Venues preparing to open to showcase their heritage

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Nearly 50 venues across the borough will be throwing open their doors to visitors as part of the national Heritage Open Days programme.

Visitors will be able to discover a host of activities and events at the 49 venues, with most having free admission.

It is the 12th time the event it taking place, with a number of venues normally closed to the public among those opening their doors between September 12 and 15.

Among the activities taking part this year in North Tyneside are a walk exploring the art history of Cullercoats, a tour of First World War graves in Preston cemetery and a walk from Tynemouth to Cullercoats. Bookings can be made on (0191) 643 7420.

There is also an opportunity to take behind-the-scenes tours of Playhouse Whitley Bay. Places can be reserved by calling (0191) 643 2643.

A new addition to the programme is an open day at Tynemouth Model Boat Club on Sunday, September 15, at Tynemouth Boating Lake from 10am to 4pm.

Tyne & Wear Heritage Open Day booklets are available from tourist information centres, libraries and participating venues.

All activities and events are listed on

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “We’re delighted by the response to these events in North Tyneside, with more venues signed up and we’re expecting more visitors then ever as a result.

“I’m delighted that North Tyneside is making such a major contribution to this national event and showcasing our heritage across the region.”