Heritage Open Days in the Lakes

This year's Heritage Open Days festival takes place over two weekends from 6- 9 and 13- 16 September. Celebrating our diverse history, architecture and culture, we've organised a range of free events at our special places across the Lake District.

Sizergh Castle under a moody sky

Sedgwick Gunpowder works guided walk, Thur 6 and Fri 7 Sept, various times 

Come and marvel at the remains of Sedgwick Gunpowder works on the Sizergh estate, and learn some of their secrets.

Lane End Farm on the Sizergh estate, Cumbria

Guided walks at Lane End Farm Sizergh, Thur 6 Sept, 11am, 12noon, 1pm and 2pm 

A rare opportunity to learn about the heritage of this tenanted farm.

A couple walk in the grounds at Sizergh Castle, Cumbria

Sizergh Strickland family chapel, Fri 7 and 14 Sept, 12noon - 4pm 

A rare chance to view the private chapel of Sizergh's resident family, the Stricklands

Visitors at Force Crag Mine, Borrowdale, Cumbria

Force Crag Mine open day, Sat 8 Sept, 10.30am- 3pm 

Discover one of the Lakes most quirky yet fascinating secrets located in the stunning Coledale Valley, near Keswick

The exterior of Silverthwaite, Ambleside, Cumbria

Explore Silverthwaite, the house of suffragist Amy Sharp, Sat 8 Sept, 11am - 4pm 

This grand house not usually open to the general public was built in the early 1900's and was greatly influenced by the Arts & Crafts movement. Find out about the woman who created this lovely home.

Early tourists enjoying rowing at Fell Foot Park on Windermere

Fell Foot Heritage Open Day tours, Sun 9 Sept, 1 - 2pm 

Get a glimpse of the hidden heritage at Fell Foot with a free heritage tour.

Beautiful view across the valley

Greenburn Mine guided walk, Thur 13 Sept, 10am-2pm (Fully booked) 

Walk through the much-loved Little Langdale valley, with its reminders of Lake District industrial heritage amongst beautiful mountain views.

Fog Horn Station, St Bees Head, Whitehaven

St Bees Head Fog Signal Station walk, 13 Sept, 5pm 

An 8 mile walk along this stunning stretch of coastline with a visit to the St Bees Head Fog Signal Station

The wrecked Gondola

Gondola 'Behind the Scenes', Fri 14 Sept, 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.

Exterior of the Beatrix Potter Gallery Hawkshead Cumbria

An exclusive guided tour at Beatrix Potter Gallery, Fri 14 Sept, 4 - 5pm 

If you've ever been charmed by Beatrix Potter’s characters, this free, out-of-hours tour is an opportunity to learn more about her life beyond the books

Allan Bank in Grasmere Lake District

Allan Bank Heritage Open Day, Sat 15 September, 10.30am - 5pm 

Join a day of events celebrating Edith Rawnsley's contribution to the Keswick School of Industrial Art.

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

Wordsworth House Heritage Open Day, Sat 15 September, 11am - 5pm 

Enjoy free entry to poet William's childhood home and uncover the secret life of his sister and tireless champion, Dorothy, at a talk by the maid-of-all-work.

Autumnal view from Wray Castle, Cumbria, looking north

Wray Castle Revealed: Tours of the double boathouse, Sat 15 and Sun 16 September, 10am - 5pm 

To celebrate Heritage Open Day, there'll be free exclusive tours to the Dawson's double boathouse, and if the weather allows, a peek at an early 20th century steamboat.