Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year for four days in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.
Heritage Open Days in 2017 will be 7-10 September.
You can find out what is going on in our local area if you go to the Heritage Open Days website and type in your postcode. Close to Kirkbymoorside there is very little: a mere five places within a ten mile radius, though this does give you a chance of free entry to Nunnington Hall and Rievaulx Terrace – worthwhile if you are not a member of the National Trust.
However, if you widen your search area to 25 miles, 57 venues become available: lots of churches and museums, together with somewhat stranger locations. How about climbing 160 feet up the Tees Transporter Bridge? Or a guided tour of Scarborough Old Town? Or seeing inside York Minster’s stoneyard? Lots to choose.
Let’s hope for good weather.