Explore the hidden gems on your doorstep

Treasure hunt pic'St John's church, Coley
Treasure hunt pic'St John's church, Coley

Calderdale’s hidden gems will be uncovered when heritage sites across the borough throw open their doors this weekend, as part of a national heritage festival.

Heritage Open days is England’s biggest heritage festival, involving 40,000 volunteers across the country.

It celebrates the area’s fantastic history, architecture and culture, offering people the chance to see hidden places and try new experiences right on their doorstep.

The four-day event begins today and will run until Sunday, September 13.

It is a once-a-year chance to discover the often forgotten gems on your doorsteps and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring local history and culture to life.

There will be stacks of events across Calderdale and all are free of charge.

The variety of places to discover is endless and there will be something for people of all ages to enjoy.

A spokesperson for Heritage Open Days said: “Heritage Open Days celebrates what makes local communities and neighbourhoods special.

“By stimulating curiosity and discovery, the event connects people with their local places and helps foster a sense of belonging and pride.”

Heritage Open Days was established in 1994 as England’s contribution to the European Heritage Days.

A joint action by the Council of Europe and the European Commission, the scheme was initiated in 1991 to celebrate Europe’s rich and diverse cultural assets and their need for care and protection.

For more information about Heritage Open Days and to find out what’s going on across Calderdale over the weekend, visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk.