Heritage Open Days in the Lakes

This year's Heritage Open Days festival takes place from 7- 10 September. Celebrating our diverse history, architecture and culture, we've organised a range of free events at our special places across the Lake District.

A couple walk in the grounds at Sizergh Castle, Cumbria

Sizergh Strickland family chapel, Thur 7 September, 12noon - 4pm 

A one day only chance to view the private chapel of Sizergh's resident family, the Stricklands

The wrecked Gondola

Gondola 'Behind the Scenes', Fri 8 September, 5.00 - 6.30pm 

A chance to chat with the crew and hear the story of this historic yacht's rescue and rebuild and an opportunity to view seldom seen archive material.

Haig Pit in spring, Whitehaven Coast, Cumbria

Haig Heritage Walk, Sat 9 September, 10am - 12noon 

Join us for a short ramble as we delve into the mining history of Whitehaven.

Front of Townend house in the Lake District

Townend Heritage Open Day, Sat 9 September, 1 - 4.30pm 

The Brownes of Townend were a simple farming family, but their home and belongings bring to life more than 400 years of extraordinary stories.

Early tourists enjoying rowing at Fell Foot Park on Windermere

Fell Foot Heritage Open Day tours, Sat 9 September, 11.15am, 12.15, 1.15 & 2.15pm 

Join one of our free outdoor tours at Fell Foot to find out about some of its fascinating stories.

A red squirrel at Allan Bank in Grasmere Cumbria

Allan Bank Heritage Open Day, Sat 9 September, 10am - 4.30pm 

Make yourself at home at Allan Bank and explore inside and out

Exterior of Wordsworth House, childhood home of William Wordsworth, with man in period costume

Wordsworth House Heritage Open Day, Sat 9 September, 11am - 5pm 

Step back in time to the 1770s and experience William Wordsworth’s childhood.

Fog Horn Station, St Bees Head, Whitehaven

St Bees Head Fog Signal Station walk, Sun 10 September, 10.30am - 3.30pm 

Join us for a walk with the Colourful Coast Partnership from Haig Museum along the coast to the St Bees Head Fog Signal Station.

Autumnal view from Wray Castle, Cumbria, looking north

Wray Castle Heritage Open Day, Sun 10 September, 10am - 4pm 

Join a tour with our volunteer research intern to hear what we’ve discovered about the castle and the Dawsons.