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Fantastic array of places to visit for Heritage Open Days this year

10:30 am, Monday, 4th September 2023 - 11 months ago


Bringing North East Lincolnshire’s past to life will take centre stage at a series of special events to mark National Heritage Open Days.

Activities and exhibitions will start across the borough on Friday, September 8, with the opening of “A Pier, a Prince and a Castle Exhibition” in Cleethorpes Town Hall which celebrates 150 years of Cleethorpes Pier, just 10 years after the railways arrived in 1863. Alongside the event, there will be performances by the Punch & Judy Show and look out for Willy & Milly, our walkabout seaside posers!

Established in 1994, Heritage Open Days in England form part of European Heritage Days and has grown into the nation’s largest festival of history and culture.

Thanking all those who are making the events happen locally, North East Lincolnshire’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and the Visitor Economy, Cllr Hayden Dawkins said: “The heritage of our area is what makes it special. Our history provides the foundations from which generations have lived and worked and it is how we have grown as a borough. As we look at the future and the opportunities ahead, it is important we remember and celebrate what got us here and I thank everyone who is working hard to ensure such a spectacular variety of events happen during September.”

Activities taking place across North East Lincolnshire are:

  • A Pier, a Prince and a Castle Exhibition: Friday 8 and Saturday 9 September, 10am to 4pm, Cleethorpes Town Hall
  • 75 years of Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway: FREE exhibition Open to the public now until October (except 11-17 September due to the Rail, Ale & Blues Festival event!).
  • Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre: discounted entry on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September, 10am to 4pm
  • Tracks, Smacks and Sunhats Exhibition: Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby: from Friday 15 September, until the end of December 2023
  • Grimsby Town Hall and Time Trap museum: Free entry – Friday 15 and Saturday 16 September: 10am to 4pm. This will include displays by the Great Grimsby Family History Group, Grimsby Photographic Society, the North Lincs Art Society and the Council’s Archives.
  • An Introduction to Researching Family History: Grimsby Town Hall. Friday 15 and Saturday 16 September, 10am to 4pm
  • Tours of the Grimsby Kasbah Conservation Area: Saturday 16 September, 10am to 4pm. Registration required.
  • Playing the Past – Lifting the Lid on the Caxton Theatre’s Archives, Costumes and Props: The Caxton Theatre. Sunday 10 September 11.00 – 16.00
  • Grim Falfest 2023: The Vikings are coming! Friday 8 to Sunday 10 September. Various locations across Grimsby Town Centre.
  • Discover Immingham’s Heritage: Immingham Museum. Open Saturdays 1pm to 4pm
  • Living life in the early 1900s – discover Immingham’s Tin Town: Immingham Tin Town Heritage Centre. Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September and Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September, 12 noon to 4pm
  • Sails and Stones: the Art of Milling – Waltham Windmill: Saturday 9 September, 10am to 4pm
  • Weelsby Hall Open Day: Sunday 17 September, 12 – 3pm. Booking essential

Alongside these great events, don’t forget you can walk a self-guided tour of the towns of Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham with the FREE Love Exploring App. Just download the app to your smartphone, choose your town and click ‘Trails’ and it will come up with a self-guided tour of buildings in the centre of Grimsby or the centre of Cleethorpes or the Pilgrims Trail in Immingham. View images of the buildings as they once were and read a little about their history.

For more on all of these events and if booking is required, please go to  You can also sign up to a great Discover newsletter on the website, which keeps you up to date with what’s going on.

For details on all Heritage Open Days in North East Lincolnshire and Greater Lincolnshire go to

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