Open the door and let the public explore…

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture and offers people the chance to discover hidden places and buildings on their doorstep.

This year Heritage Open Days will take place from 13th to the 22nd of September, offering those taking part a wider choice of when to open and visitors a greater variety of places and experiences to enjoy. This year is a big one for Heritage Open Days as they celebrate their 25th anniversary.  The theme for this year is ‘People Power’ in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre; a recognition of the myriad ways that people have changed the world, from marches and sit-ins to peaceful protests and rebel songs.

We would like to invite organisations and venues with a story to tell to throw open their doors and be part of this year’s celebrations.

As you may know Lancaster is a city of Heritage and has lots of unique heritage to offer. In recent years, venues around Lancaster and Morecambe Bay have invited visitors to discover a secret garden, visit a Masonic temple, have a ‘Brief Encounter’ at Carnforth Station, be ‘sent down’ to the town hall’s underground cells, dress up as WW1 soldiers, play Georgian games and go in search of a Lost Observatory.

To register to be part of Heritage Open Days or to find out more, visit