Rotherham heritage open days 2023 reveals renowned locations and concealed gems

FROM a mansion to the Minster – Rotherham venues will play host to a number of events as part of an annual national festival.

Heritage Open Days is England's largest community-led festival of history and culture, involving thousands of local volunteers and organisations every September.

In Rotherham the events will kick off at Rotherham Minster on Church Street on Saturday, September 9 between 10am and 3.30pm.

Guests can explore the magnificent Grade I listed town centre church and there will be tours and talks held throughout the day, along with displays to celebrate the life and times of Archbishop Thomas Rotherham, marking 600 years since his birth.

No booking required.

Wentworth Woodhouse is throwing its mansion doors open to the public as part of Heritage Open Days 2023 where people can navigate a series of State Rooms, then head to the gardens to discover a wildflower meadow, ancient trees, and 18th century follies.

Children can also pick up a history ‘pastport’ and enjoy the Forest of Bewilderment natural play area.

The events will be held on Sunday 10 and Tuesday September 12 with admission from 10am to 5pm (last entry 4.15pm).

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St James’ Church, Ravenfield is offering the opportunity to look around the hidden gem from the 18th century.

Built in 1756 the building on Church Lane has a rare, recently restored one-fingered clock and six bells that can be rung by one person.

It will be open to guests on Friday 15 and Saturday, September 16 from 10am to 2pm and on Sunday 17 September between 12pm and 3pm.

No booking required.

As well as the Minster, Archbishop Thomas Rotherham will also be celebrated at an event on the Chapel on the Bridge on Bridge Street over the River Rother.

Guests can discover the life and career, both political and religious, of the Archbishop and explore his connection with many universities and cathedrals throughout England as well as see the crypt/jail.

The event will take place on Saturday, September 16 between 10.30am and 2pm. No booking required.

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