HODs Headlines 2016

Once again this September millions of people took up the invitation to explore their heritage for free. Many thanks to all who made those events happen and thank you to all of you who filled out the forms and sent in feedback, we've been busy processing and are delighted to release the national impact results for Heritage Open Days (HODs) 2016....

Numbers up

  • A record high of 5293 events
  • Put on by an extraordinary 2073 local organisers
  • Coordinating over 40,000 volunteers

Connecting communities

  • 72% visitors live locally
  • 87% of visitors felt HODs made them appreciate their local area more
  • 75% of visitors said HODs made them feel more part of their local community
  • 76% of volunteers said HODs made them feel more pride in their local area/heritage
  • Estimated minimum of £10million contributed to local economies over the festival

Cultural Gateway

  • 40% of visitors had not visited a heritage site in the past 12 months
  • 80% of visitors were inspired to visit more in future
  • 86% of visitors agree that they are visiting because it is important to support local heritage
  • 51% of organisers at sites that are open to the public on other occasions reported seeing a more diverse audience attending

Want to know more? 

Download the impact report here.

Many thanks to all who participated, especially our wonderful local organisers - one visitor summed it up for us saying :

'You all do a wonderful job for the community.'