Visit Tonbridge and Malling's heritage properties for free

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Last Updated: 10 Sep 2019 12:49pm

Tonbridge and Malling residents and visitors can once again take the opportunity to visit the hidden treasures of the borough with free entry to a range of properties and activities from Thursday 12 September to Sunday 22 September 2019 with Heritage Open Days.

Heritage Open Days are organised nationally every year by English Heritage to celebrate England’s architecture and culture by offering free access to properties and gardens that are either not usually open to the public, or would normally charge an entrance fee.  Locally, the Open Days are being co-ordinated in partnership by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, The Malling Society and Tonbridge Civic Society.

This year there are 26 properties as well as events and guided walks taking part across the borough, with highlights including the renovated Kings Hill Control Tower building, the 700 year old moated manor house of Ightham Mote, the Tonbridge Lacemakers Open Day to name but a few. Some activities require advanced booking, others you can just turn up on the day.

For a full list of what's on locally visit: www.tmbc.gov.uk/events

As usual, there will be lots to do in Tonbridge: Tonbridge Castle will be open on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September offering partial tours to the public.

Other historic buildings opening their doors in Tonbridge include the Grade I Listed Schools at Somerhill; the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul; St Saviour’s Church; and the Oast Theatre, which will be offering a behind-the-scenes tour and an open-air art exhibition.

In other areas of the borough there will also be much to enjoy including: Aylesford Pottery; Ditton Heritage Centre and Victorian Classroom; Pilsdon at Malling Community, West Malling; St Mary the Virgin, West Malling and the Twitch Heritage Centre, also in West Malling.

Cllr Mark Rhodes, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, says, “This is another chance to have a look, for free, around a number of historic properties in the Tonbridge and Malling area, many of which are not generally open for viewing. There are a variety of events and activities to take part in, too, and it’s a great opportunity to learn more about the places we live in and our surroundings. I look forward to taking some time to get to know better the attractions in and around Tonbridge and Malling over the Heritage Open Days weekend and I hope that residents and visitors alike enjoy their experiences.”

A leaflet listing all participating venues is available from Tonbridge Gateway or can be downloaded from the Council’s website www.tmbc.gov.uk/events.  For more information, please call 01732 770929 or email leisure.services@tmbc.gov.uk.