You caught my eye

And….we’re off! Yes, Heritage Open Days (HODs) has begun. Have you decided where you’re going yet?

© Alun Bull - Watch out for the pink posters!

Well, here at HODs HQ we’ve spent months looking over every one of the 4560 entries in the directory.  Whilst each is interesting in its own way, some titles are especially tantalising or descriptions a particular delight to read. Here are a few that caught my eye, take a look and then see what tempts you! ….

Tantalise the tastebuds…

  • Corks Out – This title ‘pops’ off the screen, and reading on reveals the corks will indeed be out for those interested in a tipple in a medieval crypt in Chester!
  • And if you fancy some "delicious refreshments, hand-made from authentic Georgian recipes" then head to Derwentwater Youth Hostel – where you can decorate a Georgian gingerbread too!

Whisk me away…

  • Darting dragonflies and a tumbling waterfall made Lydford Gorge in Devon sound like a haven of tranquillity, and the idea of watching "the river bubble in the Devil’s cauldron" adds a touch of spice - there should be plenty of inspiration for poets here!
  • Working in a bustling city I’ve always been a sucker for a ‘hidden oasis’. This one at Moseley Park and Ice House near Birmingham sounds like heaven!

Oooh..tell me more!

  • What's Down There? - Meet the Collection – You’ll have to be quick to find out as these tours need to be pre-booked. But if you miss out then the Sandwell Museum Service has another mystery to solve on Sunday when visitors can head Up the Mysterious Stairs.
  • "If the Medway could talk what tales she could tell of the fascinating history of Maidstone’s liquid highway." Well you can hear them on the Medway Magical History walk tomorrow!

Something to smile about

And then of course, there are some events that just make you smile.

  • "Look out! Look up!...." I love the sound of The Great Gloucester Gargoyle Walk – it has my favourite opening line of the year! Although you may have missed this event, the city has a fantastic programme all round this year so do look at the others.
  • And for tongue in cheek humour how about Berwick Time Line’s Get thee to a nunnery!
  • Or what about a pop culture reference with a warm heart at Sunderland Museum’s That’s What Friends are for

So, whether you want to uncover a mystery; eat something delicious; find a quiet oasis; or simply smile at something new – now’s your chance, get out there and see what catches your eye!

Heritage Open Days is taking place NOW, find out what’s on near you on our Go Explore pages. And when you’ve visited do share your snaps and comments on our Scrapbook.