A recipe for exploration

T.S. Eliot once wrote: "We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." Well, Heritage Open Days is all about exploration, particularly the kind that leads to local discoveries. So now we have launched the event directory for 2013 it is time to invite you to Go explore!

Exploring hidden corners © Alun Bull


1 open mind
Just a dash of curiosity
1 comprehensive Event Directory


1.   Start planning, explore the event directory and see what’s on offer. You can search geographically (Roam the map) or narrow your search by themes and dates (try the Advanced search). 

Thanks to the hard work of thousands of volunteers across the country there’s so much on offer. Alongside beautiful houses and interesting churches you can visit Bolton’s secret power plant; a folk festival in Nottinghamshire; take a tour of one of the earliest surviving football grandstands; find out about bees in Bourneville; taste wine in a Chester crypt; learn more about ale in Lewes; take your smartphone for a walk round Winchelsea; join a play reading in Dorking; or go to a film screening in Plymouth. So keep an open mind, you might be surprised at what’s on your doorstep!

2.   Keep note of any events that catch your eye using the My Events option. You can print these off; or use the Printable area lists for whole towns/counties/regions/council areas. Some events may need to be pre-booked but ALL are free.

3.   Remember to check back for changes or anything new that might come up! The directory will be continually updated until the Friday of the event itself.

4.   From September 12th-15th: Grab a camera, a smile, a brolly/sun cream (depending on the weather) and get out there to see what you can discover!

5.   Share your discoveries with our Scrapbook or through social media – we love hearing your plans and seeing what you found.

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So there you have it, a quick recipe for exploration. Now what are you waiting for? Fire up those curiosity banks and Go explore!