Stockport is celebrating England’s Heritage Open Days event with attractions in the town opening their  doors for free!

Every September some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. In Stockport it is your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.

The Plaza Theatre, Little Underbank, Staircase House and Strawberry Studios are among venues taking part in the annual event between Thursday 7th September and Sunday 10th September holding free events for visitors. 

Little Underbank will recreate a Victorian era as part of Heritage Open Days
Little Underbank will recreate life in a Victorian era as part of Heritage Open Days

Celebrating community, history and heritage across the country, Heritage Open Days see attractions throw open their doors giving visitors the chance to visit hidden places and try our new experiences.

Councillor Kate Butler, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration said:

“Stockport is an amazing town with a rich and unique history that we want to celebrate.  It is great to see venues across Stockport taking part in this year’s Heritage Open Days events and I’d encourage everyone to get involved and go along to the events and learn more about our town.”

As part of the event, Stockport’s 1932 Super Cinema, The Plaza Theatre, will be hosting a day of events on Sunday 10th September.  Giving a chance for visitors to explore behind the scenes at the much loved art-deco gem as well as take part in a guided tour.

Down in the town centre, step back in time and experience the hustle and bustle of Victorian England on Little Underbank, once one of the most important shopping streets in Stockport.  Stockport Heritage Trust will be running the day of events for all the family on Saturday 9th September including historic re-enactments, meeting Jonathon Thatcher’s cow, ‘Wife Selling’ and experts on hand to bring the history of the street to life, come down, take part and learn more about this unique part of our town.

Other events taking place across Stockport include:

• Explore the magnificent architecture and history of the neo-gothic St George’s Church – Saturday 9th September

• Tour St Matthew’s Church in Edgeley and view parish records of baptisms and marriages from pre-1913 – Saturday 9th September

• Step back in time in a church that has stood in Stockport Market Place for 700 at St Mary’s in the Marketplace – Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th September

• Visit the building that housed the famous Strawberry Recording Studios and stand in the control room space where hundreds of famous artists recorded their hit records – Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September

• Tour Cheadle Hulme School’s historic buildings, dating from the mid-19th Century and earn about how life at the School has changed since the Victorian era – Saturday 9th September

• On Saturday 9th September, entry to Staircase House will be free for one day only. Delve into the past of Stockport’s oldest town house and discover how our ancestors lived from the 15th to the 20th century.

• Visit the beautiful grade-II-listed Our Lady and the Apostles church – Friday 8th September – Sunday 10th September

• Explore Stockport’s Christadelphian Meeting Room and learn about its history and the church community that meets there – Saturday 9th September

Find out more about the events taking place on the Heritage Open Days website – http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk

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