HISTORIC buildings are preparing to open their doors to visitors as part of Heritage Open Days.
Now in its 23rd year, the event allows people to visit buildings – many of which are not usually open to the public – and free of charge. This year more than 40 venues locally are taking part from September 7 to 10.
The Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick is participating for the first time on Sunday September 10, giving visitors the opportunity to delve into the 450 year history of the building which is now a retirement home for ex-servicemen.
A number of special events have also been organised, including a First World War walk around Kenilworth, where an actor will tell stories about the town’s servicemen, and paint a picture of life in the town during the Great War.
Warwick District Council chairman Alan Boad said: “The Lord Leycester Hospital and World War I walk are just two of a host of hidden treasures waiting to be discovered during the open day weekend.
“This is a great opportunity for everyone to get out and about and see what our district has to offer – and it’s all for free!”
A booklet listing all the venues taking part is available from local libraries and visitor information centres.
Visit heritageopendays.org.uk for full details.