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Deadline looming to register buildings and landmarks for free Norfolk Heritage Open Days festival

PUBLISHED: 18:58 28 May 2017 | UPDATED: 20:21 28 May 2017

Herbert Woods' restored boat Spark of Light.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Herbert Woods' restored boat Spark of Light. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2017

Interesting stories behind a variety of buildings and landmarks across Norfolk will be revealed at the popular Heritage Open Days festival this autumn.

The four-day event, part of a nationwide heritage weekend, is taking place from September 7 until September 10 when people and organisations behind a variety of buildings and landmarks open their doors to the public for free.

And co-ordinators of this year’s Norfolk event, from The Forum, are calling for individuals and organisations to sign up before the deadline - midnight on Sunday, June 4.

Cathy Eden, Norfolk co-ordinator for Heritage Open Days, said: “The event provides the chance for people to find out a bit more about where they live. Places that are not normally open, open their doors for free. It is a nice opportunity to meet your neighbours.

“It is about stories and sharing what you love. Heritage and culture are really important.”

Last year, 247 events were held for Norfolk’s Heritage Open Days festival.

They were visited by 67,500 people.

Ms Eden added: “There are economic benefits from the Heritage Open Days as it brings people into Norwich and the county. There is something for everyone and is a good day out.”

Free sites this year include a tour around the newly-restored Spark of Light boat in Potter Heigham.

Built in 1926, the Spark of Light formed part of the light cruiser fleet until the 1950s and inspired future Broads boats.

Visitors will be able to learn about the secrets of the 150-year-old Drill House on York Road, Great Yarmouth, now a circus and street arts centre.

The Forum in Norwich will be holding an interactive exhibition celebrating Norfolk’s brewing heritage.

Wymondham Vintage Day is also taking place for the second year as part of the heritage festival.

Heritage Open Days were established nationally in 1994 as England’s contribution to European Heritage Days in which 50 countries now participate.

They have been happening in Norfolk for more than a decade.

For further information about taking part in this year’s festival please email hods@theforumnorwich.co.uk or call 01603 727989.

Visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk

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