Explore fascinating heritage right on your doorstep during Heritage Open Days!

Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. From your local church to visitor attractions; it’s your chance to get out and discover history that’s right on your doorstep! You might even learn something new!

This year’s Heritage Open Days will take place from 13 to 22 September! Take a look at what’s happening in Gainsborough and West Lindsey:

Lincolnshire’s only Georgian Classical Style “City” church

All Saints Church, Gainsborough

All Saints’ Parish Church, Church Street, Gainsborough DN21 2JR

Friday 13 to Monday 16, 10am to 4.30pm

Discover the columns, galleries, richly coloured interior and Perpendicular/C15th tower of our Grade I listed church. With similarities to St Martin-in-theFields, London, this unique building stands out. Special service on Sun 15th at 1030 commemorating the dedication of Sun 16th September, 1744.

Back To The ClassroomGainsborough Heritage Centre

Gainsborough Heritage Centre, North Street, Gainsborough, DN21 2HS

Saturday 14 & Saturday 21, Tuesday 17, 10am to 4pm, Sunday 15 & Sunday 22, 11am to 4pm 

Go back to the classroom and learn how schools developed in Gainsborough. From the early foundation of the Grammar School during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, to Charity Schools and modern schools, when getting an education became available to all.


Mayflower Pilgrims Learning Experience Mayflower Room, United Reformed Church

Gainsborough United Reformed Church, Church Street, Gainsborough DN21 2JR

Saturday 14, 10am to 2pm

Visit our church which dates from 1897, and was built in memoriam to John Robinson, Pastor to the Mayflower Pilgrims. There is an information hub for all ages, dedicated to the story of the Pilgrims from the area.

Meet the SaxonsSaxonhouse

Saxonhouse, Manor Farm Cottage, East Firsby LN8 2DB

Friday 13 & Sun 15, 12.15 to 4.30pm. Talk at 12.30 & 3pm

Saxonhouse is an archaeologically accurate centre for exploring the life and culture of the early medieval period. Learn how and why it was built, and step back into the world of a 7th century Saxon craftsman and his wife.

Booking is required on 01673 878636 or email [email protected]

Home of the Polish Bomber SquadronsMemorial to RAF Ingham

RAF Ingham Heritage Centre, Middle Street, Fillingham DN21 5BU

Sunday 15, 10am to 4pm

Explore RAF Ingham’s heritage and the contribution made by the Polish Air Force during WWII. Guided tours and talks. Visit the Exhibition Room, families resettlement Nissen hut, Memorial Gardens, life-sized Wellington crew silhouette and vehicle renovation workshop. Refreshments available. Free parking

Market Rasen Station Heritage CentreMarket rasen station

Market Rasen Station, Chapel Street, Market Rasen LN8 3AQ

Saturday 14 10am to 2pm

The Heritage Centre was opened in 2018 following a restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Visitors will be able to see displays about the station’s history and there will be a competition for children. Refreshments will be available.

Open House at the Magistrates’ Courtold police station market rasen

Old Police Station and Magistrates’ Courtroom, Dear Street, Market Rasen LN8 3BH

Saturday 14, 10am to 4pm

Come and see our Victorian Grade II listed Magistrates’ Courtroom and police cells – atmospheric and unchanged! Rase Heritage exhibition featuring the history of the building and crime and punishment in Market Rasen.

The Children’s StoryNettleham All Saints

All Saints’ Church, High St, Nettleham LN2 2PD

Saturday 14, 1 to 3pm

The children of Nettleham Junior School present their view of childhood drawn from research and oral history within their community and families. The exhibition consists of paintings, writings, films and talks from the pupils.

Learning in Nettleham

All Saints’ Church, High St, Nettleham LN2 2PD

Saturday 21, 2 to 4pm. Talk at 3pm

The children of Nettleham Junior School present their view of childhood from their own research and oral history within their community and families. The exhibition consists of writing, printing and films. There will also be a talk on the Schools in Nettleham by Nettleham Heritage Association.

Broadbent TheatreBroadbent Theatre

Broadbent Theatre, Snarford Road, Wickenby LN3 5AW

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15, 10am to 4pm

Explore all areas of the theatre, and stand on the stage to test out our wonderful acoustics. You can look at our history files and read about past productions. Learn about the Conchies who created the theatre.


Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. For more information visit www.heritageopendays.org. To find more events in Lincolnshire visit Heritage Lincolnshire’s website.