Eastern

Properties and events in Eastern

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'A Walk Back in Time' - The town centre

Berkhamsted Castle, White Hill, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1LJ
In person
Pre-booking required

A guided tour of Berkhamsted's historic town centre, pointing out strategic places of interest.

'Bee-Roads'

Cathedral House, Unthank Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 2PA
In person
Pre-booking not required

A fun trail designed for children - learn about the beehives at the Cathedral, and follow the 'Bee-Roads' as you discover the numerous saints who are connected with bees!

‘Our Journey towards Salvation.’ A Talk on the East Window.

Cathedral House, Unthank Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 2PA
In person
Pre-booking preferred

This talk discusses the stained glass of the East Window. Designed by Dunstan Powell in the early 1900s, the window depicts the story of our journey towards salvation, from before God created the universe to the present day.

154 years of continuous play

30 Trafford Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 2QW
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and see one of Norwich’s ‘hidden gems’ where outdoor bowls has been played for 154 years. Active club in delightful garden setting.

1920s Style Afternoon at The Boating Lake

Island Cafe, North Drive, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 4EW
In person
Pre-booking not required

A 1920s themed afternoon on the Boating Lake with free boats and entertainment as part of Waterways Great Yarmouth Heritage Week.

28-32 King Street

28-32, King Street, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

View this house with its Norman interior. The oldest secular house in King's Lynn.

7 Queen Street Colchester - One of the city's most interesting buildings.

The Queen Street Brewhouse, 7 Queen Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2PG
In person
Pre-booking required

7 Queen Street Colchester dates from the 14th century. It has been occupied as a business and/or domestic premises for the the last 600 years.

80th Anniversary of D-Day

Boxted Airfield Museum, Langham Lane, Langham, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5NW
In person
Pre-booking not required

Commemorating D-Day with large Diorama, largescale model of P47, pictures and recollections. The 56th Fighter Group with their P47 aircraft flew protective missions over the beaches as the men landed. Our book The History of Boxted will be on sale.

A Church for Every Week, a Pub for Every Day - Walking Tour

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1TF
In person
Pre-booking required

We all know the old saying about Norwich, but is it true? Explore some of the city’s churches and pubs and uncover some interesting, often surprising, facts about their history, as well as unearthing some connections with our European neighbours.

A Common Thread

Community Centre, Old Grammar Lane, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 1PU
In person
Pre-booking not required

The connections of the river to Bungay depicted in a new textile project.

A guided tour through Berkhamsted Past travel routes.

Sacred Heart RC Church, Park Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1HX
In person
Pre-booking required

Take a stroll through Berkhamsted Town to discover the significance of transport routes and royal networks to the town.

A hidden gem – County School Station

County School, North Elmham, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 5LE
In person
Pre-booking not required

A chance to explore this classic Great Eastern Railway junction station and discover how the station linked to the rest of the world through rail and maritime connections.

A Radical Village - the Baptists in Northchurch

Northchurch Social Centre, Bell Lane, 360-364 High Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1HU
In person
Pre-booking required

An introductory talk outlines the strength of Non-conformity in the area, especially in the villages. This guided tour outlines the story of the Baptists in Northchurch. The tour starts in the Car Park of Northchurch Social Centre.

A rescued railway - Wymondham's lost rail route

Wymondham Abbey Station, Becketswell Road, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 9PH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Just what was involved in getting trains back on the abandoned railway between Wymondham and Dereham - and now, in keeping it safely operational? And where does Wymondham Abbey Station fit in?

A Tale of Fire, Water and Waste

Essex,
Online event
Pre-booking not required

Learn about how Fire, Water and Waste were dealt with in times gone by.

A Virtual Tour of Great Baddow Part Two

Essex,
Online event
Pre-booking not required

After part one last year, this year we have part two of a Great Baddow virtual tour.

A Walk In JA Baker Country

Church Road, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4BE
In person
Pre-booking required

Walk in JA Baker, author of the book The Peregrine, with your guide to point out areas of significance.

A Walk into the Past: Berkhamsted Place, Successor to the Castle

Top of Castle Hill, Berkhamsted Place, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1HU
In person
Pre-booking required

A Walk in the Past: Berkhamsted Place A successor to the castle. Tour includes the surviving servants quarter, kitchen garden with Victorian vinery and the awesome Great Barn, the largest in Herts!

A.F. Scott the individualist & his architecture

Cromer Museum, East Cottages, Tucker Street, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9HB
In person
Pre-booking required

Architect A.F. Scott (1854-1936) designed from the traditional to reinforced concrete. His great-granddaughter tells how his religious beliefs, independent travels & fantastic knowledge of structural engineering informed his work in Cromer & beyond

Abbey Hall, Creative Space, Eye, Suffolk

Abbey Hall, Hoxne Road, Eye, Suffolk, IP23 7NJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Abbey Hall is set in 10 acres of water meadows on the site of the Benedictine Priory of St Peter which was razed in 1530. The former Abbey Farm Barn was listed at Risk in 1974 but has now been revived into a beautiful space for everyone to enjoy.

Above and all around us - the Second Air Division and their legacy

American Library, Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, The Forum, Norwich, Norfolk, NR21AW
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us for a day of talks and collections displays as we examine the US Army Air Forces in WW2 East Anglia through the items they left behind and discuss their lasting impact on the landscape.

Adat Yeshua Messianic Synagogue

Essex Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 2BL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and tour the Synagogue and learn about the history of the building. There will also be plenty of Jewish artefacts to view and hear about their history and use in the synagogue. There will be free refreshments available.

Ailesbury Mausoleum and Crypt

St Mary's Church, Church Road, Maulden, Bedfordshire, MK45 2AU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Ailesbury Mausoleum and Crypt was built by Thomas Bruce, the first Earl of Elgin in 1656 as a memorial to his second wife, Diana.

Aldeburgh Museum

Moot Hall, Market Cross Place, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5DS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Housed in the iconic Grade 1 Listed, timber framed, Tudor Moot Hall and home of the Town Council, the museum displays artefacts about the rich and diverse history of Aldeburgh from the Anglo-Saxons to today, through digital and manual displays.

All aboard the ARC Express!

Girlguiding Norfolk Archive Resource Centre, 14 Great Hautbois Road, Coltishall, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 7JN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and celebrate the Girlguiding Norfolk's ARC's Museum Accreditation award by finding out all about the amazing history of guiding. Join in with practical activities to learn more about being a Rainbow, Brownie, Guide or Ranger over the years.

All Saints Church

High Street, Houghton Regis, All Saints Church, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU5 5BJ
In person
Pre-booking preferred

We have trained volunteer guides to carry out tours of the church and tower. Display panels in a designated heritage zone. The tower will be open and viewing from the roof will be allowed; weather permitting and risk assessed.

All Saints' Church

Hillington Square, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Unique anchorhold. The oldest church in King's Lynn.

Alleyways East Walking Tour

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1TF
In person
Pre-booking required

Taking its cue from this year’s theme of Routes, Networks and Connections, this tour gives us an opportunity to look at some of the alleyways, passages and yards that thread their way between the major roads to the east of Norwich city centre.

Amersfort Garden Tour

Amersfort Hall, The Common, Potten End, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 2QF
In person
Pre-booking required

Amersfort, a fine Arts and Craft House and garden, designed by Ernest Willmott and planted by Gertrude Jekyll. Both house and garden are adapted to the surrounding landscape.

Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey, Quy Road, Lode, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB25 9EJ
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Come and explore the beautiful gardens and house at Anglesey Abbey. See riots of colour in the Dahlia Border, plus explore the Artist's of East Anglia exhibition to unlock a collection rooted in East Anglia.

Animals in the Church

St Mary's Church, High Road, Redenhall, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9NZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Walk around the church in search of animals. Some are in plain sight, some more hidden. From eagles to lions, from tortoise to lamb. Follow a mini safari trail and see how many you can find.

Anna Sewell House

26 Church Plain, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 1NE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Anna Sewell House in Great Yarmouth is the birthplace of the Black Beauty Author Anna Sewell. Redwings Horse Sanctuary took on guardianship of this special building in 2022.

Art Nouveau Church St Mary the Virgin Great Warley

St Mary the Virgin Church, Great Warley Street, Great Warley, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3JP
In person
Pre-booking not required

Wonderful arts and crafts Church.

Attics and Cellars tours - Felbrigg Hall

National Trust, Felbrigg Hall, Felbrigg, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 8PR
In person
Pre-booking required

Follow our amazing guides as they take you down to our Tudor cellar and up to our Jacobean and Restoration Period Attics. Go behind the scenes and see some of the collection that we have in storage.

Audley Chapel

Berechurch Hall Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 9NU
In person
Pre-booking not required

16th-century burial chapel of the Audley family, with a fine hammer-beam roof and unique monuments and features. Knowledgeable guides will be on hand to answer questions.

Ayot St Peter Church Open Day

Ayot St Peter Church, Ayot St. Peter, Ayot St. Peter Road, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6 9BG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Our church will be open all day for visitors to browse and take photographs. We will be selling home-made preserves and we hope for a fine day so visitors can enjoy the pretty and tranquil churchyard.

Backnang, Chelsmford's Twin Town - An Introduction

Essex,
Online event
Pre-booking not required

Backnang is Chelmsford's twin town in Germany

Baden Powell Fishing boat (LN138)

At the pontoons, South Quay, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

The only survivor of King Lynn's cockling fleet

Bawdsey Radar Museum

Bawdsey, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3BA
In person
Pre-booking preferred

The first World War 2 operational RADAR station. Visit us to find out more.

Beccles Bell Tower

New Market, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9HE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover the historic detached Beccles Bell Tower.

Beccles: the first 500 years, 950 - 1450

Beccles Library, Blyburgate, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9TB
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Local historian Dr Barry Darch will present an illustrated talk about how Beccles began and developed up to the mid 15th century.

Beeleigh Water and Steam Mill

Abbey Turning, Old London Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6LL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Beeleigh Water and Steam Flour Mill contains a unique Elephant Boiler, Wentworth Beam Engine and Victorian Milling Hurst.

Behind the Scenes at The Forum

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1TF
In person
Pre-booking required

A wonderful opportunity to see behind the scenes of this Millennium building, including the Millennium Library Stacks Room. The tour will provide an insight to the building's operations and history.

Behind the Scenes Corn Hall!

Diss Corn Hall, St. Nicholas Street, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4LB
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Join us at The Corn Hall this Heritage Open Days on a guided tour and discover its hidden heritage.

Berkhamsted Foundling Hospital - Memories of Childhood

Ashlyns School, Chesham Road, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 3AH
In person
Pre-booking required

Two former Foundlings will tell us what life was like for the children in Berkhamsted Foundling Hospital 1935-55. Walking around the present Ashlyns School they will recall memories and feelings of those days.

Berkhamsted Railway Walk

Crystal Palace, Station Road, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 2EZ
In person
Pre-booking required

A trip down memory lane of Berkhamsted Railway

BFI National Film & Television Archive

Kingshill Way, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 3TP
In person
Pre-booking required

See the specialist skills and knowledge involved in preserving the film, TV & screen heritage of the nation. We will host tours, demos and exhibits, all celebrating the BFI collection and the people who work to maintain it.

Biggleswade from Bikes to Buses

The Bigg Theatre and White Hart Car Park, Market Square, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 0JL
In person
Pre-booking not required

This event will be a display of transport and communications related to Biggleswade

Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum

St. Withburga Lane, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1ED
In person
Pre-booking not required

A little gem of a museum housed in Dereham's oldest domestic building, a row of three thatched cottages that survived a town fire in 1679 and a Zeppelin raid in 1915

Bishops House Garden

Bishops House, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1SB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit and discover this historic private four-acre garden. A formal city centre garden which has belonged to the Bishops of Norwich for over 900 years.

Book Binding from he 15th Century - Fisher Theatre

Fisher Theatre, 10 Broad Street, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 1EE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Bungay's printing heritage from the 1700s is being relived with a hands on demonstration

Book Binding from the 15th Century - Town Hall

Bungay Town Hall, 1A Broad Street, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 1EE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Bungay's printing heritage from the 1700's is being relived with a hands on demonstration

Brandland: Norwich and the Birth of Modern Brands

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1TF
In person
Pre-booking required

We live in a world of brands. Most of us have brands we love (or hate). But did you know that modern branding started in Norwich?

Bridges of Norwich - Walking Tour

Bishop's Bridge, Bishopgate, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4AA
In person
Pre-booking required

Starting at Norwich's oldest remaining bridge and ending at New Mills, this tour looks at the stories behind how Norwich has connected either side of the Wensum.

Britons arms - Tour

9 Elm Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1HN
In person
Pre-booking required

A tour of the Britons Arms including the residential, and attic spaces with information about the context and details of the building.

Broomhill Pool, Ipswich.

Broomhill Pool, Sherrington Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 4HT
In person
Pre-booking not required

One of just 17 listed lidos in Britain. This "Art Moderne" pool building is one of the most attractive Lido style open-air pools in Britain and has an unrivalled position on the edge of Broomhill Park in Ipswich.

Bungay and the History and Demise of the Railway

Riverside, Staithe Road, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 1EU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Display and history of Bungay's railway. Demonstrations and hands on exhibits

Cambridgeshire Chattels

Estate Office, Milton Park, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE3 9HD
In person
Pre-booking required

Cambridgeshire Chattels, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Celebrating the History of Smallford Station and the Hatfield & St Albans Railway

Smallford Station Car Park, Station Approach, Station Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0HF
In person
Pre-booking not required

# Celebration & Formal opening of refurbished station # Refurbished platform & goods van body, rewilded embankment # Exhibition: The history of the station & Hatfield-St Albans Railway # Artefact collection # Guided walks # Pop-Up Café

Celebrating the past, building our future: An RSPCA Story

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1TF
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit this special exhibition marking the 60th anniversary of the RSPCA Mid Norfolk and North Suffolk Branch, which coincides with the 200th anniversary of its parent charity, the National RSPCA.

Chapel Field Road Methodist Church

Chapel Field Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1SD
In person
Pre-booking not required

This church designed by Edward Boardman. the well known Norwich architect, was opened in 1881 to accomodate 1000 worshippers. The church retains its Victorian character, has a fine Norman Beard organ and is a listed building.

Chelmer Village Before Chelmer Village Part Two

Essex,
Online event
Pre-booking not required

What was there before Chelmer Village?

Chelmsford Black History Walk

Anne Knight Building, Duke Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1LW
In person
Pre-booking required

Join Winnie for this walk across Chelmsford

Chelmsford's Blue Plaques

Chelmsford, Essex,
Online event
Pre-booking not required

A film about Chelmsford's Blue Plaques with some of the sites where they are homed.

Chelsmford History Rock Snake

Boleyn Gardens, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 6EB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Add to Chelmsford History Rock Snake or attend one of two painting sessions.

Children's Activities at Place House Hall

Place House, Bluecoat Yard, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 9HL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Ware’s Grade I listed medieval hall, Place House Hall, will be open on Sunday 8th September 11.30am - 4pm with history activities for children all day Refreshments will be on sale

Children's activity Beccles and District Museum

Leman House, 28 Ballygate, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9ND
In person
Pre-booking not required

Children's activities will be provided, as well as the usual exhibitions for adults and children to enjoy - and a special exhibition on Toft Monks..

Children's activity: Build Beccles Through the Ages - with Lego

Beccles Library, Blyburgate, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9TB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Enjoy using Lego to build part of the history of Beccles

Children's Naval Charity

King's Staithe Square, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1JE
In person
Pre-booking not required

A great cause.

Childrens Artwork

St. John's Church, Broad Street, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9AZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Mayflower based artwork created by children from the local school will be on display throughout the town. The school choir will perform a specially arranged song and children will read specially written poetry.

City Centre Connections Walking Tours

St Peter Mancroft, Hay Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1QQ
In person
Pre-booking required

Local History Tour between St Peter Mancroft and St John Maddermarket

City of Norwich School Heritage Day

Eaton Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 6PP
In person
Pre-booking not required

The City of Norwich School is open to the public on Saturday 14th September from 10am to 3pm for the Norfolk Heritage festival.

City Walls and Statues - Walking Tour

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1TF
In person
Pre-booking required

Join this walking tour across the city of Norwich.

Clifton House and Tower

Clifton House, 17 Queen Street, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Unique merchant house lovingly restored by its present owners.

Clocks and Royal Visits - Walking Tour

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1TF
In person
Pre-booking required

A timely and regal route, looking at some of the many clocks to be found in Norwich and recalling some of the Royal Visitations that have taken place

Coffee Concert

147 Hollingsworth Road, Lowestoft, Norfolk, NR32 4BW
In person
Pre-booking not required

Friday 13th September Coffee concert 13.15-14.00

Coffee Concert

Hollingsworth Road, Lowestoft, Norfolk, NR32 4BW
In person
Pre-booking not required

Concert with refreshments before and afterwards

Colchester Castle Museum

Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

A much loved museum in the picturesque Castle Park, this is the annual opportunity to explore this fascinating building free of charge.

Colchester Town Hall

High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1FR
In person
Pre-booking not required

Colchester possesses one of the finest and most imposing town halls in England which reveals in its architecture the history of Britain's newest city.

Colchester's Roman Circus 2004-2024

Roman Circus Visitor Centre, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7GZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Colchester's Roman Circus archaeological remains will be open to the public to celebrate 20 years since its modern discovery - the only Roman chariot racing track in Britain! Come and find out all about it on a free guided tour at the Visitor Centre.

Colne Valley Postal History Museum

109 Head Street, Halstead, Essex, CO9 2AZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

A privately owned Postal History Museum in the heart of East Anglia. Hands-on history for everything post & telephone related! New large premises for 2024!

Commonwealth War Graves Tours – Cranfield (St Peter & St Paul) Churchyard

St Peter & St Paul Church, Court Road, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0DR
In person
Pre-booking required

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission cares for the graves of 4 First World War and 11 Second World War casualties in the St Peter & St Paul Churchyard in Cranfield. Join this tour to hear their stories and learn about the history of the Commission.

Communicating local history through music

12 Trinity Street, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 1EH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Local musicians spreading history through music. Held in a Saxon. Part of a weekend of Folk Music.

Connecting with the Past

Harleston Library, Swan Lane, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9AW
In person
Pre-booking not required

Craft activities and displays focusing on history of The Mayflower, in co-operation with the American Library.

Cotman 4

Cobbold Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 7SP
In person
Pre-booking required

A delightful stroll along Old Felixstowe's seafront, viewing historic buildings along the way. Visitors should meet at Harvest House and the walk will finish at Cranmer House.

Cowper Memorial Congregational Church

36 Market Place, 36 Market Place, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 2AP
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Cowper Memorial Congregational Church, located between Boots and the Coop Supermarket, is locally known by Dereham residents as "The Church in the Marketplace." it commands prominence in the centre of the town.

Craft Beccles Through the Ages

Beccles Library, Blyburgate, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9TB
In person
Pre-booking not required

A children's activity, using craft materials to explore the history of Beccles

Cromer Museum

Cromer Museum, East Cottages, Tucker Street, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9HB
In person
Pre-booking not required

An exciting opportunity to explore Cromer Museum for free as part of Heritage Open Days.

Cromer Pier & Pavilion Theatre

The Pier, Promenade, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9HE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Uncover the history of Cromer Pier, the iconic 151-metre-long Victorian structure. Enjoy a brass band on the pier, then step into the Pavilion Theatre to watch a short film that explains the vast history of The Cromer Pier Show and the pier itself.

Cromer Signal Box

Behind the Argos/Halfords loading bays and the Old Cemetery, North Norfolk Retail Park, Holt Road, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9ST
In person
Pre-booking not required

A signal box where visitors can operate levers and see signals and points work.

Curat House

Fat Face, 3-4 Haymarket, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1QD
In person
Pre-booking required

Tour of 15th century Merchant's House in Norwich.

Custom House

Purfleet Quay, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Architectural masterpiece. King's Lynn Civic Society exhibition and an exhibition of the Greyfriars Art Club.

Cut from the Same Cloth: Researching Ancestors in the Textiles Trade

Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1AW
In person
Pre-booking required

A family history workshop with a focus on researching ancestors in the textiles trade.

CWGC Tours 2024 - Cranfield (St Peter and St Paul) Churchyard

Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church, Court Road, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0DR
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us for a Commonwealth War Grave Commission tour of Cranfield (St. Peter & Paul) Churchyard.

CWGC Tours 2024 - Norwich Cemetery (Earlham Road)

Norwich City Cemetery, Earlham Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 3RG
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us for a Commonwealth War Graves Commission tour of Norwich City Cemetery (Earlham Road).

CWGC Tours 2024 - Southend on Sea (Sutton Road) Cemetery

Sutton Road Cemetery, Sutton Road, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS2 5PX
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us for a Commonwealth War Graves Commission tour of Southend on Sea (Sutton Road) Cemetery.

Dad's Army Museum

Dads Army Museum, Guildhall, Cage Lane, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2DS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover the Dad's Army Museum this Heritage Open Days.

Danesborough Hillfort Guided Walk

Starts from Edgewick Farm Barn, Woodland Way,, Woburn Sands, Bedfordshire, MK17 8QQ
In person
Pre-booking required

Walk from Woburn Sands to the Iron-Age hillfort of Danesborough Camp, high on the Greensands Ridge. Visit the place where an ancient tribe of Britain lived 2000 years ago and learn about the huge fortification they built. Sturdy footwear essential.

Dereham Assembly Rooms

Dereham Assembly Rooms, Ruthen Place, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 2TX
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Dereham Assembly Rooms were built in 1756 and are not normally open to the public. Come along and imagine the early encounters of Jane Austen’s Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy in just such an impressive setting.

Dereham Routes

Church House, Church Street, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1DN
In person
Pre-booking required

A walk around sites in the town, visiting current and former road and rail routes and associated features.

Dereham Windmill

Dereham Windmill, Greenfields Road, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 3TE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Dereham Windmill is a Grade II listed windmill set in extensive grounds with a picnic area. On each of the five floors there are illustrated explanations on what happened in each area, when the mill was full of noise and floor dust.

Dereham’s rail links - in war and peace

Station Road, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1DF
In person
Pre-booking not required

Trains, talks, that old station atmosphere, and more. Something for everyone, including crafty kids!

Dick Nunn's Smithy

Swan Yard, Rear of 35 East Street, Coggeshall, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1SJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

A wonderfully atmospheric smithy where the eccentric Victorian blacksmith Dick Nunn spent his working life. Its smoke-stained walls, dusty bellows and heat-cracked hearth are witness to the passing years.

Display: 'Finding Catholicism.' The route to becoming a Catholic

Cathedral House, Unthank Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 2PA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Are you interested in becoming a Catholic? This display provides information for anyone who is considering starting on the journey to joining the Catholic Church.

Display: 'Our Journeys to Saint Johns'

Cathedral House, Unthank Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 2PA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Catholic means 'universal' and the Catholic Church preaches the Gospel of Christ across the globe, in Europe, Asia, the Americas and in Africa. Today, people from all these locations worship here at Saint John's - these are some of their stories.

Dr John Dee Podcast

Essex,
Online event
Pre-booking not required

Who was Dr John Dee?

Earlham Hall

Earlham Hall, UEA Norwich Research Park, Earlham Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ
In person
Pre-booking required

Explore Earlham Hall on a guided tour.

Earls Colne Quaker Meeting House,

Quaker Meeting House,, 4 Burrows Road,, Earls Colne, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2RZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Early Quaker Meeting House, grade II listed, still in use by Quakers and as a community venue.

Earthwork archaeology of West Runton

West Runton National Trust, Roman Camp, Upper Sheringham, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8TB
In person
Pre-booking required

Discover the earthwork archaeology of West Runton on this afternoon walking tour, taking in its history from the Anglo-Saxon period up to World War II.

East Anglian Air Ambulance's Base Open Day – Have you ever wondered what happens inside an air ambulance helicopter base?

East Anglian Air Ambulance, Helimed House, Hangar 14, Gambling Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR6 6EG
In person
Pre-booking required

Explore the world of helicopter emergency medical services at our Norwich base. Join a tour to uncover facts about this 24/7 life-saving charity and how every second counts when reaching the most seriously injured and unwell people in our region.

East Anglian Film Archive Screening

The Archive Centre, Martineau Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 2DQ
In person
Pre-booking required

We'll screen an exclusive selection of films from EAFA’s collections responding to this year's theme; images and voices on film that convey a sense of community in your part of the UK.

Eaton Park: Routes, Connections and Networks

South East Quadrant, Eaton Park, South Park Avenue, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7AU
In person
Pre-booking required

We meet in 'The Friend's Room', in the Pavilion by the bandstand, for a short presentation and visual display of old photographs. Afterwards, a walk by the Lily Pond to the boating lake (with rooftop views of the park) and finally a train ride.

Elizabethan House

Elizabeth House Museum, 4 South Quay, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2QH
In person
Pre-booking not required

An exciting opportunity to explore Elizabethan House for free as part of Heritage Open Days.

Elm Hill Walking Tour

Cinema City, St Andrew's Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4AD
In person
Pre-booking required

A guided walk down one of Norwich’s oldest streets. Discover the history of the buildings, the people who lived there and the events that shaped what we see today.

Entanglements: Impact on Wildlife Rehabilitation

The Forum, The Forum, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1TF
In person
Pre-booking required

Hear from the RPSCA how wildlife get caught in human litter and what we can do to avoid this from happening.

Essex Industrial Archaeology Group Industrial Heritage Fair

Grange Barn, Grange Hill, Coggeshall, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1RE
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Industrial Heritage Fair contains stands and talks from organisations around Essex that have an interest in the Industrial Heritage of the county.

Exploring Ely Cathedral Physick Garden

The College, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4DL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Exploring the ways in which the medieval monks of Ely used plants and herbs for healing.

Exploring Norwich Textiles: Great Yarmouth, London and the East India Company, with Dr Michael Nix

Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1TF
In person
Pre-booking required

A talk on the trade and export of Norwich-made textiles during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Eye Parish Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Old Vicarage, Church Street, Eye, Suffolk, IP23 7BD
In person
Pre-booking not required

This beautiful Church is one of the grandest in Suffolk, not only on the outside, but also with regards to the treasures within. The great flint-encrusted tower was rebuilt in the second half of the 15th century and took over 40 years to build.

Eye Town Hall Eye Heritage Pop up Museum

1 Broad Street, Eye, Suffolk, IP23 7AF
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Victorian building is Grade II * listed and is a meeting place for the Council also used as a Wedding and community hire. Paintings & artefacts are on display and a 'pop up' local history museum on Sunday September 8th.

Eye World War II Airfield, home of the 490 Bombardment Group Walks x 3

Airfield Industrial Park, Eye Airfield Industrial Estate, Eye, Suffolk, IP23 7HS
In person
Pre-booking not required

View the three runways of Eye airfield and see the memorials to the people of the 490th USAAF who gave their life in World War II.

Fairfield School

High Road West, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9JB
In person
Pre-booking required

Generations of Felixstowe residents have been educated as this school, opened towards the end of the nineteenth century. This delightful building combines original features with modern learning facilities.

Faizane E Madina Jamia Masjid St Ives Mosque

22 Needingworth Road, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 5JN
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Faizane E Madina Jamia Masjid St Ives Mosque welcomes you to explore and discover more about the Islamic faith and culture.

Fakenham Gasworks Museum

Fakenham Gasworks Museum, Hempton Road, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 7LA
In person
Pre-booking not required

England and Wales's last remaining complete gasworks, a gem of Britain's industrial heritage and a window on working peoples domestic and working life. See the amazing process of turning coal into Town Gas and the uses the by-products found.

Felbrigg Hall and Gardens

Felbrigg Hall, Felbrigg, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 8PR
In person
Pre-booking not required

Explore inside the Hall and imagine what it might have been like to have lived or worked there. Visit the walled garden to see fruits and vegetables growing – and keep a look out for our hens!

Felixstowe Ferry Walk

Felixstowe Ferry, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9RZ
In person
Pre-booking required

A stroll around the Ferry; a delightful hamlet full of history and seafaring stories. The walk starts and ends at St Nick's Church.

Felixstowe Museum

View Point Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 3TW
In person
Pre-booking not required

An award-winning museum houses a comprehensive collection of artefacts and photos related to Felixstowe's history.

Felixstowe Town Hall

Undercliff Road West, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 2AG
In person
Pre-booking required

An impressive late nineteenth century civic building retaining some original features. Tours and an exhibition of archive material rarely seen are added attractions.

Fen Falcons in The Walks

The Walks, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 5EP
In person
Pre-booking not required

A fascinating display of birds of prey!

Ferry Lane Social Club

Ferry Lane, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Fantastic river views and real ale. A wonderful private club open for the day.

Fore Street Pool

Fore Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1JZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

An elegant Victorian design with a fully glazed roof. Officially opened on the 1st March 1894 by the Mayor of Ipswich Samuel Anness. The first year saw over 42,000 people use the facility. The population of Ipswich was only 57,000 at the time.

Former Atomic Weapons Bunker Tours

61G Gorse Industrial Estate, Barnham, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PH
In person
Pre-booking required

Tour a Scheduled Monument to the Cold War, where the Atom bombs Blue Danube and Red Beard were maintained including a voluntary climb up a 25ft watchtower!

Foster Hill Road Cemetery

The Gatehouse, Foster Hill Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 7TD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover a large historic cemetery with 40,000 graves dating back to 1855. Cemetery records will be available to view on the open day as well as guided and self guided walks available.

Friends of March Railway Station Victorian Event

Platform 2, March Railway Station, Station Road, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 9QW
In person
Pre-booking not required

Celebration of the Victorian era at March Station.

Friends Quaker Meeting House

Bridge Street, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Truth, simplicity, equality and peace.

From Faith to Faith

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1TF
In person
Pre-booking required

A walk visiting a number of churches to illustrate the basic issues involved in the religious, social and political conflicts that arose at the Reformation and afterwards.

From Kashmir to Paisley: One Motif, Many Crafts

Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1AW
In person
Pre-booking required

A talk by Mansi S Rao examining the buta motif that originated in India and went on to become widely recognised as the Paisley motif.

From Leprosy to Lunacy – Caring for the Sick in Norwich Over the Centuries

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1TF
In person
Pre-booking required

We are so fortunate today to have the NHS - however much under pressure. But what happened when you were sick or old in the past?

From Sewers to Seaside Splendour

Alfred Road, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9AU
In person
Pre-booking required

Cromer surveyor and architect A.F. Scott, (1854-1936) left a legacy of hotels, houses, shops, public works & churches. Hear fascinating stories, explore his architectural styles on a walk with his great granddaughter, holder of the Scott archive

Gainsborough's House

Gainsboroughs House, 46-47 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2EU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Gainsborough's House is looking forward to welcoming visitors free of charge for Heritage Open Days 2024. Come and join us on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September to explore all we have to offer in the traditional house and new galleries.

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre - Guided Backstage Tours

Pier Gardens, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 6PP
In person
Pre-booking required

We'll be throwing open our doors to give guided backstage tours of our original Edwardian building, offering insights into how things work behind the scenes and showing you parts of the building that are not normally accessible to the public.

Great Ellingham One-Place Study presents 'GREAT ELLINGHAM CONNECTED'

The Crown Public House, 30 Church Street, Great Ellingham, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 1LE
In person
Pre-booking not required

An imaginative exhibition exploring some of Great Ellingham’s fascinating history. Displays showing village roads and ancient footways, connected village families and community interaction by way of former clubs, societies & meeting places.

Great Yarmouth Holidays Through The Decades

Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Town Hall, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2QF
In person
Pre-booking not required

Great Yarmouth and Gorleston-on-Sea have been resorts visited by millions of visitors since the mid 18th Century. Take a look at how holiday brochures have changed over the years along with some heritage posters.

Great Yarmouth Minster Bell Tower and Silver Collection

Church Plain, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 1NE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit the ringing chamber at Great Yarmouth Minster and see the twelve bells in action, and take a look at an exhibition of some of our rare ecclesiastical silverware.

Greenland Fishery

Nelson Street, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Have a whale of a time.

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse

Gressenhall, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 4DR
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit Gressenhall for free as part of Heritage Open Days - and see some object conservation up close as part of the day's events!

Grey Friars (now Greyfriars Luxury Hotel and Restaurant)

Greyfriars Luxury Hotel and Restaurant, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG
In person
Pre-booking required

The present Grey Friars building dates back to 1755, but its site has a much older history which is revealed via a guided walk and displays of old photographs and documents in The Salon, one of the hotel's meeting rooms.

Greyfriars Arts Space

Greyfriars Art Space, Custom House, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Quirky local art at Greyfriars Arts Space.

Groundworks Art Gallery

17 Purfleet Street, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover Environmental Artistry!

Guided Heritage Tour of Dragon Hall

Dragon Hall, 115-123 King Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1QE
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to the National Centre for Writing, and take a full guided tour with one of our Heritage Volunteer Guides.

Guided tour of Drove Orchards Fruit Farm

Thornham Road, Thornham, Norfolk, PE36 6LS
In person
Pre-booking required

Take a guided tour of Drove Orchards Fruit Farm.

Guided Tours of Ipswich Regent Theatre

3 St. Helens Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1HE
In person
Pre-booking required

Bookable free guided tours will lead you behind the curtain of East Anglia's largest theatre and see parts of the building not normally open to the public. Tours are limited to 20 people, and tickets must be booked in advance.

Guided Tours of Ipswich Town Hall, Mayor's Parlour and Corn Exchange

Town Hall, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1DH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Fifty minute guided tours around Ipswich Town Hall, The Mayor's Parlour and the Corn Exchange.

Guided walking tour of the grounds of Hunstanton Hall

St. Marys Rectory, Church Road, Old Hunstanton, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 6JS
In person
Pre-booking required

Meet at St Mary's Church, Old Hunstanton, grade II listed dating from 13th century. Tours will go through the grounds of the Hall across the moat and into the courtyard. Information will be given about the various features on the route.

Hampton Court Secret Garden

Hampton Court, Nelson Street, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Hidden surprise

Hanse House

Saturday Market Place, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Unique historic survival.

Hardwick Cemetery

Hardwick Road, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Every gravestone tells a story.

Harvest House

Cobbold Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 7SP
In person
Pre-booking required

An iconic 1903 architectural gem on the Felixstowe cliffs which features plenty of original Edwardian features and a delightful garden.

Harwich Museum

Anglia House, Main Road, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3FN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Harwich is a historic and distinctive town steeped in a wealth of history.

Haunted Chelmsford Podcast

Essex,
Online event
Pre-booking not required

Stories of haunted Chelmsford.

Heritage Skills Market

Triangle Market, St Peter's Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1QA
In person
Pre-booking not required

A day of learning about and experiencing a range of heritage skills, delivered my local traders.

Hertfordshire Fire Museum

223-229 Lower High St, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 2AG
In person
Pre-booking not required

People will be able to see the history of fire fighting in the Museum, as well as the equipment now used by the fire fighters of today.

Hidden History Walking Tour

Norwich Arts Centre, 51 St. Benedicts Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4PG
In person
Pre-booking required

This walking tour focuses on the often-overlooked western area of Norwich, within the city walls and ‘over the water’.

Historic Blofield

Blofield Church, Church Road, Blofield, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 4NA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Drop in to this large historic church to discover Blofield's history exploring old maps, aerial views and photographs of people who have lived here.

Historic Colegate guided tour

Maids Head Hotel, 20 Tombland, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1LB
In person
Pre-booking required

A 1½ hour guided walking tour, with Norwich tour guide Paul Dickson, looking at the stories of the people and places in Colegate, an area bursting with the history of Norwich.

Historical Importance of the River Waveney to Bungay

Riverside, Staithe Road, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 1EU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Bungay, known as Little London in the late 1800s, was a major trader and textile producer. The river gradually became un-navigable which led to loss of trade for Bungay. There will be displays, talks and 'hands on' exhibits.

History of Baptists in Ramsey

Great Whyte Baptist Church, Great Whyte, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, PE26 1HA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and find out about the Baptists in Ramsey and find out the connections with Coventry. The site where the Baptists first built a chapel in the town will be open with some history displays.

Hollytrees Museum

Hollytrees Museum, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Hollytrees is the best 18th-century house in Colchester and has been a museum since 1929.

Holy Cross Church Sarratt

Church Lane, Sarratt, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 6HE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Holy Cross was founded in 1194 during the rule of the crusading King Richard the Lionheart and the crusades must have influenced both the name and the design of the Church – a Greek Cross! Lots of interesting things to see and activities to do.

Holy Trinity Church

Trinity Square, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Holy Trinity is the oldest standing building in Colchester, predating the Norman castle by three-quarters of a century.

Holy Trinity Church, Orton Longueville

Holy Trinity Church, The Village, Orton Longueville, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 7DN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Holy Trinity Church will be open for the wider community to look around our lovely 13th century church.

Horsey Windpump

Somerton Road, Horsey, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 4EE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Celebrate Heritage Open Day and discover the rich history of the windpump with free admission into the iconic building. Find out how drainage mills work, the importance they play in the landscape and how this windpump was brought back to life.

Houghton House Tour

Hazelwood Lane, Ampthill, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2EY
In person
Pre-booking not required

Houghton House today is the shell of a 17th-century mansion commanding magnificent views, reputedly the inspiration for the ‘House Beautiful’ in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.

How a Peacock brought Hope to the village

The Littleport Society, The Barn, Main Street, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, CB6 1PH
In person
Pre-booking not required

The story of Victorian entrepreneur William Peacock, the Hope Brothers factory, and how it changed the fenland village of Littleport.

How far would you travel for your faith?

Halesworth Road, Walpole, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 9AZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

We are creating a map, based on the first edition of the OS 1” to show how far people had to travel to worship at the oldest Independent Chapel in the county, as there was nowhere else for them to go. We are using our Baptism Records dated 1706-1835,

Hungate Church (Beccles Methodist and United Reformed Church)

Hungate Church (Beccles Methodist and United Reformed Church), Hungate, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9TT
In person
Pre-booking not required

An opportunity to see the interior of historic Hungate Church (Methodist and United Reformed), find out about its long history and see some artefacts connected with it.

I-Spy at the Museum

Natural History Museum Tring, Akeman Street, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 6AP
In person
Pre-booking not required

Family Trail

Illustrated talk: Kett’s Rebellion – networks and connections

St Matthew's Church, Telegraph Lane West, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4JA
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Kett’s Heights in Norwich was the headquarters of Kett’s rebellion in July and August 1549. This talk explores social and family connections, historical parallels, and the landscape of rebellion.

Imogen Holst House: 9 Church Walk

9 Church Walk, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5DU
In person
Pre-booking preferred

A special opening of the Aldeburgh home of composer, conductor, and educator Imogen Holst. It is open for timed slot entry to explore her one-bed bungalow which is a fascinating mid-century capsule designed and built by HT ‘Jim’ Cadbury-Brown.

In Sickness and in Health

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1TF
In person
Pre-booking required

A walk looking at the life expectancy of Norwich citizens, the diseases they suffered from, and the development of medical services, from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century.

Inanna's Festival

2 St. Andrews Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1AD
In person
Pre-booking required

Join this talk to discover the history of this 17th century weaver's flint-walled house with timbered beams. The talk includes a chapter on the life of the weavers and their place in the history of Norwich.

Ipswich 100

County Library, Northgate Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3DE
In person
Pre-booking not required

September 2024 is the centenary of Ipswich County Library. During the Heritage Open Days you will be able to view an exhibition curated by Suffolk Libraries and Suffolk Archives and take part in our Stone Seeking Quest.

Ipswich Citadel Salvation Army celebrate 140 years

558 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 4PH
In person
Pre-booking not required

A warm invitation to explore the past and present life of our Corps (church) as we celebrate 140 years of the Salvation Army in Ipswich.

Ipswich Institute Reading Room and Library

Reading Room & Library, 15 Tavern Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3AA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Have you ever walked past the blue door hidden on Tavern Street in Ipswich and wondered what was behind it? Now is your chance! We will be opening our buildings to non-members to explore the Ipswich Institute, local history and heritage.

Ipswich Magistrates Court

Elm Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2AP
In person
Pre-booking not required

Open day for the general public - with mock sentencing exercises, opportunities to speak to Magistrates and representatives of other agencies involved in the criminal justice system and behind the scenes tours of the court cells.

Ipswich Maritime Trust on board Sailing Barge Victor

outside Old Custom House, Common Quay, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1BY
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come on board the iconic Sailing Barge Victor, meet members of the Ipswich Maritime Trust, and discover more about our maritime heritage.

Ipswich School Heritage Open Morning

25 Henley Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3SG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Ipswich School will be opening its doors for a fascinating tour of the school’s long history on Saturday 7 September, as part of Heritage Open Days 2024.

Jarrolds History Tour

1-11 London Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1JF
In person
Pre-booking required

Explore the often-unseen history of the Jarrolds Department Store in heart of Norwich.

Jewish Cemetery

Lincoln Tavern, 13 Millfleet, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

A quiet and spiritual space.

John Innes Centre: Let's Talk About Scent

Colney Lane, Colney, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7UH
In person
Pre-booking required

An illustrated talk by scientist Mikhaela Neequaye and tour of our rare botanical books. Discover how plants attract pollinators by altering smells. How do flowers produce different aromas and how have these adaptations evolved?

John Lewis & Partners Norwich - History of the shop talk and behind the scenes Georgian Cottage tour

All Saints Green, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3LX
In person
Pre-booking required

Discover the history of the shop, from its small beginnings as Bonds drapers shop in 1879 to the John Lewis & Partners shop it is today.

Julian's Medieval Norwich guided tour

St Julian's Church, St Julian's Alley, Rouen Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1QT
In person
Pre-booking required

This tour celebrates Julian of Norwich, the 14th and early 15th century mystic and the medieval city in which she lived.

King Edward IV (KEGS Virtual Tour)

Essex,
Online event
Pre-booking not required

A virtual tour of KEGS in Chelmsford.

KING STREET GROWTH, DECLINE AND REGENERATION

St Peter Mancroft Church, Hay Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1QQ
In person
Pre-booking required

Jonathan Hooten traces the rise, fall and rise again of what has been one of the most important roads in Norwich.

King Street History walk

168 King Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1QH
In person
Pre-booking required

A guided stroll along King Street, exploring the street’s chequered past with local guides. Hear about the street that has been trodden by wealthy merchants and religious communities, by those who came to work and those who made it their home.

King's Lynn Minster

Saturday Market Place, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 5DQ
In person
Book on day

At the heart of our town

King's Lynn Town Band in The Walks

The Walks, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Town Band plays some old favourites.

King’s Lynn Town Hall and Guildhall

King's Lynn Town Hall, Saturday Market Place, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Seat of power and an historic setting for music dance and refreshments

Kings, Queens, Dungeons and Dragons

Berkhamsted Castle Gates, White Hill, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1LJ
In person
Pre-booking required

Royal escapes to and from Berkhamsted Take a stroll through royal routes to and from the castle and stroll through a former royal deer park

Kingsbury exhibition

Kingsbury Lodge, Branch Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4SX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Annual Pottery exhibition. Visitors can see and purchase ceramic art from over 30 potters with a variety of styles in this beautiful 13/14 century barn which is privately owned and therefore not usually open to the public.

Landguard Fort

Viewpoint Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 3TW
In person
Pre-booking not required

A Grade 1 listed building with a rich military and maritime heritage.

Last Orders

The Swan Hotel, 19 The Thoroughfare, IP20 9AS, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9AS
In person
Pre-booking not required

A temporary exhibition featuring historic and modern photographs of some of the largely now bygone pubs of Harleston as well as some relevant artefacts.

Lath Mansion, Nelson Street

Nelson Street, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

How the rich lived.

Lazar House

Lazar House, 219 Sprowston Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 4HX
In person
Pre-booking required

Lazar House was originally was built in 1101 by Bishop Herbert de Losinga, as a hospital for male lepers and the sick poor. It has since had many purposes and has a rich and interesting history.

Let the bells ring out for Stowmarket

St Peter and St Marys Church, Station Road West, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1ES
In person
Pre-booking preferred

A wonderful peal of 10 bells, refurbished, augmented and hung on a new metal frame in 2023. Experience the sound of the bells from within the tower, watch the bells ringing at close hand and find out what goes on behind the scenes.

Live and Let Live Public House, Windsor Road

Windsor Road, off London Road, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Lovely traditional pub with traditional pub games.

London Road Methodist Chapel

London Road, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Surprise Victorian interior with music.

Lowestoft Arts Centre

13 St. Peters Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1QA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Lowestoft Arts Centre is non for profit art centre run by volunteers and has gallery manned by volunteers who have art works for sale. There are studios attached with three artists.

Lowestoft Maritime Museum

Whapload Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1XG
In person
Pre-booking not required

A celebration of the area's rich maritime heritage. Enjoy extensive displays and much more in this ingeniously laid-out museum.

Lowestoft Seafest 2024

Hadenham Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 7NF
In person
Pre-booking not required

Lowestoft Seafest taking place this September

Lydia Eva YH89 Steam Drifter

20-21 South Quay, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2RG
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Lydia Eva is Great Yarmouth’s last steam drifter. Built in 1930 she acts as a floating museum of the town’s herring fishing industry. Come aboard and discover how the fishermen worked and lived.

Lynn Museum

Old Market Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1NL
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Free admission, plus a fun family trail.

Maids Head Hotel

20 Tombland, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1LB
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us for a special tour with Norwich Tour Guide, Paul Dickson. Discover the Maids Head 800 year old past.

Majestic Cinema

Tower Street, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Unusual cinema survival.

Maldon & Heybridge Heritage Harbour Association - Heritage Open Day on the Quayside

The Hythe, 4 Brockley Cottages, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6QX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit Maldon & Heybridge Heritage Harbour, a national Heritage Harbour and climb aboard a Thames Barge, the Steam Tug Brent as well as enjoy a range of maritime based activities on the quayside especially for the Heritage Open Day 2024.

Mancroft Ringing Centre Tour

St Peter Mancroft, Hay Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1QQ
In person
Pre-booking required

The MRDC gallery was completed in 2018 and contains one of only four 'bell ringing simulators' in the world. Its bell tower is world famous because in 1715 the first ever peal was rung. You will see both.

March Station in the 40s

Platform 2, March Railway Station, Station Road, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 8SQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Learn about station life during the war years

Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans

Methodist Church, Marlborough Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3XG
In person
Pre-booking not required

A late 19th century Methodist Church, refurbished for modern comfort but original features undiminished. A self-led trail explains key features and a special display tells the story of the building and the congregation.

Marriotts Warehouse

The South Quay, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

A survival from Lynn's Tudor economy and detailed models of Lynn's historic buildings

Martello P

Martello Park, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 2GB
In person
Pre-booking not required

This fortification, built in the early nineteenth century, is one of the few which remain along the east coast.

Mayflower Food Festival

Market Place, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9AD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Collect stamps on a Mayflower themed food trail around town for a chance to win Vouchers which can be redeemed in local shops.

Meet the Curator

34-36 Bethel Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1NR
In person
Pre-booking required

Ever wondered how this exciting collection of South and South East Asian art and crafts found itself in the centre of Norwich? Discover more about our wonderful collection and behind-the-scenes work with our curatorial team.

Meet the Tudors at Christchurch Mansion

Christchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 2BE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Meet the Withypolls at Christchurch Mansion 1100–1600 Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th Find out how the Tudors lived at the Mansion with a costumed guide from The Friends of the Ipswich Museums. Will Queen Elizabeth I be visiting?

Mersea Roman Barrow

Barrow Barn, 7A East Mersea Road, West Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8SL
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Roman Barrow Mound is an excavated burial chamber, the contents of which are in Mersea Museum. They are the cremated remains of a male contained in a glass Roman cremation urn, found with a lead casket. It was excavated in 1912.

Mid Norfolk Family History Society - Immigration and Emigration - Comings and goings in history.

Church House, Church Street, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1DN
In person
Pre-booking not required

This year, we are looking at how people travelled around in the past. Contrary to popular belief, our ancestors often went looking for work and opportunities to better themselves. Just how far some Dereham folk went will surprise you!

Mistley Towers - Rigby Ramble (History Tours)

The Walls, Mistley, Essex, CO11 1HB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Two porticoed classical towers, which stood at each end of a grandiose but highly unconventional Georgian church, designed by Robert Adam in 1776.

MORE TALES BEHIND NORFOLK’S SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY TOKENS

St Peter Mancroft Church, Hay Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1QQ
In person
Pre-booking required

Stories, people and connections from across Norfolk, 1649 - 1660

Mousehold Heath Geology and Landscape Walk

The Pavilion, Gurney Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4HW
In person
Pre-booking required

Join geologist Tim Holt-Wilson and a Norwich City Council Mousehold Heath warden for a guided tour of the Earth Heritage Trail and explore the geodiversity of the site.

Mousehold Heath History Walk

The Pavilion, Gurney Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4HW
In person
Pre-booking required

Mousehold Heath History Walk focusing on the story of St William's Chapel and Kett's Rebellion.

Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell

Bridewell Alley, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1AQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

An exciting opportunity to explore the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell for free as part of Heritage Open Days.

Museum of the Broads

Poors Staithe, The Staithe, Stalham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 9DA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit the Museum of the Broads for free! Discover the stories of the Broads, its history and heritage. Films and activities for all ages. Cyclists, walkers, families and dogs very welcome. Broads themed shop and small cafe. Picnic area by river.

Narborough Bone Mill

Belgrave House, Main Road, Narborough, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 1TE
In person
Pre-booking not required

See our 16 foot waterwheel turning, original brick floors & remains of Victorian mill buildings, model of mill, finds uncovered during excavations in our visitor centre which is a mini replica of the original building. Have a guided tour of the site.

NESW St Peter Mancroft Tours

St Peter Mancroft, Hay Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1QQ
In person
Pre-booking required

The Head Verger will take you on a relaxed tour of this wonderful medieval building. You will visit the Treasury, go behind the scenes to the Sacristy, tread The Processional Way, see the Lady Chapel and much more.

Norfolk Family History Society

70 St Giles Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1LS
In person
Pre-booking not required

On Heritage Open Days, we will welcome visitors to the Research Centre and assist them with their family history research.

Norfolk Wherry Trust

Horsefen Road, Ludham, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 5QG
In person
Pre-booking not required

An opportunity to visit the Norfolk Wherry Trust boatyard, home of Albion, a 125 year old 'black-sailed' trading wherry.

Norman Tower, St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Angel Hill, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1LS
In person
Pre-booking required

Visitors will be able to enjoy a brief history of the Norman Tower, find out information about the bells in the Tower and hear about the art of bellringing. This will include a demonstration of bellringing. There are timed visits lasting 45 minutes

Northwest Clog Dancing

All Saints Green, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3LX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Fiddlesticks Northwest Clog Dancers will be performing in Norwich city centre on 14th September

Norwich Arts Centre

51 St. Benedicts Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4PG
In person
Pre-booking not required

See inside the award-winning multi-arts venue housed within a Grade 1 listed deconsecrated church.

Norwich Castle

Castle Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3JU
In person
Pre-booking not required

An exciting opportunity to explore Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery for free as part of Heritage Open Days.

Norwich Cathedral Broderers Guild

Chapter Office, 65 The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DH
In person
Pre-booking required

Take a 'behind the scenes' tour of the Broderers' Guild and find out about how we care for and repair ecclesiastical textiles, as well as design and make new frontals and vestments.

Norwich Cathedral Cloister

The Dean & Chapter of Norwich Cathedral, Chapter Office, 65 The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DH
In person
Pre-booking required

Norwich has one of the finest cathedral cloisters in Europe.

Norwich Cathedral: Agincourt - a victory made in Norwich

The Dean & Chapter of Norwich Cathedral, Chapter Office, 65 The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DH
In person
Pre-booking required

The 1415 battle of Agincourt is one of the most stunning victories in English military history. Less well known is the pivotal role played by Norfolk knight Sir Thomas Erpingham. This tour explores the story of the man, the campaign and the battle.

Norwich Cathedral: continuation and change - Norwich Cathedral from its foundation to the English reformations.

The Dean & Chapter of Norwich Cathedral, Chapter Office, 65 The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DH
In person
Pre-booking required

Explore the many reformations during the cathedral's history. Foundation, monastic times, the Reformation, dissolution of the monastery, religious changes of the 16th century, Civil War, Restoration, 19th century developments to the current day.

Norwich Cathedral: Edith Cavell

The Dean & Chapter of Norwich Cathedral, Chapter Office, 65 The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DH
In person
Pre-booking required

Norfolk-born Edith Cavell, a British nurse working in German-occupied Belgium during the First World War, assisted Allied soldiers to escape back to their own lines. She was arrested, tried and executed in 1915. She is buried at Norwich Cathedral.

Norwich Cathedral: Family learning and library event

The Dean & Chapter of Norwich Cathedral, Chapter Office, 65 The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Doorways to the past - activities for primary-aged children in Norwich Cathedral Cloister

Norwich Cathedral: how did they build this?

The Dean & Chapter of Norwich Cathedral, Chapter Office, 65 The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DH
In person
Pre-booking required

How was the ground plan for this Norman cathedral devised? How did the masons source, design, shape and bond the stones to produce this wonderful building? How did the woodworkers craft and assemble the remarkable wooden furnishings?

Norwich Cathedral: Julian's many connections

The Dean & Chapter of Norwich Cathedral, Chapter Office, 65 The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DH
In person
Pre-booking required

We know Julian of Norwich as an author and a recluse, but her connections go far and wide. This tour will explore the many connections in her time and subsequently, which have made her a world figure and Norwich a centre of pilgrimage in her name.

Norwich Cathedral: Library links

The Dean & Chapter of Norwich Cathedral, Chapter Office, 65 The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Routes and networks through the collections of Norwich Cathedral Library, beginning with the oldest book in the collection, printed in 1474.

Norwich Cathedral: man-made routes and natural connections

Norwich Cathedral, The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DH
In person
Pre-booking required

In order to build this cathedral, a means of getting the building materials to the site was devised. This tour starts at Pull’s Ferry, works its way through the Lower Close and will follow the man-made routes which allowed the construction to start.

Norwich Cathedral: Queen Elizabeth I's East Anglian journey 1578

The Dean & Chapter of Norwich Cathedral, Chapter Office, 65 The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DH
In person
Pre-booking required

In August 1578, during her East Anglian progress, Elizabeth I stayed in Norwich for a week and attended a service at the Cathedral, where her Boleyn ancestors are buried. This tour focuses on contemporary and other visible reminders of this visit.

Norwich Cathedral: through the glass - a step through time

The Dean & Chapter of Norwich Cathedral, Chapter Office, 65 The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DH
In person
Pre-booking required

Norwich Cathedral’s fine selection of windows with stained glass date from the fourteenth century to the present day. This tour sheds light on the different styles, stories and histories of these colourful parts of the cathedral’s architecture.

Norwich Guildhall Tour

The Guildhall, Gaol Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1JS
In person
Pre-booking required

Centered in the city for over 600 years, Norwich Guildhall is the largest surviving medieval civic building in the country outside London. Visit the 14th-century undercroft, the police cells and the Victorian courtroom.

Norwich High School for Girls

95 Newmarket Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 2HU
In person
Pre-booking required

Discover Norwich High School for Girls, which has been situated on Newmarket Road since 1933. A fine example of a suburban Regency Villa, the buildings retain many original features including stunning architrave.

Norwich Over the Water - Walking Tour

Norwich City Hall, St Peters Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1NH
In person
Pre-booking required

The area north of the River Wensum is one of the longest settled parts of the city. This walking tour looks at the interesting history and stories associated with the area.

Norwich Printing Museum - Routes, Networks, Connections

Blickling Estate, Blickling, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 6NG
In person
Pre-booking not required

The collections of Norwich Printing Museum on display on National Trust's Blickling Estate, demonstrate the connections between Norwich, its people and culture, and the printers and industry of the nation, continent and beyond!

Norwich Quaker Meeting House

Quaker Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1EW
In person
Pre-booking not required

This Grade II listed neoclassical building built in 1826 has connections with the notable Gurney family and was designed by architect John Patience. It is still used by more than 80 community groups and for Quaker worship, every Sunday and Wednesday.

Norwich School Air Raid Shelter

69-71A The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DD
In person
Pre-booking required

A unique opportunity to step back in time to the Blitz during World War II. The air raid shelter under our playground offers a well-preserved insight into Norwich’s wartime history.

Norwich School Chapel

69-71A The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Explore at your leisure Norwich School's medieval chapel, packed full of heritage. A guide will be available on the day.

Norwich Synagogue

3 Earlham Road, 17a Grove Avenue, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 3RA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and visit our beautiful Synagogue with its beautiful windows which give the building its feeling of peace. There will be a display about the history of the Jewish people from Medieval times to the present as well as three talks during the day.

Now and Then

Market Place, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9AD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Follow a trail of buildings dating back to 1600s with photos of now and then during their evolution.

Octagon Chapel

Octagon House, 19 Colegate, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1BN
In person
Pre-booking preferred

See the interior of this unique building which is normally closed to the public except for Sunday services and public events

Oulton Chapel Open Days

Oulton Chapel, Hall Road, Oulton, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 6NU
In person
Pre-booking not required

A Grade II listed chapel that opened as a non-conformist place of worship in 1731. It is virtually unchanged from how it would have originally looked with its Flemish style red brick exterior and original box pews in the upper gallery.

Our Great British Parks

The Forum, The Forum, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1TF
In person
Pre-booking required

The Norfolk Gardens Trust brings us this fascinating insight into the history of one of our greatest ever institutions - our great British public park. We have all enjoyed them at some time in our lives but what do we really know about them?

Our Lady of the Annunciation Roman Catholic Church

London Road, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Unique Replica Holy House inside.

Oxburgh Estate

Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE33 9PS
In person
Book on day

Make the most of free entry to Oxburgh Estate on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September. Especially for Heritage Open Days, enjoy 'Curiosites and Cabinets' in the house and take in the wonderful views from the gatehouse roof.

Panacea Museum Behind the Scenes

The Panacea Museum, 11 Newnham Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3NX
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Behind the scenes tours; discover collections and archives not on display and find out how we look after artefacts left behind by the Panacea Society. Saturday 7th September FREE

Peckover House

Peckover House, North Brink, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 1JR
In person
Pre-booking not required

Peckover House will be opening it's doors free of charge as part of Heritage Open Day on 14th September. This year there will be a special focus on behind the scenes access to areas that haven't been open before.

PEREGRINATION, PIETY AND PROFIT

St Peter Mancroft, Hay Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1QQ
In person
Pre-booking required

Keith Carlton looks at how two remarkable Norfolk women - Julian of Norwich and Mary Kempe - were able to flourish.

Piccotts End: Pre-Reformation Wall paintings in a Grade I listed 16th century Hall House

132 Piccotts End, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 3AU
In person
Pre-booking required

This is a rare opportunity to see these unique early 16th century Wall paintings, recently featured on Celebrity Antiques Roadtrip. Come and learn what they tell us about the religious turmoil in the area on the eve of Henry VIII's Reformation.

Picture of Yarmouth Guided Heritage Walk

Church Plain, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 1NE
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us for Guided Heritage Walk to discover more about the book “The Picture of Yarmouth” which was published in 1820 by John Preston.

Picture of Yarmouth Talk

Church Plain, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 1NE
In person
Pre-booking required

Hear about buildings mentioned in John Preston’s book, “The Picture of Yarmouth” – an illustrated account of public establishments in the town.

Pioneers of Medicine in Norwich – Medical Societies and the Origins of The Jenny Lind.

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1TF
In person
Pre-booking required

The Jenny Lind celebrates its 170th anniversary this year, and to highlight this, Richard England (paediatric surgeon) and Stephen Gillam (GP and past president) talk about the evolution and development of the Norwich Medico-Chirurgical Society.

Place House Hall Open Day

Place House, Bluecoat Yard, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 9HL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Ware’s Grade I listed medieval hall, Place House Hall, will be open on Sunday 15th September. There will be a talk at 1430 on the history of Place House by Miss Dorothy Abel Smith, Chairman, HBPT. Refreshments will be on sale.

Private Resistance

The Swan Hotel, 19 The Thoroughfare, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9AS
In person
Pre-booking not required

A rehearsed reading of Private Resistance. An intriguing look at an alternative history and Churchill’s secret guerilla army, ready to go underground and fight behind the lines in the event of Nazi invasion.

Pull's Ferry Norwich

Pull's Ferry, Ferry Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and find out about the history of Pull's Ferry and see inside the Watergate room. Find out how the stone for the cathedral was transported up the river (now the road) and how people crossed the river before the bridges were built.

Quadram Institute: Hidden worlds of health, food, and microbes

Quadram Institute, Rosalind Franklin Road, Colney, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7UQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

TOURS and TALKS - Join scientists and NHS clinicians at the Quadram Institute for talks and tours, including the clinical research facility and Europe's largest endoscopy unit.

Quaker Meeting House

Friends Meeting House, Howard Street South, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 1LN
In person
Pre-booking not required

An early 19th century Quaker Meeting House, in a walled garden which was once the burial ground. Beneath the building are the remains of a 14th century cell occupied by Augustinian Friars, connected to Gorleston Priory, until c.1536.

Quaker Meeting House

6 Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
In person
Pre-booking not required

An opportunity to visit the meeting house of the Colchester Quakers who have been active in the area for centuries.

Radio Caroline and Felixstowe and Offshore Radio

Hut on the Prom, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 7SF
In person
Pre-booking not required

Felixstowe and Offshore Radio will have a display of mainly local archive photos, material and memorabilia focused on Radio Caroline and its local links.

RAF Coltishall Heritage Centre

Building 40, Main Guardroom, Scottow Enterprise Park, Badersfield, Norfolk, NR10 5FB
In person
Pre-booking required

A unique opportunity to visit the RAF Coltishall Heritage Centre and to take part in an escorted convoy tour of the former RAF station in your own car, stopping at many of the features of this famous Battle of Britain station.

Rayleigh Windmill

Rayleigh Windmill, Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7ED
In person
Pre-booking not required

Guided Tours, Presentations and Real Life 19th Century Millers!

Reading from the Archives: Norfolk Routes

County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 2DQ
Online & In person
Pre-booking required

Listen to extracts from letters, diaries and journals showcasing people’s travel to and around Norfolk during their holidays over the past 200 years.

Reconstructing an 18th Century Estate

Muskham Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2LF
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Walk through time to learn how the remaining buildings of Mark Hall Estate in Harlow connected to support the life of Mark Hall and Latton Parish. Gardens, Stables and Church. View artefacts usually in storage.

Red Mount Chapel

The Walks, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

This late 15th-century Red Mount Chapel was a wayside chapel for pilgrims on their way to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Redoubt Fort

Main Road, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3LT
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover this impressive Napoleonic Fort.

Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre Open Days

Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre, Station Road, Ridgmont, Bedfordshire, MK43 0XP
In person
Pre-booking not required

An award-winning Victorian (1846) station house and booking office restoration in the Gothic Cottage Orné style, with Museum (Original Victorian Booking Office with historical displays & temporary exhibitions) Vintage Tea Room, Gift Shop & Garden.

River Heritage Trail

School lane Car Park, Thetford, Norfolk, ip24 2ag
In person
Pre-booking required

Come on a guided walk of the Town including the history of our Rivers.

Roman Theatre

Maidenburgh Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UB
In person
Pre-booking not required

This is one of two Roman theatres in Colchester, the other being at Gosbecks Archaeological Park also featuring in this year's programme. Going to see a play was a popular leisure activity in the Roman world.

Romans, Romans and Monks.

Caistor Roman Town, Caistor St Edmund, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 8QN
In person
Pre-booking not required

From Caistor Roman Town to Burgh Castle and on to St Benet's Abbey, 3 iconic heritage sites in Norfolk will host a geocache challenge for everyone to enjoy.

Rothschild Bungalow

Woodwalton Fen NNR, Chapel Road, Ramsey Heights, Cambridgeshire, PE26 2RS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Celebrate Woodwalton Fen NNR, birthplace of modern wildlife conservation. Step inside and look around the historic Rothschild Bungalow, and explore this beautiful reserve.

Routes to our past at the Maeldune Heritage Centre

Maeldune Heritage Centre, Thomas Plume's Library, St Peter's Tower, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4PZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Explore the routes to our past through the stunning Maldon Embroidery by creating your own map of Maldon

Routes to Your Roots

County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 2DQ
In person
Pre-booking required

Connect with your ancestors with our introduction to family history workshop explaining how to use information gathered from your family and original sources available online to start tracing your family history.

Royal Naval Hospital Great Yarmouth

Royal Naval Hospital, Queens Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3JU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover a Grade II* listed building. Built in 1811, it is an ex-military hospital and barracks.

Royston Museum

5 Lower King Street, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 5AL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover over 2000 years' worth of history at Royston Museum!

Royston Parish Church Guided Tours

St John the Baptist Church, Church Lane, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 9LG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and visit Royston Parish Church for a tour (either self-guided or with a local guide) to discover the history of a place where monks, residents and travellers along the Icknield Way and Ermine Street have prayed for over 850 years.

RSPCA - Who they really are

The Forum, The Forum, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1TF
In person
Pre-booking required

Hear where it all began, this talk will look back to where the SPCA began, before it received it's Royal "R" status, when it arrived in Norfolk and how it evolved.

RSPCA at War

The Forum, The Forum, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1TF
In person
Pre-booking required

A look back to the pivotal role the RSPCA undertook during times of conflict focussing on the First and Second world wars throughout the 20th century.

Sacred Heart Church

Needingworth Road, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 5JT
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visitors will be able to explore the unique history of 'Pugin's Little Gem' and learn about key people who overcame personal tragedy, adversity and challenges to create Sacred Heart Church.

Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich

University of East Anglia, Norfolk Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us for a unique architectural tour of the iconic Sainsbury Centre and the Ziggurats building. Go behind the scenes with an exclusive tour of the famous Crescent Wing corridor where scenes from the Avengers: Age of Ultron were filmed.

Saint Michael and All Angels Ruin: its place in the landscape and history of Bowthorpe

Bowthorpe Hall Rd, Bowthorpe, Norwich, Norfolk, NR5 9AA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover a 14th-century ruin with an illustrated guide to points of archaeological interest. There will also be displays and information on local history and famous figures over the years, as well as a themed quiz for all to enjoy.

Saturday Market Place - performances and market

Saturday Market Place, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

The historic Saturday Market in front of The Minster. There will be Norfolk Heritage Market, highlighting the flavours of Norfolk with food, drink, bees, crafts and traditional songs and dances.

Secret Trails at Saint John's

Cathedral House, Unthank Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 2PA
In person
Pre-booking required

Discover the hidden trails within, beneath, and above the Catholic Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist while exploring areas not usually open to the public. See inside the roof spaces and marvel at the beauty of the sacristies.

Showing archive films about Silver End Village

Broadway, Silver End, Witham, Essex, CM8 3RQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

A showing of short films of local past and recent events about Silver End

Silks, Shawls and Other Stuff: Norwich and the Textiles Trade

Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1TF
In person
Pre-booking not required

A display tracing the development of the textiles industry in Norwich.

Silver End Garden Village Walk

Silver End Village Hall, Silver End, Broadway, Witham, Essex, CM8 3RQ
In person
Pre-booking required

A guided walk around Silver End GardenVillage. Built from 1926 to house the workers of the village Crittall factory. Of particular interest are the Modern Movement flat roofed houses of which 35 are grade II listed.

Silver End Heritage Centre

Silver End Village Hall, Broadway, Silver End, Witham, Essex, CM8 3RQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Heritage Centre housed within the largest village hall in the UK has a unique collection of artefacts, ephemera, maps etc. depicting the social and working lives of people in Silver End Garden Village

Silver spoons and much more...

St Peter Mancroft Church, Hay Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1QQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

An Exhibition highlighting some of the Ticktum Trust collection of about 400 silver spoons & other items, dating from Middle Ages to 19th century, including spoons made by craftsmen in Norwich.

Skipper and Scott’s lasting legacy for Cromer

Outside Cliftonville Hotel, Alfred Road/Runton Road junction, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9AU
In person
Pre-booking required

A day to explore the legacy of these two Victorian/Edwardian architects. Hear the fascinating stories, and see the buildings they designed on walks led by Judith Merrill, great-granddaughter of A.F. Scott and Paul Dickson tour guide.

Smock Mill

High Street, Walton, Suffolk, IP11 9QN
In person
Pre-booking not required

A welcome return for one of the iconic buildings in Walton, near Felixstowe. This is a rare example of this type of mill in East Anglia. Visitors will learn about the history of the mill from the owner.

South Gate

South Gate Roundabout, London Road, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

An historic Gateway.

St Albans Clock Tower

The Clock Tower, Market Place, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5DR
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover 600 years of history with a visit to the only medieval town belfry in England. Marvel at the medieval great bell, Gabriel. Relish the rooftop views and be entertained and educated by the display: “Roof Top Shutter Station at the Clock Tower"

St Andrew's Church, Eaton

St. Andrews Church, 41 Church Lane, Eaton, Norfolk, NR4 6NW
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and discover St Andrew's Church

St Andrews Church, Northborough.

St Andrew's Church, Church Street, Northborough, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE6 9BN
In person
Pre-booking not required

An interesting and historic parish church, recently added to the at risk register of Historic England. Visit the tomb of Elizabeth Cromwell. Personal tours available on request.

St Augustine Church & Parish Centre

St. Augustines Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 3AH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover St Augustine Church, which was built in 1869 as part of the new park development. It is a Gothic style Church. It is a Listed Building Grade I. The List entry number is 1126690 and first listed on 31st October 1983. Architect Mr Bassett -Smith.

St Augustine's Church Norwich

St Augustine' Street, St Augustine's Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 3BY
In person
Pre-booking not required

Explore this medieval church set in a large green churchyard with its wealth of memorials and the only 17th-century brick tower in the city.

St Charalambos Greek Orthodox Church Open Day

Lower Harpenden Road, East Hyde, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 9QS
In person
Pre-booking preferred

We once again open our doors for everyone to come and see our beautiful church, a former Anglican Church built in 1841, and now the sole Greek Orthodox Church in Bedfordshire.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral Ancient Library Tour

Angel Hill, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1LS
In person
Pre-booking required

Come and learn more about our Ancient Library and the books in the Cathedral’s collection.

St Etheldreda's Artists Studios

St Etheldreda's Church, KIng Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1QP
In person
Pre-booking not required

Medieval church building including round tower and porch with Norman arch - which has exhibition space and studios for 10 artists.

St Faith's Church, Gaywood

St. Faith's Church,, Gayton Road,, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

A lovely medieval church.

St Giles Church, Norwich

St Giles church., 75 Upper St Giles Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1AB
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With a 15th century brass lectern and the tallest church tower in Norwich, this striking medieval building is not to be missed. With limited opening times, St Giles can be a bit elusive so take the opportunity while you can.

St Giles Masonic Centre

St John's Green, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7EZ
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Originally a Norman church, St Giles has had many later additions including a wooden tower built in 1819. It was converted to its present use as a masonic centre in 1972-76.

St Ives Masonic Hall

St Ives Masonic Hall, Wellington Street, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 5AZ
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A guided visit with a history of the building and an explanation of Freemasonry.

St Ives Methodist Church

St Ives Methodist Church, 4 The Waits, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 5BY
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The Church has recently been refurbished. There is a textile hanging in the Church completed during Covid, designed and executed by the textile artist Gail Lawther.

St Ives Town Hall

Market Hill, The Old Riverport, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 5AL
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On the first floor of the Town Hall the Council Chamber will be open, where you can hear the history and see the Civic Regalia.

St James Parish Church - Laser Ground Imaging Talk

St James Parish Church, School Lane, Husborne Crawley, Bedfordshire, MK43 0UY
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A talk on Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) Digital Mapping by Andy Mason with examples from around Husborne Crawley. Overhead laser imagery can be manipulated to remove later buildings & vegetation to show hidden features such as Roman roads.

St James Parish Church Open Day + Bike n Hike + Ride n Stride

St James Parish Church, School Lane, Husborne Crawley, Bedfordshire, MK43 0UY
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Our beautiful medieval church will be open for visitors, including the bell tower - uniquely built of greensand that is still GREEN – plus the Elizabethan marble tomb of John Thompson and his wife with their effigies – rare in a parish church.

St James the Great Church

St James the Great Church, East Hill, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2QL
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St James the Great is a beautiful Grade II* listed Anglo-Catholic church situated in an imposing position. It is a house of worship and of historical, architectural and artistic interest being a repository of Colchester's heritage.

St John Ambulance - Lowestoft Heritage Centre

Oxford Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1TW
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Open day at the St John Ambulance HQ in Lowestoft including the Heritage Room: equipment and vehicles, past and present, will be on display.

St John the Baptist Church, Cockayne Hatley

Cockayne Hatley Church, Cockayne Hatley, Church Farm Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 EA
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Visit this delightful medieval church in a quiet rural setting with remarkable Flemish woodwork installed in the 19th century.

St John The Evangelist Church

Blackfriars Road, Smithfield Cottage, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EQ
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The Church in The Walks.

St John's Abbey Gate Open House

St John's Abbey Green, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7EZ
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This pinnacled gatehouse, elaborately decorated in East Anglian 'flushwork', is the sole survivor of the wealthy Benedictine abbey of St John. It was built around 1400 to strengthen the abbey's defenses following the Peasants' Revolt.

St John's Green Primary School

St. Johns Green, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7HE
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Drop-in and join our History Ambassadors for a tour of the late Victorian School, built in 1898 by architects Goodey & Cressall.

St Laurence Church, Upminster

St. Laurence Church, Corbets Tey Road, Upminster, Essex, RM14 2BB
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An opportunity to look around this beautiful and historic church. There will be a display of current and historical information, a children's trail and stewards available to answer questions.

St Margaret's Church

Fletton Avenue, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 8DE
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View the Saxon Stones. Trace your family history. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings. View the Great War memorial and learn about the men who made the ultimate sacrifice.

St Margaret's Church, Ipswich

Soane Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 2BE
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For over 700 years, St Margaret’s has been at the heart of Ipswich. See our magnificent 15th century roof and our 21st century bellringing gallery. Self-guide with a leaflet (including one for children) and see our exhibit of old prints.

St Mark's Church, Lakenham, Norwich

St Mark's Church, Hall Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3HL
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St Mark’s is a Victorian church with a spectacular interior, containing a gallery with a striking rood screen by Temple Moore, a war-memorial chapel with a Temple Moore reredos and some finely sculpted stations of the cross.

St Mary Magdalene Church, Norwich

Silver Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 4TF
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St Mary Magdalene (built in 1903) serves a parish that includes Mousehold Heath. Objects transferred from St James Pockthorpe include screen panels and the font. There will be information about the local area and both churches.

St Mary-at-the-Walls Church (Colchester Arts Centre)

Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
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St Mary-at-the-Walls has a rich history, both as a church and, more recently, as the Colchester Arts Centre. Refurbished in 2021, it boasts amazing mosaic toilets, which are not to be missed, as well as stunning views from the top of its tower.

St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church, Church Street, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0EG
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A great chance to see one of the oldest churches in Watford. Located in central Watford this church is at the hub of the community throughout our town's history.

St Mary's Church, South Walsham

The Street, South Walsham, 6 Church Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 6DQ
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Discover a medieval church full of interesting features

St Mary's Church, Wivenhoe

Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, High Street, Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex, CO7 9BD
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St Mary's is a largely mid-Victorian church in the heart of the picturesque riverside town of Wivenhoe. The church was recently refurbished and extended to enable it to function as a community space in the 21st century.