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Dunston Staiths by Graeme Peacock

(Photo: Dunston Staiths by Graeme Peacock)

This autumn people in Gateshead have the chance to explore interesting and quirky heritage sites on their doorstep - for free!

Every September Heritage Open Days allows people a chance to explore, discover and travel around the many favourite places in their local area. There is free access to many sites which usually charge for admission with some venues offering special tours and activities.

This year is the 25th anniversary and to celebrate there are 10 days of events on offer to the public around the Borough.

Some of the highlights in Gateshead include:

Headstones and Heritage Guided Tour, St Mary's Heritage Centre - Saturday 21 September, 11am 

Once Gateshead's 'mother church' this is the oldest building on the Quayside holding lots of important historical artefacts and culture. A 90-minute tour is available, to book call 0191 433 8420.

Dunston Staiths - Saturday 21 September 10am-8pm and Sunday 22 September 10am-5pm

Catch the sunset and fabulous unique views over the River Tyne from this urban pier which is opening later. Partially restored and a great place to a spot wildlife, this iconic structure is being transformed into a sustainable visitor attraction.

Bensham Grove Community Centre, Sidney Grove, NE8 2XD - Sunday 22 September 10-4pm

Bustling with arts and crafts both from the early Victorians, 1930s art to present day which are on display, the centre also boasts a beautiful garden. Tours and refreshments are available. For further information contact 0191 433 6450 or www.benshamgrove.org

For more Heritage Open Days taking place around Gateshead in September visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk, or follow on Twitter @HeritageOpenDay

Dunston Staiths by Graeme Peacock
11 September 2019

(Photo: Dunston Staiths by Graeme Peacock)

This autumn people in Gateshead have the chance to explore interesting and quirky heritage sites on their doorstep - for free!

Every September Heritage Open Days allows people a chance to explore, discover and travel around the many favourite places in their local area. There is free access to many sites which usually charge for admission with some venues offering special tours and activities.

This year is the 25th anniversary and to celebrate there are 10 days of events on offer to the public around the Borough.

Some of the highlights in Gateshead include:

Headstones and Heritage Guided Tour, St Mary's Heritage Centre - Saturday 21 September, 11am 

Once Gateshead's 'mother church' this is the oldest building on the Quayside holding lots of important historical artefacts and culture. A 90-minute tour is available, to book call 0191 433 8420.

Dunston Staiths - Saturday 21 September 10am-8pm and Sunday 22 September 10am-5pm

Catch the sunset and fabulous unique views over the River Tyne from this urban pier which is opening later. Partially restored and a great place to a spot wildlife, this iconic structure is being transformed into a sustainable visitor attraction.

Bensham Grove Community Centre, Sidney Grove, NE8 2XD - Sunday 22 September 10-4pm

Bustling with arts and crafts both from the early Victorians, 1930s art to present day which are on display, the centre also boasts a beautiful garden. Tours and refreshments are available. For further information contact 0191 433 6450 or www.benshamgrove.org

For more Heritage Open Days taking place around Gateshead in September visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk, or follow on Twitter @HeritageOpenDay

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