Heritage open days

Heritage Open Days was established in 1994 as England’s contribution to the European Heritage Days and has since grown into the country’s biggest festival of history and culture, involving over 40,000 volunteers. Every year over four days in September, thousands of events across the country invite people to explore local historical and architectural treasures of every age, style and function. It’s their chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all free. Heritage Open Days is coordinated centrally by the National Trust with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Locally, it is thousands of organisations and individuals from all walks of life who make the festival happen. Details of all the events are on the Heritage Open Days website.

Heritage Open Days in Cheltenham is organised by Cheltenham Civic Society with valuable assistance from Cheltenham Local History Society, Art Works Design Consultants and the Tourist Information Centre. It is funded by Cheltenham Borough Council. A printed brochure is available from tourist information centres, libraries, sports centres etc., or you can download a copy from the Visit Cheltenham website.