Celebrate our rich heritage

WIGAN folk are invited to celebrate their borough’s rich heritage this weekend.

As part of the national Heritage Open Days, which celebrate England’s architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public, Wigan has its own treats in store.

Residents can enjoy the What a Building Super Saturday at the Museum of Wigan Life on Saturday, between 11am and 2.30pm.

An actor will take on the role of the building’s designer Alfred Waterhouse taking people on tours of the Grade Two listed building. There will also be craft activities and historic building related documents on display.

On Sunday visitors can check out the Trencherfield Mill steam engine at Wigan Pier, with demonstrations taking place at 11am, 1pm and 2pm.

Over in Leigh, there is the chance to enjoy heritage walks and talks plus tours of St Mary’s Parish Church and Leigh Town Hall between 10am and 3pm today and tomorrow.

The Beastly Machines exhibition in the Turnpike Gallery takes place from 10am until 5pm today, and 10.30am until 3.30pm on Saturday, and get involved in The Big Clean - at Wigan Archives in Leigh Town Hall, from 10am until 4pm on both days. A classic car display takes centre stage on Leigh’s Civic Square on Saturday from 11am until 3pm, 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, from 6.30pm. To get tickets call 01942 828508.

Up to Sunday other locations around 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, including Christ Church, in Pennington, and Chowbent Unitarian Chapel in Atherton.

The events have been co-ordinated by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT). For more information call 01942 828128.