Heritage Open Days Returns With a Celebration of Creativity

Our annual free festival of fun and fascinating events returns in September with the theme, Creativity Unwrapped. We're inviting local organisers to explore England's history of creativity in all its forms. See some early highlights in our press release below.

As part of our programme of thousands of free events, many organisers will celebrate the stories and work of the experts and enthusiastic amateurs who add that something extra to all aspects of our daily lives. So whether you’re thinking of the Arts with a capital ‘A’ or art in all its lowercase glory – from high-brow literature to slam poetry, old masters to street art – there's something for everyone this year as we delve into England’s colourful history of creativity.

The event directory launches on 1st June but here are some of the creativity-infused highlights so far:

  • Poetry Marathon: Renowned 18th-Century poet, William Cowper, will be celebrated by way of a 24-hour ‘poemathon’ at his former home in Buckinghamshire.
  • Ads through the Ages: London’s Museum of Brands will screen nostalgic television adverts from Heritage Brands and offer free entry.
  • Made by the River: Costumed characters at the Ancient House Museum in Norfolk will uncover the historic items made by river power in the town.

Download the full press release with more event highlights here