NORMALLY in September, the Landmark Trust throws open the doors of many of its buildings across the country free to visitors, as part of Heritage Open Days.
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, this year the trust has made the decision not to open its properties, but instead will be holding its online Festival of Landmark from September 11 to 20.
The festival can be enjoyed free through the Landmark Trust’s website www.landmarktrust.org.uk. It will be a virtual feast, giving access through new and exciting content on some of Landmark’s best loved buildings via podcasts, videos and webinars.
Meet the people who care for these historic sites as well as those who have been inspired by them, delve into history, enjoy stories and songs, discover new visual arts and crafts, and meet some of the people behind the scenes at Landmark. And the best news is that it can all be accessed without stirring from the comfort of an armchair.
The trust will be releasing new content throughout the 10-day festival period and live events will need to be booked in advance. All content will be family friendly, and some will be flagged as specifically aimed at younger audiences so you can dive in and get the kids involved too.
The Landmark Trust is a charity that rescues important buildings that would otherwise be lost. It takes on historic places in danger and carefully and sensitively restores them.
By then making them available for holiday rental, the trust ensures they can be enjoyed by all, both today and for future generations. It currently has more than 200 properties in its care, including Belmont House in Lyme Regis, pictured above.
Belmont is a grade II listed maritime villa in Pound Street, where author John Fowles wrote ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ and the former home of Eleanor Coade, the inventor of Coade stone.
Many fine examples of the stonework can be seen both inside and outside the house and a Victorian observatory tower in the garden is another highlight.