Free festival of heritage is back

An annual festival of Lincolnshire history and culture co-ordinated by a Sleaford-area charity is set to return, adapted to meet the challenge of the coronavirus.

Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days returns from next week.

This year’s Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days will begin on Friday, September 11, and run through to Sunday, September 20, on a theme of The Past and Pastimes – The Heritage of Lincolnshire’s Leisure.

The event – which is free of charge – is overseen by the Heckington-based charity Heritage Lincolnshire.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the programme will comprise a mix of in-person and remote events – some venues and outdoor spaces will open for pre-booked events and visits by small groups, while others will offer virtual tours and digital experiences.

Hannah Thompson, business manager of Heritage Lincolnshire, said: “2020 so far has been filled with so much uncertainty but we are so proud that we have been able to continue with some great events that really showcase the amazing heritage places and organisations we have within our county. Now more than ever we need to remind people about Lincolnshire and support our county, whether that be in person or online.

“We cannot wait to see how 2020’s Heritage Open Days will change the festival for future years, and how we can use this to engage more people and bring new types of events. But for this year, we are encouraging people to get involved as much as they can.”

The charity gives its thanks to the 600-plus volunteers and staff who organise events across the county and to the local authorities of Greater Lincolnshire which have helped fund the festival brochure.

The national festival is co-ordinated by the National Trust and supported by the People’s Postcode Lottery.

l For more information on this year’s festival and to book an event, visit www.heritagelincolnshire.org/heritage-open-days