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Fleetwood Heritage Open Days 2017

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Find out about Lytham Heritage Open Days here

Find out more about Blackpool Heritage Open Days here

NEW for 2017 FREE Heritage bus ride

Visit all of the promenade venues and experience Heritage on the move, with FREE heritage buses every 15 minutes - they stop near all the promenade venues.

With thanks to Lancastrian Transport Trust

Free Heritage bus rides with thanks to Lancastrian Transport Trust

In Fleetwood and Wyre you can visit these buildings with FREE entry to all participating sites

The Mount Pavilion
The Esplanade, Fleetwood
A chance to admire fantastic views of Morecambe Bay and the Pennine Hills from the balcony, even the Isle of Man on a clear day. See what you can pick out from the direction finder. The clock on top of the building was presented to Fleetwood in memory of those who lost their lives in the First World War. The internal workings of the clock are on view upstairs and the mechanism can be seen as it strikes every quarter of the hour.
Open Saturday and Sunday 10.00am - 4.30pm

The Lower Lighthouse
The Esplanade, Fleetwood
A rare chance to see inside and witness the amazing views from the balcony of the Lower Lighthouse. Discover the history of the lighthouses and how they work together to bring sailors, trawlermen and ships safely into port.
Open Saturday and Sunday 10.00am - 4.30pm

Fleetwood Museum
Queens Terrace, Fleetwood
After the announcement that Lancashire County Council was closing Fleetwood Museum, the Trust, with the backing of Fleetwood Town Council, and our volunteers will continue to run this attraction as an independent museum. Why not take this opportunity to view Harriet, our 1893, Fleetwood built 60 foot fishing smack. She is the last survivor of a once mighty fleet of sixty such vessels, sailing from the Wyre port. Harriet can be viewed in her covered boat hall along with other large artefacts including the last Wyre Light Lantern.
Open free Thursday 7th–Sunday 10th for Heritage Open Days 10.30 am to 15.30 pm. On other days an entrance fee applies although admission to Sir Peter's Coffee House and the museum shop is free of charge.

Marine Hall
The Esplanade, Fleetwood
The Marine Hall will be open all weekend for people to admire this magnificent ballroom with its stunning glass domed ceiling. See how the venue retains the charm and character of its 1930s art deco heritage and find out what's on as we continue to entertain audiences 80 years on from when it first opened.
Open Thursday – Sunday 11.00am – 3.00pm. No booking required 

North Euston Hotel
The Esplanade, Fleetwood
This is one not to be missed, an eye opening tour of the historic cellars beneath the famous North Euston Hotel. The North Euston Hotel was built 1840–41, to a design by Decimus Burton. During the second half of the 19th century the building was used by the War Department as a School of Musketry; by the end of the century it had reverted to its original purpose. The hotel has been designated a Grade II listed building by English Heritage.
Open Sunday for tours at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm. Please ring 01253 876525 to book a place, booking essential

Euston Park Gardens
The Esplanade, Fleetwood
The seafront area around the landmark North Euston Hotel is steeped in history as the place where growth of the town began in the past history of Fleetwood. Find out more about the interesting history of this park and its contents.
Saturday and Sunday 11.30am, 12noon and 1.30pm

Fleetwood Masonic Hall
32 The Esplanade, Fleetwood
Although Freemasonry has flourished in Fleetwood since 1863 when the first lodge, Hesketh Lodge, named after Fleetwood’s founder was formed, it was not until March 1956 that local Masons moved into the Masonic Hall on the town’s Esplanade. Formerly a 17 bedroom orphanage, it has been transformed into a building which visitors are welcome to enjoy as part of the Heritage Week tour.
Open Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm No booking necessary. Access for disabled users via rear of building, entry off Bold Street.

Lifeboat Station
The Esplanade, Fleetwood
Take a look at the lifeboats, equipment and station facilities. There has been a Lifeboat Station in Fleetwood since March 1859. View inshore and all-weather lifeboat.
Open Sunday 10.00am - 3.00pm

St Mary's Church
Lord Street, Fleetwood
Come and look at this beautiful Grade II listed catholic church. Designed by Edward W Pugin it celebrates the 150th anniversary of its opening this year. It has many stunning stained glass windows.
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8.00am - 6.00pm. Sunday mass 8.30am & 10.30am

St Peter's Church
Lord Street (Market end) Fleetwood
Is an active Anglican parish church in the Diocese of Blackburn. It was completed in 1841, to a design by Decimus Burton. Burton had been employed by Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood in 1836 to lay out the new planned town of Fleetwood. It is protected as a Grade II listed building.
Open Friday and Saturday 10.00am - 4.30pm Light refreshments available to purchase

St Wulstan's Church
St Wulstan’s present church was opened in March 1961 at a cost of £40,000.
View the original paintings above the altar in the ‘old church’, built in 1925, now behind the stage in the school hall. 
Open Saturday 11.00am - 3.00pm (Mass 10.30am) Sunday 11.00am - 3.00pm (Mass 10.00am)

Autumn Birdwatch
Rossall Point picnic area and car park
Join the Rangers as they watch the last of our summer and first wintering birds migrate over Rossall Point. Meet at Rossall Point Picnic area and car park.
Sunday 10th 9am – 10am. 1 mile, bring binoculars

Cemetery Walk
Beach Road, Fleetwood, FY7 8PH
Chance to find out about the heritage of the cemetery and the history of locals buried there. Meet at main entrance gate. Can take up to 2hrs. Suitable for families.
Open Thursday 10.00am - 12noon. Please ring 01995 602125 for more information

Coastal Wildlife Walk
Learn with the Rangers about the coastal environment and the creatures that thrive in the dunes, the natural sea defence abilities of the sand dunes and help us to record the wildlife along the coast.
Sunday 1.00pm – 2.00pm. Bring binoculars
For more information please contact Wyre Council on 01995 602125 or email 

Memorial Park Heritage Walk
Join Dick Gillingham and Kate Baird for a heritage walk around this Grade II listed Park.
Meet at the Pavilion, Memorial Park, Friday 2.00pm – 3.30pm For more information please contact Wyre Council on 01995 602125 or email 

Nautical Heritage Walk
Walk back in time to discover Fleetwood’s proud nautical heritage. From the Fishing Community Memorial near the Lower Lighthouse by the River Wyre to Jubilee Quay and Dock Street. Back to Fleetwood Museum.
Approx. 90mins – not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties. Saturday: 10.30am and 2.30pm and Sunday:10.30am and 2.30pm

Fylde Country Life Museum
Farmer Parr's, Wyrefield Farm, Rossall Lane, Fleetwood, FY7 8JP
Farmer Parrs Animal World is a popular tourist attraction in Fleetwood. It is also home to the ‘Fylde Country Life Museum’, a large museum arranged over 2 floors containing thousands of local artefacts. Run by volunteers from the Fylde Country Life Preservation Society, it plays a vital role in keeping local history alive. A real hidden gem – so why not take a walk down memory lane?
The museum also has a small section dedicated to WW1 which includes a re-creation of ‘The Somme’ trenches.
Free entry on Friday and Saturday for Heritage Open Day (please mention you are visiting for Heritage Open Day at the farm entrance)
Open Daily, normal entrance fee applies. 10.00am - 5.00pm 

Rossall School
Broadwater, Rossall
Built in 1844, Rossall School is a traditional co-educational British boarding school, set on a 160-acre campus with striking architecture. Open Sunday 10th September 2017.
Heritage Tours: 11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm (booking required) Public swim in Rossall's 25m indoor heated pool: 3.45pm - 5.45pm (£3 per adult, £1.50 per child) Mondo's (on-site coffee shop) will be open from 12.30pm - 3.00pm
Contact: 01253 774278 or email: 

Rossall Point Observation Tower
Outer Promenade, Princess Way, Fleetwood
Take a look at one of Fleetwood’s newest buildings and find out about the heritage of Fleetwood`s Coast and Morecambe Bay. Enjoy spectacular views, meet the Wyre Coast and Countryside volunteers and take a short walk up the steps to top of the tower. Take part in our heritage open day semaphore activity when you visit.
The National Coastwatch Institute set up by volunteers in 2008 to keep watch over the shifting sands and fast tides of Morecombe Bay is based on the second floor of the tower. See how the volunteers keep watch over the sandbanks and beyond and learn about the work they do and the equipment they use. No booking required.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm
For more information please contact Wyre Council on 01995 602125 or email 


Fleetwood Civic Society and Heritage Open Days

Meet Margaret Daniels and Yvonne Johnstone, two passionate women if ever there were! We met on a blustery, showery morning and took a walk to the top of The Mount, where we sheltered from a shower and marvelled at the stunning view.

Yvonne Johnstone and Margaret Daniels from Fleetwood Civic Society
l-r: Yvonne Johnstone and Margaret Daniels at The Mount

The Civic Society in Fleetwood has one simple aim, in fact it's one that we share, to promote Fleetwood and everything that it has to offer and encourage people to see what a marvellous place Fleetwood is. Heritage Open Days provides a perfect way to do that, attracting a few thousand people every year, with over 1000 coming to see The Mount and the Lower Lighthouse alone, from not just the Fylde Coast but a good distance inland too.

They've shown many children around these buildings from inland towns, the idea being that they instill a taste for the seaside in them and when they go home they enthuse to their parents and create a good impression about how nice Fleetwood is, and the family returns for holidays and outings.

I remember the craft shop in The Mount when we first came here about 25 years ago - it was the Civic Society who rescued this unique building from the doldrums after it had been stood empty for years and years. Once they'd campaigned and got the building back into working order, they were based for a long while on the top floor and had displays of local memorabilia and kept their headquarters open every weekend for the public to look at.

These two are a walking mine of local information, and fascinating to hear. I didn't know that the clock at the top of The Mount was a memorial to the First World War and donated to the local people of Fleetwood. I couldn't say I'd ever heard it chime, until as we were stood there it did!

Along with many locals, I also didn't know that our two lighthouses are still working. That's largely because they are designed to be seen from sea. But if you take a trip up the Lower Lighthouse on Heritage Open Days with Yvonne, she'll tell you everything that you want to know and more.

Fleetwood Civic Society are responsible for the open days at The Mount and Lower Lighthouse, and individual buildings then look after their own openings - but the Civic Society then collate everything, find the money to run the event and promote it as a whole, starting the mammoth task in February each year. All members give their time freely for the love of Fleetwood and the chance to promote it.

Take a look at the agenda and plan what you'd like to see this September.


Fleetwood Heritage Open Days 2017

The Mount, open for Fleetwood Heritage Open DaysThe Mount, open for Fleetwood Heritage Open Days

The Mount Fleetwood

Fleetwood Lower Lighthouse, open for Heritage DaysFleetwood Lower Lighthouse, open for Heritage Days


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