Children can try bridge building at Heritage Open Days

The Rochester Bridge Trust will open its doors to the public for two days this September, giving adults a chance to look behind the scenes while children take part in fun bridge building activities.

For Heritage Open Days weekend, the Trust will be granting free access to the 14th century bridge chapel and Victorian bridge chamber, offering a rare opportunity for visitors to tour the historic buildings that are the Trust’s working offices.

Meanwhile, child-friendly bridge building tasks and activity sheets will be available. This includes learning through play, with an engineer supervising the use of wooden kits to teach children how an arch bridge is constructed.

Bridge Clerk Sue Threader said: “While we are an historic organisation our priority is to provide a crossing today and for the future – helping children to discover a love of bridge building is a way to do that.”

“Employees of Hyder, our bridge engineers, will be among the staff greeting visitors, answering questions and overseeing the children’s activities. They will also be joined by some of the young engineers the Trust has supported.”

The Bridge Chamber and Bridge Chapel at 5 Esplanade, Rochester, will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, 12-13 September. Admission is free.

To find out more about the historic exhibitions that will be on display during the weekend visit:

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