Local residents can join England’s largest festival of history and culture

Walking tour participant dressed as a shopkeeper with a train station in the background

Locations in Selby are being made accessible to residents as part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme to open up hidden historic places. 

Every year in September places up and down the country that aren’t usually open to the public throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history.  In Selby there will be family friendly walking tours, walking tours to highlight the history of the Station Quarter area and a performance sharing some historic stories of Selby that have been gathered from residents.

Cllr Tim Grogan, Selby District Council’s Lead Member for Housing, Health and Culture, said: “I’m delighted that we’re working with local groups to help them join this major annual cultural event. It’s your chance to see hidden places and find out more about their past, present and future."  

Michael Dyson, chair of Selby Civic Society, added “This is a fantastic opportunity for local people to come along and find out more about these important buildings. You’ll be able to uncover the stories and people that used these buildings that we all walk past regularly.”

Information on the local events can be found here: www.selby.gov.uk/heritage-open-days.  Heritage Open Days take place nationally over two weeks from 10 to 19 September - this year the theme is Edible England. It is England’s largest grass roots heritage festival involving over 40,000 volunteers and 5,000 events. 

Heritage Open Days is coordinated nationally by the National Trust with support from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. 

To find participating places and spaces in your local area and (where advised) pre-book your visit for free, go to www.heritageopendays.org.uk.