Each September thousands of volunteers across the country invite you to experience local history, architecture and culture. All for free. 

This year's festival will take place between 11-20 September 2020


Search the event directory here  at https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting

With lots available online, you can explore locally, enjoying some NENG links or venture much further afield.........

For the first time in its history, England’s largest festival of heritage and culture will feature online events as well as in-person activities. Heritage Open Days (HODs) returns in September, thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Uncovering stories, sites, places and people that traditional history has overlooked or forgotten has always been at the heart of HODs. This year people can experience virtual tours and take part in online discussions as well as visiting historic places and green spaces in person. This means visitors can just as easily explore events across England, as those on their doorsteps.

The introduction of digital events marks a significant shift for HODs and its network of volunteer organisers.

Annie Reilly, Head of Producing at Heritage Open Days, said: “The festival is about connecting people so we can share in the amazing stories of the places, spaces, nature, heritage and history around us. The last few months have shown us how online events can bring us together even when we have to remain apart.”

“For many of our organisers, our encouragement of digital events has meant them thinking differently about their activities and trying technology they haven’t used before. The feedback is very encouraging and we’ve had a sneak peak at some brilliant tours and behind-the-scenes experiences”.