HERITAGE EVENTS

Houghton Heritage Society holds many events throughout the year with our main exhibitions taking place during the ancient festival of Houghton Feast.

We contribute to the Sunderland Heritage Forum's Local History Month in May plus the free Heritage Open Days event in September where we put on the Houghton Heritage Walk, exhibitions and talks. One of our most popular events is the Haunted Houghton Walk - the allocated spaces tend to go quickly!

You can often find us at Yesterday Belongs To You; Gentoo's Family Fun Days; and local craft fairs where we sell our books, booklets, calendars, badges and Christmas cards.

Many of our events between 2014 and 2019 will be commemorating the Great War Centenary.

The 2017 Houghton Feast is a 10 day festival, held in early October, and features a fairground, traditional ox roasting, church events, carnival parade, shows, theatre, community events, exhibitions, talks and tours, and fireworks! The 2017 Festival runs from Friday October 6th until Sunday October 15th 2017.

HOUGHTON FEAST 2017

Houghton Feast is a 10 day festival featuring a fairground, ox roasting, church events, carnival parade, theatre, community events, exhibitions, talks and tours, and fireworks! Fri Oct 6th - Sun Oct 15th 2017.
[HOUGHTON FEAST 50] | [HERITAGE EVENTS]

Heritage Open Days 2017 events in Houghton-le-Spring

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS 2017

Heritage Open Days runs from September 7th until 10th 2017. Houghton Heritage Society will be putting on a heritage walk and photographic exhibitions for HODS 2017. Come along and learn about your town.
[HODS 2017] | [EXHIBITIONS] | [HERITAGE WALK]

GILPIN500: The Houghton Heritage Walk - May 25th 2017

LOCAL HISTORY MONTH 2017

Free event on Thursday May 25th 2017. The Houghton Heritage Walk will be themed on Rector Bernard Gilpin to commemorate the 500th anniversary of his birth. Meet at the steps of Lidl on Mautland Street at 6:30pm.
[LOCAL HISTORY MONTH 2017]

May 27th 2017 - 5th Annual Linden Travers Movie Day

LINDEN TRAVERS MOVIE DAY 2017

On Saturday May 27th 2017 Houghton Heritage Society will hold the 5th annual Linden Travers Movie Day, commemorating Houghton's star of the stage and screen. Free admission.
[LINDEN TRAVERS MOVIE DAY 2017]

Support the Houghton Colliery banner on Saturday July 8th 2017 at Durham Miners' Gala - the Big Meeting

DURHAM MINERS' GALA 2017

On Saturday July 8th 2017 come along and support the Houghton Colliery Banner with Houghton Heritage Society. See the banner paraded early along Newbottle Street before we head to Durham City for the Gala.
[DURHAM MINERS GALA 2017]

Litter Pick at Houghton-le-Spring, Saturday February 25th 2017 supported by COSTA

HOUGHTON LITTER PICK 2017

On Saturday February 25th 2017, we will be joining staff from COSTA to carry out a litter pick at the Hillside. Meet at 10:00am in Costa, Newbottle Street. Hot drinks will be served afterwards to the helpers.
[LITTER PICK 2017]

Heritage walks and trails around historic Houghton-le-Spring

HERITAGE WALKS 2017

For the past few years, Houghton Heritage Society has been leading free heritage trails around the historic town of Houghton-le-Spring. Our thorough and insightful walks are free to attend - bring your map (below).
[HERITAGE WALK DATES] | [PRINTABLE WALKS & MAP]

Photos of Mautland Street 1875 - 2016

MAUTLAND ST. EXHIBITIONS 2016

A photo/video exhibition showing the erection and demolition of buildings on Mautland Street 1875 - 2016, inc. the Methodist churches, Mautland Square shops, the Co-Operative supermarket and the newly completed Lidl store.
[SEPT 2016] | [OCTOBER 2016]

Dare you join local historian Paul Lanagan and his fellow ghost hunters on an intimate sequel to the first Haunted Houghton walk which had an unexpected 200 in attendance at Houghton Feast 2004?

HAUNTED HOUGHTON WALKS 2016

Dare you join local historian Paul Lanagan and his fellow ghost hunters on an intimate sequel to the first Haunted Houghton walk which had an unexpected 200 in attendance at Houghton Feast 2004?
[HAUNTED HOUGHTON 2015]

Permanent old photographs of Houghton exhibition in the Wild Boar pub, Frederick Place, Houghton-le-Spring

PERMANENT EXHIBITION

A large selection of old photographs from our collections was acquired by Wetherspoons for permanent exhibition in the Wild Boar public house. The large scale pics are sumptuously framed - and look impressive!
[PHOTO EXHIBITION]

Litter Pick at the Seven Sisters, Copt Hill, Seaham Road, Houghton-le-Spring, Saturday March 21st 2015

COPT HILL SPRING CLEAN 2015

On Saturday March 21st 2015, we will be joining staff from the Copt Hill Bar & Restaurant to carry out a litter pick at the Seven Sisters. Meet at 9:45am for a hot drink before the litter pick.
[LITTER PICK 2015]

Special events at Houghton Feast 2016 to commemorate Linden Travers

LINDEN TRAVERS 2016

Special events at Houghton Feast 2016 to commemorate Linden Travers as part of the Houghton Feast's "Hollywood and Moving Pictures" theme - full details available on the official Houghton Feast website on the link below.
[HOUGHTON FEAST WEB] | [HERITAGE EVENTS]

May 23rd 2015 - 3rd Annual Linden Travers Movie Day

LINDEN TRAVERS MOVIE DAY 2015

On Saturday May 23rd 2015 Houghton Heritage Society will hold the 3rd Annual Linden Travers Movie Day, commemorating Houghton's star of the stage and screen. Free admission.
[LINDEN TRAVERS MOVIE DAY 2015]

May 27th 2014 would have been the 101st birthday of actress Linden Travers, who was born in Houghton-le-Spring in 1913

LINDEN TRAVERS MOVIE DAY 2014

On Saturday May 24th 2014 Houghton Heritage Society will commemorate Linden Travers' 101st birthday with a special event to remember Houghton's star of the stage and screen. Free admission.
[LINDEN TRAVERS MOVIE DAY 2014]

May 27th 2014 would have been the 101st birthday of actress Linden Travers, who was born in Houghton-le-Spring in 1913

LINDEN TRAVERS 100TH BIRTHDAY

On Saturday May 25th 2013 Houghton Heritage Society will commemorate Linden Travers' 100th birthday with a special event to remember Houghton's star of the stage and screen. Free admission.
[LINDEN TRAVERS MOVIE DAY 2013]

May 2013 is local history month - come along to Houghton Heritage Society's heritage walk

LOCAL HISTORY MONTH 2013

Special heritage events in Houghton-le-Spring in May 2013 as part of Sunderland's Local History Month. The Houghton Heritage Walk will take place on Friday May 24th at 6:00 PM. Admission £4.00 (inc. free book).
[LHM BROCHURE] | [HH WALK]

Jubilee Benches - Queen's 90th Birthday

JUBILEE BENCHES 2016

The old benches on Jubilee Cottages, near Newbottle Street, have been replaced for the Queen's 90th birthday thanks to Sunderland Council Coalfield Area Committee. The official unveiling is Wednesday August 10th 2016. All welcome.
[UNVEILING 2016]

Houghton Heritage Society will be planting trees as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Woods project, kindly supported by the Woodland Trust.

DIAMOND JUBILEE TREE PLANTING

On Friday April 12th 2013, Houghton Heritage Society will be planting trees with pupils from Burnside Primary School as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Woods, and was kindly supported by the Woodland Trust.
[WOODLAND TRUST JUBILEE WOODS] | [RECORD]

Granny Walk 2017: Raising money for Comic Relief and Houghton Heritage Society during Red Nose Day 2017

GRANNY WALK 2017

On Saturday March 18th 2017, we will be raising money for the Society and for Red Nose Day - do you want to join in with Granny Walk, a funny sponsored walk? Red Nose Day is Friday March 24th 2017.
[GRANNY WALK 2017] | [RED NOSE DAY 2017]

Granny Walk 2017: Raising money for Comic Relief and Houghton Heritage Society during Red Nose Day 2017

GRANNY WALK 2015

On Saturday March 18th 2017, we will be raising money for the Society and for Red Nose Day - do you want to join in with Granny Walk, a funny sponsored walk? Red Nose Day is Friday March 24th 2017.
[GRANNY WALK 2015] | [RED NOSE DAY 2015]

Granny Walk 2017: Raising money for Comic Relief and Houghton Heritage Society during Red Nose Day 2017

GRANNY WALK 2013

On Saturday March 18th 2017, we will be raising money for the Society and for Red Nose Day - do you want to join in with Granny Walk, a funny sponsored walk? Red Nose Day is Friday March 24th 2017.
[GRANNY WALK 2013] | [RED NOSE DAY 2013]

Videos and cine footage of Houghton-le-Spring

VIDEOS OF HOUGHTON

Houghton Heritage Society's YouTube Channel features exclusive videos of Houghton-le-Spring as well as footage from our heritage events throughout the year - and of course the ancient festival of Houghton Feast!
[YOUTUBE VIDEOS]

Join Fyass Byuk - Houghton Heritage Society's popular Facebook group

FACEBOOK GROUP

You can join Houghton Heritage Society by becoming a member on Facebook - or Fyass Byuk as we call it. We have over 5,000 members and the group is very popular with residents, descendants and ex-pats.
[FACEBOOK]

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MAKE A DONATION

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