Heritage Open Days: 10-19 Sept. 2021 - what did you discover?!

Still to Come and Ongoing Fun

Heritage Open Days (HODs) is H-E-R-E here! The country is buzzing with amazing events but even if you haven’t had the chance to join in yet, there is no need to miss out. We’ve still got plenty of fantastic highlights ongoing or still to come. Just take your pick from this list and go, go, go!

South West

Close your eyes and let the music wash over you © Christ Church, Cheltenham

Make some gentle friends. Amble round Hollis Mead organic dairy farm to see how they like to keep one eye on their cows and the other on local nature. They are open throughout the festival between 2 and 4 pm so you might as well get a moo-ove on! 

Hum along to heavenly music. On Sunday the 19th the Regency splendour of Christ Church in Cheltenham will be filled with a beautiful choral and organ concert. Jingle on down for a divine afternoon.

South East

Search near and far for your favorite scarecrow © Living Archive

Scare some crows at a Scarecrow Festival. Wander around the streets of Wolverton for the 18th annual festival dedicated to our favourite defenders of the fields. Mooch around throughout the final weekend and pick your favourites, there is no need to book.

Drink up at a Beer Festival. After a year’s hiatus, the popular annual tasting event at Milton Keynes Museum is back with a vengeance. Bring your family and friends along because this one is going to be pints of fun!

West Midlands

Roll your way over to Brindley’s Mill in Staffordshire. Throughout the final weekend of HODs visitors can join a guided tour of their fabulous fully working water-powered mill. We promise it won’t be corny!

Explore a church lost in time. This chapel has some... quirky additions, most memorably a font full of demonic masks and greenery! Come and spot more unexpected features of this mysterious building for yourself. 

East Midlands

Get your armour on for a Civil War Tour © Newark Heritage Forum

Fight the good fight with a Civil War Tour of Newark. Strap on your roundhead helmet and meet some of the castle's most famous historical characters. Feel where Scottish muskets left their marks in the walls, and hear how Newark came to have its glamourous nickname: 'The Key to the North'. Tours will be running all weekend. 

Unlock a private treasure house. Unknown to much of the world, there exists a beautiful private chapel, carefully cut into a cliff face over the Derwent Valley. Gaze outside at the sweeping views or look up to spot tiny birds flitting across the ceiling. St John the Baptist Chapel is normally locked but they have given HODs visitors special permission to explore all week!

Yorkshire and the Humber

Enjoy a visual feast at Ferens Art Gallery. This recently refurbished museum is throwing open its doors throughout the festival, including its 12 galleries, temporary exhibitions and children's interactive gallery. If you get too tired you can always crash in their cafe!

Celebrate local growers, bakers and makers in a fabulous family day out © Escrick Heritage

Celebrate! Join Escrick Heritage as they hype up local growers, bakers and makers in this Edible England event. Bring the whole family for a day of food quizzes, food collaging, and of course... food eating. 

North East

Explore the splendour of this Georgian landscape garden © National Trust Images/ John Millar

Unwind in splendour at Gibside. Perched on the edge of Newcastle, this Georgian landscape garden never fails to wow... and it is free for this weekend and this weekend only. Home to Roe deer, Red Kites, amphibian filled ponds and more, you have all the ingredients for a perfect day out.

Game, set and match Why not take a gander inside an original Victorian tennis court? Jesmond Dene Real Tennis Club is open throughout the festival for anyone to explore. The ball is in your court now!

North West

Dive into the past at Congleton Bath House & Physic Garden. Take a peek at their cold-water bath chamber, a chilly ancestor of the modern spa, and an absolute MUST if you were a fashionable Gorgeous Georgian! Fill the rest of your Saturday with an exclusive guided tour around the aromatic gardens with Barbara Wilkinson of the Herb Society.

Rawr! Hopefully the vikings you meet will be friendly © United Benefice of St Philip with St Stephen Church, Salford and Sacred Trinity

Go behind the scenes at Sacred Trinity, otherwise known as 'Salford's original church'. Now home to a variety of interesting groups, you will have the chance to explore hidden parts of the building, as well as trying your hand as choir singing, playing the organ and bell ringing. Well, what are you waiting for?

Eastern

Take a walk with some fuzzy friends © National Trust Images/John Millar

Bumble along on a bee trail. Join Suffolk beekeeper Gabrielle Maughan on Saturday 18th for a sweet tour of all her hives (she has six in total)! Don’t forget to stop off afterwards for a cuppa and a delish jar of honey.

Get in the green state of mind in Edible England: What a (lot of) waste. The Ideas Hub Chelmsford are giving us a glimpse of the jaw-dropping amount of food we throw away by showing us one (average) person’s waste from 1950, 1970 and 2020. This installation is open every day of the festival and is sure to be quite eye opening.

Various!

Take a walk with a difference. Discover the magic of local High Streets with six new immersive Sound Walks. From the cry of gulls in Hull and a carnival in Barrow to club beats and café bustle in Reading, the sounds and stories of the streets are brought to life in these special new artistic commissions.

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PLEASE NOTE - These events were accurate at the time of publication but this year more than ever the details are subject to change. Please check the individual entries for more.