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Rugby's waterways get ready for Heritage Open Days 2010

Published: 20th August 2010 14:43

Rugby's waterways get ready for Heritage Open Days 2010


Water lovers will be able to make a splash in Rugby this September with Rugby's popular Waterways Festival.

Running from 9th to 12th September over this year's Heritage Open Days weekend, the festival will see marinas and waterside locations hosting open days and a whole variety of fun waterway-based activities for all the family.

Boat trips, music, canal walks, canoeing, trails, and art and craft activities will all be available, offering something for everyone.

Locations include Hillmorton locks and Lime Farm Marina. For further information, call Rugby Visitor Centre on (01788) 533217.

Rugby's Hindu temple, Shree Kalyan Mandal, will also be opening for Heritage Open Days, giving visitors a great opportunity to experience Hindu culture and worship. This fascinating building will be open between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 September.

Another new addition to 2010's heritage weekend is the Chapel of St Elizabeth at the Hospital of St Cross.

The hospital's chapel was built at the beginning of the 20th century as a miniature Victorian gothic place of worship to serve the patients and staff of the hospital. The stained glass windows commemorate (with two St Elizabeths) the woman who founded the hospital.

Visitors can enjoy exploring the chapel and its history from Thursday to Sunday from 8am to 6pm. However, visitors should note that the chapel will close briefly on Sunday between 2pm to 2.45pm. Refreshments will also be available.

Councillor Heather Timms, Portfolio Holder for Culture, said: "The Rugby Waterways Festival offers a great opportunity to enjoy, learn about and celebrate Rugby's canals and their history. The addition of the Waterways Festival to the Heritage Open Days weekend gives an even greater breadth to an already diverse group of sites and venues opening their doors to the public in Rugby."

The Heritage Open Days weekend in Rugby is co-ordinated by Rugby Borough Council in partnership with English Heritage, and is sponsored by Rugby First, the Rugby Advertiser, Rugby FM and Around Rugby Magazine.

For further information on any of these events, contact Rugby Visitor Centre on (01788) 533217 or visitor.centre@rugby.gov.uk. A Rugby Heritage Open Days brochure detailing the full programme of events is available from Rugby Visitor Centre.


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