Can I take part?

We’d love you to join us. Heritage Open Days is an inclusive event, encouraging different interpretations of heritage and culture around the country.

So, your site or event doesn’t need to be big or fancy or boast of famous connections (although we like those things too!), it just needs to meet the four conditions below:

Entry criteria

1. Entrance must be FREE!

If you intend to raise money over Heritage Open Days, there are various ways of doing so but admission to the main attraction of your event has to be free of charge. Running a free tour if visitors have to pay a site entrance fee doesn't count!

2. You need to offer something special:

  • Open a site or part of a site that isn’t usually open to the public


  • Offer free entry to a usually charging site/activity

And what if your site is open free of charge all year round?

  • Do something out of the ordinary! Here are some simple ideas:
    • Have volunteer stewards on site answering visitor questions.
    • Put on some activities or a competition.
    • Invite other groups to showcase their work.
    • Music and drama can bring a place alive.

3. You need to provide some form of information.

Heritage Open Days visitors want to learn something new. You can support their exploration by providing for example:

  • Guided tours
  • Talks
  • Info flyers
  • Quizzes
  • Exhibitions
  • Skill demonstrations

Check out our blog. It’s a treasure trove of ideas and tips from fellow organisers.

4. Your opening or event needs to take place within the Heritage Open Days dates.

However, your site doesn’t have to be open on all days or even for a full day.

The dates for 2016 are 8-11 September.

If you can say yes to all four criteria, brilliant, now find out how we can support you or just come register with us!

Or for more introductory information download our invitation to participate leaflet.