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Heritage Open Days in Norwich

Heritage Open Days 2014

We're currently collating feedback on this year's Hertiage Open Days, but it's clear that 2014 was the biggest and best heritage weekend yet across Norwich and Norfolk!

With over 230 free events from the 11th to 14th September - including open buildings, guided tours and walks, heritage literary events, exhibitions and performances - across Norwich, Thetford, South Norfolk, Broadland, Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk and further afield, there was plenty to see and do across the long heritage weekend.

2014 saw the 20th anniversary of Heritage Open Days (HODs) in the UK, and 10 years of HEART co-ordinating the events locally. We worked with heritage venues to pull together a fantastic anniversary programme of events bursting with new events as well as firm favourites!

Take a look at the events that were on offer by downloading the Heritage Open Days 2014 brochure PDF.

Themed trails

This year we collated a series of themed trails to help you get the most out of your Heritage Open Days experience. Download the Norwich Historic Pubs Trail, which celebrated the city's unique heritage in conjunction with City of Ale.

With trails featuring family-friendly activities, secret gardens, Norfolk's arts scene, and commemmorations of our wartime heritage, there were events happening right across the county and a little something for everyone.


Highlights included:

The Guildhall Literary Day – talks on Norwich Murders, the Pettus family, the history of Bracondale, Robert Toppes, Julian of Norwich and more

• Norfolk in the First World War at Norfolk Record Office

Kid's Takeover Day at The Guildhall – the 'Heritage Heroes' were your guides for the day, revealing the fate of William Tuck in a Victorian trial re-enactment and giving you the chance to make your own stained glass window

• The East Anglian Pilgrimage Network ran two heritage walks on the life of St Walstan, and William of Norwich

Blitz Street – a life-size street scene transporting the visitor back to the 1940s to experience wartime life

RAF Coltishall – a special tour around this 600-acre important WWII and Cold War site. All 312 spaces sold out!

Thetford's Great Information Centre played host to a medieval moneyer

Barford took a turn back in time with a WWI weekend where the village pub was transported back to the early war years, with WWI exhibitions and farm machinery

• The Grade II listed Cromer Signal Box


Keep updated

We'd love to hear your Heritage Open Days experiences. Share on HEART's Twitter and Facebook pages, with hashtags #NorwichHODs and #NorfolkHODs.

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Heritage Open Days 2013

2013 Heritage Open Days has once again proved to be a huge success, attracting hundreds of visitors from near and far to come and discover more about our county's sometimes hidden heritage.

Over 200 free events took place between 12th and 15th September for this year's Heritage Open Days, offering access to places usually closed to the public and encouraging people to learn more about Norfolk's fantastic heritage.

Events took place in a variety of shapes and forms, including open buildings, guided tours and walks, exhibitions and performances in Norwich, Thetford, South Norfolk, Broadland, Great Yarmouth and further afield.

If you enjoyed Heritage Open Days 2013, please support us in providing future events which aim to make our region's fantastic heritage accessible to all by becoming a HEART Supporter or donating to HEART via text.

If you would like see which events took place in Norfolk in the full online brochure.

Discover the build-up to the festival, how the events unfolded and responses inspired by 2013's Heritage Open Days with Storify.



About Heritage Open Days 

Heritage Open Days (HODs) is England's largest and most popular voluntary cultural event, celebrating all of its fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to events and interesting properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

The HODs programme involves open buildings, guided tours, exhibitions, talks, family activities, window displays, music recitals and dance performances. Participating venues include museums and tourist attractions; private homes; churches and cathedrals; city centre shops, restaurants and pubs; and offices and workplaces.

Nationally HODs is co-ordinated by The Heritage Open Days National Partnership and attracts one million visitors annually. In Norwich, HEART has co-ordinated HODs since 2005, with the programme growing year on year.



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