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Heritage Open Days Weekend in Scarborough 2015

Georgie Samuels, SMT’s Communications & Events Co-ordinator, inside a cell at the old Borough of Scarborough Jail

The former home of a world famous artist, a prison used as a film set, and events marking the 1914 Bombardment of the town are among a collection of hidden heritage gems in Scarborough which can be seen by the public over Heritage Open Days weekend.

Buildings which are not usually open, and unseen or restricted-access parts of others which are, will throw open their doors on the weekend of 10 to 13 September 2015 and entrance is free to all of them, including those which usually make a charge.

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places 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. It’s a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life:

The Scarborough weekend is this year again administered by Scarborough Museums Trust.

Georgie Samuels, the Trust’s Communications and Events Co-ordinator, said:

"This is a fantastic opportunity for people to see some of the town’s hidden treasures, and all of it for free!"

This year’s Scarborough venues and events, many of them taking part for the first time, are:

Castle by the Sea, Mulgrave Place, YO11 1HZ: the former home of Victorian artist John Atkinson Grimshaw, including some of his original work. 10-13 September from 10am to 4pm, no need to book.

St Andrew’s United Reform Church, Ramshill Road, YO11 2LN: A chance to see inside this Grade II listed church. 10-12 September from 10am to 3pm, no need to book.

The old Borough of Scarborough jail, Dean Road, YO12 7QT: guided tours give a rare opportunity to see the interior of the Victorian prison, which has been used as a film set. 10 September at 11am and 2pm, booking essential.

Dean Road Chapel, Dean Road: take a look inside this beautiful chapel and see the restoration plans. 11 and 12 September from 11am to 3pm, no need to book.

Victims of the 1914 Bombardment of Scarborough, meet at Dean Road Chapel, Dean Road: a guided walk, approximately 90 minutes long, around the graves of the victims. 11 September, 11am, booking essential.

Tour of the Bombardment sites of Scarborough, meet opposite the Crown Hotel, The Esplanade, YO11 2AG: a guided walk lasting approximately two hours. 11 September, 2pm, booking essential.

Scarborough Art Gallery, The Crescent, YO11 2PW and the Rotunda, Vernon Road, YO11 2PT: both offering free entry 10 to 13 September, 10am-5pm. At the Rotunda, tours of the balcony at 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm on 12 September, booking essential. Also at the Rotunda, a free acoustic session with local singer/songwriter Frankie Dixon, 12 September, 1.30pm, booking essential.

The Merchant Seaman’s Hospital, Trinity House, St Sepulchre Street, YO11 1QF: view the boardroom at the former seaman’s hospital. 12 September from 10am to 4pm, no need to book.

Seamer History Weekend, Seamer and Irton Memorial Hall, Main Street, Seamer, YO12 4QD: a vintage weekend with a nostalgic 50s theme. 12 and 13 September from 10am to 4pm, no need to book.

North Bay Railway, Burniston Road, YO12 6PF: engine shed tour and talk, with complimentary guide book. 12 and 13 September at 10.30am, 11.30am, 2pm and 3pm, no need to book.

Woodend, The Crescent, YO11, 2PW: a guided tour around the Sitwell family’s former home. 12 September at 11am and 2pm, booking essential.

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Westborough, YO11 1JW: backstage tours – see behind the scenes of the world famous theatre. 12 and 13 September at 11am, booking essential.

World War I in Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery, meet at Dean Road Chapel, Dean Road: a guided walk lasting around 90 minutes. 12 September at 11am, booking essential.

For events which require advance booking, please call into Scarborough Art Gallery, call on 01723 374753, or email on, except for the backstage tours of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, which can be booked through the theatre’s box office on 01723 370541.

Heritage Open Days Weekend in Scarborough 2015 Reviewed by Editor on 21:15:00 Rating: 5

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