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Biggest Festival Ever!

This September, England’s biggest festival of history and culture celebrates its 25th anniversary, with thousands of amazing, free days out across the country, thanks to support from the National Trust and players of People’s Postcode Lottery. And with over 5,700 events, it’s officially the biggest year yet, with over 3 million visitors expected to take part across 10 days!

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In recognition of the 40,000+ volunteers who help run the festival each year, the theme for 2019 is 25 Years of People Power. A special programme of events will highlight communities, groups and individuals - both contemporary and from history - who have affected positive change; buildings saved, greenspaces created, friendships forged, campaigns fought and voices heard. A series of 25 ‘craftivism’ workshops across the country will also encourage everyone to become change-makers, by combining craft and activism as part of this year’s Unsung Stories arts project, Dare to Dream.

And to recognise an ever-growing festival, 25 new places are being highlighted by 25 for 25; showcasing everything from country houses, museum archives and gardens, to theatres, wildlife reserves, distilleries and even a solar farm. With the majority of events being drop-in, the festival is perfect for making last-minute plans with friends and family! Download the full press release for a look at some of the highlights which don’t require advanced booking.

Download the full press release