Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences, many with children’s activities – and it’s all FREE.
Thursday 6th September – Sunday 9th September – Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre 11am – 4pm Scarborough was Britain’s first seaside resort! Do find out more here. There are kids activities at this event. Friday 7th & Saturday 8th September – Nunnington Hall 10.30am – 5pm. Close to Rievaulx Terrace so maybe make it a double visit! Friday 7th & Saturday 8th September – Rievaulx Terrace 10am – 4pm Saturday 8th September – Ayton Castle 10am – 4pm See inside the tower of a medieval fortified manor house with a local archaeologist . Mini-digs for kids and a display of artefacts Saturday 8th September – St Mary’s Church, Goathland 10am – 4.30pm Hunt for carved mice-game for children and adults. Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September – North Bay Railway 10am – 2pm Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September – Kilnwick Percy Hall 10.30am – 4.30pm Activities for children throughout the weekend. Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September – The Whitby Jet Heritage Centre 11am – 4pm Sunday 9th September – Howsham Mill 10am – 5pm Sunday 9th September – Dean Road Cemetery Heritage Fair 11am – 3pm Many stalls, activities for children and refreshment opportunities will be in place in the area surrounding the two chapels, and a WW1 themed guided cemetery walk will take place at 1.00 pm.
Thursday 13th September – Sunday 16th September – Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre 11am – 4pm Scarborough was Britain’s first seaside resort! Do find out more here. There are kids activities at this event. Saturday 15th September – Ryedale Folk Museum 10am – 5pm Ryedale Folk Museum offers a great family day out. Children can enjoy plenty of space to run around, try one of our trails, or say hello to our heritage breed chickens, pigs and sheep. Saturday 15th September – Bayley Gardens & Hunmanby Heritage Open Day Information Point 10am – 3pm Central Information Point for Hunmanby’s Heritage Day , with free programmes, Heritage Trail and Quiz. Activities for children. Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September – Rotunda Museum 10am – 5pm Discover our fossil handling collection and take part in drop-in activities. Meet our brilliant exhibitors, scientists, geologists and paleontologists and enjoy a weekend of family fun.