Heritage Open Days in Fenland

Guyhirn Chapel of Ease is one of the places you could visit on Heritage weekend.
Guyhirn Chapel of Ease is one of the places you could visit on Heritage weekend.
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Heritage Weekend is fast approaching and there are a host of venues around Fenland opening their doors to the public.

Here are the events going on in our area around the weekend of September 14 and 15. Why not check some of them out?

• Chatteris red telephone box in Wood street. The box will be displaying ‘History on a Postcard’, the history of the phone box in photographs. The photos will be available to view during daylight hours from Thursday, September 12 to Sunday, September 15.

• Walk into March’s history with an investigation of ‘The Old Village Green’, the area around Broad Street, with museum archivist and local historian Edna Stacey. Meet in March Market Place at 2.15pm on Sunday, September 15, no need to book.

• ‘A Husk of Hares’ exhibition at March and District Museum from 10.30am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Exhibition celebrating the hare and the environment of the Fens.

• Guided walk along Station Road, March, at 10am and 2pm on Saturday, September 14. Led by Andrew Clarke, secretary of the March Society. No need to book. Walk starts at the town side of the station outside the Plate and Porter.

• Tour around Amey Cespa March Waste Transfer Station, Melbourne Avenue. No children permitted. Tours at 9.30am and 11.30am on Friday, September 13. Book places at www.themarchsociety.org.uk

• Visit Centenary Baptist Church, on March High Street, on Thursday, September 12, between 11am and 2pm.

• Display on March’s heritage in the library by the March Society. Open from 9.30am to 7pm on Thursday, 9.30am to 5pm on Friday and 9.30am to 4pm on Saturday.

• Fossils Galore in March High Street will be displaying Jurassic finds from the local area plus the new discovery of a late-Georgian/early-Victorian ice house. Free fossil handling and identification of fossils brought in. Open from 10am to 5pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday.

• Guided walk through Ring’s End nature reserve, ‘From the Age of Steam to the Age of Water Voles’. Thursday, September 12, 6.30pm to 8pm. The walk will start from the nature reserve car park on the Twenty Foot road, PE15 0BE.

• See how the historic Georges pub in March High Street looked in the 1800s from Thursday to Sunday.

• Take a trip up the church tower at St Peter’s March. The church is open from 9am to 5pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There will be tours of the tower at noon and 2pm on Thursday and Friday, and at 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm on Saturday. Max six people per tour.

• St Wendreda’s church tours at 11am and 2pm on Thursday and Friday and 2pm on Saturday.

• Display on the history of The Ship Inn, Nene Parade, March during pub opening hours from Thursday to Sunday.

• Visit the newly refurbished Georgian townhouse at 14 North Brink, Wisbech. The holiday cottage is owned by the National Trust and will be open to the public from noon to 5pm on Saturday, September 14. Find it next to Peckover House.

• Norman church All Saints in Walsoken will be open from 10am to noon for a coffee morning on Friday, 10am to 4pm with a talk by churchwarden Peter Wadlow at 2pm on Saturday, and 1.30pm to 4pm with a talk at 2pm on Sunday.

• Wisbech Council Chamber on North Brink will be open to the public from 9am to 3pm on Thursday and Friday and 10am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

• Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum will be open to visitors from 10am to 4pm on Thursday and Friday and 9.30am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

• Fenland Family History Society display in Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, South Brink, Wisbech, from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

• The Friends’ Meeting House on North Brink, Wisbech, is open from noon to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. This Quaker place of worship is still in regular use. Behind is a small graveyard where many members of the Peckover family are buried, as well as the reclusive Jane Stuart, an illegitimate daughter of James II.

• Visit Guyhirn Chapel of Ease in High Road from 10am to 3pm of Saturday and Sunday. There will be a heritage service at 2.30pm on the Sunday.

• Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House on South Brink, Wisbech is open from 11.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Normal admission charges apply on Sunday.

• Octavia View, on South Brink, Wisbech, is open from 9am to 5pm, Thursday to Sunday. Come and see this significant building, especially the amazing ceiling.

• St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Wisbech will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15, with tours of the tower at 2pm and 3.30pm.

• Vivien the 1930s fire engine will be outside Wisbech Council Chamber from 10am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

• Wisbech and Fenland Museum, Museum Square, will be open from 10am to 4pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

• Visit Wisbech Castle and gardens, in Museaum Square, between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, September 14.

• Illustrated talk by Ray Norman on Wisbech clocks and clockmakers at 7pm on Friday, September 13, at octavia Hill’s Birthplace House.

• Wisbech General Cemetery is now a haven for wildlife. Explore this hidden corner of Wisbech between 10am and 4pm on Sunday, September 15, with a walk at 2pm.

• Wisbech Grammar School on North Brink is opening its doors to the public on the Sunday from noon to 3pm.

• Explore the Wisbech Masonic Lodges in The Crescent from 10am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.