Eastbourne runs guided tours for National Trust open days

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Leaf Hall SUS-150129-150818001

Eastbourne attractions are offering behind-the-scene tours as part of the National Trust’s Heritage Open days.

A number of the town’s attractions are offering special tours and exhibitions to mark the Heritage Open Days between September 10 and 13.

The Redoubt Fortress, the Wish Tower, the Royal Hippodrome and the Congress theatre are among the town’s attractions offering tours to mark the national open days.

The Hippodrome tours will be given at 10.15am, 10.45am and 11.15am between September 10 and 12, while the Congress Theatre’s guided tours will run on Sunday September 13 between 11am and 3pm.

Eastbourne’s oldest public building, Leaf Hall will also be offering tours at 11.30am and 2.30pm on all four days.

Motcombe Dovecote, St Mary’s Church and the 18th Century Manor Gardens at the Hermitage will all be taking part in the tours.

On Saturday, visitors to the Summerdown Camp exhibition at the Pavilion can meet actors bringing WW1.

Councillor Margaret Bannister, Eastbourne Borough Council’s lead cabinet member for culture, tourism and enterprise welcomed the heritage scheme .

She said, “Heritage Open Days are an excellent chance for Eastbourne to celebrate and for visitors to discover the vast amount of history and heritage that our built environment offers.

“All of the buildings open for guided tours tell multiple stories of bygone eras, from Napoleonic wartime England to Georgian times to the Victorian era; visitors are in for a truly fascinating four days.”

Darren Weir, pre-show and community engagement director for the Royal Hippodrome Theatre said, “We are very grateful to the theatre’s Friends for arranging these Heritage Open Days.

“Our Friends do a fantastic job volunteering at the theatre and this is an amazing showcase for them to show off the wonderful asset that we have in the Royal Hippodrome and we really hope that visitors may even decide to join!”

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