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BLACKPOOL properties open days 2015

Building Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
All Hallows' Church, Bispham Yes Yes Yes Yes
Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation   Yes    
Blackpool Town Centre History and Haunts Tour   Yes    
Blackpool Town Hall Yes      
Central Library   Yes    
Central Mosque Yes   Yes Yes
Funny Girls Yes Yes    
Grand Theatre       Yes
Grundy Art Gallery     Yes  
Holy Trinity Church   Yes Yes  
Illuminations Works, near Airport   Yes    
Layton Cemetery Yes Yes Yes Yes
Lifeboat Station Yes Yes Yes  
Little Marton Windmill       Yes
New Central Methodist Church (Back for 2015) Yes Yes Yes  
North Pier Yes Yes Yes Yes
North Shore Methodist Church Yes Yes Yes  
Pleasure Beach Resort   Yes    
St Paul's Worship Centre (New for 2015)   Yes Yes  
St Stephen on the Cliffs Church   Yes Yes Yes
Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes       Yes
Stanley Park & Cocker Clock Tower Yes      
The Imperial Hotel Yes Yes    
Winter Gardens Yes      
World Healing Crusade (New for 2015) Yes Yes Yes Yes

BLACKPOOL properties open days 2014

Building Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
All Hallows’ Church, Bispham Yes Yes Yes Yes

Blackpool Reform Jewish 
Congregation

  Yes Yes  
‘History and Haunts’ Tour   Yes    
Central Library Yes Yes Yes  
Central Mosque Yes   Yes Yes
Comrades Club   Yes Yes Yes
Funny Girls Yes Yes    
Grand Theatre     Yes  
Grundy Art Gallery Yes Yes Yes  
Holy Trinity Church   Yes Yes  
Illuminations Works, near Airport   Yes    
Imperial Hotel (NEW for 2014) Yes      
Bus Tour, Town Hall       Yes
Layton Cemetery     Yes Yes
Lifeboat Station Yes   Yes  
Little Marton Windmill       Yes
Masonic Hall, Blackpool Yes Yes Yes Yes
North Pier Yes Yes Yes Yes
North Shore Methodist Church Yes Yes Yes  
Pleasure Beach Resort   Yes    
St Stephen on the Cliffs Church   Yes Yes Yes
Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes     Yes Yes
Stanley Park &
Cocker Clock Tower
Yes      
The Tower   Yes    
Town Hall     Yes  
Winter Gardens       Yes

 

 

2013

Report from the Chairman of Blackpool Civic Trust, Joan Humble.

The Heritage Open Days event goes from strength to strength, with three new sites of historical interest being added in Blackpool this year, including the Grundy Art gallery (see photo below).

Joan Humble and Richard Parry at the Heritage Open Day - Grundy Art Gallery

The Town Hall was just one of the many venues that proved popular with visitors. One hundred and seventy-six school pupils visited on Friday and were given a conducted tour by the Deputy Mayor and members of the Civic Trust. In an email of thanks to the Trust, St Kentigern's School  (see photo below) thought that the visit had been especially valuable in promoting citizenship and strengthening links with our 'culturally rich town'. On the Saturday morning Civic Trust members were joined by the Mayor to guide 37 visitors around the Town Hall, including one visitor from the Czech Republic. Clearly word is getting out!

Blackpool Heritage Open Days 2013 - Town Hall with pupils of St Kentigerns

Another welcome addition to the Heritage Open Days was a special Heritage service led by Canon Andrew Sage, our Faith Buildings officer, at St Stephen on the Cliffs. Lessons were read by the Deputy Mayor and myself.  I very much hope that the service will become an established part of the Open Days.

My thanks for this most successful event go to Kelly Walker and her colleagues at the Volunteer Centre, who collated the brochure and publicised the Open Days, together with the many people involved in greeting visitors in the varied venues across the town. My special thanks go to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Blackpool and members of the Civic Trust who helped in many different ways.

Joan Humble, Chairman.

Above: Interior of Funny Girls, formerly Odeon Cinema.

Above: The Masonic Hall. Joan is seen here with Peter, who gave us a very interesting tour of the building.

Above: One of the newly re-installed lions (replica) in Stanley Park. The afternoon tour was very popular and well subscribed.

Above: Some  Trust members and visitors to the Town Hall.

Central Methodist Church. William Holman Hunt's The Light of the World stained glass.

Programme for 2013

Welcome to the Blackpool and the Fylde Coast Heritage Open Days Programme for 2013. We have even more fabulous places to visit this year showing the increased popularity of these events.

The list below contains an overview of the buildings open for 2013 Heritage Open Days. There are a number of buildings open for the first time. Be sure to check the list and see as many as you can.

Paper copies of the brochure will be available soon. To download a pdf version of the full brochure containing full details click on the image below or click here.

Heritage Open Days 2013 - Blackpool, Fleetwood, Lytham St Annes

 

Below is the list of properties open during the Heritage Open Days. Note they are not all open every day.

The times of opening are shown in the full brochure.

Days are shown Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: TFSatSun.

BLACKPOOL properties

All Hallows’ Church *NEW FOR 2013*, TFSat
Blackpool Town Centre ‘History and Haunts’ Tour, F
Central Library, T
Comrades Club, FSatSun
Funny Girls, TF
Grundy Art Gallery *NEW FOR 2013* TFSat
Holy Trinity Church, FSat
Illuminations *NEW FOR 2013* T
Lancastrian Transport Trust, Sun
Layton Cemetery, FSatSun
Lifeboat Station, TSat
Little Marton Windmill, Sun
Masonic Hall, Blackpool, TFSatSun
New Central Methodist Church, TFSatSun
North Pier, TFSatSun
North Shore Methodist Church, TFSat.
Pleasure Beach Resort, TFSat
St Stephen on the Cliffs Church, SatSun.
Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sun
Stanley Park & Cocker Clock Tower, T
The Tower, TFSatSun
Town Hall, Sat
Winter Gardens, Sun

FLEETWOOD & WYRE properties

Beach Chalets/Fleetwood Children’s Paddling Pool *NEW*, FSatSun
Broadwater Wood, T
Cemetery History Walks, T
Cleveleys 1906 Cottage Exhibition Tour, TF
Cleveleys Masonic Hall & Park Club *NEW FOR 2013*, SatSun
Fleetwood Marine Hall *NEW FOR 2013*, TFSatSun
Fleetwood Museum, TFSatSun
Fleetwood United Reformed Church, Sat
Fylde Country Life Museum at Farmer Parrs, FSat
Jacinta, SatSun
Lifeboat Station, Sun
Lower Lighthouse, SatSun
Marsh Mill, TFSatSun
Masonic Hall, Fleetwood, F
Memorial Park Heritage Walk, F
Mount Methodist Church, SatSun
Mount Pavilion, SatSun
Rossall Point, TFSatSun
Rossall School, SatSun.
Site of Historic Fleetwood Rifle Range (Golf Links) *NEW*, TF
St Mary’s Church, TFSat
St Peter’s Church, FSat
St Wulstan’s Church, SatSun

LYTHAM ST ANNES properties

Lytham Hall, Sun
Lytham Heritage Centre, SatSun
Lytham Windmill, SatSun
The Town Hall, St Annes, Sat
The White Church, TSatSun.

To download a pdf version of the full brochure containing full details of 2013 heritage open days on the Fylde Coast click here.

 

For information about Heritage Open Days all over England please visit the Heritage Open Days website:

 www.heritageopendays.org.uk

 

2012:

Central Library (new for 2012, guided tour on the Thursday only)

Cocker Clock Tower - Sunday

Comrades Club - Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sunday.

Donna's Dream House - Sat, Sunday.

Funny Girls - Thurs, Fri.

Grand Theatre - Sunday

Holy Trinity Church - Fri, Sat.

Jewish Reform Congregation - Fri, Sat.

Lancastrian Transport Trust - Sunday

Layton Cemetery - Saturday.

Blackpool Lifeboat Station - Thurs, Saturday.

Little Marton Mill - Saturday, Sunday.

Masonic Hall - Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun.

Mosque - Thurs, Sat, Sunday

New Central Methodist Church - Thurs, Fri, Saturday.

Pleasure Beach Resort - Friday

Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes - Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sunday.

Stanley Park - Thursday.

The Tower - Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sunday.

Town Hall - Saturday

Winter Gardens - Sunday.

Plus 21 properties in Fleetwood & Wyre, and 3 in Lytham St Annes.

 

Blackpool and The Fylde Coast Heritage Open Days 2012

 

Heritage Open Days Archive

2011

The Blackpool Heritage Open Days 2011 were a great success. Below are photos taken on during the visits by Juliette Gregson.

Ceiling inside the Grand Theatre, featuring famous composers:

Grand Theatre Ceiling

The bar downstairs in the Blackpool Grand Theatre:

Grand Theatre Downstairs Bar

The auditorium in Funny Girls:

Funny Girls Auditorium

The bar in Funny Girls:

Funny Girls Bar

Little Marton Windmill supported by the Friends of Little Marton Windmill:

Little Marton Windmill

Shirley Matthews the Vice-Chairman of the Friends of Little Marton Windmill:

Friends of Little Marton Windmill - Shirley Matthews

The View north from Blackpool Tower (the ride up the tower wasn't free):

View from Blackpool Tower

St John's Church, St John's Square:

Layton Cemetery:

Layton Cemetery


Meanwhile Peter, the website writer, also went to Fleetwood and Ansdell and includes these three photos.

Fleetwood Heritage Open Days 2011

Fleetwood Museum has smartened up its cafe, and in pride of place is the stained glass window from Fleetwood Grammar School.

Fleetwood Museum Cafe Stained Glass

St Peter's Church in the heart of Fleetwood has spent over a £1million on a facelift including several new and stylish stained glass windows.

Fleetwood St Peter's new stained glass window

Ansdell Heritage Open Days 2011

The White Church at Ansdell is a United Reformed Church and welcomed visitors. The interior of the church is square inside and has a comfortable feel even though it reflects the simplicity of the United Reformed Church's tradition.

White Church at Ansdell


8th to 11th September 2011

The document is available but the link has been removed to prevent confusion.

Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Heritage Open Days Programme link


Heritage Open Days 2010

Blackpool and the Fylde Coast

September 9th to 12th, Thursday to Sunday.

The document is available but the link has been removed to prevent confusion.

click here to download a copy of the programme

Amendment - The Grand Theatre “Victorian theme” Heritage Open Day

Sunday 12th September
Open at 10am and close at 2.15pm (was 4pm).
We have three FREE theatre tours at 10.30, 11.45am and 1pm.

Bookings can be made in advance at the box office (call 01253 290190) or on the day, but they do get booked very quickly – advance bookings recommended.

A selection of Grand Theatre archives, memorabilia etc will also be available to view.

Matchams Bar will be open for teas, coffees and other refreshments throughout.

FREE ENTRY.

 

Venues in Blackpool

Blackpool Town Hall,

Blackpool Tower,

Grand Theatre,

Heritage Bus Trips,

Town Centre Heritage Walking Tour,

Town Centre Ghost Tour,

St Stephens on the Cliffs,

North Shore Methodist Church,

Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes,

St John the Evangelist,

New Central Methodist Church,

Holy Trinity Church,

Bethesda Congregational Chuch,

United Hebrew Congregation,

Reform Jewish Congregation,

Layton Cemetery,

Royal National Lifeboat Institution,

Magician's Club,

The Guards Club,

Masonic Hall,

Donna's Dream House,

Funny Girls,

Cocker Clock Tower, Stanley Park

Little Marton Mill,

Zoo's Aviation History,

Pleasure Beach,

British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association