Heritage Open Days are an annual celebration of history and culture which aims to bring together local people every September to find out more about their local heritage. It is a wonderful opportunity to see hidden places and try out new experiences. This year’s Heritage Open Days start on 10th until 19th September.

This year’s theme is Edible England, with heritage attractions opening their doors to explore the past, present and future of England’s culinary history.

In Norfolk, there are a number of heritage attractions taking part in the open days, here are a few suggestions of fascinating places to visit in your local area this September!

Blickling Estate
Mentioned in the Domesday Book, the Bickling Estate was the birthplace of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII. The estate has over 55 acres of gardens and 4,600 acres of woodland, parkland and farmland, as well as a Jacobean house which contains a nationally important book collection.
The estate is managed by the National Trust and during the Heritage Open Days, there will be guided walks around the estate which includes the parkland, river and woodland on the 19th September. There is no booking required, but additional information can be found here. 

Pensthorpe Natural Park
One of the largest attractions in Norfolk, there are over 700 acres of natural landscape to explore here, with four famous gardens and a number of fascinating artefacts, including the tusks and tooth of a woolly mammoth, which was uncovered on site.
Heritage Open Day events are taking place on 13th September, with pre-booking required. See here for more information and to book tickets.

Cromer Museum
This museum, located within converted fisherman’s cottages include galleries of important fossils and contemporary pieces of art, alongside the history of the the local area.
Prebooking for Heritage Open Days is required, with events taking place on 11th September.

The Humble Spud
Taking place on 19th September, the Humble Spud explores the versatile Norfolk potato, at the Heritage Centre, you can see a range of displays and films as well as different interactive activities. Find out more here.

Find more activities and events taking place in Norfolk over Heritage Open Days here.




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