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    Last Call for Norfolk Heritage Open Days 2017 Events

    Press release - 24 May 2017

    The countdown is on for Heritage Open Days (HODs) event organisers across Norfolk to register their events for the 2017 festival programme!

    Local venues, organisations and individuals wishing to be a part of this year’s heritage festival have until 5pm on Sunday 4 June to register their event for inclusion in the Norfolk brochure.

    This year’s four day festival takes place across England on Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 September and the Norfolk programme is coordinated by The Forum in Norwich. It’s a hugely popular event in Norfolk’s calendar and last year 67,500 visitors enjoyed free heritage events all across the county.

    Plenty of exciting walks, talks, exhibitions, performances and exclusive openings have already been registered across Norfolk, but there is still time for more events to be added to the programme!

    There are just four criteria that a Heritage Open Days event 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 can consider having volunteers on site to answer questions, run activities, display an exhibition or host a performance to bring a place alive!
    3. Events must provide some form of information as HODs 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 HODs dates of 7 – 10 September, but it doesn’t have to be open on all four days or even for a full day.

    This year’s festival introduces some new themes for 2017 which might help inspire 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: HODs 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?

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

    The Norfolk HODs team at The Forum are on hand to provide guidance and advice to local event organisers - to get in touch please email hods@theforumnorwich.co.uk or phone 01603 727989.

    The Forum is supported by Norwich City Council, the Tourist Information Centre and local authorities from across the county in the delivery of HODs, all playing a key part in its delivery over past years. 


    For further information please contact Lindsey Roffe, Marketing Communications Manager at The Forum on 01603 727950 email: lindsey.roffe@theforumnorwich.co.uk

    Notes to editors

    What is Heritage Open Days (HODs)? 
    HODs is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every September, venues across the whole country throw open their doors to celebrate their local heritage, architecture, history and culture.

    HODs is a once a year chance to enjoy our heritage and the history of places local to us. Norwich and Norfolk offers one of the largest HODs programmes in the country attracting 60,000+ visitors. Last year, an amazing 247 heritage events for all ages took place in Norwich and Norfolk.  

    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 (doorsopendays.org.uk); Open Doors Days in Wales (cadw.wales.gov.uk/opendoors/?lang=en); European Heritage Days in Northern Ireland (ehsni.gov.uk); Open House London (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 postcodelottery.co.uk/society

    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