Heritage Open Days to explore hidden gems

Whitley Bay lighthouse, St Mary's island.
Whitley Bay lighthouse, St Mary's island.

North Tyneside’s architectural treasures can be uncovered as buildings and attractions in the borough open their doors for free next month during Heritage Open Days.

From September 12-15, residents and visitors can enjoy exploring a wealth of attractions, events and activities and get free entry to properties and places which may otherwise be closed to the public, or charge an admission fee.

This year’s programme is the biggest ever for the borough with 48 events and activities including local history walks, churches, museums and local landmarks such as St Mary’s Lighthouse, Tynemouth Lighthouse and the coastal Watch Houses.

And for people keen to learn more about growing and horticulture there are four allotments included in this year’s programme.

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism said: “Heritage Open Days are a fantastic opportunity to explore North Tyneside’s heritage and get rare glimpses of the ‘behind the scenes’ activities that keep these fascinating places operating.

“There really is something for everyone and they are all free during this open weekend.”

Details of the 2013 Heritage Open Days programme for North Tyneside are now available to view at www.northtyneside.gov.uk