This year, Heritage Open Days will celebrate its 25th anniversary with ten days of FREE events!
13th-22nd September 2019
Thanks to support from the National Trust and players of People’s Postcode Lottery, England’s biggest festival of history and culture will offer visitors across the East Midlands the opportunity to enjoy family days out, explore places not normally open to the public, and learn more about the heritage on their doorstep.
A special programme of People Power events will also highlight communities, groups and individuals – both contemporary and from history – who have affected positive change; buildings saved, greenspaces created, friendships forged, campaigns fought and voices heard.
Over 400 events are planned in the region, with highlights including Bagthorpe Gardens Allotments, Lancaster Road Fire Station and Tai Chi Demonstrations.
NEW FOR 2019
Tai Chi Demonstrations, Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire, Barton Upon Humber
Join a free demonstration of the ancient therapy of Tai Chi. Taking place in the tranquil setting of The Ropewalk Centre’s Sculpture Garden, participants will learn how this gentle exercise has been used for hundreds of years to help focus the mind and improve flexibility.
Sat 14th, 11am and 2pm
NEW FOR 2019
Analysing Pugin, Nottingham Trent University & St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham
Visit the Creative and Virtual Technologies Lab at Nottingham Trent University for a special talk revealing new discoveries about Pugin’s designs. Participants will get a unique, hands-on demonstration of the 3D modelling techniques used, and discover what they can tell us about the architect’s work.
Wed 18th, 11am – 2pm
Waltham Windmill, Waltham Windmill Preservation Society, Lincolnshire
Learn how 50 years of People Power saved and restored this iconic six-sailed mill, with a special exhibition about the Preservation Society. Visitors can also meet the millers, learn about rural life of the past, and climb the tower to admire the view from the top.
Sat 14th, 10am – 4pm
Longshaw Estate – People’s Landscape Talk, National Trust, Derbyshire
Hear a fascinating talk ‘Trespassers Will Be Prosecuted’, exploring the history of People Power access and rights to visit the countryside. Hosted by a local historian, participants will hear how the Peak District has evolved from private shooting estates to open moorland over the last two centuries.
Sat 14th, 10:30am
GREAT FOR FAMILIES
Victoria Park Raucous Races, Leicester City Council, Leicester
Discover the area’s aviation and horse racing past with variety performances, including music hall singing and puppet shows. Children will also love competing in themed races, seeing magic shows, getting their face painted, playing games, and visiting a photo booth to get a souvenir of the day!
Sat 14th, 12pm – 4pm
GREAT FOR FAMILIES
Natural Discovery at Waters’ Edge, Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire
Get back to nature at this wildlife park. Little ones will have fun hunting for creepy crawlies, seeing what they can catch pond dipping, and stretching their legs on a family trail around the reedbeds, meadows and woodlands.
Sat 14th, 11am – 3pm
NOT NORMALLY OPEN
Bagthorpe Gardens, Bagthorpe Gardeners, Nottinghamshire
Vegetable growers will jump at the chance to pick up some top tips from the local plot holders at these historic allotments. Set amongst the cottage gardens, with original hedging and bothies from the 1840s, visitors can also buy organic fruit and veg produced on-site to take home.
Sun 15th, 12pm – 4pm
Guided Tours of the Milton Keynes Rose, MK Cenotaph Trust, Milton Keynes
Experience the city’s heritage as symbolised by the Milton Keynes Rose; a modern public art work celebrating the city’s history. Visitors will hear about some of the stories engraved on the sculptural pillars, including the writing of the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ in Olney, and the emotive letters sent home from the WWI frontline.
Sun 15th, 2pm and 3pm
Full listings can be searched here: www.heritageopendays.org.uk