New Wave 2.0
Get ready for some serious fun as New Wave rolls in for its second year! From sports and stargazing to spooky detective trails and interactive art these innovative Heritage Open Days have been developed by local organisers in collaboration with young people. See the past with new eyes as you join them for an extra dose of joy this September.
New Wave is a training programme made possible with the support of players of People's Postcode Lottery. It takes a small group of local festival organisers through a structured programme focused on working with young adults.
Immerse yourself in the art of surgery… explore how these seemingly different areas of expertise are closely intwined. Enjoy this special interactive exhibition and be sure to add your suggestions to the surgeon’s playlist!
Create a masterpiece
Like art? History? Nature in the beautiful outdoors? Then Dunshay Manor has it all for you - a host of artists in different media will be on hand, including a wildlife photographer. Be inspired by their work, have a chat and get their top tips to create your own masterpiece, or contribute to a community one.
Navigate the night maze
Help - time is out of sync at Cranford! Can you navigate the night maze to restore order ? Be ready for anything as a cast of characters help you survive the evening’s challenges and uncover the history of the park.
Follow the river and rewind time
Detective hats on for this one… follow the clues to uncover hidden histories by the river. Gather them all and head to a secret location for a magical evening.
Star gazing and clock watching
For an out of this world evening head to the Cathedral. Inside, explore astounding inventions, like a very special 14th century clock. Then head out to the Orchard for some awesome astronomy.
Celebrate the collaborative spirit of inventors and creatives. Take a tour of the Museum of Technology and then test your knowledge with the pub quiz – game on!
What lies beneath?
Ready to chance your arm at something adventurous? Then this axe-throwing activity is for you! If that's a little too thrilling though, don't worry, come to the Abbey anyway to explore what lies beneath with archaeology experts.
Find a new fashion favourite
Swap your wares, treat your taste buds, and relax with art and music in the beautiful grounds of Dunham Massey.
Serenity + Sport
Crook Hall Gardens (National Trust, County Durham)
A dose of calm: Breathe in… and out… and strettchhhhhhh, and breathe... I’m no expert but beginners are welcome here! Stretch out and relax in the beautiful walled garden with a local yoga instructor.
Play time!: Ready, steady… GO! Get ready to run, jump, and puzzle things out at this fun sports day. There’ll be plenty of games and activities to challenge the whole family.
Get on the case
Discover the dark side of Berwick’s history. Uncover the crimes that took place in the town during the 18th and 19th centuries. Be judge and jury on historic criminal cases and experience life in an early 19th century jail
Ripple effect - a New Wave legacy
Locomotion’s Youth Team are back with a new ‘late’ special for the festival. Established through last year’s New Wave programme this year they’ve been inspired by our Astounding Inventions theme. Join them for a fun and fascinating evening exploring the skills it takes to engineer these railway greats!
PLEASE NOTE - These events were accurate at the time of publication but the details may change. Some events require pre-booking. Please check the individual entries for updates and details.