Explore the historic Port of Grimsby for Heritage Open Day 2023

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A guided walking tour on the historic part of the port of Grimsby, now known as the Kasbah during last year’s heritage open day. Photo Dan Clarke for ABP.

With weeks to go until the Port of Grimsby’s Heritage Open Day (HOD) 2023, guided history walks of the site are fully booked.

The popular annual event, which takes place on Saturday 16 September, sees owners Associated British Ports showcase the historic buildings so visitors can learn more about their importance but also about the work being done.

Simon Bird, Regional Director of the Humber ports said: “Grimsby and the Kasbah location is a unique place with so much history and heritage with great progress being made in bringing it back to life.

It’s great to see how popular the event is with the public. This year there’s an opportunity to learn how it’s being used by the film and TV sector as a location and ABP’s ambitions to pursue this to make the place viable. It’s our catalyst in bringing a new identity to the site. 

We’re supporting the many businesses on the port who are all passionate and keen to showcase what they do. Visitors will be able to tour the Alfred Enderby Smokehouse and learn more about the amazing project that is The Great Escape.”

This year the port is celebrating the theme of ‘creativity unwrapped’ and its architecture, port design, food, crafts, artwork, music, and culture associated with maritime, ports and shipping.

The Turntable Gallery are throwing open their doors for the event and launching their new flagship gallery in Building 88 on Auckland Road with an incredible show by the world-renowned Chad McCail.

Featuring across both gallery sites, Even Rations encompasses both sculptural works and 2D pieces to create an unmissable, installation experience. It’s an opportunity to join Chad and the gallery to celebrate the day and welcome in a new and exciting chapter in their story.

ABP’s guided tours will focus on the history of the port, its historic buildings, and their future, while there will also be an opportunity to explore one of the port’s many smokehouses (Alfred Enderby Smokehouse) and a chance to visit some of the buildings undergoing renovation through the PSiCA grant scheme.

There will be talks on how the railway shaped the port and the architecture of the site, which includes many buildings designed by Herbert Scaping, one time borough architect who designed nearby Strand Street School and Cleethorpes Town Hall.

Inside the marquee on site there will be displays and exhibitions from local businesses and charities including ABP, the Fishermen’s Mission, East Marsh United, and the RNLI. Music will be provided by local performers who will be singing maritime themed songs.

The open day will take place on Saturday 16 September 2023 from 10am to 4pm on the Port of Grimsby. Admission is free. There is plentiful parking on site. Support will be given by the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Sea Cadets who did a brilliant job last year acting as site ambassadors.

For further information visit the website.