Heritage Weekend

Arts & Education
TAMESIDE has a wealth of buildings related to its rich history, and every 12 months many of them are opened to the public as part of Heritage Weekend which this year takes place from Thursday, September 8, to Sunday, September 11.
All the borough’s towns will be involved, offering a chance to celebrate Tameside’s architectural heritage and to visit areas not usually accessible. For example (weather permitting) you can climb the 139ft tower at Ashton Parish Church.
There will be an opportunity to take a guided tour of medieval Newton Hall in Hyde, to see the ruins of Old Hall Chapel, Dukinfield, and to look at Ryecroft Hall, Audenshaw, once the home of Austin Hopkinson MP and a military hospital in the First World War.
This year the focus of Heritage Weekend is water, and the part it has played as a life force for the church, industry and leisure. Accordingly, lots of water-related activities have been organised.
There are nine walks and talks based on the Huddersfield Narrow, Ashton and Peak Forest canals and the River Tame, as well as the numerous reservoirs which served the mills. Children can even enjoy a canoeing session on the Ashton Canal at Fairfield Locks on the Sunday.
On Saturday, at Portland Basin Museum, there is a Heritage Weekend special with walks, boat trips, a photography exhibition and stalls. You can also take a look at the Wooden Canal Boat Society’s six boats, all of which are more than 100 years old.
Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council’s assistant executive member with responsibility for heritage and tourism, commented: “I think we have all have walked past buildings and wondered what’s inside. Heritage Open Days give us a chance to take a look, and not just at the main parts but behind the scenes too – and all for free.
“I have to add that the event wouldn’t be possible without the help of the many organisers, guides and property custodians. I’d also like to thank Tameside Local History Forum.”
For full details of the four-day programme visit www.tameside.gov.uk/heritage/opendays







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