Top Ten: Family Fun!

Heritage Open Days has always been thrilled to celebrate history with all the family..

© Sara Beaumont RSC - The whole family having a ball with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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…

1. Take a 100 Year Journey with The Play’s the Thing  

Exploring behind the scenes at the Swan Theatre- re-enact this moment for yourself this September! Image credit: Andrew Fox, RSC

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.

2. Become a computer whizz at coding

Knutsford, Cheshire

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!

Join Iggy the dinosaur on the islands of Crystal Palace park. Image credit: LB Bromley

3. Get up close to the famous Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

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.

4. Explore the wonders of Hardwick Park 

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.

5. Laugh about the Stinky Tudors at Tudor House Museum

Worcester, Worcestershire

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!

6. Become a Nature Detective 

Get outdoors with bug trails, garden walks and detective work in Alney Island. Image credit: Andrew Heptinstall.

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.

7. Relax and enjoy Winston Churchill’s Chartwell Garden and Studio 

Westerham, Kent

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.

8. A late night adventure…

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!

9. Marvel at the home of WWF

Marvelling at the wonderous work of the WWF, such fun for all the family. Image credit: Tristan Fewing

Woking, Surrey

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.

10. Become medieval for a day at the Dales Market

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! 

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