Top Ten: Family Fun!
Heritage Open Days has always been thrilled to celebrate history with all the family..
This year we have over 1000 events with children’s and family activities for everyone to enjoy! Sharing all our stories means encouraging children to learn about their heritage in all sorts of wonderful ways. With so many events to choose from, we have pulled together a countdown of the top ten best events for kids and their families. In no particular order…
Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire
Join the Royal Shakespeare Company for an interactive and exciting tour through the last century of theatre-making. Sparking imaginations in a treasure trove of curious objects as you follow an actor's journey from dressing room to stage.
Alan Turing was the father of modern coding and computing, and was born in Manchester, just north of Knutsford. In Knutsford, children aged 7-11 can join the Barclay’s Coding Team to not only learn more about these computers, but try their own hand at coding!
Crystal Palace, London
Dinosaur Day for the whole family! Following major conservation work on some of the most at risk dinosaurs, join our conservators for a behind-the-scenes tour on the island, an area not usually open to the public.
Durham, County Durham
A wonderfully restored 18th century parkland which you can explore through an interactive walk. All the family could even take part in dressing up or drop in to the education room for some heritage themed arty fun across the weekend.
What made Elizabeth I's teeth rot? How often did Henry VIII bathe? Where was the plumbing? Follow the trail through this 16th century building to discover the lives of the people who lived here during Tudor times and just how stinky it could be in a city back then!
Alney Island, Gloucestershire
For one day only, drop-in to the Family Nature Detective sessions at Alney Island Nature Reserve. Family bug hunts, nature crafts and activities all run with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.
The woodland estate offers family walks, trails, den building, forts and the opportunity to stretch your legs and take in the fabulous views. You can also explore the history of the family and the people that worked for them across the years.
Bishop Auckland, County Durham
Join Durham Wildlife Trust on a Bat Walk through their Low Barns Nature Reserve. The walk will begin with a brief discussion on bats and the species we might come across as you adventure through the woods. Bring your own torch!
The Living Planet Centre will be opening its doors to the public to give you an exclusive behind the scenes access to the home of WWF-UK. Enjoy tours, talks and interactive sessions throughout your fascinating day here.
Leyburn, North Yorkshire
Experience a real life medieval market at Bolton Castle. With everything from a market selling authentic food, jewellery and pottery to tours of the castle dungeon this event has something for everyone to enjoy!