Fleetwood Heritage Open Days is your chance to look around local historic and interesting buildings for free. Some of which you can’t even normally go inside.
This is a fascinating place with a rich local history and lots of heritage buildings – more than you might imagine. With Fleetwood Heritage Open Days you can look around the ones that interest you!
Fleetwood Heritage Open Days 2021 – Part of a National Event
Friday 10 to Sunday 19 September 2021
Wyre is reopening the doors to the past and inviting you to look through them once again. Come along and discover more about the heritage, community and history of our wonderful borough.
- You can enjoy a series of events including heritage walks around Bleasdale Reformatory, Poulton town centre and Memorial Park in Fleetwood. Enjoy a visit to Garstang’s historic market town and unearth 500 years of history through its buildings.
- Many places in Wyre are opening their doors to the public. Take a step into the recently renovated Mount pavilion. Or join a tour around Fleetwood’s Masonic Hall. See the spectacular views of Morecambe Bay from the top of the Rossall Point Tower. Organisers are unable to open the Lower Lighthouse this year so there will be a display of the history of the lighthouse within the Mount grounds.
- Fancy a trip to the coast? Join the rangers for the Autumn birdwatch as they observe the last of our summer and the first of wintering birds migrate over Rossall Point and Morecambe Bay.
- Take the opportunity to learn more about the engineering of Marsh Mill from your home. Enjoy a free virtual guided tour which provides a real insight into the history of the mill. The link for the tour will be available from 10 September at www.heritageopendays.org.uk
- Want to know about the history of Wyre? Visit Fleetwood boating lake where you will find information on the history of the lake.
- You can also enjoy a free ride on a heritage bus along the promenade on Sunday 19 September. Two buses will be traveling up and down the promenade stopping at several places.
- On Saturday 19 and Sunday 19 September several of Fleetwood’s beautiful churches will open their doors to the public. St.Mary’s Grade II listed church on Lord St, designed by EW Pugin, will be joining in the festival. St.Nicholas Church, designed by notable 1960s Lancashire Architect Laurence King, will also be open. Find it on the corner of Poulton Road and Broadway. And St Paul’s, built in the 1920s by parishioners, will be open to reveal its interesting history.
Fleetwood Heritage Open Days 2021
Heritage Open Days are organised all over the country by groups and Civic Societies, along with English Heritage, who manage the scheme on a national basis.
Fleetwood Civic Society is one of 1400 such organisations. Between them they muster up 40,000 volunteers to put on this national event every year, that delights over 1 million visitors. Fleetwood Heritage Open Days can say that it’s part of England’s biggest voluntary cultural event!
These are the buildings and walks that you can explore this year:
Heritage Open Days 2021 as co-ordinated by Fleetwood Civic Society
- The Mount Pavilion Fleetwood Esplanade on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4.30pm
A chance to see inside the newly refurbished Mount Pavilion, see the workings of the Mount Clock, and walk around the balcony to enjoy the views
As we are unable to open the Lower Lighthouse this year there will be a display of the history of the light within the Mount Grounds.
- Fleetwood Masonic Hall – Fleetwood Esplanade will be open on Sunday from 10m -4pm
- Fleetwood Museum – will be offering free entry on Saturday and Sunday
- Fleetwood Boating Lake – display on history of the lake – by the bridge
- A Nautical Heritage Walk – from the Fishing Community Memorial by the River Wyre to the Jubilee Quay and Dock St. Led by David Pearce this starts at 2.30pm on both days. Meet at the Lower Lighthouse.
- Find out more about the interesting history of the Euston Gardens and the surrounding area. A walk around the park with William Hargreaves at 11am and 1pm on both days. Meet at the Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood statue in the garden.
- Enjoy a free ride on a heritage bus along the promenade on Sunday – two buses will be traveling up and down the promenade stopping at several places
- We also have some beautiful churches in Fleetwood and some of them will also be joining in:
St.Mary’s Grade II listed church on Lord St, designed by EW Pugin, will be joining in the festival on Saturday and Sunday afternoons
St.Nicholas Church on corner of Poulton Rd and Broadway, designed by Laurence King a notable Lancashire Architect of the 1960s, will also be joining in on Saturday and Sunday afternoons
St Paul’s, built in the 1920s by parishioners, will also be open Saturday and Sunday afternoons, showing it’s interesting history
Other events and openings include:
- Autumn Birdwatch from Fleetwood promenade
- Memorial Park Heritage Walk, with Dick Gillingham from Fleetwood Museum
- Rossall Point Tower
- Poulton Town Centre History Walk, guided walk around this busy market town. Discover it’s history and heritage from medieval times to present day.
- 500 Years of Garstang History through its buildings
- Bleasdale Reformatory – people and places heritage walk and trail over fields.
- 1906 Cleveleys Cottage Exhibition Walk – the blueprint for future garden cities in the UK
- Drop in at St Andrew’s Church, Cleveleys
- Heritage of the Wyre Estuary. Enjoy a guided heritage walk around Wyre Estuary Country Park at Stanah.
- Marsh Mill Windmill – enjoy a free, virtual guided tour to get a real insight into the history and engineering of the mill.
Other Fylde Coast Heritage Open Days
There are buildings all along the Fylde Coast which participate in this event each year.
These events are not organised by Visit Fylde Coast – all details correct at time of publication. Please contact the organisers for further information.
Organising Fleetwood Heritage Open Days
Bearing in mind the weather, it was a good turnout in Fleetwood for Heritage Open Days in 2017.
On Sunday morning The Esplanade was closed for the Triathlon and so visitors to the Mount and Lighthouse were fewer in number. 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.
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.
Fleetwood Civic Society has one simple aim, and in fact it’s one that we share at Visit Fleetwood. It’s to promote Fleetwood and everything that it has to offer and encourage people to see what a marvellous place it 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.
Visit Fleetwood remember the craft shop in The Mount when we first came here about 30 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. There, the Civic Society had displays of local memorabilia and kept their headquarters open every weekend for the public to look at.
A Mine of Local Information
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.
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