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    Norwich and Norfolk Heritage Open Days festival kicks off this week

    Press release - 4 Sep 2017

    Heritage Open Days (HODs), England's biggest heritage festival celebrating our fantastic history, architecture and culture, kicks off on Thursday 7 September.

    Here in Norwich and across Norfolk, the 2017 programme is bigger than ever before with a whopping 270 events taking place between Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 September! 

    This well-loved, annual festival will see thousands of local people exploring hidden gems right on their doorstep and it’s all free. HODs offers lots of drop-in as well as some pre-book events and this year’s programme has many brand new and exciting activities for all ages. For the drop-in events people can just turn up on the day and for the pre-book events tickets have already been allocated. Tickets were made available early August and many events were fully booked within just minutes of tickets being released!

    For details of this year’s festival programme, HODs brochures are available from The Forum in Norwich, Tourist Information Centres, libraries and many other venues across the county. The programme of HODs events across Norfolk can also be found online via heritageopendays.org.uk

    Here’s just a taster of what’s on offer this year:

    • In Norwich, the county’s pub and brewing heritage will be celebrated with a series of ‘Tavern Tales’ events, including exhibitions, walks, talks, tours and beer tasting!
    • On Saturday 9 Sep, families can participate in the Norwich Heritage Hunt, which will lead them through our fine city’s long history, meeting an array of colourful, costumed characters along the way.
    • In Broadland, visit a Hindu temple and experience Indian culture in Tunstall; or assemble along the Marriot’s Way for a vintage cycle event in celebration of the bicentenary of the earliest form of bicycle.
    • In Thetford, enjoy a day of medieval marvels, complete with a Norman Knight, medieval-style cooking, falconry and real medieval artefacts; or visit Ancient House Museum for an open day packed full of exhibitions and a trail.
    • In Great Yarmouth, take a guided tour of the Great Yarmouth Drill House and learn circus skills; or meet costumed characters at the Elizabethan House Museum.
    • In Breckland, enjoy a trail around the historic highlights of Attleborough; or a fun family afternoon looking at a stunning collection of vintage cars. 
    • In South Norfolk, visit the Greek Revival Boileau Mausoleum in St Peter’s churchyard in Ketteringham; or join in the retro fun at Wymondham’s Vintage Day.
    • In North Norfolk, visit Cromer Railway signal box; or learn all about Horatio Nelson at both Paston Sixth Form College and at an exhibition at the Hoste Arms in Burnham Market.

    Cathy Eden, HODs Coordinator from The Forum, Norwich, said: “After a year of planning and working in partnership with so many fantastic venues and event organisers, we can’t wait for the start of this year’s festival. There’s some popular old favourites, plenty of exciting new additions and some really unusual and fun events on offer this year taking place right across the county. It’s a once a year chance for people to enjoy, explore and discover our hidden heritage and for communities, neighbourhoods and venues to share what makes them so special.”

    The HODs programme in Norwich and across much of Norfolk is 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 Council, Visit North Norfolk and many local organisations and individuals.

    For further information on HODs visit heritageopendays.org.uk and for local enquiries please get in touch via hods@theforumnorwich.co.uk and visit theforumnorwich.co.uk for updates. 

    For further information please contact Lindsey Roffe, Marketing Manager at The Forum on 01603 727975 email: lindsey.roffe@theforumnorwich.co.uk

    Notes to editors

    About The Forum:

    • The Forum, in the centre of Norwich, is one of the UK’s most successful Millennium projects.
    • It’s a public building, open seven days a week, all year round (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
    • Everyone is welcome. Most of the public events, exhibitions and activities which take place at The Forum are free.
    • The Forum Trust is the independent, self-financing, charitable organisation which manages The Forum building.
    • It is responsible for The Forum’s continued development, growth and innovation.
    • The Trust works with many partners to ensure The Forum plays a valuable role in the community.
    • Details about the charitable ‘project purpose’ which under-pins The Forum are on the website 

    About Heritage Open Days:

    • Heritage Open Days is co-ordinated and promoted nationally by the National Trust with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and run locally by a large range of organisations (including civic societies, heritage organisations, and local councils, community champions and thousands of enthusiastic volunteers).
    • Heritage Open Days is England’s contribution to European Heritage Days, taking place across 50 countries. Other events in the UK are Doors Open Days in Scotland (www.doorsopendays.org.uk); Open Doors Days in Wales (http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/opendoors/?lang=en); European Heritage Days in Northern Ireland (www.ehsni.gov.uk); Open House London (www.open-city.org.uk).

    About People’s Postcode Lottery

    • People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery. Players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for charities and good causes across Great Britain and globally
    • People’s Postcode Lottery is an External Lottery Manager and manages multiple society lotteries promoted by different causes supporting a range of charities. For details on which society lottery is running each week, visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk/society