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6-16 Sep 2018 - Heritage Open Days in Neston

Published: 10th August 2018 11:06

Neston Parish Church is just one of the local destinations taking part in the annual Heritage Open Days fortnight, when places of outstanding history and architecture offer free access to the general public.

Neston Parish ChurchPhoto by Rob Clive

The Parish Church of St Mary & St Helen
  • Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th September, 10am to 3.30pm
  • Sunday 9th September, 2pm to 4pm

There will be guided tours of the Church and Bell Tower (please note there is limited accessibility to the Tower).

The church features windows by Kempe, Morris and Burne-Jone;, Falklands Chapel furniture rescued from HMS Plymouth; a font that was used for the baptism of Lady Hamilton; vintage priest copes and unique Viking grave markers dated c930.

Tea and coffee will be served each day.

Parish Church of St Mary and St Helen

High Street
CH64 9TZ

Neston Town Trail
  • Saturday 8 September, 10am to 12noon
  • Sunday 16 September, 2pm to 4pm

From Neston Parish Church, High Street, Neston, Cheshire, CH64 9TZ

A walk of approximately 1½ miles around Neston town centre, exploring the town's historic buildings and some of its history.

Disabled Access. Pre booking required. Refreshments available in local Cafés.

Town trail guided walks available for booking at other times by groups/societies.

Pre-booking required. Contact Janet Griffiths on 0151 336 5478 or by email: janetgriffiths.ncs@gmail.com

St Thomas' Church - Parkgate
  • Sunday 9th September, 12noon to 5pm

Take a look around the 'Fisherman's Church' where there will also be an exhibition of paintings by a local artist and old photographs of Parkgate.

St Thomas' Church
Mostyn Square
CH64 6SL

Guided Walk - Parkgate
  • Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September, 3pm - 4.30pm 

Meet at St. Thomas' Church Garden, Mostyn Square, CH64 6SL

The Heritage Trail takes in a selection of historic sites and buildings recalling Parkgate's past as a port for travellers to Ireland, a sea-side resort and a fishing village. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Booking is essential for this event. Contact Cathryn Eales on 01244 972088 or email Cathryn.Eales@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk 

Neston Collieries & Burton Marsh WW2 Decoy Walk
  • Friday 14 September, 10am to 12.30pm

From the Harp Inn, 19 Quayside, Little Neston, Neston, Cheshire, CH64 0TB

Starts with a short walk round the former Neston Coalfield, followed by a walk to the WW2 Burton Marsh bombing decoy bunker, with an explanation of what it was, and how it fitted in to the Merseyside defences.

It is intended to be a follow-on to the BBC NW "75 Years of the Liverpool Blitz" TV program, which I was a program advisor on. The TV program is on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93bre8OFldE

Booking required. Please contact Phil Pritchard on 0151 336 5973, email g10694@gmail.com

Ness Gardens - Free Entry
  • Thursday 13 September, 10am to 5pm

Ness Botanic Gardens was born of the Liverpool cotton merchant, Arthur Kilpin Bulley's passionate interest in plants and his desire to share that interest with others.

Ness Botanic Gardens was born of the Liverpool cotton merchant, Arthur Kilpin Bulley's passionate interest in plants and his desire to share that interest with others. He began work on the garden in 1898, creating one of the major botanic gardens in the country. Bulley died in 1942 and in 1948 his daughter, the political activist and philanthropist, the 'extraordinary' Lois Bulley (1901 - 1995) presented the gardens to the University of Liverpool, with an endowment of £75,000, then one of the largest endowments the University had ever received. Today Ness displays plants from all over the world.

Free entry on this day only. No booking required. Disabled access. Refreshments available.

Ness Gardens
Neston Road
CH64 4AY

RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands
  • Friday 7th and Saturday 8th September, 9.30am to 5pm

Explore this historic landscape including the Mere, once part of Burton Manor estate, home of Henry Neville Gladstone, son of William Gladstone, Prime Minister. Visit the remains of the Iron Age hillfort on Burton Point and discover the estuary's past and the spread of the marshes, following the canalisation of the Dee in 1737.

Route to Burton Point unsuitable for those with mobility problems. No booking required.

RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands

Puddington Lane,
CH64 5SF


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