Over two weekends at the beginning of September, many of our churches will be taking part in the national Heritage Open Days event. Every year in September, historic places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s a chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences, all for free.

This year there are two weekends being held: 6-9 & 13-16 September.

Church Building Project Manager, Kate Andrew said: “It’s fantastic that so many of our churches are engaging with the Heritage Open Days. It really is a great opportunity to reach those who might not normally go into a church. We’ve got loads of history and stories to share with people and it’s also a good way for parishes to begin thinking about how they might interpret their buildings for a wider audience, learning things along the way about the church that they probably had no idea of before.”

For those churches who are regularly open, the weekends provide a chance to give people an insight into areas where they might not normally be allowed. St Mary’s, Kidderminster and St Stephen’s in Redditch will both give visitors the opportunity to go up their towers and at Top Church in Dudley people will be able to book to visit the Medieval crypt.

“At the very least, I hope that most churches will be open with some refreshments provided,” continued Kate. “It’s a chance to show those from the local community and beyond what’s been happening in our churches and for PCCs to consult visitors on future plans.”