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    Interested in hosting a Heritage Open Days event in Norwich or Norfolk? Event registration is now open! 

    Heritage Open Days is England's biggest heritage festival celebrating our fantastic history, architecture and culture. And here in Norfolk, the annual festival is a well-established, hugely popular, event that sees thousands of people visiting hidden places and trying out new experiences, all for free!

    The Heritage Open Days' programme in Norwich and Norfolk is coordinated by The Forum in Norwich and this year takes place on Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 September.

    There are just four criteria that Heritage Open Days events must meet:

    1. Entrance must be FREE!
    2. Events need to offer something special like opening a building or an area that isn’t usually open to the public, or offer free entry to a usually charging site or activity. Organisers might consider having volunteers on site to answer questions, run activities or a competition, invite a local group to showcase their work, and music and drama performances can bring a place alive!
    3. Events must provide some form of information as Heritage Open Days visitors want to learn something new; maybe a guided tour or talk, leaflets, an exhibition or a skills demonstration.
    4. The event needs to take place within the Heritage Open Days dates of 7 – 10 September, but it doesn’t have to be open on all days or even for a full day.

    Heritage Open Days is all about a once a year chance to enjoy our heritage and the history of places local to us, but 2017 introduces some themes which might help inspire new ideas for events. These include:

    • LGBTQ: To mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, event organisers could highlight local stories from this community.
    • Heritage & Nature: Heritage Open Days is part of the wider European Heritage Days, which this year is celebrating the theme Heritage & Nature. Is there a green space event organisers could open up? Or, does a Norfolk village or town have a particular connection to nature that could be showcased?
    • 50th anniversary of conservation areas: Is there a local conservation area that could be animated? Or, a chance to look at how conservation works in a village or town?

    How to register an event

    The Forum is working closely with the national Heritage Open Days team to deliver the Norfolk programme and local venues need to register their events via the national Heritage Open Days website www.heritageopendays.org.uk.

    The Forum offers support to Norfolk event organisers and produces and distributes the Norfolk Heritage Open Days brochure. Organisers must have registered their event(s) via the national Heritage Open Days website by 2 June 2017 to guarantee inclusion in the local Heritage Open Days brochure. 

    The Forum is supported by Norwich City Council and the Tourist Information Centre in the delivery of Heritage Open Days, both playing a key part in its delivery over past years.

    For further information on the national Heritage Open Days programme visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk

    For local enquiries about hosting an event or becoming a festival volunteer, please get in touch via hods@theforumnorwich.co.uk.