Welcome to England’s largest festival of history and culture!

Every September thousands of volunteers across England organise events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.

Heritage Open Days 2024: 6-15 September



Illustrated print of 18th century fencing match. A man in breeches on the left parrying a woman in dress and cap watched by well dressed crowd.

Forgotten Battles: Gender in the Armouries

Blue starburst fireworks

New Year Honours – 2023 festival favourites

A collage of eighteen photos showing people posing inside pink New Wave selfie frames.

A look back at New Wave 2023



All the latest news about HODs and beyond



Case studies

Case studies

Meet some of the local people who make the festival happen

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How to get involved

How to get involved

Learn more about joining the festival community

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