Daily Archives: September 7, 2011

Scarborough Heritage Open Days 2011

Foulsbridge Farm – Near Snainton, Listed Grade I – Knights Templar Hall
Friday 9th, 6.30pm
This place sends shivers of excitement through anyone interested in Templar buildings, because its great hall still exists, but for a while nobody knew it was there. Maximum 30 people. Booking essential 01723 384503

Harbour Bar ice
Harbour Bar ice cream factory – Sandside
Saturday 10th
Famed for serving some of the best ice cream in the country. See how it’s made. Maximum of 12 per tour. 10am until 4pm Booking essential 01723 384503

Futurist Theatre – Foreshore Road
Friday 9th, 11am
The fifth largest theatre in the UK outside of London. Meet in the entrance foyer for a backstage tour. Maximum of 30. Booking essential 01723 384503

Masonic Hall – St Nicholas Cliff
Saturday 10, 10am-4pm open to visit
Converted in 1884 from a private house by architect David Petch. Building possibly has an 18th century core. Legend has it that masonry was practised in Scarborough as far back as 1625.

RAF Staxton Wold, air defence station
Thursday 9th and Friday 10
RAF Staxton Wold has been used as an early warning station since the 3rd century, when it was the site of a warning beacon. It was first used as a radar station in 1937, when it was set up as part of the Chain Home system. It is the only one of the original stations still in use, so can claim to be the oldest continuously serving radar station. Maximum of 6 per tour at 10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm Booking essential 01723 384503

Rotunda, the William Smith Museum of Geology – Vernon Road Listed Grade II*
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th, 10am to 5pm
The Rotunda is part of Scarborough’s heritage and a landmark within the town.
Saturday 10 only
Balcony tours at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm with Chris Hall, local historian. Maximum of 10 per tour. Not suitable for people with limited mobility. Length of tour 20/30 minutes. Booking essential 01723 384503

Scarborough Art Gallery – The Crescent Listed Grade II*
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th, 10am to 5pm
Friday 9th only
Free attic tours at 10am, noon and 2pm
Maximum of 10 per tour. Not suitable for people with limited mobility. Length of tour about 40 minutes Booking essential 01723 384503

Scarborough Collections – Woodend, The Crescent
Friday 9th only
Store tours at 11am, 1pm and 3pm with Karen Snowden, head of collections, Museums Trust. Maximum of 10 per tour.
Meet in reception at Woodend Creative Workspace. Mobility not a problem. Length of tour about 40 minutes. Booking essential 01723 384503

Maritime Heritage Centre 36 Eastborough
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th, 11am to 4pm open to visit
Learn about Scarborough’s rich maritime heritage

North Bay Railway
Sunday 11th, 10am to noon, Tours at 10th, 10.30, 11 and 11.30
Behind the scenes tour of the engine sheds of North Bay Miniature Railway.
Meet at the station booking hall in Northstead Manor Gardens. Maximum of 25 people per tour. Booking essential 01723 384503

Town Hall Listed Grade II
Saturday 10th
Guided tours by conservation officer Chris Hall, at 9.30am, 10.30am and 11.30am. Maximum 20 per tour. Tours last about 45 minutes. Built as a private house in 1852 for John Woodall to designs by architect Henry Wyatt. Greatly extended 1901-02 to form the Town Hall to designs by Harry W Smith, borough engineer. Booking essential on 01723 384503

Yacht Club/Lighthouse – Vincent’s Pier, Listed Grade II
Saturday 10th, 10am
Rebuilt after the 1914 bombardment. Maximum of 30 people. Booking essential 01723 384503

St Andrew’s Church – Ramshill Road, Listed Grade II*
Thursday 8th, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th, 10am to 4pm
Tours throughout the day. Rated highly by Pevsner and often referred to as the cathedral of Yorkshire congregationalism. A remarkable non-conformist church. Visit the new heritage chapel and view the model of medieval Scarborough which used to be in Woodend.
Thursday 8 only – Chris Hall to give a talk about the model at 2pm

St Mary’s Church – Castle Road, Listed Grade I
Thursday 8th, open from 10am to 4pm
A guided tour at 10:30am Maximum of 20 on the tour. Booking essential 01723 384503

Stephen Joseph Theatre – Westborough, Listed Grade II Art
Thursday 9th and Friday 10th 1pm
Meet in the entrance foyer for a backstage tour. Booking essential 01723 370541 Maximum of 25 per tour.

Trinity House – St Sepulchre St, Listed Grade II*
Saturday 10 10am to 4pm open to visit
Founded 1602, this building is one of only four Trinity Houses in the country. Visit the board room and courtyard garden.

Westborough Methodist Church Listed grade II
Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th from noon to 4pm Sunday 11 from 2pm to 4pm
Guides available. Mobility access good. Built in 1862, it is considered to be the best work of local architect William Baldwin Stewart.

Woodend Creative Workspace -The Crescent, Listed Grade II*
Saturday 10th, 11am to 3pm open to visit
Home of the Sitwell family for many years. Visit the Sitwell library. The house was the birthplace of Edith Sitwell in 1887 and played a strong role in the literary lives of Sir George Sitwell’s children (Osbert, Edith and Sacheverell).