Suffolk Heritage Open Days

Suffolk Heritage Open Days events

This year Open Days will be between 11-14th September. More details to follow…. In the meantime below is a list of last years events to give you a flavour of what to expect in 2008

Heritage Open Days- Suffolk Events
6-9 Sept 2007
Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors, ranging from castles to factories, town halls to tithe barns, parish churches to Buddhist temples.

It is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture.

Free of charge and literally on people’s doorstep, Heritage Open Days is an event for everyone, whatever their background, age and ability.

Co-ordinated nationally by the Civic Trust in partnership with English Heritage, the event thrives on the enthusiasm and expertise of local people.

Thousands of volunteers from all walks of life share their knowledge and memories with some 850,000 visitors every year, making Heritage Open Days England’s largest voluntary cultural event.

See Heritage Open Days
for more details or you can also ring the Heritage Open Days information line on 020 7539 7907 (lines open: 1 Aug – 9 Sept, Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm).

The Fisher Theatre ,
10 Broad Street
NR35 1EE
Learn the secrets of one of the oldest theatres in the land with a tour of the building which first opened in 1828. Find out what going to see the first play

“The Belle’s Stratagem” would have been like, and how the experience would have differed depending on how well off you were.
Thursday 6th, 2pm – 8pm – tours 3pm, 4.30pm & 6pm
Friday 7th, 12midday – 5pm – tours 1pm, 2.30pm & 4pm
Saturday 8th, 12midday – 5pm – tours 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm
Sunday 9th 12midday – 4pm – tours, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm
Please pre-book tours by calling 01986 897130

Moreton Hall Preparatory School, Bury St Edmunds
Mount Road
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP32 7BJ
Visit this unique 18th century house built by Robert Adam, including original interiors and spacious grounds. Take a guided tour led by costumed guides, and partake in a little croquet on the lawns
Saturday 8th 10am – 4pm

Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery
The Market Cross
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP33 1BT
This beautiful gallery has a fascinating history. It was originally a clothiers hall and trading post, then a theatre which was remodelled by Robert Adam in 1780. A Grade I listed building, it was Bury’s first Georgian theatre and is now an elegant art gallery.
Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th, 10.30am – 5pm, Sunday 9th, 11am – 4pm

Angel Hotel, Bury St Edmunds
3 Angel Hill
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP33 1LT
Guided tour of the hotel based on the evolution of the hotel and its history. Tours given by General Manager. A history of the Angel Hotel provided by the Suffolk Records Office will be on display.
Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th, 2pm
Please pre-book by calling 01284 764667

Bardwell Windmill
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP31 1AD
Visitors welcome to see the restoration work of mill in progress. Art exhibition in Tithe Barn in aid of restoration, with pictures and crafts by local artists and craftspeople. Demonstrations and refreshments available.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th, 10am – 5.30pm

Blue Badge Guide Walk
Tourist Information Centre
6 Angel Hill
Bury St Edmunds
A Blue Badge guided walk of Bury St Edmunds town and gardens. On Saturday walk through Bury St Edmunds. On Sunday, a Georgian walk through Bury St Edmunds to coincide with the reopening of the Theatre Royal after major refurbishment.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th, 2.30pm
Please pre-book by calling 01284 764 667

Bury St Edmunds United Reformed Church
Whiting Street
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP33 1NR
The church, founded in 1646, comprises the present building erected about 1708, modernised halls with Victorian facade and martyr’s memorial in the forecourt.
Saturday 8th, 10am – 4pm

Friends Meeting House (Quakers), Bury St Edmunds
St John’s Street
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP33 1SJ
Georgian Nonconformist Meeting House. Open Days with displays, details and models of plans for future developments.
Saturday 8th, 10am – 5pm, Sunday 9th, 2pm – 5pm

Moyses Hall Museum, Cornhill
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP33 1DX
Local history museum in 800 year old building. Collections of timepieces, fine art, textiles, local and social history, crime and punishment.

Tour of paintings at Moyses Hall on Saturday. Trail for children.
Saturday 8th, 10am – 5pm with tour at 3pm and Sunday 9th, 10am – 5pm

Pakenham Water Mill
Mill Road
Grimstone End
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP31 2NB
The last working water mill in Suffolk producing fine wholemeal flour for sale. 16th/18th century buildings on a thousand year-old site.

Owned by Suffolk Building Preservation Trust and run by dedicated volunteers. Milling, tours of mill, craft stalls and light refreshments on Sunday.

Saturday 8th, 2pm – 5.30pm and Sunday 9th, 11am – 5.30pm
Parties, please pre-book on 01284 724075

St Mary’s Church, Bury St Edmunds
Crown Street / Honey Hill
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 1RT
Historic church contains the grave of Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, magnificent angel roof, beautiful windows and other items of interest.
Friday 7th, 10am – 4pm, Saturday 8th, 10am – 6pm and Sunday 9th, 1pm – 6pm

Unitarian Meeting House
Churchgate Street
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP33 1NL
Georgian Nonconformist meeting house. Grade I listed.
Thursday 6th 10am – 1pm & 3.30pm – 5pm, Friday 7th 10am – 12midday & 2pm – 5pm, Saturday 8th 10am – 5pm and Sunday 9th 2pm – 5pm

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village
Icklingham Road
West Stow
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP28 6HG
Reconstructed Anglo-Saxon village built on the site of an original settlement. Finds from the excavations are housed in the Anglo-Saxon centre.

To mark Heritage Open Days West Stow’s very own family of Anglo-Saxons, Stowacynn, will be visiting the village to show us life from the 5th century.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th, 10am – 5pm

Greene King Visitor Centre, Bury St Edmunds
Westgate Street
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP33 1QT
Follow the history of Greene King and brewing in Bury St Edmunds from the Domesday book to the present day.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th, 10am – 5pm

The Malthouse Project, Bury St Edmunds
Elseys Yard
Risbygate Street
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 3AG
Following an 18 month restoration process, The Malthouse Project was completed in March 2007.The open day will offer visitors the chance to have a look around the building that was a working maltings up until 1917.

Many historic features have been preserved and are on display throughout the building.
Sunday 9th, tours at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm & 2.30pm
Please pre-book by calling 01284 764667

St Edumndsbury Cathedral,
The Deanery
The Great Churchyard
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk 1P33 1RS
A chance to visit the Deanery, home of the Dean of the Cathedral, and once Clopton’s Asylum.
Saturday 8th, 10am – 4pm

Suffolk Regiment Museum, Bury St Edmunds
The Keep
Out Risbygate
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP33 3RN
The keep, built in 1878, is the only surviving building from the former Suffolk Regiment Depot. The building, which was formerly the Quartermaster’s Stores and Armoury, now houses the Suffolk Regiment Museum.
Saturday 8th, 9.30pm – 3.30pm

The Cattle Market Development, Bury St Edmunds
Town Centre
Bury St Edmunds
A site visit to the cattle market development plus an introduction with slides. A chance to see the work which is being carried out in this new exciting development.
Friday 7th, 2pm
Please pre-book at the TIC, Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds and Farmers Club, Bury St Edmunds
10 Northgate Street
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP33 1HQ
The Bury St Edmunds and Farmers Club is a private members club situated in the heart of Bury St Edmunds contained in fine period premises with its own private car park exclusive to members.

In the official list of the Buildings of Architectural and Historic Interest produced by the ministry it is described as a medieval house possibly of 14th century origin.
Sunday 9th, 10am – 4pm

Thorington Hall Open Day
Thorington Hall
Thorington Street
Suffolk CO6 4SS
Open day for this fine timber framed Suffolk farmhouse. Jacobean oak staircase and very fine chimney stacks.
Saturday 8th, 10.30am – 5pm

St Andrew’s Church, Wingfield
Church Road
Suffolk IP21 5RA
Founded in 1362 as a Collegiate church, now a parish church, St Andrew is featured in Simon Jenkin’s book ‘England’s Thousand Best Churches’.

Notable for its magnificent chancel, containing two nationally important de la Pole tombs, and for its beautiful arcades.
Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th, 10.30am – 5.30pm

Deanery Tower, Hadleigh
Church Walk
Suffolk IP7 5DN
Brick Gatehouse built in 1495 by Archdeacon William Pykenham with dovehouse on roof.
Sunday 9th, 2pm – 5pm – tours at 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm & 4,30pm

Hadleigh Guildhall
Hadleigh Market
Hadleigh Suffolk
Complex of 15th century timber framed buildings. Including Guildhall, Market Hall, Old Town Hall with fine crown post roof.
Sunday 9th, 2pm – 4.30pm – tours at 2pm, 3.30pm & 4.15pm

Walpole Old Chapel
Halesworth Road
Suffolk IP19 9AZ
17th century conversion of a timber-framed 16th century farm house for Independent worship. Original fixture and fittings.

There will be an exhibition of architectual drawings, plans, artwork and photographs of buildings in the care of Historic Chapels Trust.

HCT has 17 churches, chapels and meeting houses in its care, ranging from Bethesda Chapel in Stoke-on-Trent, which has been called the cathedral of Methodism, to a tiny Quaker Meeting House in a farmyard at Coanwood just south of Hadrian’s Wall.

All are Grade I or Grade II* listed and had no future before being offered a new lease of life by HCT. On Sunday the Norfolk Gallery Choir will perform traditional church music dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

Four part song is accompanied by a variety of instruments including a serpent, fiddles, concertina and flute. They will perform wearing period costume.
Sunday 9th, 10.30 – 4.30 – Norfolk Gallery Quire 4pm – 5.15pm

Bethesda Baptist Chapel, Ipswich
9 St Margaret’s Plain
Suffolk IP4 2BB
Well maintained Baptist chapel dating back to 1829 – gallery, pulpit, choir stalls, pews – still used for Sunday services. Refreshments available.
Saturday 8th, 10am – 3pm

Christ Church (United Reformed/Baptist), Ipswch
Tacket Street
Suffolk IP4 1AU
Built in 1857 as a congregational church by John Wight, architect F J Barnes. Gothic style in Kentish ragstone, ashlar dressing interior, large gallery, cast-iron work, stained glass east window.
Saturday 8th, 10am – 6pm

Methodist Church, Ipswich
Museum Street
Town centre church opened in 1861. Architect Fredrick Barnes. Complete turn around of interior in 1959. Several additions since. Recently completely refurbished and re-decorated. Pews exchanged for chairs, together with visual aids.
Saturday 8th – 4pm and Sunday 9th 2pm – 4pm

Pykenham’s Gatehouse, Ipswich
Northgate Street
Suffolk IP1 3BX
Built about 1471 for William Pykenham, Archdeacon of Suffolk, as entrance to his residence on the site now occupied by the Ipswich and Suffolk Club.

Timber-framed, with interesting internal and external architectural features. Restored in 1982-83 by Ipswich Building Preservation Trust.
Saturday 8th, 10am – 4pm

St Mary at the Quay Church, Ipswich
Key Street
This is an elegant 15th century church, now cared for by Churches Conservation Trust. It has a very important double hammer beam roof. Bring binoculars.
Saturday 8th,10am – 6pm and Sunday 9th, 2pm – 4pm

St Peter’s Church, Ipswich
St Peter’s Street
Probably the site of the first church in Ipswich. Present building 14th century, enlarged in 1870s.

A rare and massive 12th century Tournai font bowl in black marble from Flanders.
Saturday 8th 10am – 6pm and Sunday 9th 2pm – 4pm

Guided Walks of Historic Town Centre, Ipswich
Tourist Information Centre
St Stephen’s Church
St Stephen’s Lane
Suffolk IP1 1DP
Guided walks of Ipswich’s historic town centre, helping put building opening for Heritage Open Days into context within the town.
Saturday 8th – tours at 10.30am & 2.15pm and Sunday 9th – tour at 10.30am
Please pre-book on 01473 258070 (TIC)

St Stephen’s Church
St Stephen’s Lane
Suffolk IP1 1DP
Mentioned in Domesday Book, St Stephen’s is one of twelve medieval churches in the town centre. It has been beautifully restored to house the Tourist Information Centre.
Saturday 8th, 9am – 5pm and Sunday 9th 10am – 2pm

Ipswich Institute – Admiral’s House
13 Tower Street
Suffolk IP1 3BE
Probably built during the reign of Charles II (1660-85), with the later addition of a fine 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 members’ restaurant, coffee lounge and lecture rooms of the Ipswich Insitute.
Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th, 10am – 4pm

Ipswich Institute – Reading Room and Library
15 Tavern Street
Suffolk IP1 3AA
Founded in 1824, the Ipswich Institute has occupied its present distinctive William IV (1830-37) building since 1834.

It has a reading room and library – a pleasant oasis in the town centre.
Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th, 10am – 4pm

Freston Tower
Freston Park
Suffolk IP9 1AD
Six-storey Tudor folly that looks out over the river Orwell. Built of red brick with distinctive blue brick diapening pattern.
Friday 7th – Sunday 9th, 10am – 4pm

Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House
Friars Street
Suffolk IP1 1TD
Built in 1699 and is one of the architectural gems of Ipswich. Original box pews, magnificent pulpit carved in the style of Grinling Gibbons, Dutch 17th century candelabra and a clock from an even earlier date.

Fine entrance doors, one with a spy-hole for use in earlier times against visits from opponents of Non-conformist worshippers.
Saturday 8th, 10am – 6pm and Sunday 9th, 12midday – 4pm

The Old Custom House, Ipswich
Key Street
Suffolk IP4 1BY
Built in 1845, designed by John Medlan Clark. Built from red and white brick and stone. An interesting feature of the facade is the working of the brick to imitate stone.

The ground floor has recently been renovated for use as a conference centre.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th, 10am – 4pm

Ipswich School
Henley Road
Suffolk IP1 3SG
Guided tour by Ipswich School’s Chaplain and visit to school museum. Meet at main entrance.In addition there will be tours of the new preparatory school in Ivy St at 1015, 1115 and 1215 on Saturday.
Saturday 8th, 9am, 10am & 11am

Broomhill Pool, Ipswich
Sherrington Road
Suffolk IP1 4HT
Broomhill Pool is a 1938 Modernist lido, closed since 2002. Following the completion of a feasibility study, fundraising has commenced to return the pool to its former glory. Open for viewing only.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th, 10am – 5pm

Play in the Park Family Sports Day, Ipswich
Christchurch Park
A family sports day based around old and traditional activities and featuring equipment, costumes and refreshments from the past.

Old fashioned fun races plus tennis and croquet and more all done the old fashioned way.
Sunday 9th, 12midday – 4pm

Multicultural Activity & Open Day at Ipswich Museum and Town Hall
Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion, Gallery 3 and Ipswich Town Hall celebrate “Coming to Ipswich” with a day of displays and activities on a multicultural theme.

Drop in activities at all sites, story telling, crafts, recipes and food.
Saturday 8th, 10am – 4pm

Curzon Lodge, Ipswich
45-47 St Nicholas Street
Historic Tudor property has been fully restored by Ipswich Building Preservation Trust. Formerly a merchant’s house and thought to have served as an inn for guests of the Curzon family who lived in an adjacent town house.

Has interesting carving, plaster work and panelling.
Saturday 8th, 10am – 4pm

Historical Street Fair, Hadleigh
Hadleigh High Street and Market Place
Suffolk IP7 5AF
An event to entertain the residents of Hadleigh. There are stalls manned by local residents and charities. Entertainment including live music, Punch & Judy, Morris Men, balloons and races.
Sunday 9th, 2pm – 6pm

Co-op Education Centre, Ipswich
11 Fore Street
The Co-op Education Centre is a Grade II listed building dating back to the 18th century and has a wealth of character.

Recently refurbished to enhance its original features, it is the hub for all educational activities and events organised by the East of England Co-op.

There will be an opportunity to look round the centre which is a testament to co-operation in Ipswich. There will also be displays from our activity groups and activities to take part in.
Saturday 8th, 10am – 4pm

Woolverstone Hall
Main Road
Suffolk IP9 1AZ
18th Century Palladian Mansion set in 84 acres of stunning grounds, overlooking the River Orwell.
Sunday 9th, 2pm – 4.30pm

Bond’s Meadow, Lowestoft
off Saints Lane
Oulton Broad
A quiet guided walk around a lovely old meadow. Hope to find some people from the past! Suitable for family picnic.
Thursday 6th, 10am – 6pm

Palace House, Newmarket
Palace Street
Remaining pavilion of King Charles II’s Palace built in 1671. Event run in conjunction with the National Horseracing Museum.

Includes birds of prey, live band, BBQ & refreshments and exhibitions from Suffolk Records Office.
Saturday 8th, 10am – 4pm

Christ Church United Reformed Church, Sudbury
School Street
CO10 2HA
Church founded originally in 1616. Present listed building dating from 19th century. Celebrated Conacher organ, recently restored.

Baptismal entry for artist Thomas Gainsborough in register.
Saturday 8th, 10am – 6pm

St Peter’s Church
Market Hill
Magnificent 15th century church restored by Butterfield. It also has a number of fine furnishings. Organ marathon taking place on Sat with refreshments at 1430.
Saturday 8th

Melford Hall, Sudbury
Long Melford
CO10 9AA
Visit Melford Hall for free! A romantic turreted brick Tudor mansion, which houses an impressive Regency library, and Victorian bedrooms.

There will be lots to see and do for all the family including Children’s Trails, Beatrix Potter Storytelling, guided tours of the grounds and much more.
Saturday 8th, 1.30pm – 5pm

The Guildhall of Corpus Christi
Market Place
Suffolk CO10 9QZ
Local History exhibitions within stunning early 16th century timber-framed building in attractive medieval village. Walled garden, gift shop and tearoom.

Free childrens trail-book and Tudor dressing-up boxes.
Saturday 8th, 11am – 5pm

Buttrums Windmill
Burkitt Road
IP12 4JJ
One of England’s finest tower windmills with elegant cast iron machinery, built in 1836. The mill has been fully restored and the fully shuttered ‘patent’ sails can often be seen turning.
Sunday 9th, 2pm – 5.30pm

Suffolk Punch Heavy Horse Museum
Shire Hall
Market Hill
Suffolk IP12 4LU
Housed on the first floor of the historic Shire Hall, this museum tells the story of the Suffolk Punch horse and the life of a horseman.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th, 11am – 5pm

Woodbridge Museum
Market Hill
Suffolk IP12 4LP
This museum reflects the history and life of Woodbridge and its people, including Elizabethan benefactor Thomas Seckford, artist Thomas Churchyard and author Edward Fitzgerald.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th, 10am –4pm

Woodbridge Tide Mill
Tide Mill Quay
Woodbridge Tide Mill, dating from 18th century, is powered by a 20 foot water wheel. 3 floors of exhibits, working models and working water wheel.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th, 11am – 5pm

Orford Castle
Castle Green
Suffolk IP12 2ND
The Libra Theatre Company, an integrated ability group, based in Cambridge, will be entertaining you around the castle with short, historic tableaux, music and dance.

Some of these will require audience participation! Orford museum’s collection will also be on display in the castle.
Sunday 9th, 10am – 5pm

St Mary’s Church
Hall Road
Great Bealings
IP13 6NY
Medieval Anglican church. Major 19th century restoration. Beautiful pew ends (Ringham) Seckford and Clench memorials, hammer-beam porch roof.

Peaceful country churchyard in tranquil rural setting. At 2.30pm each day a guide will be available.
Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th, 9am – 6pm – guide available at 2.30pm

Robertson’s of Woodbridge (Boatbuilders)
Lime Kiln Quay
IP12 1BD
Boatyard will be open to the public. This is a traditional boatyard, specialising in building, maintaining and restoring wooden boats.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th, 10am – 4pm

Tide Mill Yacht Harbour Ltd, Woodbridge
IP12 1BD
This marina will be open to the public to view traditional wooden yachts with connections to Woodbridge, that were designed or built at the town’s yards.

There will also be three yachts once owned by children’s author Arthur Ransome, including Nancy Blackett, which featured in two of his books as Goblin.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th, 10am – 4pm

Whisstocks Boat Yard
Tide Mill Quay
Woodbridge Suffolk
IP12 1BD
Boat building sheds no longer in use in which we shall have a variety of static displays of items of a nautical nature, especially on an Anglo-Saxon theme.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th, 10am – 4pm

Everson & Son Ltd
Phoenix Works
River Wall
IP12 1BD
Traditional wooden boatyard open to the public.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th 10am – 4pm

Woodbridge Horse-Drawn Shuttle Service
Shuttle service on Sunday between the quayside with its maritime attractions and the town centre with its museums, and a short walk to Buttrums Mill.

Service provided by a Suffolk Punch horse drawn wagon.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th, 10am – 4pm

Sutton Hoo
Sutton Hoo
IP12 3DJ
Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon burial site, and exhibition. Also trails, children’s play area, restaurant and shop.
Saturday 8th 11am – 5pm

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