Top Ten still to come

Heritage Open Days is in full swing with another 4 days of delights to come! Here are some highlights from our second-weekend extravaganza.

© Buxton Opera House - Visit the amazing interior of Buxton Opera House and experience arts and culture in all its glory

Experience opera from the last century

Buxton, Derbyshire

Buxton Opera House invites you to see what’s behind their curtains. With brilliant volunteers taking you through a tour of this beautiful building, you can enjoy a history of opera from the Edwardian era up to today. What's more? You can take refreshments in the bar!

Be utterly spellbound

Durham, County Durham

Famously appearing in the Harry Potter films, Durham Cathedral is one of the most exciting locations for film buffs, Potter fans and history lovers alike! With a special viewing of Professor McGonagall’s classroom, this is a magical event if ever there was one.

How did soldiers run their prisons?

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

The country's first purpose built prison will come to life this weekend for you to see how soldiers ran their prisons / © Doug Maltman

Promising a fun day for all the family, the Napoleonic era Norman Cross Prison Depot is hosting over 100 reenactors to bring this fascinating site to life. The first purpose built prison, it was in use from 1797 until 1814, and could house up to 7,000 French prisoners of war.

Unlocking Liskeard through illustrated talks

Liskeard, Cornwall

Led by Liskeard Old Cornwall Society, this illustrated talk delves into the past of a fascinating county. Taking you through religious rituals, old farming techniques, culture and archaeological discoveries, it’s packed with insights of the town and people who have called it home. 

Join the Liskeard Old Cornwall Society to uncover the stories that have shaped this fascinating region / © Terry Whitty

Discover the country’s first female professor

Reading, Berkshire

The Acacias can be understood as a private residence, and still remains very much a Victorian gentleman’s home. However, delving deeper into its stories can reveal the truth of an extraordinary woman, Edith Morley, suffragist, Britain’s first female professor & supporter of refugees.

Celebrating folk art from other places

Manchester, Greater Manchester

A truly unique site, Alla Horska Ukrainian Folk Museum was built in 1950 to share the culture of Ukrainians living in England. This year, they’re celebrating 70 years of the Association of Ukrainian Women in Britain through a display of ceramics, embroideries and pysanky.

Lavish treasures and fascinating stories

Wimborne, Dorset

 

Kingston Lacy is one of the finest examples of Italianate influences on English architecture and is packed with enough art to fill a gallery, plus secret stories and a library stacked with books. Then step outside and be immersed into a Kitchen Garden which is still in use for the cafe today, brand new woodland trails and Japanese Garden. 

Taking you back to the Suffragettes

Lowestoft, Suffolk

During this reenactment of a 1914 suffragette meeting, you can uncover the stories, people and places that gave women the vote 100 years ago. Using music and the transcription of the meeting from local newspapers of the time you’ll be invited to participate! And the final discussion will ask - are women equal today?

Visit an architectural gem

Worcester, Worcestershire

Built by a pupil of Christopher Wren, Worcester Guildhall is an architectural highlight not to be missed. Explore the Assembly Room, brimming with history, as the scene of royal visits - look out for carvings and paintings of recognisable faces! While investigating the old court room and Mayor’s parlour will give an insight into how justice used to be served in 18th century England. 

Inside the stunning Worcester Guildhall, built by a pupil of Christopher Wren in the 18th century. / © Worcester Guildhall

Take part and celebrate our landscapes

Norwich, Norfolk

From music and food, to bushcraft and one of England’s finest landscape designers, Catton Park offers so much for you to enjoy. The park is a beautiful space to spend a sunny afternoon, take a picnic and even paint the landscape before you. For activities, you’re spoilt for choice, with multiculturalism at the heart of the event, try something new!

Aaaand...relax! 

London, Greater London

If all of that has got you feeling exhausted, Fo Guang Shan, a centre for Buddhist worship and cultural study, opens with tea, zen and meditation. Relax and take a step back from busy central London through guided meditation and some delicious Chinese tea. Why not even watch a vegetarian cooking demonstration for a few tips and tricks?

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