Heritage Open Days provide a cultural insight

Fleetwood’s fascinating cultural heritage will be under the spotlight later this week for the Heritage Open Days.

The four-day event, which starts on Thursday, will celebrate the port’s past and will provide an opportunity to view the town’s principal buildings and learn their stories.

Yvonne Johnstone and Betty Hart from Fleetwood Civic Society at last year's Heritage Open day at Lower Lighthouse, Fleetwood

Yvonne Johnstone and Betty Hart from Fleetwood Civic Society at last year's Heritage Open day at Lower Lighthouse, Fleetwood

Margaret Daniels, chairman of Fleetwood Civic Society, said: “We are hoping for a good crowd and fingers crossed the weather will stay nice.

“There are lots of interesting things to see in Fleetwood.

“One slight disappointment is unfortunately we won’t able to include the well on Queens Terrace as part of the weekend.

“There have been a few issues with it but we hope to include it on next year’s agenda.”

There are lots of interesting things to see in Fleetwood

Each day landmark buildings displaying the port’s rich heritage will be open to the public.

They include, among others, the Lower Lighthouse, St Mary’s Catholic Church, Marine Hall and Fleetwood’s heritage trawler Jacinta.

Wyre Borough Council is also hosting heritage walks of local sites.

There will be a tour of Fleetwood cemetery on Thursday from 10am to noon and on the same day, from 10am to 12.30pm there is an early resort walk to find out about Fleetwood’s earliest days.

On Friday from 2pm to 3pm there’s a Memorial Park heritage walk and on Sunday all action will be focused on Rossall Point for a conservation day from 10am to 2pm.

The Civic Society is delighted that so many local venues have joined in with the national event.

Two of the port’s most iconic landmarks, the Mount Pavilion and Lower Lighthouse will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4.30pm.

Fleetwood Museum, which displays the town’s artefacts is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm and the Marine Hall is open at the sames times too.

Fleetwood’s oldest hotel, the North Euston Hotel, which is steeped in history is open from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday and the newly renovated Euston Park Gardens are open on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 2pm.

The Masonic Hall on the Esplanade and Fleetwood Lifeboat Station are open Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm for the hall and 10am to 3pm for the station.

Four of the town’s churches - St. Mary’s, St Peter’s. St Nicholas, St Wulstans and the former Mount Church are open at various times over the weekend.

The Jacinta is also open to view on each day from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

For a full itinerary of buildings open, times and dates, log on to www.heritageopendays.org.uk