Explore historic buildings virtually

Explore historic buildings, enjoy free entertainment and hear stories about places in North Somerset during a week-long festival to celebrate local heritage.

Heritage Open Days is a national event to showcase places of historic and architectural interest, natural beauty spots, and reveal stories and history.

This year’s festival – which launches today (Friday) and runs until next Sunday (20 September) – is taking place both virtually and with a small selection of socially distanced live performances.

You can go on virtual, timed tours of areas which are usually off-limits to the public, such as seeing the Clevedon Torc on loan from the British Museum, YouTube tours of the Blakehay Theatre and Grove House in Weston-super-Mare, and a Zoom seminar about the local studies library.

Culture Weston and Theatre Orchard are bringing free entertainment and unique experiences to the streets and shoreline of Weston-super-Mare.

Susann the Social Distancing Robot will provide a surreal and futuristic twist to shopping in the High Street tomorrow afternoon (Saturday) and Saturday 19 September.

The robot walkabout, from Cat and Mouse Theatre, will interact with shoppers from a safe distance while magically revealing facts about Weston-super-Mare and its heritage.

Then get your dancing shoes on for socially distanced Carboot Disco Bingo, at 1pm and 3pm in the Italian Gardens on Saturday 19 September.

Artists Megan Clark-Bagnall and Jasmine Loveys will cross the numbers off on a bingo card while learning disco dance moves.

Book a free pod space (for up to four family members) in advance.

You can then deposit your own ideas about Weston’s heritage in a creative installation, The Memory Bank.

At nearby Anchor Head, a series of stories will explore the coast’s heritage, with new sound work led by Weston-super-Mare based artist Sam Francis and artist Phil Owen.

The audio will be available to listen to online.

Find out about all these events for Heritage Open Days by downloading the online brochure.

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