|This year’s Northampton Heritage Open Days cancelled|
Northampton’s annual Heritage Open Days event, which was due to take place between 18 – 20 September this year, is now cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Each year, Northampton Borough Council oversees the local promotion of the national event, which has taken place in the town for the past 25 years, and also works with Northampton Transport Heritage bus operators, who link the venues with a free service.
Most of the usual participating venues have not registered to take part this year, as many are older buildings, which makes social distancing difficult to maintain. The bus operators have also decided not to participate.
Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “We are of course disappointed that Northampton’s Heritage Open Days will not be taking place this year, as it is a well-established and popular event, which attracts people from far and wide to discover the many historic places in the town and beyond.
“However, with the number of COVID cases in Northampton now being higher than the national average, we must prioritise public safety and avoid any events which encourage people to gather in close proximity.”
The National Heritage Open Days event is still taking place, with some venues offering virtual tours or open-air activities. In Northampton, a guided walk around the 1460 Battle of Northampton site and nearby Eleanor Cross will run on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September.