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Community rail celebrates the return of Heritage Open Days

This week sees the return of Heritage Open Days, England’s largest festival of history and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are free to explore.

To celebrate, many of our community rail friends are hosting special events and activities over the next couple of weeks. See below for some of the highlights and pop along to say hello!

Lowestoft Heritage Festival – from 9 September

Lowestoft’s Community Rail Shop and Tourist Information Office, located at the town’s railway station, will be home to the Festival Information Hub boasting an array of events and providing information to visitors about festival activities.

Events at the station will include:

Music @ Parcels Office – Buffalo Bill Comes to Lowestoft – 9 September

ENIGMA – The scrambled messages of WWII and beyond – 10 & 11 September

Lowestoft at War exhibition – 10 & 11 September

Protecting Lowestoft from future flooding exhibition – 14 September

Sail, Steam & Diesel exhibition – 15 & 16 September

Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre – 9-11, 14-18 September

Explore this award-winning Victorian station house restoration with its original booking office, station master’s parlour, vintage tea room & more. Find out more

Somerleyton Railway Swing Bridge Tour – 10 September

A highlight of the Lowestoft Heritage Festival (see above) this event provides a unique opportunity to visit the 1905-build Somerleyton Railway Swing Bridge. Find out more

Hunmanby Heritage Day – 10 September

Discover the history behind this award-winning railway station, providing a gateway to the picturesque village of Hunmanby. Find out more

Leamington Station – 10 & 18 September

Enjoy a guided tour of Leamington’s award-winning station gardens together with the public areas of the restored Grade II listed Art Deco buildings. Find out more

People’s Museum & Railway Heritage Trail – 12-18 September

Step back in time as you explore fascinating displays full of old photographs and memorabilia gathered from around Bishop Auckland. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the self-guided Railway Heritage Trail to learn more about the area’s rich railway history. Find out more

Bat & Ball Station – 17 September

Head to the Station for cream tea with Queen Victoria, arts & crafts, and delicious themed refreshments! Visit Bat & Ball Community Centre for train-themed adventures before hopping onto a vintage bus heading to Swanley Park for more fun. Find out more

Huddersfield Station Heritage – 17 & 18 September

Peek behind closed doors as you take a guided tour of Huddersfield Station and learn more about its fascinating 175-year history as part of Heritage Open Days. Find out more

Online events

Liskeard Unlocked – Virtual Tour of Liskeard Station Signal Box – available from 9 September

Explore the historic signal box from the comfort of your own home. Find out more

Liskeard Unlocked – The Driver’s Eye View of the Looe Valley Line – available from 9 September

Experience what it’s like to be in the train driver’s seat as you travel along the scenic Looe Valley Line. Find out more

See a full list of Heritage Open Days events here and learn about some of Huddersfield Station’s rich heritage in our latest blog on Scenic Rail Britain. Read it here.

*If your event isn’t listed above please email news@communityrail.org.uk with the details