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Heritage Open Days in Norwich

Heritage Open Days 2014

The 2014 Heritage Open Days in Norwich & Norfolk brochure is now available.

Download the Heritage Open Days 2014 brochure PDF 

Browse the brochure online via Issuu

With 226 free events - 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 will be plenty to see and do across the long heritage weekend.

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

Themed trails

Download the Norwich Historic Pubs Trail - celebrating the city's unique heritage in conjunction with City of Ale.

Take a look at our themed trails to help you get the most out of your Heritage Open Days experience. Whether you're looking for family-friendly activities, want to explore secret gardens, or can't wait to commemmorate Norfolk's wartime heritage, there are events happening right across the county that will appeal to you.


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' will be your guides for the day – discover the fate of William Tuck in a Victorian trial re-enactment and make your own stained glass window

• Join the East Anglian Pilgrimage Network on 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

• Meet the medieval moneyer to see how coins were made, at Thetford's Great Information Centre

• Explore Barford's history with a WWI weekend where the village pub is transported back to the early war years, and see WWI exhibitions and farm machinery

• See inside the Grade II listed Cromer Signal Box


Keep updated

Stay in the loop with all the latest Norfolk HODs news and updates via HEART's Twitter and Facebook pages, with hashtags #NorwichHODs and #NorfolkHODs.


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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