HERITAGE Open Days will celebrate its 25th anniversary with 10 days of free events next month.

England’s biggest festival of history and culture will offer visitors across the north west the opportunity to enjoy family days out, explore places not normally open to the public, and learn more about the heritage on their doorstep, with 10 opportunities planned for Warrington alone.

More than 600 events are planned in the region between September 13 to 22, all of which are free, including access to many sites that usually charge.

The following events will take place in Warrington:

Warrington Museum and Library reopening with extended opening hours, increased accessibility and stronger links between the library, museum and cultural services.

Saturday, September 14 from 10am-4pm.

Tour of Warrington Museum of Freemasonry’s exhibition of Masonic glassware ceramics, textiles and regalia from 18th century to present, with a unique opportunity to see Freemasons in their regalia in a working lodge.

Open all day Saturday 14 and Sunday, September 15 with lodge room talks at 11am and 2pm. Book your place at wmfcurator@gmail.com or by calling 07503154691 (booking opens May 1).

Visit Cairo Street Chapel, the earliest dissenting chapel in Warrington. Saturday, September 14 between 10am-4pm and Sunday, September 15 10am-2pm, followed by Academy Service at 3pm.

Visit St Thomas Church Tower in Stockton Heath and the 11 bells inside, learn about the ancient 'exercise' of bellringing and have a go at chiming a bell and ringing hand-bells.

Saturday, September 21 from 10am to 4pm and Sunday, September 22 from 12pm until 4pm.

Visit the Church of St John the Evangelist in Walton, often described as a ‘mini cathedral’ for its quality of build and craftsmanship and 130ft spire. Saturday, September 14 from 10am-4pm.

Take an agricultural tour through Daresbury (meeting at the Lewis Carroll Centre, Daresbury Lane). The guide will compare the parish and farming community of the 1850s to the present. Wednesday, September 18, 7pm meet for 7.30pm start.

Celebrate 125 years of the Manchester Ship Canal with an agricultural tour (meeting at The Hatton Show, Daresbury Lane).

This display looks at the construction, opening and the impact the canal had on the villagers of the parish. Saturday, September 14 from1.30pm until 4pm.

Remember ‘Our Gallant Heroes’ at The Hatton Show, Daresbury Lane. Saturday, September 14 from 1.30pm until 4pm.

Take a guided tour of the Lewis Carroll Centre and find out how 'Alice in Wonderland' is connected to Daresbury when you visit All Saints Church. Sundays, September 15 and 22 from 2-4pm.

Walk from East to West Across the Parish (meeting at Preston Brook Village Hall, Sandy Lane). Organisers advise walkers to bring a packed lunch and wear appropriate clothing. Saturday, September 21 from 10.15am until 2.30pm. Book your place by emailing the_lancasters@hotmail.com (booking opens September 1).

For further details, visit heritageopendays.org.uk or follow on Twitter @HeritageOpenDay.