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.


16 May 2020

Join people across the UK to share a collective dawn with live music during lockdown, marking everyone's individual experience as the sun rises. A special event produced in partnership based on Heritage Open Days' founding principles: free access and collaborative working. 

Festival of Archaeology

11th - 26th July 2020

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

12th September 2020

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.

Landscapes for Life - Outstanding week

19th - 27th September 2020

Be inspired by the UK's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in this week (and a bit!) of events around the country.

Fun Palaces

3rd - 4th October 2020

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

The Big Draw

1st - 31st October 2020

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

1st - 31st October 2020

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

12th - 22nd November 2020

A festival of the humanities with events across the UK.

UK Disability History Month


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.