Why we take part
HODs is a brilliant opportunity to reach new audiences, and be part of a wider national event, but it’s also a great opportunity to try new things! We have used HODs to try out new trails and activities, without the expectation that everything will become a permanent fixture – some have been things that we’ve continued to offer afterwards, others haven’t been as successful, but you just can’t tell until you try!
What we do for HODs
Adapting for 2020
We had to alter our plans, change how events were managed to ensure that the event was still able to run, but in a COVID-secure way. Booking was essential, with numbers limited to 12 in the Cloisters at any one time; the routes of tours and trails were altered to allow better social distancing; and resources were re-developed to allow single-use.
We were aware though that while some people felt comfortable attending events in person, many were still shielding or preferred to participate from home. For us at Hereford Cathedral, accessibility is a priority, so we also produced online versions of all the activities, creating a virtual Cloisters Tour and online versions of the trails on our website and social media channels. This parallel online and at home approach meant that everyone was able to take part.
The difference it's made
Inspired? Find out more
- Welcome to Hereford Cathedral
- The Eastern Cloisters project (funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund)
- More case studies - Meet other local organisers
- Get involved - Taking part in Heritage Open Days