About Heritage Open Days

Welcome to the Blackpool and the Fylde Coast Heritage Open Days Programme for 2016.

Each year on four days in September buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors free of charge. It is a once-a-year opportunity to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture. To assist visitors we have included a map in this brochure and we also have a website where you can find helpful hints and tips to enable you to plan your visit with ease and get around to seeing as many wonderful places as possible.

We are overjoyed that this year there will be fifty eight fantastic places to visit. In Blackpool we would like to welcome the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Visitor Centre, situated on Blackpool Airport and we would like to welcome back Blackpool Tower and Masonic Hall. Why not enjoy a wonderful tour of Stanley Park designed by Thomas Mawson and soak up the splendid views from the Cocker Clock Tower. Or, enjoy a guided tour of one of the biggest Odeon Cinema buildings outside of Leicester Square at Funny Girls, Dickson Road. Over on the Fylde Coast, you could enjoy a ride on the heritage bus from Fairhaven Lake and explore the Town Hall at St Annes, originally the Southdown Hydro built in 1896. New for 2016 is AKS Lytham Independent School, who are offering tours of their 108 year old school building. Further along the coast, you could visit the Windmill Museum and enjoy the beautiful parkland of Lytham Hall. New for 2016 in Wyre is Marsh Mill, a grade ll* listed windmill dating back to 1794, complete with working machinery. 

Whatever you decide to do, I am sure you will agree we are so fortunate to have so many unique and interesting buildings and landmarks to visit.

This terrific programme is only made possible by the support of many organisations and individuals, who volunteer their time to plan and deliver these great events and openings. We extend our thanks to all of them for their efforts and participation. In particular, we would like to thank Blackpool Heritage Service, Fleetwood Civic Society for coordinating the Fleetwood events, the staff and volunteers at Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde and Northern Print Distribution. This brochure has been compiled and coordinated by the Community Heritage Team at the Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde. 

We look forward to greeting you and hope you enjoy discovering the unique and varied heritage of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast.