Heritage open days: The country’s largest festival of history and culture returns with a packed programme of free events.
Heritage Open Days (HODs) returns this September with thousands of free events and experiences. Brought to you by the National Trust, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and run by thousands of local organisations and volunteers, HODs brings people together to celebrate their heritage, community and history.
Creativity in historic sites
From historic houses to factories, museums to music halls, formal gardens to graveyards, places, spaces and communities across the country will again host free events this autumn.
Hundreds of activities will adopt this year’s theme, Creativity Unwrapped, sharing England’s colourful history of creativity. The festival will celebrate the experts and enthusiastic amateurs whose passions and skills add something special to our daily lives.
Liam Montgomery, Heritage Open Days’ Marketing & Projects Manager, said: “Whether it’s art, music, writing, or another outlet, creativity moves us and shapes our history and culture. We’re excited to put the spotlight on the people and places who give England’s heritage the X-factor and inspire festival-goers to engage with thousands of years of creativity.”
The festival will again feature thousands of events and activities across the country, including access to those that usually charge an entry fee.
Founded in 1994, Heritage Open Days has captured imaginations for almost 30 years. Last year, more than 45,000 organisers and volunteers ran nearly 5,000 events across the country, attracting one million visits. Around one-third of visitors had not visited a heritage site/event in the past year while 80% of festival-goers said their visit made them more proud of their local area.
Laura Chow, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to explore, celebrate, and enjoy England’s national heritage, and it’s wonderful that our players are helping to ensure Heritage Open Day events are accessible and free for all. In fact, Postcode Lottery players have now raised over £1.1 billion to support thousands of great causes, including this amazing event and many others run by the National Trust.”
Heritage Open Days is brought to you by the National Trust with support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Every single Heritage Open Days event is free, including access to many sites that usually charge for admission.
For a round-up of free days out all summer click here.