The Brighton Dome will open its doors for a heritage open day next weekend.

Visitors are invited to explore the venue’s wide-ranging history, from the First World War to gigs from the first jazz band to travel to the UK, in a free all-day event.

A variety of performances, tours and crafts will take place, celebrating the theme of “creativity unwrapped”.

A staged reading of local writer Dulani Kulasinghe’s poem Letters Home will explore the First World War from the perspective of two young soldiers from St Lucia in the Caribbean, while a walking tour of the Royal Pavilion Estate and surrounding areas will see author Louise Peskett share stories of some of the intriguing, adventurous and little-known women of Brighton’s past.

Guests can also sneak a peek behind the curtain and follow in the footsteps of musical legends, such as Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie in a backstage tour.

Memorabilia will also be on display, celebrating the 50th anniversary of David Bowie’s legendary Ziggy Stardust performance and the release of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, which was debuted live at the Brighton Dome in 1972.

Eurovision fans and residents will also be able to share their memories of ABBA’s historic win at the Brighton Dome in 1974, with an opportunity to get involved with the venue’s celebration of the 50th anniversary next year.

The heritage open day runs from 10am to 4pm next Sunday, September 10, with tickets to tours and poetry performances available through Brighton Dome’s website.

Located on the Royal Pavilion Estate, the Brighton Dome has a rich history spanning more than 200 years, originally starting life as the Prince Regent’s stables and riding house and now providing a space for arts and music in the city centre.