Free entry to Coventry attractions

Allesley Park Walled will be hosting a Heritage Open Day event
by Ben Glass
September 7, 2009

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FREE entrance to Coventry attractions is being offered this weekend.

Properties that are either not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance fee, will feature in the national Heritage Open Days celebration.

Highlights include:

Coventry Watch Museum
Exhibition of watches, tools, photographs and maps at the rear of The Shakespeare pub in Spon Street.
The museum is open on Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm.

Baginton Castle
This castle was probably built by Sir William Bagot in the 14th Century although there is also evidence of an earlier castle on the site too.
Henry, Duke of Hereford (later Henry IV), was entertained here.
The castle is on private land and is not usually open but can be viewed on Saturday and Sunday between 10.30am and 5.30pm.

Garden Organic Ryton
It usually costs adults £6 to visit here.
The attraction boasts 10 acres of organic demonstration gardens, vegetable kingdom, children's interactive experience, a restaurant plus a shop.
It is found 5 miles south east of Coventry off the A45 on the road to Wolston.
The gardens will be open on Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 5pm.

Godiva Sisters’ Procession
A procession with banners, umbrellas, music and dance is planned at Priory Gardens in Priory Row.
If it is raining, the alternative venue is The Herbert.
Families and children are encouraged to take a picnic.
The event takes place at 11am on Friday.

Coventry Art Fair
Dozens of stalls will be at Canal Basin for this autumn fair on Sunday.
Paintings, photography, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, illustration and more are on show at an event which takes place between 11am and 4pm.

Lunt Fort
This Roman fort and museum is commemorating the 2000th anniversay of massacre of three roman legions in Teutoburger forest.
There will be information and talks on the battle plus standard making for children.
To get there follow signs to Bagington off A45.
The Fort is open Saturday and Sunday between 10.30am and 4.30pm.

Priory Visitors' Centre
Mask-making, a display of Henry VIII and his 6 wives' headdresses plus tours of the undercroft are planned.
The Priory Row centre is open on Saturday between 10am and 5pm with tours at 11am, 1.15pm, 2.30pm and 4pm.
On Sunday it open between 12pm and 4pm with tours at 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm. Booking is required for tours.

West Midlands Police Museum
Only open occasionally the museum charts policing through the ages and includes the death mask of Mary Ball - the last woman to be hanged in Coventry.
The Little Park Street Police Station museum is open between 10am and 4pm on Saturday and between 10am and 3.30pm on Sunday.
Note that parts of the museum are restricted to over 15s only.

Weaver's House, The Black Swan Terrace
Gain an insight into life as 16th century Coventry weaver.
The Upper Spon Street attraction features weaving demonstrations and talks about the different uses for herbs in a medieval garden.
It is open between 10am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The Herbert
Throughout Saturday and Sunday The Herbert will be hosting a history fair.
Local history groups will be on hand to answer questions about Coventry’s past.
The Jordan Well gallery and museum is also offering behind the scenes tours at 12pm and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. The tours explore objects housed in the museum and are led by one of The Herbert’s curators.
Fifteen-minute ‘object handling’ sessions will take place on Saturday at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm, and on Sunday at 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

Allesley Park Walled
Garden Walks around, and talks about, this 18th century walled garden take place throughout the weekend.
The garden, off Allesley Hall Drive, is open between 10am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Guided tours take place between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday.

For more information about other properties open over the weekend visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk

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