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THE Gosport Heritage Open Days event will be officially launched at the Sultan Show at the weekend.

The event takes place over four days from Thursday, September 12 until Sunday, September 15 and attracts more than 7,000 visitors.

Part of the national event, Gosport will host heritage walks, talks, tours and shows to celebrate this annual free heritage festival.

In 1992, Gosport was the first town in England to pilot the Heritage Open Days event.

Since then the event has gone nationwide and is sponsored by English Heritage.

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

Terry Rhodes, chairman of Gosport Heritage Open Days said: ‘Heritage Open Days is the largest voluntary cultural event in England. Gosport is very proud of being the very first town in England to pilot such an event in 1992.’

All events are free, however some events are ticketed.

Tickets will be released in August. For a full programme call Gosport Tourist Centre on (023) 9252 2944 or visit gosportheritage.co.uk.