Thursday 8th to Sunday 11 September 2016
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 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.
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 20 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.
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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Cemetery History Walks: Beach Road Fleetwood, FY7 8PH
A leisurely stroll around the cemetery to listen to the history of locals buried within and how cemeteries were formed and managed since 1846. Meet at main entrance gate, can take up to 2hrs. Suitable for families. Open: Thursday 8th September: 10am to 12 noon Booking Info: Booking required for walks Contact Details: Tel: 01995 602125 or email: email@example.com This event has been organised by: Wyre Council
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. Open: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September: 12 noon and 2pm Booking Info: No booking necessary This event has been organised by: Fleetwood Civic Society
Decimus Burton Exhibition: The Burton Room, North Euston Hotel, The Esplanade, Fleetwood
An exhibition of the Life and Work of the Eminent London Architect Decimus Burton who was employed by Sir Peter Hesketh to design the new town of Fleetwood. On display in the Burton Room, North Euston Hotel. Open: Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September: 11am to 3pm Booking Info: No booking necessary This event has been organised by: Robert Wright on behalf of the North Euston Hotel
Cleveleys 1906 Cottage Exhibition Tour: Meet at the corner of Cleveleys Avenue and West Drive, Cleveleys adjacent to the Bowls Club.
For 3 months in 1906, the latest ideas in house design were constructed and grouped together as a grand showroom. All 42 of these unique buildings survived both world wars so join this walking tour to find out more. Open: Thursday 8th September and Friday 9th September: 10.30am - 12 noon, Access details: Full wheelchair accessible. On-street parking available. Max Group Size: 30 Booking Info: BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Booking open Monday to Thursday 11am - 2pm, from 19th July to 6th September or by email firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Details: Tel: 01253 301004 This event has been organised by: Dave Evans
Fleetwood Museum: Queens Terrace, The Esplanade, Fleetwood Free entry on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for Heritage Open Days. Open until the end of October - normal entrance fees apply. Fleetwood Museum - helping to safeguard YOUR heritage. Open: Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September: 11am - 4pm Access Details: Access is difficult for those with mobility difficulties. Booking Info: No booking necessary This event has been organised by: the Friends of Fleetwood Museum
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 Open Days tour. Open: Sunday 11th September: 10am - 4pm Access Details: Partial disabled access. Access for disabled users via rear of building off Bold Street Booking Info: No booking necessary This event has been organised by: The Fleetwood Masonic Hall
Fylde Country Life Museum at Farmer Parrs: 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. Open: Free entry on Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September only: 10am - 5pm Mention HODs at the farm gate for free admission. Normal entry charges apply at all other times. Access Details: Majority wheelchair accessible. Booking Info: No booking necessary Contact Details: For more information visit www.farmerparrs.com This event has been organised by: the Fylde Country Life Preservation Society
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 lifeboat. Open: Sunday 11th September: 10am - 3pm Booking Info: No booking necessary This event has been organised by: RNLI
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 10th and Sunday 11th September: 10am - 4:30pm Access Details: No wheelchair access. Booking Info: No booking necessary This event has been organised by: Fleetwood Civic Society
Jacinta: Freeport, Anchorage Road, Fleetwood, FY7 6AE Fleetwood’s Heritage Trawler. Hear the story of a great industry that gave birth to a unique community of fishing folk. Open: Friday 9th to Sunday 11th September: 10.30am - 3.30pm Access Details: Entry via gate within Freeport. Disabled access is very restricted. Booking Info: No booking necessary This event has been organised by: Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust
Marine Hall: The Esplanade, Fleetwood, FY7 6HF
Marine Hall has been entertaining audiences for decades. Visitors can come and have a look around our magnificent ballroom, stand under the glass domed ceiling and listen to its acoustics and echo. Open: Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September: 11am - 3pm Access details: Full wheelchair access. On-site disabled parking. On-site toilets. Pushchair friendly. Assisted dogs welcome. Booking Info: No booking required Contact Details: Tel: 01253 887693 or email email@example.com This event has been organised by: Marine Hall, Fleetwood
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 10th and Sunday 11th September: 10am to 4:30pm Access Details: Partial wheelchair access. Booking Info: No booking necessary This event has been organised by: Fleetwood Civic Society
Memorial Park Heritage Walk: Warrenhurst Rd. Fleetwood
Discover the history of Grade ll listed Memorial Park with Friends of Fleetwood Museum, local historian Dick Gillingham and the Friends of the Memorial Park. Open: Friday 9th September: 2pm - 3pm Booking Info: No booking necessary Contact Details: Tel: 01995 602125 for more information This event has been organised by: Wyre Council
Marsh Mill: Fleetwood Road North, Thornton Cleveleys, FY5 4JZ Marsh Mill is a grade ll* listed building and one of the tallest mills in Europe. The mill offers a unique introduction to milling of a bygone age. Guided tours are available for visitors and provide a real insight into the history and engineering of the mill. Open: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September: 10.30am - 4.30pm Access Details: Wheelchair access to ground floor only. Booking Info: No booking required Contact Details: Tel: 01253 887445 This event has been organised by: Wyre Council - Alexandra Holt
North Euston Hotel Cellar Tour: 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 11th September: Tours at 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm Access details: No wheelchair access. On-site accessible toilets. Not suitable for young children. Max Group Size: 10 - 15 per tour Booking Info: BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL Contact Details: North Euston Hotel, Tel: 01253 876525 This event has been organised by: North Euston Hotel
Rossall School: Broadway, Fleetwood FY7 8JW
Built in 1844, Rossall School is a traditional British boarding school on a 160- acre campus with striking architecture. Open: Sunday 11th September: Heritage Tours: 11am, 1pm & 3pm (Booking required) Public Swim: 3:30pm - 5:30pm (Small charge) Coffee Shop: 12:30pm - 3pm for the purchase of drinks & light snacks Access Details: Partial wheelchair access. Booking Info: BOOKING ESSENTIAL for tours Contact Details: Tel: 01253 774278 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org This event has been organised by: Rossall School
Rossall Point, NCI: Outer Promenade , Princes Way , FY7 8PG
The observation tower is home to the National Coastwatch Institute (NCI), from where volunteers keep a watch over the sandbanks and beyond, into Morecambe Bay. It assists in the protection and preservation of life at sea and around our shores. Meet the volunteers and learn about their work. Open: Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September: 11am - 4pm Booking Info: No booking necessary. Access Details: Limited access to the observation tower. Contact Details: www.ncirossallpointfleetwood.co.uk This event has been organised by: NCI
Rossall Point Walks: Rossall Point, Outer Promenade, Princess Way, FY7 8PG
Enjoy 3 short walks from Rossall Point. Learn about the international importance of Morecambe Bay for wildlife and find out about the heritage of the local area including the history of the “landmark”. Bring your binoculars with you if you have them. Open: Sunday 11th September: Autumn Birdwatch: 9am to 10am Dune Walk: 1pm - 2pm Heritage Walk: 2pm - 3pm Booking Info: BOOKING ESSENTIAL for the Heritage Walk. Access Details: Grade: Easy Contact Details: Tel : 01995 602125 for information and to book email email@example.com This event has been organised by: Wyre Council
St Mary’s Church: Lord Street, Fleetwood The foundation stone of this church, which was designed by Edward W Pugin, was laid on 17th May 1866 by the Bishop of Liverpool. Built over the next two years at a cost of £4000, the church was given Grade II listed status in 1978. 2016 marks 150 years since the foundation stone was laid. Open: Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th September: 8am - 6pm Sunday 11th September: 7.30am - 1pm (Sunday Mass: 8.30am and 10.30am)) Access details: Full wheelchair access. On-site accessible toilets. Booking Info: No booking necessary Contact Details: firstname.lastname@example.org This event has been organised by: Rev Michael Murphy, St Mary’s Parish Church
St Wulstan’s Church: Poulton Road, Fleetwood FY7 7JY St Wulstan’s present church was opened in March 1961 at a cost of £40,000. Display of photos showing events and people of the parish, past and present. View the original paintings above the altar in the ‘old church’, built in 1925, now behind the stage in the school hall. Open: Saturday 10th September 11am - 3pm (Mass at 10:30am) Sunday 11th September 11am - 3pm (Mass at 10am) Booking Info: No booking necessary This event has been organised by: St Wulstan’s Church
The Mount, open for Fleetwood Heritage Open Days
Fleetwood Lower Lighthouse, open for Heritage Days
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