Discover hidden gems with Heritage Week this Easter

Ayscoughfee Hall, in Spalding, is among the attractions taking part. (Photo supplied).
Ayscoughfee Hall, in Spalding, is among the attractions taking part. (Photo supplied).
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A number of our heritage attractions are joining forces over the upcoming Easter break to showcase their treasures.

All attractions are free to enter, but some activities will have a small charge.

Find out more about the amazing history of Crowland Abbey. (Photo supplied).

Find out more about the amazing history of Crowland Abbey. (Photo supplied).

It all starts on Monday, April 2, at Holbeach Cemetery Chapels in Park Road, with a cemetery trail exploring the lives of some of the fascinating characters who are buried there (2pm).

On Tuesday, April 3, Unique Cottage Studios in Spalding has a Heritage Crafts Open Day with demonstrations and opportunities to participate. There is free parking and an on site cafe open. (10am-4pm).

Also on the Tuesday a special open day at Crowland Abbey will give visitors the chance to see the fabulous Abbey and enjoy children’s trails. (11am-3pm)

On Wednesday, April 4, enjoy the unique experience of the 19th century Chain Bridge Forge in Spalding, with practical demonstrations and taster events. (10am-2pm)

Thursday 5, and Friday 6, give visitors the chance to explore the hidden parts of Ayscoughfee Hall, with a guided tour through the parts not usually open to visitors. (10.30am-4pm.) Booking is required due to limited space; contact the museum for more information.

Also on the Friday, there is a drama workshop for children aged 7-14 at Holbeach Cemetery Chapels, led by Act II. Youngsters will be able to explore the heritage site and the lives of our Victorian ancestors. (10am-12.30pm). Booking is advisable (visit www.holbeachcemeterychapels.org)

And on Saturday, April 7, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society will be open to visitors. Explore the second oldest museum in England with children’s activities, conservation in action and a guided walking tour of Spalding with a local historian (weather permitting, £5 charge). 10am-4pm. Booking advisable for the tour. www.visits@sgsoc.org

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