08 September 2011>
Wales' biggest celebration of architecture and heritage - the Civic Trust for Wales' "Open Doors" event - is coming to Caerphilly County Borough this September!
These European heritage days provide FREE access to built heritage not normally open to the general public as well providing talks and walks to explore local heritage. A number of historic sites across the County Borough are taking part.
Events to look out for include: free entry to Caerphilly Castle on Saturday 10th September with magic shows and story-telling, while Sunday 11th September sees a guided walk in the atmospheric woodland surrounding 17th century Ruperra Castle (pre-booking essential).
On Saturday 17th September visitors can choose to visit the dance-hall, institute and art deco cinema of the Newbridge Memo or explore the gothic style and arts and crafts interior of the grade 2 listed United Reformed Church, Van Road, Caerphilly. Also on 17th September, if you're feeling in need of the great outdoors, why not take part in a guided walk in Cwmcarn Forest to the site of the dramatic Twmbarlwm hill fort, (pre-booking essential).
On Monday 19th September, Aber Valley Heritage Museum, Senghenydd, hosts a "Memories of Aber Valley" event where visitors can share their memories of local life, while Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Nelson offers tours of the 16th century manor house at 2pm and 3.30pm on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st September (pre-booking essential).
This exciting series of events rounds off with a "Behind the Scenes" day at the Winding House, New Tredegar, on Saturday 24th September, where visitors can discover more from the Museum's Friends and Volunteers and watch the historic winding engine in action at 12pm and 3pm
For more information on any of these fantastic history and heritage events, including times of entry and guided walks, along with booking information, please visit www.opendoorsdays.org.uk.
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