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Published on 09 September 2014

Discover the hidden stories behind some of Bedfordshire’s most iconic buildings and places at a series of special free events celebrating our local heritage.

From Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th September, the volunteers and the teams behind local heritage properties will throw open their doors to the public as part of the nationwide ‘Heritage Open Days’ event. Tours, walks and talks will provide a unique insight into the foundations of Bedfordshire, from the Lime Kiln vault in Castle Lane, to a peek behind the scenes at Stevington Windmill, or perhaps the ‘I Never Knew That!’ and ‘Hidden Landscapes’ guided walks around Bedford town centre, or a Tudor celebration at Willington Dovecote. What’s more it’s all free of charge.

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Across Bedford and Bedfordshire we have some fantastic buildings and historic sites. Each of the locations holds fascinating stories and this is a great opportunity to learn more about our local history and about some of our historic local landmarks. These events will be free to attend so I hope lots of people will be able to take a look behind the scenes and discover some of the stories that have become part of our local heritage.”

To find out more information in terms of the participating properties, dates, times and activities, pick up a leaflet from your local library, The Higgins Bedford, or drop in to Bedford’s Tourist Information Centre in St Paul’s Square. Alternatively, visit our What's On section or please visit www.bedford.gov.uk/heritageopendays

To secure a place on the ‘I Never Knew That’ guided walk, or for any further information on Bedford’s Heritage Open Days, contact Sian on 01234 276257 or alternatively, email thi.highstreet@bedford.gov.uk  

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