Heritage open days

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MODERN day technology will bring Grimsby and Cleethorpes’ historic past to life during a series of events to mark the 2020 Heritage Open Days Festival.

This year, due to the continued COVID-19 health and safety considerations, North East Lincolnshire Council, its regeneration partner ENGIE, and Port operators ABP, are taking their tours on-line with three free digital events. With demand again expected to be high, pre-booking is required at most events.

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are not usually publicly accessible or would normally charge a fee. It also includes tours, events and activities that focus on and celebrate the local heritage of the area. Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest and most popular voluntary cultural event and is also held in a further 48 countries across Europe.

Events for 2020 will be added as they are confirmed.

Alfred Enderby Fish Smokers

Grimsby docks: Virtual Tour and online activities

Location: Online

Date/time: Saturday 19 Sept, 10am – 4pm

Is booking required? Yes: book through Eventbrite

Event Details: There will be virtual tours and online activities that focus on Grimsby Dock’s historic Kasbah on Saturday, September 19 from 10am until 4pm. Pre-booking is essential with participants enjoying a special eye-spy Kasbah tour and a virtual visit to a traditional Smokehouse to learn about Grimsby’s unique smoking process. Participants can also challenge themselves with a Kasbah Crossword, and enter a competition to build a smokehouse.

Ross Tiger (Heritage Open days)

Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre

Location: Alexandra Dock, Grimsby DN31 1UZ

Date/time: Wednesday 16 September to Sunday 20 September

Is booking required? Yes – see below.

Event Details: Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre has special events running from Wednesday September 16 through to Sunday September 20 with open access when you book via the venue’s social media pages: facebook.com/FishingHeritageCentreGrimsby/  www.twitter.com/GrimsbyFishing

Heritage Open Days 25th Anniversary

A Traditional Day at the Seaside in Cleethorpes

Location: online and talks at RAFA

Date/time: Saturday 12 September

Is booking required? Only for the talk at RAFA

Event Details:

  • Two virtual tours – one of the original 1904 Town Hall on Knoll Street and the other of the RAFA (Royal Air Forces Association) Club on Alexandra Road. You will see the RAFA building as it is now prior to works that will be taking place internally and externally. When entering online, participants will see a ‘dolls house’ they can enter and once inside they are guided to points of interest, some with links to written descriptions. The tours are available from the Our Big Picture website. If you are in Cleethorpes, you can also follow the Cleethorpes Heritage Trail through the town.
  • Two talks at the RAFA club. Given by Gavin Marshall, the Chairman of the Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District branch of RAFA. The half-hour presentations at 11am and 1pm will chart the history of the building, the club, its development over the years and its renovation plans for the future as part of the Townscape Heritage Project. These are free and will seat 12 people at a time, with pegged off seating allowing for social distancing. Booking essential for this element through Eventbrite.
  • Victorian themed family activity bags, available free on a first come, first served, basis from 10am (limited supply so get there early) at the garden next to Cleethorpes Library, on the corner of Alexandra Road and Yarra Road. They will contain a pictorial Heritage Trail for families, puzzles and activities including dressing a Victorian doll, crocodile and Punch and Judy games and a postcard colouring competition. Look out for the bunting to guide you to the stall. Social distancing will be adhered to.

Activities organised by Our Big Picture

Family Heritage Open Day Activity Pack

Below are pdf files of the activity pack items that will be given out on 12 September 2020 at Cleethorpes Heritage Open Day.

To print these, you will need a printer; the artwork is A4 and black and white drawings. The “silly figures” are A3 but you can reduced to fit your paper size. If you can print them on card and on two sides it will make them stand up better, but don’t worry if you don’t have any card, just print out on paper and glue together or glue either side of a cereal box and then cut out and colour!

Have Fun! Send us any results through social media #cleethorpesheritage

Albert doll – cut out and colour

Albert doll clothes – cut out and colour

Adela doll – cut out and colour

Adela doll clothes – cut out and colour

Maze Game – puzzle

Silly figures side 1 – cut out and colour

Silly figures side 2 – cut out and colour

Cleethorpes -Heritage Trail

Postcard colouring and writing competition

Wish you Were Here… 

Imagine you are visiting Cleethorpes in the year 1904. Cleethorpes Town Hall is opening for the first time!

Colour in the front and write on the other side to tell us about what it’s like in 1904 in Cleethorpes.

Postcard front – colouring

Postcard rear – writing

Competition Rules

The Seagull postcard is a colour and writing competition for any age.

The post cards can be downloaded above.

The most original postcard will win one of these prizes :-

  • 1st Prize Amazon £25 voucher
  • 2nd Prize social media header on OBP (Our Big Picture) for two weeks and art activity pack.

Please post back you entry either as a postcard or on A4 within an envelope to:-

Mrs C Heidschuster
Townscape Heritage Project Manager
New Oxford House, George Street, Grimsby
DN31 1HB

Deadline for entries 7 October 2020

Winners notified by 14 October 2020 – Judges decision is final.

Heritage Open Days 25th Anniversary

Walking in the Footsteps of the Pilgrim Fathers

Location: Immingham Museum and Heritage Centre, Immingham Civic Hub, Pelham Road, Immingham, Lincolnshire, DN40 1QF

Date/time: Saturday 12 September, 10am to 4pm, Pilgrim Heritage Walks from 10am

Is booking required? Pre-booking essential for guided walk only. Email: imminghamheritage@icloud.com

Event Details: Join us for the unique opportunity to discover Immingham’s history, its connections to the Pilgrim Fathers and how it shaped the community. You can also come and view our extensive model railway.