Heritage Open Days celebrates Edible England

Annual festival of people, places and community is open for registrations

Each year, places across the country throw open their doors and give people the chance to see hidden places and try new experiences for free. This year’s theme is a tasty one: Edible England.

We are increasingly becoming a nation of foodies and what we eat and drink is at the heart of much of our history and culture, our communities and daily lives. The theme will inspire a broad spectrum of events and activities, from revealing culinary tastes of the past, to going behind-the-scenes of modern production methods, exploring the customs and quirks that have developed around what we eat and drink, as well as the fascinating history of some of our regional and national specialties.
Through a mix of in-person and digital events, communities will celebrate the stories of the places, plates and produce that are important to them, both locally and further afield.

The event directory launches in June but to give you food for thought, culinary highlights include:

  • Discover the weird and wonderful foody traditions that took place in graveyards during the CemeTreats & Funeral Feasts tour at Wombwell Cemetery in Barnsley
  • Sample the ‘Taste of the Toon’ as you eat and drink your way around Graingertown in Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Picnic like a Victorian in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire; examples of traditional fare will be shared in advance so you can channel your inner Mrs Beeton when creating your hamper
  • Learn about the history of food and class in Britain from Pen Volgler, the author of Scoff, at a talk in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Dowload the full press release here