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Check out town’s ‘hidden gems’

Check out town’s ‘hidden gems’

by Danielle Thompson (September 2021)

BUSINESS and building owners are throwing open their doors to the public for a unique behind the scenes look at the Southport’s hidden heritage gems.

More than a dozen special events are showing off the town’s varied buildings and historical quirks as part of the national Heritage Open Days festival in September.

Running from Friday, September 10 to Sunday, September 19, residents and visitors to the town will be able to enjoy a mix of guided walking tours, visits to historic buildings and more, thanks to the generosity and welcoming nature of a number of Southport organisations and businesses.

Events planned for the nine days include: An architectural tour of The Atkinson; Lost Picture Palaces Walk; The Scarisbrick Mausoleum; A British Lawnmower Museum Tour; 100 Years of Southport Dramatic Club; Hesketh Park Conservatory; Christ Church 200th Anniversary exhibition.

Volunteers have also given their time to take up research roles, as well as acting as guides and tour leaders.

Heritage Open Days is a national festival exploring buildings and heritage through a mixture of places to visit in person and digital history to explore online.

Cllr Daren Viedman, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for planning and building control  said: “Southport has an amazing history that took it from sand dunes to elegant seaside resort in just a few decades.

“Lord Street and its beautiful verandahs are a well-known feature and if you look up you can see just about every style of architecture above them.

“Heritage Open Days is a chance for everyone to explore local heritage and appreciate the wonderful architecture that surrounds us.

“Our Southport Townscape Heritage Project team has been working with local organisations to put the resort on the festival map with a range of events celebrating the town’s historic buildings and history.”

Details of all events can be found by visiting  www.heritageopendays.org.uk  and you can also download a Southport Heritage Open Days leaflet from www.visitsouthport.com.

To request a hard copy of the leaflet visit The Atkinson Arts Centre.

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