Top Ten Outdoor Events
Explore, experience and enjoy our fabulous landscape heritage this September...
From coastal pathways, to hilltop walks, landscaped gardens and beautiful castle ruins; heritage is all around us. We are excited to see so many local organisers celebrating the great outdoors. To give you a flavour of these, here’s ten of our favourites (in no particular order) …
Box Hill, Surrey
Absolutely one of England's most iconic and loved beauty spots, Box Hill is a favourite hilltop wander of ours! A gentle walk across this natural landscape offers a chance not only to see beautiful views across Surrey, but an education in the literary greats inspired by the environment.
Catton Park, Norfolk
As 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of Humphry Repton’s death, Heritage Open Days is excited to share the landscapes he helped shape. This multicultural day at Catton Park offers arts activities, music, food stalls and a beautiful view over Norwich right in the centre of one of his finest landscapes.
Cockermouth Castle, Cumbria
Returning for a seventh year, Cockermouth Castle has become something of a Heritage Open Days’ tradition. Of course the beautiful grounds, ruins and stories are absolutely not to be missed through joining a fabulous guided tour this September.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire
No HODs list celebrating the great outdoors would be complete without a nod towards Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. Definitely a team favourite, this beautiful National Trust landscape is steeped in over 800 years of history, and the opening of this World Heritage Site invites you to explore.
Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
What finer way to explore English wildlife than through wandering around a nature reserve filled with reeds, meadows and woodland? Join guide Paul Holness for a walk around the 400 acre reserve spotting various forms of wildlife, from birds to butterflies.
Lee Heritage Waterfront, Hampshire
One of the events celebrating the heritage of the coastlines, waterfronts and seas surrounding England, this guided walk takes you through 130 years of history. Led by a local resident, this event is sure to offer a chance to experience our coastal heritage in a fascinating way.
St John’s Estate, Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight offers a most exciting opportunity to not only get outdoors, but to experience Humphry Repton’s work in all its glory! Through a guided walk organised by the Isle of Wight Garden Trust, you can discover how the grounds were laid out by him in 1797, and why the landscape looks the way it does today.
Emmanuel Church Shelley, West Yorkshire
Churchyards hold fascinating insights into local heritage, and often share stories which we may otherwise miss. When this is joined with a the range of Victorian themed activities and even a children’s nature trail, Emmanuel Church offers a fabulous way to explore the outdoors this September.
Woodbrooke, West Midlands
Woodbrooke house and grounds were founded in 1903 by George Cadbury of Quaker & Bournville Village Trust. This ‘Open Garden Day’ offers a chance to explore the woodland, a walled garden, streams, and even an outdoor bread oven of this estate.
Eco-Feminists and Theologians, Winchester
In a year of rising awareness of environmental issues, and HODs celebrating Extraordinary Women, an exhibition celebrating the pioneers of eco-feminist theology seems very apt. Bringing the outdoors indoors, this event offers a fabulous chance to see how feminism, environmentalism and natural heritage are all interwoven.