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.

LGBT History Month


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

Museums at Night

16th - 19th May 2018

A UK wide celebration of museums and galleries co-ordinated by Culture 24, and supported by museums, galleries and arts organisations throughout the UK.

National Gardens Scheme

Throughout the year: main festival 2nd - 3rd June 2018

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.

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.

European Year of Cultural Heritage

2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage and across the UK organisations are participating with events that showcase their heritage and their links to European culture. HODs, along with the rest of the family of EHDs, will encourage our participants to use this occasion to highlight our rich, shared cultural heritage as well as their local links to European history, culture and heritage.

Ride + Stride

8th September 2018

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

mid September

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

Fun Palaces

6th - 7th October 2018

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

The Big Draw

Throughout October

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

17th - 25th November

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.