Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days in the East of England

England’s largest heritage festival is back with an incredible line-up of events across the region. From nature trails to National Trust properties there’s something for everyone.

We’ve picked our top 5 highlights from this year’s festival which takes place between 6th-9th and 13th-16th September! Don't miss out!

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Dereham

Gressenhall

A chance to visit Gressenhall workhouse and farm for free! Step back in time and discover the amazing objects kept behind the scenes and speak to the people who preserve and record Norfolk’s ancient history. There is also the chance to meet costumed characters as you explore the fascinating workhouse building with plenty of chores to keep the workhouse inmates occupied. Take the opportunity to hear the real stories of those who lived and worked within the workhouse and find out about the impact of this intriguing institution. Discover all that the 50-acre site has to offer including the traditional working farm with its Suffolk Punch horses and thrilling adventure playground.

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Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury

Gainsborough's House

Bring some art and sophistication to your weekend with a trip into the life of artist Thomas Gainsborough. Enjoy free entry to Gainsborough’s former home as part of the Heritage Open Days festival and uncover the galleries and garden which help make this such a special place. Become a printing pro in the Print Workshop as demonstrations and ‘have-a-go’ opportunities will be going on throughout the four-day festival. A fantastic interactive and cultural day out for the whole family!

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Bishop's House Garden, Norwich

This historic private four-acre formal city centre garden has belonged to the Bishops of Norwich for over 900 years. The Bishop's Garden occupies 4 acres in the city centre and originates from around 1100 AD when Bishop de Losinga began to build the cathedral and palace. From the existing garden one can still marvel at the original detailing of Norman stonework on the North Transept of the cathedral which is only visible from the Bishops Garden.

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Suffolk Regiment Museum, Bury St Edmunds

Suffolk Regiment Museum

The Keep built in 1878 is the only surviving building from the former Suffolk Regiment Depot. The building, which was formerly the Armoury and Quartermaster's Stores, now houses the award-winning Suffolk Regiment Museum. The display tells the story of the Suffolk Regiment from its foundation in 1685 to final amalgamation with the Royal Norfolk Regiment in 1959. The history covers the regular, militia, volunteer and war-raised battalions as well as the experience of individual soldiers and is told through medals, uniforms, photography, weapons and personal memorabilia. Weather permitting there will be the rare opportunity to admire the view of Bury St Edmunds form the roof of the Keep.

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Peckover House and Garden, Wisbech

Peckover

Peckover House is an elegant Georgian town house with a wonderful walled garden. A true secret gem hidden away in an urban environment. The Peckover family lived here for 150 years. As staunch Quakers, they had a very simple lifestyle however, at the same time ran a successful private bank. Both facets of their life can be seen as you wander through the house and gardens. The gardens themselves feature an orangery, summer-houses, a croquet lawn and a rose garden with more than 60 species of rose just waiting to be enjoyed.

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And many, many more...

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