A classic car display and bell tower tour are part of a town's Heritage Open Days this September.

On September 6, 7, 8 and 9 Loughton's history, architecture and culture will be flouted as part of a country wide scheme.

The schedule kicks off on the Thursday at 9.15am, when St Mary's Church on the High Road opens its doors, followed by nearby Loughton Art Centre, Loughton Methodist Church and Forest Hall Church from 10am to 4pm on the same day.

The four buildings are also open at various times on the other three days

On September 8 Loughton Cemetery's Grade II listed chapel on Church Lane and the tower at St John the Baptist Church on Church Lane will be open for tours from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

To finish things off, on September 9 from 9am to 4pm a Classic Car Display will be held in Smarts Lane Car Park followed by a walk in celebration of 100 years of the Forest's protection in law.

To find out details of the walk, phone 020 8418 0730 or go to www.friendsofeppingforest.org.uk

Pippa Bryce, the town council's administrative officer, said: "Heritage Open Days is not just about opening buildings.

"The programme also includes many activities that bring to life the stories and traditions that make places, communities and neighbourhoods so special.

"This year the Town Council has registered with the event to stimulate both local interest in the town’s heritage and to attract visitors from outside Loughton.

"We are grateful to the local organisations that are taking part."