Visitors to North Tyneside can learn about the borough’s rich and diverse history when Heritage Open Days return next month.

North Tyneside Council is once again supporting the national Heritage Open Days programme.

From September 7 until September 10, over 40 activities and events will take place in the borough.

The annual event returns with an array of exhibitions, shows and guided walks, and a number of venues will throw open their doors to the public, all free of charge.

Cllr Eddie Darke, cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “Every year, the visitor figures for the programme in North Tyneside demonstrate that people have a big interest in the borough’s history, heritage and traditions. I am therefore delighted that once again so many buildings and locations, usually closed to the public or charging for admission, will be open for free.

“There is plenty to see, visit and explore; from walks and talks through to paintings and photographs, grand architecture or industrial past, people can spend a whole day – or even the entire weekend – discovering and learning about our rich heritage.”

Some highlights include:

·        A heritage film show and exhibition at the Rising Sun Country Park, which will detail the park’s 200-year coal mining past.

·        Cullercoats Watch House will be open to the public and visitors will be able to look at old pictures and photos of the fishing community.

·        North Shields Customer First Centre is offering the public help to use the internet to trace their family tree

·        A guided walk will take place in Tynemouth, during which visitors will gain an insight into the village’s rich and diverse history.

For more information and booking details look out for the Heritage Open Days in Tyne and Wear leaflet in your local library or log onto www.heritageopendays.org.uk to find all the detailed information to plan your weekend.