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From Beastly Machines to Classic Cars
Thursday 9th August, 2012

Scores of activities will take place across Wigan and Leigh in September to celebrate national Heritage Open Days.

Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public.

It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

Residents in Leigh can enjoy heritage walks and talks plus tours of St Mary’s Parish Church and Leigh Town Hall between 10am and 3pm on Friday 7 September and Saturday 8 September

There’s also a chance to see the “Beastly Machines” exhibition in the Turnpike Gallery and get involved in “The Big Clean” – where you can help to care for the borough’s irreplaceable documents - at Wigan Archives in Leigh Town Hall.

A classic car display takes centre stage on Leigh’s Civic Square on Saturday 8 September with music from Golborne Brass Band, street drama from Wigan Community Theatre and a chance to try a Zumba taster session.

Saturday evening rounds off the weekend with Tyldesley Brass Band at the Last Night of the Proms Concert in Pennington Park. Tickets on sale now.

In Wigan, weekend highlights include the ‘What a Building’ Super Saturday at the Museum of Wigan Life on Saturday 8 September between 11am and 3pm. An actor will take on the role of the building’s designer Alfred Waterhouse taking people on tours, there will also be craft activities and historic building related documents on display. On Sunday 9 September visitors can check out the mighty Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine at Wigan Pier, with demonstrations taking place at 11am, 1pm and 2pm.

Between Thursday 6 September and Sunday 9 September other locations in the borough will also be opening their doors. These include Lancashire’s last remaining colliery at Astley Green, Astley’s historic Dam House and a number of historic churches and chapels

The events have been co-ordinated by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) who manage arts, heritage and library events on behalf of Wigan Council and partners including the Leigh for All Working Group and Wigan Civic Trust.

For further information please ring 01942 828 128 or visit www.wlct.org/heritage

To book tickets for Last Night of the Proms in Pennington Hall Park contact 01942 828 508.

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