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Heritage Open Days

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!

Lowestoft

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

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

Beccles

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

Bungay

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

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

Halesworth

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

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

Leiston

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

Aldeburgh

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

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

Ipswich

Blackfriars

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

Admiral's House

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

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

Felixstowe Museum

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


Things to see and do


Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge

The Tide Mill has stood on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years. The earliest record of a tide mill on this site by the River Deben is in 1170.

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Marina Theatre

Marina Theatre

It plays host to major West End productions, top comedy, orchestral concerts, touring drama and musical productions, opera, ballet, music, dance and celebrity concerts as well as operating a successful cinema operation - boasting the largest screen and cinema auditoria in the town. 

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Wheelchair Accessible


Felixstowe Museum

Felixstowe Museum

Explore the fascinating artefacts and collections of Felixstowe Museum, which brings alive the military and social history of this seaside town.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Discover Landguard

Discover Landguard

The Landguard Peninsula is located at the southerly most point of the town of Felixstowe. 

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National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

Discover the story of the Anglo-Saxons at the burial ground of kings

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Landguard Fort

Landguard Fort

Felixstowe

Discover the rich military and maritime heritage of Landguard Fort, one of England's best preserved coastal defences, with a history spanning almost 450 years. 

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Long Shop Museum

Long Shop Museum

Leiston

Located at the heart of the original Richard Garrett and Sons Town Works, The Long Shop museum tells an inspiring story of enterprise and endeavor through its stunning collections, hands-on displays and the remarkable family behind the factory.

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Wheelchair Accessible


East Anglia Transport Museum

East Anglia Transport Museum

Lowestoft

The only museum in East Anglia where you can ride on working trams, trolley buses and narrow gauge railway!

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Dog friendly


The Lettering Arts Centre

The Lettering Arts Centre

The Lettering Arts Centre is the home of the Lettering Arts Trust, an independent charity which champions Britain's rich heritage in the lettering arts. 

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


The Amber Museum

The Amber Museum

Southwold

A small museum in the seaside town of Southwold purpose built to explain the origin of amber, its history and its uses throughout the years.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


The Red House

The Red House

Aldeburgh

The music of Benjamin Britten is the soundtrack of the Suffolk coast. At The Red House in Aldeburgh you can explore the life and work of this world-famous composer in the place where he lived and worked.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible


Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh

Isolated yet at the heart of cultural innovation, it is a magical and stimulating setting for artists to respond each in their own fascinating way.

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events


Lowestoft Scores Race 2017

Lowestoft Scores Race 2017

Lowestoft | Sun 10th Sep 2017

The Lowestoft Scores Race is a unique race taking in the towns historic Scores.

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Heritage Open Day at The Red House, Aldeburgh

Heritage Open Day at The Red House, Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh | Sat 09th Sep 2017

Explore the site for free at this nationwide event.

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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Exhibition

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Exhibition

Leiston | Fri 09th Jun - Sun 29th Oct 2017

Celebrate the life and times of one of the most illustrious and pioneering members of the Garrett Family, with an exhibition to mark the centenary of her death.

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Heritage Open Day at The Long Shop Museum

Heritage Open Day at The Long Shop Museum

Leiston | Sun 10th Sep 2017

The Long Shop Museum are once again taking part in the UK’s biggest annual Heritage Festival when it opens its doors for FREE on Sunday 10th September as part of Heritage Open Day! 

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MALT

MALT

Halesworth |

Join us at The Cut, Halesworth for the unveiling of the MALT Experience, a collaboration between New Cut Arts and the Halesworth & District Museum.

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Heritage Open Days at The Cut

Heritage Open Days at The Cut

Halesworth | Sat 09th - Sun 10th Sep 2017

Head to The Cut, Halesworth on 9th & 10th September for a number of events as part of this 20 year old national event.

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