A chance to learn more about plans to bring Wisbech High Street back to its former glory will be just one of the opportunities during this year’s national Heritage Open Days.
More than 20 events celebrating Fenland’s rich and varied culture will be taking place across the district as part of England’s largest heritage festival from September 6 to 9 and 13 to 16.
Locals and visitors alike will be able to enjoy talks and walks, tours and exhibitions, as well as an opportunity to explore historic buildings for free, some of which are not usually open to the public.
One of the events will focus on the Heritage Lottery-funded Wisbech High Street Project, which is being delivered by Fenland District Council as part of the Wisbech 2020 Vision, with support from several local organisations including Wisbech Society and Wisbech Town Council.
A display is being held on the High Street near the Clarkson Memorial (outside William H Brown Estate Agents) on Saturday, September 8, from 10am to 4pm, where people can find out about the project and work to repair and restore the High Street’s historic properties.
There will also be a display of photographs and adverts of the old shops, as well as tours of the High Street at 12pm and 2.30pm. The tours will take a look at the architecture of the historic buildings and there will also be an opportunity to look inside ‘The Gap’ site at No 24, where a building collapsed 30 years ago, and learn about plans to transform it into a new area for public use.
Other events in Wisbech include access to Wisbech Castle and its gardens and free entry to Peckover House, while Wisbech Corn Exchange is opening for the first time in 28 years.
For more information about all the events being held in Fenland visit: www.heritageopendays.org.uk or www.visitcambridgeshirefens.org
Councillor David Oliver, Fenland District Council’s Cabinet member responsible for heritage, said: “The Heritage Open Days events are a great opportunity for both locals and visitors from outside Fenland to find out more about our rich history, architecture and culture.”
Councillor Mark Buckton, the council’s Cabinet member responsible for tourism, added: “Many of the events are run entirely by volunteers and there’s something for everyone over the two weekends. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are free to explore.”