Every September some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore!
There are loads of venues in Wharfedale & Craven Opening their doors to the public this September, we are so lucky to live in such a historically interesting place!
Guiseley Theatre, The Green, Guiseley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS20 9BT
‘Fashionability’ – Abraham Moon and the creation of British cloth for the Global market.
Hear about the history of Abraham Moon & Sons (founded in 1837 ), and their links between the manufacture of cloth and the secret world of the global fashion system.
This talk gives the history of Abraham Moon & Sons (founded in 1837 in Guiseley) to examine design and innovation in the British woollen industry, 1830’s to 2010’s.
- Sunday 16 September: 1430 – 1530
- Sunday 16 September: 13.00 – 17.00
Historic exhibition and tour (Self-guided tours of the building and exhibition of its history.)NO BOOKING REQUIRED
Town Hall, High Street, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 7PP
Aireborough Historical Society – Fallen heroes of Aireborough
A photographic display of WWI peace celebrations in Aireborough, following the end of the war 100 years ago in 1918, along with information and photos of Aireborough war memorials.
- Saturday 8 September: 1000-1600NO BOOKING REQUIRED
Manor House Art Gallery & Museum, Castle Yard, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 9DT
The Ilkley Manor House is medieval stone manor house sits within the footprint of a Roman fort and dates back to the mid-14th.
The Ilkley Manor House was opened as a community asset by patron Alan Titchmarsh in April 2018 following a three-year rescue campaign. Our vision is to create an ambitious heritage, learning, creative and leisure quarter for the town.
You’ll find a warm welcome and a varied programme of activities and whilst we’re working to re-establish our heritage displays there are self-guided tours of this historic building.
Family Fun Session Sept 8th 2-4pm
Explore the historic Manor House and join the ‘hands-on’ activities including ‘Build your own Manor House’
Tour of the Manor House Sept 8th 1.30pm.
- Saturday 8 September 1000-1600
- Sunday 9 September 1000-1600
- Saturday 15 September: 1000- 1600
Behind the scenes (Come and see the Ilkley Civic Society’s proposals for a community archive at Ilkley Manor House. On display will be a selection of items donated so far and there is the opportunity to see the attic storage space where items will be housed.)NO BOOKING REQUIRED
High Royds Memorial Chapel and Garden
The paupers’ graveyard which closed in 1969 which belonged to High Royds Psychiatric Hospital (closed in 2003) was restored in 2011 to create a tranquil garden of remembrance. The Heritage Chapel, which contains details of the 2861 people who are buried there, remembers those who have gone before and helps with the campaign to remove the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health. Its loving restoration has created an oasis of peace and a special Thanksgiving Service will be held, at 4pm on Sunday 10th September to commemorate the restoration and those who have gone before.
- Saturday 15th September: 1100-1300 & 1400-1600
- Sunday 16th September: 1100-1300 & 1400-1600; Thanksgiving Service 1600NO BOOKING REQUIRED
All Saints Church, Ilkley
History in Stone
View All Saints Church Ilkley from the outside and inside and discover the history of Ilkley. There will also be an opportunity for small groups to visit the church tower and discover the ancient art of bell ringing.
- Saturday 8th September: 1100-1700
Bramhope Puritan Chapel, Leeds Road, Bramhope, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 9JJ
The Grade One listed Puritan chapel in Bramhope one of the few churches built during the Commonwealth Period. The Puritan Chapel was built specifically for Puritan worship in 1649 by Robert Dyneley and used for worship until 1881. Visitors can see a unique building and hear some of the building’s history.
- Sunday 9 September: 1400-1600
Sunday 16 September: 1400-1600NO BOOKING REQUIRED
High Royds (now Chevin Park): the Lost World of a Victorian Asylum
A walk around the grounds of the former West Riding lunatic asylum, built in the 1880s and closed in 2003. Much new development has taken place while Grade II listed historic buildings have been neglected leading to theft and vandalism. Some have been converted but the famous ballroom is still the home of pigeons. We shall also visit the Memorial Chapel and graveyard.
The Wells, Springfield Road, Guiseley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS20 9AD
Historic Village Centre
Guiseley, a township to the north-west of Leeds, has been a settlement since Saxon times. This event is a walk around the locality, highlighting those parts of the built environment and landscape which illustrate the area’s history.
St Oswald’s Church, The Green, Guiseley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS20 9BB
Saint Oswald’s Church will be open for visitors to enjoy this ancient place of worship in the heart of the community of Guiseley.
Highlights are our WW1 and other stained glass windows, the ancient rood stone in church, our war graves and local/family history memorials. The parents of the world-famous Bronte sisters, Patrick Bronte and Maria Branwell, were married in what is now our Lady Chapel in December 1812.
- Sunday 16 September: 1400-1600NO BOOKING REQUIRED
Quakers Lane, Rawdon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 6HU
Rawdon Quaker Meeting House
Mainly our old Meeting House built in 1697 and also out ‘schoolroom’ – an old converted stable with interesting architectural features. The buildings are set in a graveyard – see how the gravestones reflect a belief in equality – which has been adapted into a pleasant garden.
- Saturday 15 September: 1300-1600NO BOOKING REQUIRED
Rawdon St Peter’s Church, Town Street, Rawdon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 6QL
The Heritage of a Yorkshire village that became known nationally & internationally.
The heritage on which our project focuses is that presented by the historic Anglican church of St Peter’s, Rawdon, and the surrounding townscape and community.
The church itself is of outstanding importance as it is an extremely rare example of an Anglican church founded during the Civil War and Commonwealth period, initially serving as a chapel of ease within Guiseley parish. It was built at the expense of Francis Layton, a prominent Yorkshire royalist, Yeoman of the Jewel House to Charles I and the husband of one of Anne of Denmark’s waiting women. The church was substantially rebuilt in the 1860s under the direction of a pupil of the leading Leeds architect, Cuthbert Broderick, retaining some of its original features, but also gaining other important fixtures. These include the east window, which is from the workshop of William Wailes of Newcastle – a prominent Victorian manufacturer of stained glass – and commemorates John Wood of Upperwood House, Apperley, principally known as the erstwhile employer of Charlotte Bronte.
- Friday 7 September: 1000-1600
- Saturday 8 September: 1000-1600
- Sunday 9 September: 1400-1600NO BOOKING REQUIRED
All Saints’ Parish Church, Kirkgate, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3HW
Otley Parish Church is a Grade I listed building with parts dating from the 11th century. It is the oldest building in the town. The church building has many interesting features which will be highlighted and sections of Saxon Crosses found on the site can be seen on request. Historical documents, photographs and rarely seen archive material will be on display. It is 300 years since the famous furniture maker, Thomas Chippendale, was baptised in Otley Parish Church and a special exhibition will celebrate his craftsmanship. In the churchyard, the impressive Navvies’ Monument can be viewed with an explanation provided about its history and conservation plans. There will be guided tours of the church – one exploring the history of the building and the second entitled “Mysteries of the Monuments – a glimpse into local family history”.
- Friday 14 September: 1000-1630
- Saturday 15 September: 1000-1630
- Sunday 16 September: 1200-1630NO BOOKING REQUIRED
Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3AN
Victorian police house, cell block and magistrates courts, converted in 2004 to an arts and resource centre. Heritage cell and cell corridor preserved. Unique artwork based on petty sessions records. Used for ‘Heartbeat’ series on ITV. ‘Timeline’ showing history of building in relation to local and national events.
Beat Walks to find out what it was like to walk a day and a night town beat in Otley between the years 1956 to 1968. Duration one hour. Distance 1 ½ miles. 2 sessions, 11am and 2pm. Group size limited to 15. Booking essential. Book by phone 01943 467466
- Saturday 8 September: 1000-1600
Yeadon Tarn Bandstand, Cemetery Road, Yeadon, West Yorkshire, LS19 7UR
A Ramble Around Yeadon
Yeadon heritage walk
Discover the rich history and heritage of Yeadon. The walk will begin and end at Yeadon Tarn Bandstand and continue through the Conservation Areas using photographic archive material at various sites
- Friday 7 September: 1030 – approx 1330Booking required by phone 01943 878609
Greenside Farm, Greenside, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 7DW
Where is Nether Yeadon?
A walk through this 18th century hamlet, now a Conservation Area
Experience the pre-industrial feel of this historic area on a guided walk along ginnels and across fields. There are signs all round of early mill-working and agriculture.
Guiseley Cemetery, Chevin End Road, Guiseley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS20 9DL
Friends of Guiseley Cemetery
Guiseley Cemetery was opened in 1922 with the first interment taking place in July. The fields in which the cemetery is placed belonged to Mr Craven Cooper and the first interment was of his wife. Mr & Mrs Cooper had farmed the land for over 30 years and the fields in which Guiseley Cemetery is now situated were previously known as the Nooks.
- Sunday 9 September: Guided tours at 2pm, 3pm & 4pmNO BOOKING REQUIRED
Coffee House aka Coffee Care, Coach Street Car Park, Coach Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1LQ
Schools of Skipton Walk 3
A guided walk through 500 years of schools in Skipton and the people associated with them.
Our walks 1 & 2 in previous years covered 15 former schools. Schools Walks 3 will visit four new sites, look at Sunday Schools and dame schools, tell you about the education problems of barge families, and revisit a few places covered in previous walks.
- Thursday 6 September: 1045-1215
- Sunday 9 September: 1500-1630NO BOOKING REQUIRED
Town Hall, High Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1AH
Remembering: WW1 Memorials in Skipton
Guided walks looking at some of the WW1 memorials in Skipton. Find out about the making and design of the memorials and more about some of the people who are commemorated on them.
- Friday 14 September: 10.30am-12noon
- Saturday 15 September: 10.30am-12noonNO BOOKING REQUIRED
Christ Church, Cross Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 2AH
Christ Church Skipton Open Days
Open day at a splendid early-Victorian church with an award-winning modern refit. Special exhibition about the Tractarian movement of the 1800s and guided tour to include the crypt.
- Saturday 8 September: 1000-1600, Tour 1030 & 1400NO BOOKING REQUIRED
St Andrew’s Church, Kildwick, Keighley, North Yorkshire, BD20 9BB
Kildwick Bell Tower Open
A visit to a traditional bell tower with an ancient clock
A visit to the ringing chamber (ground floor). Here are ropes with ‘Yorkshire Tail Ends’ – Kildwick is one of only six towers in the world that still have these.
A chance to try out ringing on a dummy bell.
- Saturday 8 September: 1200-1600
- Sunday 9 September: 1200-1600
- Saturday 15 September: 1200-1600
- Sunday 16 September: 1200-1600NO BOOKING REQUIRED
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