Sunday, September 20, 2020

Heritage Open Days Festival to see tours of Victorian buildings in Cleethorpes

Virtual tours of two of Cleethorpes’ well known Victorian buildings, with physical talks on the history of one of them, are being organised as the resort celebrates the National 2020 Heritage Open Days Festival.

There will also be family heritage activity bags to collect that will include a walking heritage trail, games, and a ‘Victorian’ colouring competition.

The resort day will take place on Saturday, September 12 as nationally the Festival runs from September 11-20.

In Cleethorpes people can enjoy:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The events, being run by Our Big Picture Ltd, are supported by North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration partner ENGIE with help from the resort’s Townscape Heritage Project. The Heritage Project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and North East Lincolnshire Council and has an ambition to ensure the resort’s unique heritage features are restored, remembered, and enjoyed.

Across North East Lincolnshire other events taking place to mark the Festival include a virtual tour of the historic Kasbah area of Grimsby Dock, and activities at Grimsby Fishing Heritage from Wednesday September 16 through to Sunday September 20. Events are also taking place at St Nicolas’ Church, Great Coates and at Immingham Museum and Heritage Centre.

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