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.
Fleetwood Heritage Open Days – Part of a National Event
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 maybe you long to find out more!
Plus, on Sunday 16 September you can park ONCE and a FREE heritage bus ride will take you to all of the promenade venues.
Fleetwood 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.
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!
Buildings of every shape, style and function show of their architectural treasures and secrets. Local guides organise the events and tours to share their local knowledge and bring places to life.
Other Fylde Coast Heritage Open Days
There are buildings all along the Fylde Coast which participate in this event each year.
Take a look at Fylde Coast Heritage Open Days here.
These events are not organised by Visit Fylde Coast – all details correct at time of publication. Please contact the organisers for further information.
Fleetwood Heritage Open Days 2017
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.
Find out More
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