The public will have a rare chance to see behind the scenes of a famous Northampton shoe factory next month.
As part of the annual Heritage Open Days event, several historic buildings wil be open for guided tours, including the world famous Church’s shoe factory in St James where high end shoes are produced for export all around the world.
Also open during the annual event will be BBC Radio Northampton’s studios where visitors will have the chance to watch programmes go out live and meet presenters.
Other buildings opening up will be Delapre Abbey, the Guildhall and 78 Derngate, all of which are joining in the Heritage Open Days between Thursday, September 12 and Sunday, September 15.
Councillor Tim Hadland, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member responsible for heritage assets said “Many of the buildings taking part this year are usually closed to the public or charge for admission, so this is a great chance to soak up the town’s history and explore some truly wonderful landmark buildings.”
“The Heritage Open Days weekend is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Northampton’s heritage and culture.”
Other highlights of the four-day programme include guided tours of a Sikh Gurdwara and the landmark Court House that dates back to 1678.
In order to avoid any disappointment pre-booking is recommended for some of the tours.
For full details of what’s going in Northampton, visit www.northampton.gov.uk/heritageopendays.