Heritage Open Days 2020
From 11-20 September 2020, the Heritage Open Days festival returns with a packed programme of events and activities. The 2020 theme, ‘Hidden Nature’, will celebrate the beauty and heritage of the natural world. This year, join free, virtual events at some of the places we care for, and discover lots more events hosted by local organisations.
What is Heritage Open Days?
Heritage Open Days started in 1994, and has grown into a vibrant celebration of local histories and cultures, with over 5,700 events attracting 2.4 million visitors in 2019 across England.
The festival is now in its 26th year, thanks to the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and over 50,000 volunteers. The National Trust has led the central coordination of this national festival since 2011. It's an important part of how we celebrate the incredible history, heritage and culture not just of the places we care for, but of places and communities across the country.
For the first time, this year's festival will include a mix of in-person and digital events, so everyone can join in the celebrations, while staying safe and adhering to current social distancing measures. With these new online events, you'll be able to explore more hidden places and stories than ever before – and all from the comfort of your own home.
Uncovering hidden nature
This year, the Heritage Open Days festival theme is 'Hidden Nature'. Through a mix of events and walking trails, virtual tours and digital experiences, the festival will explore our connection to the natural world and reveal the hidden history of natural landscapes and green spaces.
To ensure safe, social distancing and compliance with government guidelines, many of the in-person Heritage Open Days events this year have limited numbers, so pre-booking may be required through the Heritage Open Days website.
National Trust events
Several of the places we care for will be joining in the festival this year with free, digital events, including special online tours. Take a look below to see which places are taking part.