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 and celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences and the best part is that it’s all free!
This year Heritage Open Days takes place on 6th – 9th and 13th – 16th September.
We have a wide range of fabulous events happening in the district, all events are listed below, why not check them out and see if any take your fancy?
A guided walk/tour around Newark’s Timber Framed Heritage
Newark is full of secret little gems and during this walk you will be spotting the less obvious and well-disguised timber framed buildings. This walk guided by local architect Bernard Martin will also visit the interior of the famous Old White Hart.
Behind the scenes at the Palace Theatre
On the 9th September life the curtain on the backstage secrets of one of Newark’s most fascinating buildings, find out about the history and the intriguing women who built it and learn some of the ticks of the trade from the team of technical experts.
Civil War Tour of Newark
On the 9th & 16th September Kevin Winter, Assistant Curator at the National Civil War Centre will lead a Civil War tour of Newark. Explore some of the famous places that were at the heart of key events, ending in the impressive Queen’s Sconce.
The chapel in Newark Cemetery will be open with members of the Friends of Newark Cemetery on hand to help locate graves. There will be an exhibition about General Sikorsky and his burial and repatriation from Newark Cemetery.
Newark Town Hall Museum
Have you ever dreamt of dancing around an authentic Regency ballroom? Well now is your chance, guides in fabulous Georgian attire will be conducting tours of Newark Town Hall including the magnificent ballroom, built in 1776 by the architect John of Carr.
Grasping the Civil War
Bring history to life in your hands. A one-off opportunity to explore and handle the National Civil War Museum’s collection of arms, armour, coins, pamphlets and other artefacts from the British Civil Wars.
Ice Age Journeys – Flint-knapping in Scone and Devon Park
A craftsman flint-knapper will be leading a workshop on how to make prehistoric flint tools. There will be opportunities for you to ‘have-a-go’ and to see some of the ancient flint tools found locally.
Newark Heritage Barge
Newark Heritage Barge ‘Leicester Trader’ is the last “Trent” size cargo barge built to fit the old locks of the Trent Navigation Company. On board is a museum and learning resource, explaining life and work on the River Trent barges.
One of Britain’s Best Kept Secrets of WW2
Is WW2 your thing? Well then Dukes Wood Oil Field Museum, now located at Kelham Hall, might be the place for you. One of WW2’s best kept secret was the stationing of US oilment from Oklahoma and Texas with the monks at Kelham Hall. The museum tells their story, but also the wider story of oil production around the UK.
Sconce and Devon Park
Do you fancy a tour around the beautiful Sconce and Devon Park. There will be a tour of the history of Queen’s Sconce, Scales Linen factory, willow weaving and reference to a small gauge railway that crossed the park transporting gypsum to the river.
St Mary Magdalene Church
Newark boosts the magnificent St Mary Magdalene Church; on the 8th September the church is conducting tours of the spire which are said to host the best place to view Newark.
Thoresby Park will open its doors to the new house on the Thoresby Estate, occupied by the Matheson family. The tour will give you some insight into the history of the family, including antiques that formerly resided in Thoresby Hall and estate life today.
Brackenhurst Hall and Gardens
On the 16th September there is an incredibly rare and awesome opportunity to have a guided tour of Brackenhurst Hall. Now is the perfect opportunity to find out about the amazing history held within the walls of Brackenhurst Hall.
Southwell Heritage Open Day and Hop
The town of Southwell is absolutely filled to the brim with intriguing history with plenty of beautiful heritage buildings. On the 8th September the Southwell hop is designed to get you to see the beauty of the town including Higgons Mead, Burgage Green, the House of Correction site, Elmfield House and the Old Courthouse.
Southwell Minster is the jewel in the Southwell crown; during Heritage Open Days experience one of the most beautiful cathedrals for free. Highlights include the world famous ‘Leaves of Southwell’, vivid stained glass windows, stunning wood carvings and the majestic State Chamber in The Archbishop’s Palace where Richard I, Cardinal Wolsey, James VI of Scotland and Charles I visited.
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