Royal Heritage Prize for Charity of the Week

People’s Postcode Lottery is showcasing players’ support for this year’s Heritage Open Days festival with a competition to win a royal heritage break for two in the historic spa town of Buxton in Derbyshire during this year’s festival (8-11 September).

© David Golding - Mary Queen of Scots Bower

The ‘Charity of the Week’ feature on People’s Postcode Lottery website puts the spotlight on the town with the opportunity to win a one night’s stay for two, with dinner in the beautifully quaint Old Hall Hotel, reputed to be the oldest hotel in England and once home to Mary Queen of Scots.

The break includes a pamper afternoon at the Devonshire Spa within the Grade II* listed Devonshire Dome and two tickets to the International Stars of Magic and Variety show at the famous Edwardian Buxton Opera House. The prize break is provided by the partners of Vision Buxton and supported by the University of Derby who have coordinated a cavalcade of Heritage Open Days free walks, talks, tours, open houses, exhibitions, performances and demonstrations.

Patron Loyd Grossman, explains “Heritage Open Days and its army of volunteers play an important role in championing our wonderfully diverse local heritage, Buxton Opera House opening up doors and keeping access free for these very special four days every year. Congratulations to the volunteers at Vision Buxton for galvanizing the town to showcase and celebrate this fantastic story with Heritage Open Days. With such a rich history and so many exciting new projects, this is a great example of a town that’s building a future out of its past.”

Katja Condy, Heritage Open Days Manager said, ‘This is the second year that Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have supported Heritage Open Days, which continues to grow, not only in the number of events, but the diversity and quality of activities right across England. Thanks to this year’s gift of £150,000 we can support more new towns and cities who are coming on board, such as the historic spa town of Buxton, whose historic treasures have all come together for the first time this year to take part in the festival with lots to see and do.’

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said, ‘The competition to win a VIP trip for two to Buxton will be a wonderful opportunity for the winners to discover one of England’s leading spa towns and experience the passion of the people who share the stories that make Heritage Open Days so special.’ There are almost 5,000 Heritage Open Days events taking place between 8-11 September. Find out about the activities on your doorstep by checking the event directory.