Heritage Open Days – Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th September

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, and that weekend there will be many great places for you to visit across the Borough

It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.

The World of Glass Arts and Heritage Centre

Once again for the 17th year they will be opening the doors of The World of Glass FREE of charge from 10 am to 4pm on Saturday 9th September. There will be hourly glass blowing demonstrations and film shows from 12 noon.

Chris Coffey

Chris Coffey (St Helens Star’s CoffeyTime) will be at the Citadel from 11am to 1pm. giving a talk on the history of Music Halls. The Citadel is recognised as being one of the earliest surviving examples, although it has changed over the years.

Classic Car Show

Motoring fans are in for a real treat when the Classic Car Show returns to Church Square on Saturday 9th September as part of the Heritage Open Days Weekend.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the annual show organised by St Helens Council and the Phoenix Clock Face Car Club. The event will see more than 60 memorable motors from years gone by line up in Church Square and Victoria Square from 10am to 4pm.

Must see attractions at this year’s event include vehicles from the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s, as well as a range of classic American cars, bikes and scooters.

St Helens Town Centre Heritage Trail

A walking Tour led by Chris Coffey. Friends Garden, Shaw Street. Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September. 2pm

The route takes in Church Street, George Street, Hall Street, Corporation Street, Cotham Street, Westfield Street, Water Street, Chalon Way West, Church Square, Chalon Way East, Salisbury Street, over the Steve Prescott Bridge and to Cannington Shaw. He will repeat the tour at the same time on the Sunday. If the heavens open at the start, we head for the coffee area in St Mary’s Market. Everyone attending will be given a free 22 A4 page guide detailing the history and heritage of the sites we pass. A photoguide photobook of the bygone town centre will be available for purchase.

North West Museum Of Road Transport

The Old Bus Depot,Hall Street,St.HelensWA10 1DU

Free admission to the museum as part of the National Heritage Weekend Open Days events. Take a ride back in time with a trip on one of our heritage buses. Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September. 11Am to 4pm.

Rainford Heritage Society

Open Heritage Day. Sunday 10th September. 10.30am — 4pm. Rainford Village Hall



Newton le Willows Library

Crow Lane East, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, WA12 9TU

Join us from 10.00am for the fascinating Newton Heritage Trail walk (refreshments served in the Library afterwards) The Library will exhibit Newton related archives not normally on display, join local historian Geoff Simms for talks about historic Newton and St Helens. Crafts and games will be available for young people and families

Opening Times

Thursday 7 September: 1300-1900
Friday 8 September: 1000-1700
Saturday 9 September: 1000-1300

Booking Details
No booking required

Smithy Heritage Centre

Come and explore the past at the Smithy – we’ve got brilliant displays of weird and wonderful things from all over the world, some thousands, even millions of years old, and lots of ancient artefacts that you can touch! We’ll also be looking at objects that have been excavated, including our wonderful rocking horse toy that has been chosen to help tell “A History of Lancashire in 70 Objects”, and you can make your own replica to play with.
On Saturday 9th we’ll be looking at how books and documents were made in the past, with some extra family fun craft activities – print your own artwork to take home!
Get your oven gloves on and join in with the 5th Annual Great Eccleston Bake-off on Sunday 10th! Entries will once again be judged by the lovely ladies of St Helens W.I. For details of how to enter, visit www.smithyheritagecentre.org.uk/whats-on

Opening Times

Saturday 9 September: 1200-1700
Sunday 10 September: 1200-1700

Booking Details
No booking required

The Smithy Heritage Centre is all on one level. The garden can be viewed from the path but is not directly accessible to wheelchair users. Please note, parking on-site is limited but priority is given to disabled visitors.

Smithy Heritage Centre, Kiln Lane, Eccleston, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 4RA


Holy Cross & St Helen RC Church

Grade II listed building, opened 1862. Guided tours available explaining the history of the church, the statues, the stained glass windows and other features. The Church was designated as one of the Jubilee Shrine of Mercy with its own Holy Door in the 2016 extraordinary year of Mercy.

Opening Times

Saturday 9 September: 1100-1600; Tours 1230 & 1430
Sunday 10 September: 1300-1530; Tour 1415

Booking Details
No booking required

Corporation Street, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1EF

St Helen’s Parish Church

St Helen’s Parish Church is located in the centre of St Helens, with the town deriving its name from the church. There has been a church building on this site for hundreds of years. One of the earliest references to “St Elyn’s Chapel” dates from 1552. The current building is listed Grade II and was designed by W.D.Caroe. Completed in 1926, it is a fine example of arts and crafts architecture. During Heritage Open Days, the church will be displaying a number of items of interest, including historic bibles, furniture and memorabilia, some dating back to 1670. There will also be a selection of historical photographs on display.

Opening Times

Saturday 9 September: 1000-1500

Booking Details
No booking required

Church Square, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1AF

St Helens Masonic Hall

A chance to find out what happens behind the normally closed doors of a Masonic Hall. Our tours will give a brief history of our historic Victorian building and the conversions it has undertaken to make it one of the best examples of a Masonic Hall and Temple in the North West of England.

We will show you our practice rooms, function areas and temples and will answer any question you have! We believe you will be surprised about the size of the building, as it is a true tardis, and also with the magnificence hidden within.

While wheelchair users cannot access every part of the building, the main features are accessible and we will be at hand to help make your visit as easy and pleasant as possible.

Refreshments (hot and cold drinks and biscuits) will be available for a very modest donation.

Opening Times
Saturday 9 September: 1000-1700

Booking Details
No booking required


We will have volunteers to facilitate wheelchair users into the building, however, the practice room is behind a small staircase and would be considered impractical to access. However, the main function rooms, presentations and temple are all easily accessible via a small lift. Our toilets are not modified for wheelchair access at this time.

6-8 Hall Street, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1DL

St Thomas’ Eccleston

This distinctive red brick church built by Peter Greenall the brewer is one of the oldest in the town. Started before there was any real population, Greenall recognised the potential for growth in the new industrial area. The church grew and flourished with the town, and Greenall with it – becoming MP for Wigan. By the turn of the century the building was experiencing major changes for a new era. This continued after the First World War and again following a fire in 1960. Follow the changes, and how the church community responded to new needs and circumstances into the next century, through pictures, aspects of the building and furnishings. Track down the Thompson mice and – weather permitting and stamina – see the town and its surroundings from the tower. (Children need to be accompanied with an adult.)

Opening Times

Friday 8 September: 1300-1700
Saturday 9 September: 1100-1600
Sunday 10 September: 1200-1600

Booking Details
No booking required

Wheelchair access at far end of the back of the building.

St Helens. 1 Peter Street, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 2EB

The Mansion House

Visitors will have an opportunity to go on a guided tour of the Grade II listed Mansion House including the main period rooms within the house (although not all rooms are open to the public particularly during the working week due to the building being commercial premises). At the start of the tour there will be a short presentation explaining the history of the house. In order to fully appreciate the presentation and tour, and for safety reasons, spaces on these tours are very limited, so early booking is strongly advised. Visitors will also have an opportunity to see inside the new state-of-the-art orangery where there will be photographs of the house including the restorations that took place when the charity took it over and brought it to its current state. Visitors will be given a free A5 leaflet which explains the history of the house as described in the presentation.

Opening Times
Thursday 7 September: 1300-1500, Tour 1330
Friday 8 September: 1300-1600, Tour 1500
Saturday 9 September: 1100-1700 for Food, Drink & Craft Festival, Tours 1330 & 1430

Booking Details
Pre-booking: Required
Spaces limited on tours – please pre-book
Call: 01744 752644
Email: enquiries@aukmm.org.uk
Booking opens: 14 August 2017 09:00
Booking closes: 1 September 2017 14:00

The site is fully accessible to all visitors and there are a couple of disabled parking spaces on-site. Other on-site parking is available; however, visitors do have to walk across a courtyard to reach the reception area.

Victoria Park, City Road, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 2UE


Chantry Visitors Day

Come along and meet the volunteers and have a chat see how things are going on, also on display will be some of the old documents and photos. Find out about lives of some of the people that are buried here going back 360 years plus lots lots more. Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September. 10am to 4pm, both days. The Chantry, Denton’s Green, Saint Helens WA10 6JG






  1. I’m teaching English to recently settled groups in St.Helens.
    These visits would be excellent to give them a history of the town they have been resettled in. As their English is limited, would any of the above places be able to do bespoke visits at a later date?


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