Starting today, visitors to Lowestoft will be able to enjoy a wealth of free events celebrating the town’s unique history.
England’s biggest festival of history and culture – Heritage Open Days – begins today (13 September) and runs until 22 September with over 5,000 free events across the country.
Many events are taking place across East Suffolk and over 80 of these are in Lowestoft. Events include illustrated talks, guided walking tours, lunchtime concerts, performances and exhibitions.
Many of the venues are usually closed to the public and so this is an exciting opportunity to discover more about Lowestoft’s unique history – and every event is free!
Included in these events are a number of exhibitions and activities organised by the Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) Partnership.
The HAZ is a five year programme in partnership with Historic England, East Suffolk Council, Lowestoft Town Council, East Suffolk Building Preservation Trust and Lowestoft Vision focusing on some of the oldest parts of the town including the High Street and Scores. Together with residents and businesses, the project aims to improve the HAZ area by restoring historic buildings and kick-starting regeneration by celebrating the unique character and heritage of this part of the town.
Cllr Craig Rivett, East Suffolk’s Deputy Leader and Chair of the HAZ Board said:
“The High Street and the Scores are at the heart of historic Lowestoft and the Heritage Action Zone aims to revive this area, restoring its character and benefiting local people and visitors. We are pleased to be part of this year’s Heritage Open Days festival and look forward to speaking to visitors about regeneration, history and culture.”
Events organised as part of the HAZ and the Making Waves Together projects include:
Full details about all the events, both in Lowestoft or across the district, can be found at heritageopendays.org.uk
More information about the HAZ, including the latest newsletter, can be found at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/haz
Making Waves Together is a partnership project led jointly by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and East Suffolk Council, funded by the national Great Place Scheme. This sees communities and organisations in both areas work together to boost the cultural offer and drive cultural re-imagination as a way of supporting success in the seaside towns. Great Places has been supported by a grant from Arts Council England and the National Heritage Lottery Fund, supported by Historic England.