What to expect from Heritage Open Days?

With the summer months a dim and distant memory, and the kids all back to school and in a routine, that means that autumn is here and bringing its unpredictable weather with it. Although this means spending your evenings indoors and weekends pottering around the house, instead of in the garden or local park, it’s that time of the year where we have to start looking for other ways to keep the little ones busy during the weekends.

You may have taken your kids to all the most popular attractions over the school summer holidays, so why not think about trying something new this autumn? Heritage Open Days are a great way to get out of the house (but also stay indoors!) over the September weekends, and they give access to a variety of historical landmarks across the UK for free! An annual celebration of England’s architecture and culture, Heritage Open Days have been running since 1994, and allow visitors to enter areas of interest, that aren’t normally open to the public or that usually charge an entrance fee, and provide tours, events and a range of activities related to the culture of the location. 

Over 2,000 organisations take part in the Heritage Open Days scheme, and it’s classed as England’s largest festival and history and culture, offering over 5,000 events and supported by a huge band of 40,000 volunteers! This year’s campaign will be running from 13th – 22nd September, and with some 800,000 people attending every year, we know it’s going to be a popular event once again for 2019! London also stages a separate event, called Open House London, and this usually takes place the weekend after Heritage Open Days, which often falls on the third weekend of September.

As of 2019, Heritage Open Days will be celebrating its twenty fifth year, celebrating millions of happy attendees enjoying the wonderful culture that England has to offer! To celebrate 25 years, this year 25 new locations will be opening its doors to the event, from country homes, museums, gardens and theatres, with many of the venues either taking part for the first time, or, like Burnley Empire Theatre, opening its doors for the first time since closing many years prior.

You can also get involved in the event by taking part in the Photography Competition, which will be running from the beginning of the event to the 1st October, where you can share your beautiful images and have the opportunity to win inclusion in the Heritage Open Days annual report, and gift vouchers for Cotswold Outdoor.

If you’d be interested to visit a local Heritage Open Day near you, check out the website here for a detailed, interactive map highlighting the locations opening their doors for the annual event. We’d love to know if you’ll be attending an event this year, and if you’re looking for comfy leggings for all day wear whilst you’re making the most of the venues, make sure to check out our range of leggings options here!

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