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Heritage Open Days rewrite history with online events

It may be rather different to previous years but Cheltenham Heritage Open Days will be opening the doors on the past from Friday.

The annual event, which runs from September 11-20, will combine socially-distanced walks and tours with online looks behind some of the town's most familiar places.

Cheltenham Civic Society chairman Andrew Hooton said: "Adversity or disruption often lead to innovation and inspiration.

"That is where Cheltenham finds itself for Heritage Open Days 2020.

"COVID-19 has compelled us to rethink our traditional formats and find ways to enable access to our world-class venues while protecting visitors and volunteers alike."

Festival opens up voyage into the past 

Free guided walks, which must be booked in advance from The Suffolk Anthology in Suffolk Parade, include Gustav Holst's Cheltenham, The Making of the Honeybourne Line, Exploring the River Chelt and Regency Cheltenham.

And among the venues which will be opening their doors are Cambray Baptist Church, Cheltenham Minster and Christ Church.

While the number of walks and venues are reduced due to COVID-19, a variety of talks, films and virtual tours will be available online.

Among the venues taking part in the virtual section of the Heritage Open Days are Cheltenham Croquet Club, Cheltenham Ladies' College, Cheltenham Synagogue and Pittville Pump Room.

You can find the full list of venues, dates and online joining details at heritageopendays.org.uk 

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