DUDLEY's historic Top Church is throwing its doors open for a host of family events this weekend.

The fun takes place on Saturday September 14, from 10am to 3pm, as part of the nationwide Heritage Day celebrations.

The free day will include guided tours of the medieval crypt; medieval craft classes and the chance for youngsters to dress up as knights and ladies to see what life was like in Norman Dudley.

Visitors will also learn more about Baron Gervase de Paganel who built Top Church in honour of St Thomas a Becket, the murdered Archbishop of Canterbury.

Revd James Treasure said: “All of our activities will be offered completely free of charge. This is a great opportunity to learn about our Church and the stories that have shaped Dudley. There will be something for everyone and all are welcome."

Gather Cafe on the High Street will also host artist Melanie Tomlinson who will be making replica medieval pilgrim badges and collecting people’s memories of the town centre's iconic church.

James added: “We would love to see your photos of family weddings at Top Church and to hear your stories and memories. Please bring them along for us to record for our exhibition. We’ve also got a fascinating exhibition of aerial photos of Top Church and the High Street in the 1920s and 1930s. Does anyone in your family remember the bomb that fell in September 1940, just missing Top Church and destroying the pub opposite?”

Top Church will be open from 10am to 3pm and refreshments will be available.