Heritage open days return

RESIDENTS can discover what Northumberland has to offer when a special event makes its return next month.

And a complex near Morpeth is taking part for the first time this year.

The heritage open days from September 12 to 15 provide an excellent opportunity for people to explore the county’s fantastic cultural and architectural treasures.

Over the course of the four days, local residents and visitors can get free access to buildings that are usually closed, have restricted access or charge admission. People can also enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture.

Longhirst Hall, a magnificent early 18th century house designed by John Dobson in beautifully landscaped grounds, is a new addition.

On Thursday, September 12, between 11am and 3pm, visitors can take informal tours of the house and grounds and listen to talks about Lord Collingwood, Morpeth’s great naval hero.

Other sites in the county that are involved in the open days include Bluebell Woods on the edge of Morpeth, Bothal Castle and Wallington.

For details visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk.