Discover our heritage

THE dates for this year’s Heritage Open Days in Northumberland have been announced.

The four-day event, which is in its eighth year, promotes England’s architecture and heritage and organisers aim to allow residents to visit as many cultural and historic properties for free as possible.

With visitor numbers last year reaching 1.7 million, an all-time high, they are hoping that it will be even better in 2012.

The festivities this time round will take place between September 6 and 9.

Northumberland County Council Executive Member for Customer Relations and Culture, Neil Bradbury, said: “Heritage Open Days provide a great opportunity to see behind the scenes at some of the county’s fascinating buildings and architecture.

“We are delighted to see the event return to Northumberland. I would urge people to get involved in any capacity they can, be it participation, volunteering or visiting.”

Full details of the venues taking part and special activities in the county will be available on the authority’s website – – in the coming weeks.