Sunderland City Council has arranged a special event on Friday 7 September as part of the national Heritage Open Days programme.

The free event is a walking tour to help officially kick off the new Townscape Heritage Scheme supported by the Heritage National Lottery Fund.

For the first time, Heritage Open Days is happening over two consecutive weekends this year with a range of free events planned in and around Sunderland. See: Sunderland and regional events here

The tour will focus on the architectural highlights of the Bishopwearmouth Conservation Area and explain exciting plans for the historic building restoration projects and landscaping works to rejuvenate Town Park – see link to image below.

The tour starts at Town Park, the green space behind Sunderland Minster at 10am on Friday 7 September and last approximately one hour. Pre-booking is required due to limited capacity.

Further details available online at Heritage Open Days Sunderland Walk or telephone the Townscape Heritage Project Officer on 0191 561 7892.

The council has just been awarded £1.9m of National Lottery funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to undertake a Townscape Heritage Scheme within the Bishopwearmouth Conservation Area.

This five year project will provide grant assistance to owners and tenants of historic buildings, undertake improvements to the open space which forms the medieval core of the conservation area, and provide a range of activities and events to promote the heritage of the area.

Find out more about Heritage Open Days here.

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