Love HODs? How about…

We know we’re a bit special.  But we also know there’s another eleven months of the year when HODs doesn’t happen.  The good news is there’s loads of other fantastic events going on – here are just a few of our faves.

National Gardens Scheme

Throughout the year

Across the country over 3,700 gardens open up for the NGS raising money for nursing, caring and gardening charities. Many are privately owned and open just a few times each year. Some gardens open as part of a group with the whole community involved.

LGBT History Month


A series of festivals and events seeking to promote scholarship of this area of often hidden history.

Great Big Green Week


The largest event for climate and nature ever seen in the UK. Thousands of events will celebrate how communities are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces, and encourage others to get involved too.

Festival of Archaeology


The Festival showcases the very best of archaeology, with special events right across the UK, organised and hosted by museums, heritage organisations, national and countryside parks, universities, local societies, and community archaeologists.

European Heritage Days

Throughout September

Heritage Open Days is part of European Heritage Days, a Europe-wide celebration of our common heritage. 50 countries take part in this joint action by the Council of Europe and the European Commission.

Ride + Stride


A chance to explore thousands of churches, chapels and meeting houses across the country whilst raising money to help care for and maintain these wonderful buildings. Supported by the National Churches Trust in partnership with County Churches Trusts nationwide.

Fun Palaces


Find a place where the arts and sciences meet in a fun, creative way in your local community.

The Big Draw


Every October over 1,500 events use drawing - in many different forms - to connect participants with museum and gallery collections, local heritage and the wider community.

Black History Month


A nationwide celebration of Black history, arts and culture; highlighting the achievements of the black community in Britain and uncovering their hidden history.

Being Human


A festival of the humanities with events across the UK.

UK Disability History Month

mid November - mid-December

An annual event celebrating the achievements of disabled people and providing a platform that focuses on the history of their struggle for equality and human rights. With events taking place throughout England, Scotland and Wales.