To celebrate Heritage Open Days in Coventry, Coventry Young Ambassadors had the chance to try out the new range of family activities which have been added to the programme.
This year sees the launch of the ‘Coventry Heritage Hero’ trail for youngsters which takes you on an historical journey of Coventry’s best loved assets, some not traditionally open, with the reward of a pin badge on offer at the end.
Families can also get involved in learning how to ribbon weave on both weekends and paint their own heritage stones to hide somewhere in the city centre.
This year over 50 venues are opening their doors to showcase their own heritage assets.
The diverse list this year includes the traditional favourites such as St Mary’s Guildhall, Old Grammar School, St John the Baptist Church and Coventry Transport Museum, which will be free of charge for the duration of Heritage open days.
More unusual venues such as Amazon Distribution Centre, The Victorian Summer Houses located at Stoney Road allotments and the Gurdwara Guru Nanak Parkash on Harnall Lane are all welcoming visitors to share their own heritage stories.
Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Tourism and Marketing at Coventry City Council, said: “Coventry is filled with history and has amazing things to see and do.
“The Heritage Hero trail will give children and families a great reason to explore our city during Heritage Open Days and I have no doubt they will learn plenty of new facts about Coventry along the way!
“This particular trail alongside the range of family activities on offer is available for two weeks only, so be sure to go along, take part, and collect your badge while you can.”
The jam-packed programme also includes shows, tours, trails and musical performances which are all available free of charge and offer a perfect opportunity to learn more about the history, heritage and culture on our doorstep.