Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days returns for a massive ten-day festival with over 190 exciting events, and all completely free of charge.

The festival will run from 13th -22 nd September with a theme of ‘Lincolnshire Learning, Wisdom and Folklore’. It aims to celebrate learning in its widest possible sense, from skills sharing to folklore, and academic heritage to military training.

You can head over to the Heritage Lincolnshire website to download your brochure. Copies are also available from local libraries and tourist information centres.

Hannah Thompson, Business Manager of the charity Heritage Lincolnshire, said: “Heritage Lincolnshire are proud to steer this county wide festival that enables so many different people to come along and explore some of our beautiful heritage. It keeps growing year on year and we look forward to welcoming thousands of new and old visitors to 2019’s festival to over 190 events.”

There will be all sorts of events across the county including some rare opportunities to see historic sites and events not normally open to the public, so make sure to plan your visits to really make the most of both the hidden gems, and beloved treasures of Lincolnshire. Below are just a few of our favourite events from this year’s festival:

Exclusive Tour of the Humber Bridge Anchorage
13 September
The Grade I Listed Humber Bridge is a globally-admired iconic landmark, and few have witnessed the amazing sights beneath the Bridge deck. Join staff for this exclusive tour deep into the anchorage, an experience like walking onto a film set!
Victorian History Comes Alive
14 September
Visit our 1842 listed building where Margaret Thatcher once worshipped. Enjoy re-enactments of Victorian schooldays with a chance for children to dress up. See a video of the building and its activities with an opportunity to buy a newly launched book on its history.
Hidden Boston – The Mini Power Tours!
13 September
Not got time for a large tour or event? Join Heritage Lincolnshire’s Matt Bentley for a series of 10 minutes mini-tours to discover the development of Boston’s History and Heritage. Attend one, or all, the choice is yours!
Minibus tour of the Isle of Axholme
21 September
The Isle of Axholme has an interesting often overlooked history. Join our minibus tour as we visit a number of historic sites around the Isle. Generously funded by the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership.
Meet the Saxons
13 & 15 September
Saxonhouse is an archaeologically accurate centre for exploring the life and culture of the early mediaeval period. Learn how and why it was built, and step back into the world of a 7th Century Saxon craftsman and his wife.
Greyfriars Free School
20 September
Uncover stories from Greyfriars' use as a free school from 1556 to 1900 through a special temporary exhibition curated by Heritage Lincolnshire volunteers and make the most of the rare opportunity to explore one of Lincoln's hidden gems. Discover more about the charity’s next big building project to save this amazing building.

These are just a flavour of the dozens of amazing events taking place across the county. For a digital copy of the brochure, or to see a full list of the events taking place, go to the website at https://www.heritagelincolnshire.org/heritage-open- days