Behind the scenes of landmarks

OPEN The New Theatre Royal
OPEN The New Theatre Royal

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See behind the scenes at a range of local attractions for free, as historic and important landmarks open their doors this weekend as part of the Heritage Open Days.

A range of specially-designed tours, walks, events and activities have been planned at a number of local cultural treasures. Many need to be pre-booked.

At the New Theatre Royal you can learn about the redevelopment project to build a creative learning space, dressing rooms, and re-flooring the section of the building burnt down in the 1970s, whilst retaining the Victorian aesthetic.

Tours will run tomorrow and Sunday at 11am and 1pm.

Visitors to Portsmouth Cathederal can explore parts of the attraction not normally open to visitors when the venue opens from 10am until 4pm tomorrow and 12.30am until 4pm on Sunday.

See what goes on behind the curtain at the The Kings Theatre, Southsea, with tours running every hour from 10am until 4pm throughout the weekend.

There is free admission to Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum at the weekend and a host of family fun events are planned at Hilsea Lido, as one of only a few lidos left in the UK holds an open weekend from 1am until 4pm.

You can uncover the history of the Phoenix Lodge rooms in Old Portsmouth by visiting from 12pm until 5pm tomorrow.

A number of tours and performances from the Signalong Choir are part of the attractions at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport this weekend.

Staying in Gosport, take part in a historical walk in the footsteps of John Deane, at 2pm tomorrow. Call (023) 9252 2944 to book.

These are just a few of the attractions open this weekend. See heritageopendays.org.uk for the full listing.