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Heritage Open Days (HODs) is England's biggest heritage festival celebrating our fantastic history, architecture and culture. Here in Norfolk, the local 2016 festival brochure is available from Monday 1 August, bursting with over 200 hidden places and heritage events just waiting to be discovered between Thursday 8 – Sunday 11 September.

The HODs festival offers a combination of drop-in and pre-book events all over the county and booking opens on Monday 1 August. Brochures will be available from The Forum in Norwich, Tourist Information Centres, libraries and many other venues across the county. The full programme of HODs events across Norfolk can also be found online from Monday via www.heritageopendays.org.uk 

Check the HODs brochure (click on the link on the left) or www.heritageopendays.org.uk for details on how to book the pre-book events. Some events should be booked with the venue direct, some booked via Eventbrite following these links http://broadlandhods.eventbrite.com and http://norwichhods.eventbrite.com or there is a postal booking form located at the back of the HODs brochure for those without internet access.

The hugely popular annual heritage festival sees thousands of local people exploring hidden gems right on their doorstep, all for FREE! From castles to city halls, tunnels to tower tops, police cells to private homes, workshops to woodland walks, the variety of places and ways to discover them are endless.

This year’s HODs programme in Norwich and across Norfolk is being coordinated by The Forum with support from Norwich City Council and Norwich Tourist Information Centre. The programme is also delivered in partnership with Breckland Council, Broadland District Council, Thetford Town Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, South Norfolk District Council, Visit North Norfolk and many local organisations and individuals.

Heritage Open Days Events in Norwich and Norfolk

There are some fantastic new events for 2016; in Norwich, enjoy tours around the UEA’s Enterprise Centre, the recently refurbished Boardman House, for heritage and technology lovers take part in the History Mystery heritage hunt, there’s a behind the scenes look at the 140 year old Victoria Bowling Club and a 12 year boy is opening his very own museum dedicated to Lord Nelson! In Broadland, the owners of Catton Place are opening their doors for the first time and Blofield Courthouse is open for guided tours. Thetford is presenting a number of new events including a Terrific Tanks family event, a tour of a former atomic weapons bunker, hand bell ringing at St Peters Church and a sneaky peek around Lynford Hall. In Great Yarmouth, visit Burgh Castle Fort and watch the best preserved Roman monument come alive with Roman soldiers on horseback. In South Norfolk, visit the newly refurbished Diss Corn Hall, explore the Caistor Roman Town and join in with lots of retro fun at the vintage day in Wymondham. In North Norfolk, enjoy a tour of the redeveloped 1840s Maltings Building part of the Wells Pirate Festival and meet Sir William Paston at St Nicholas Church.

Cathy Eden, HODs Coordinator at The Forum said: “We are so excited that the HODs programme for 2016 is so vibrant and varied. It features plenty of the well-loved HODs favourites as well as lots of brand new interpretations of heritage and culture from venues all across the county. This fantastic celebration of our local heritage wouldn’t be possible without the support and hard work from many individuals, venues, organisations and volunteers and we are very grateful to all of them for helping to make the 2016 festival possible. We can’t wait!”

This is The Forum’s inaugural year coordinating HODs across Norfolk, working closely with the national HODs organisers to deliver the festival. For further information on the national Heritage Open Days programme visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk. For local enquiries about HODs, please get in touch via hods@theforumnorwich.co.uk