From 7th - 10th September, many of The Suffolk Coast's museums and historic buildings will be opening their doors to celebrate this year's Heritage Open Days.
With over 100 events across the towns and villages on The Suffolk Coast, there's plenty on offer to suit all ages and tastes.
We've picked a few that you might like to check out!
Lunchtime Concert Series
St Peter & St John, St Peters Road, Kirkley, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0ED
Enjoy the wonderful ambience of this Victorian church with its acclaimed acoustic and unique Chancel Screen as you soak up the superb music offered by local musicians. Refreshments from midday with the performance starting at 12.45pm each day.
For more information visit https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/lunchtime-concert
Marina Theatre, The Marina, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1HH
A chance to explore behind the scenes of this wonderful theatre by having a guided tour of the building included many areas not normally on view to the public.
For more information visit https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/marina-theatre-lowestoft
Micarlo Fishing Trawler
Heritage Quay , South Pier, Royal Plain, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0EA
This event is a great opportunity to tour the vessel, hear about its history and see a special display of old photographs showing it as it was in days gone by.
For more information visit https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/mincarlo-fishing-trawler
Town Council Chambers, Beccles Town Hall
Beccles Town Hall, The Walk, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9AJ
Visit Beccles Town Council Chambers where you can view portraits from the first Aldermen/Mayors from the 1800's through to the Borough days and from 1974 when the Borough Council became Beccles Town Council.
For more information, visit https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/town-council-chambers-beccles-town-hall2
Tower Tour, St Mary's Church
Come and enjoy tower tours with Friends of St Mary's. Once up into the daylight, you can relish the views of Bungay’s mediaeval town lay-out encircling the ruins of Bigod’s Castle.
For more information, visit https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/tower-tour-st-marys-at-bungay
Bungay Castle, Castle Orchard, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 1DD
Chance to explore the ruins of Hugh Bigod's C12th castle. The ruins include C13th twin gatehouse towers and curtain walls which encompass the C12th Keep. There will also be the opportunity to hear information on the exciting plans for the Castle and heritage of Bungay.
For more information, visit https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/bungay-castle
New Reach Trail
1 Blyth Mews, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 8FB
An easy guided walk of about one mile. From Quay Street there is a footpath opposite King's Volvo Garage, through Blyth Mews in the Langley's Quay development into the Town Park or there is direct access to the Park from the Town Centre car park.
For more information, visit https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/new-reach-trail1
MALT at The Cut
The Cut, New Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8BY
Head to The Cut, Halesworth for the unveiling of the MALT Experience, a collaboration between New Cut Arts and the Halesworth & District Museum.
For more information, visit https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/malt-project-at-the-cut-arts-centre
Framlingham Heritage Trail
Bridge Street, Framlingham, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 9AH
Enjoy a leisurely stroll around Framlingham, taking in the sights and tastes that we can sometimes take for granted. Take part in the local landmarks photographic quiz, visit places around town with history that you may not know, watch live heritage food demonstrations, sample some heritage food delights, rediscover those childhood sweet shop cravings and much more!
For more information, visit https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/framlingham-heritage-trail-2017
The Longshop Museum
The Long Shop Museum, Main Street, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4ES
See the Grade II listed Long Shop, the world's first building for assembly line production, and enjoy guided tours throughout the day to discover more about this extraordinary site of engineering.
For more information, visit https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/the-long-shop-museum2
The Red House
Britten-Pears Foundation, The Red House, Golf Lane, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5PZ
Explore the site for free with special tours and activities taking place throughout the day.
For more information, visit https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/the-red-house1
Woodbridge Quay Church
The oldest non-conformist church in Woodbridge. The present building was erected in 1805 with internal changes in 1897 and 2013. Grade II listed.
For more information, visit https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/woodbridge-quay-church
Blackfriars, Foundation Street, Ipswich, Suffolk
With its remains of local septarian stone walls, this was the site of the Dominican Friars, an extensive set of buildings that included the largest church in Ipswich, with cloister and refectory. There will be geologists on site to show you the septaria.
For more information, visit https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/blackfriars4
The Ipswich Institute, The Admirals House, 13-15 Tower Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3BE
Probably built in the reign of Charles II (1660-1685) with a later Georgian front. The interior is a mix of architectural styles. Once the home of Admiral Benjamin Page, visited by Wellington in 1820, it houses the Institute members' restaurant, coffee lounge and lecture room.
For more information, visit https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/admirals-house1
Christchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 2BE
A 16th Century Mansion with rooms furnished from Tudor to Victorian periods.
"A peep into the past" is a short free tour. Come along and talk to the knowledgeable guides about the house and the collections. The Visitor Team will be in costume between 10am - 4pm interpreting some of the characters whose portraits are on display.
For more information, visit https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/christchurch-mansion1https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/christchurch-mansion1
Felixstowe Museum, View Point Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 3TW
Visit Britain's only remaining purpose-built Submarine Mining Establishment. Within the 14 display areas you'll learn about the military, aviation and naval history of the area as well as Felixstowe's local social history.Younger visitors can enjoy following the Trewick Owl Trail.
For more information, visit https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/felixstowe-museum1
For a full list of Heritage Open Day events in Suffolk, visit https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/map-search/eastern