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    Norfolk Heritage Open Days brochure out on Monday 31 July

    Press release - 27 Jul 2017

    Heritage Open Days (HODs) is England's biggest heritage festival celebrating our fantastic history, architecture and culture.

    Here in Norfolk, the local 2017 festival brochure is available from Monday 31 July, bursting with over 270 hidden places just waiting to be discovered between Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 September. 

    The brochure is being launched at a special heritage event at King’s House Gardens in Thetford between 10am and 1pm on Monday 31 July. The event is open to the public and will bring together local Heritage Open Days event organisers, local mayors, town criers and other heritage related groups including a Norman crusader! 

    Heritage Open Days brochures will be available from Monday at 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 via www.heritageopendays.org.uk

    The HODs festival offers a combination of drop-in and pre-book events all over the county. For the pre-book events, booking opens at 10am on Monday 7 August.

    Image: Thetford medieval massive

    This annual four-day heritage festival in September will see thousands of local people exploring hidden gems right on their doorstep, all for FREE! There are lots of fantastic new events for 2017; here’s a taster!

    • In Norwich, the county’s pub heritage will be celebrated with a series of ‘Tavern Tales’ events, including exhibitions, walks, talks, tours and beer tasting! 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 tour of a former ice house – used to preserve herring brought in by the fishing fleets; or take a guided tour of the Great Yarmouth Drill House and learn circus skills!
    • 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, enjoy a peek at Lord Nelson’s bedroom at The Hoste Hotel in Burnham Market; or visit Potter Heigham to view the oldest hire cruiser afloat, ‘Spark of Light’, built in 1926 and newly restored.

    Image: Wymondham Vintage Day, photo Heritage Snapper

    Cathy Eden, HODs Coordinator at The Forum, Norwich, said: “We are so excited about this year’s festival! Lots of new events have been added to the 2017 programme and there are more events and activities for families. It’s great to see all ages come together to enjoy and explore our hidden heritage and for communities, neighbourhoods and venues to have an opportunity to share their stories and traditions.”

    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 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 and visit www.theforumnorwich.co.uk/heritageopendays 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

    1. 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
    2. 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