Heritage Open Days weekend offers access to Rugby’s places of interest

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HERITAGE venues are offering fascinating tours and fun activities to the public free of charge next month as part of the annual Heritage Open Days weekend.

This year the event runs from Thursday September 6 until Sunday September 9. Many venues in the Borough are opening their doors to give visitors a unique opportunity to explore several heritage sites and places of interest within the town. Here are just a few examples of what’s on. Please note the following events should be booked at Rugby Visitor Centre to avoid disappointment.

Are you interested in history and architecture? Then be sure to book onto the tour of Rugby’s historical buildings taking place on Friday September 7. This is an informative tour and will be sure to show you some hidden gems of the town. The wheelchair accessible tour starts at 1pm and will last approximately 45 minutes.

On Thursday 6 and Friday September 7 you can visit the Cemex Cement Plant. The famous landmark of the Towns skyline will be opening its usually private doors for an exclusive tour and insightful presentation by knowledgeable staff. Booking for this tour is essential as you will need to pre book onto the chartered coach as there is no pedestrian access available.

Two new events on Thursday September 6 which are already generating a lot of interest are the tour of the Church of The Ascension and the tour of the Council Chamber of the Town Hall. The Church tour will offer a fantastic insight into Orthodox Christianity, detailing amongst other things the Church’s Holy icons. The tour of The Council Chamber at the Town Hall will be hosted by the Mayor of Rugby, Councillor Kathryn Lawrence. She will be talking about her role and all aspects of civic life and there will be a chance to ask questions. The Chamber is fully wheelchair accessible.

The Heritage Open Days weekend in Rugby is programmed and coordinated by Rugby Visitor Centre. For full details of the exact dates and times of these events and many more, contact Rugby Visitor Centre, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, Elborow Street, Rugby, CV21 3BZ (01788) 533217 or visitor.centre@rugby.gov.uk. All events are free of charge. A Rugby Heritage Open Day leaflet detailing the full programme of events is available from Rugby Visitor Centre.