European Heritage Open Day events

Gracehill. (Submitted Picture).
Gracehill. (Submitted Picture).

Craigs Parish Church in Cullybackey and Gracehill Moravian Church will be among the historic buildings whose doors will be thrown wide to the public during European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) weekend on September 12 and 13.

History and culture will be brought to life with over 400 property openings and events across the province.

A host of historic buildings will open their doors to the public, many for this weekend only.

Old favourites like Florence Court and Ballywalter Park will all feature along with special events such as walking tours, history re-enactments and even an evening of vintage comedy. With all events free of charge and many which are family friendly, everyone can take the opportunity to walk back in time.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “EHOD, now in its milestone 18th year, offers a unique “peek” through many of our historic buildings. With over 400 properties and events this year’s offering is more varied than ever reflecting the depth and diversity of our built heritage. From older buildings such as St. Nicholas Parish Church in Carrickfergus, dating back to 1180 to the new Strule Arts Centre in Omagh there is something for everyone, young and old.

“Amongst the 31 new offerings this year and to tie in with the Industrial heritage theme is a tour of Steensons jewellery workshop in Glenarm and a behind the scenes tour of Theatrical Linens to see how Irish linens are used to make costumes for the stars.”

From rope making at Carrickfergus Castle to attending a wedding festival to celebrate the 200th birthday of Billy Parish Church, Bushmills, there’s lots happening. Get your dance card marked at a historic dance in Portstewart or taste fried eel and soda bread at the North’s oldest thatched pub in Toomebridge. For more details go to http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/ehod