Norfolk’s Heritage Open Days (HODs) festival programme was revealed on Friday when heritage champions, venues and festival organisers gathered to launch the 2018 brochure at the historic Catton Park on the outskirts of Norwich.
Launching the brochure at Catton Park has special significance as it was the first commission of landscape gardener, Humphry Repton. This year marks the bicentenary of the death of Humphry Repton and venues across England will be celebrating his life and works.
For the first time in HODs festival history, the much-loved annual event is to run for two weekends instead of one. Almost 300 events are programmed over eight days across Norfolk from Thursday 6 – Sunday 9 & Thursday 13 – Sunday 16 September.
The festival brochure is now available at The Forum in Norwich, Tourist Information Centres, libraries and venues across the county and electronically via www.theforumnorwich.co.uk/hods. Many of the festival events are drop-in and visitors can just turn up on the day. For those venues with limited space, tickets must be pre-booked and bookings open on Monday 23 July at 9am.
Visitors can enjoy free tours, talks, walks, open days, exhibitions, performances and open gardens as part of the festival. Plenty of the usual favourites will be opening their doors along with lots of exciting new venues and events also on offer. Here’s a taster:
Cathy Eden, HODs Coordinator at The Forum, Norwich, said: “This year’s festival is a real celebration of Norfolk’s heritage and it was great to launch the brochure at one of our participating venues, the beautiful Catton Park. Heritage Open Days is a chance to explore indoor and outdoor spaces, celebrate local communities, meet new people, share stories and learn more about where we live and the places we visit. We can’t wait for September!”
The brochure launch event was hosted by Catton Park Trust and Broadland District Council and included entertainment from the Wensum Valley Bellfolk Handbell Ringers.
Cllr Karen Vincent, Broadland District Council’s Member Champion for Heritage, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the launch of this year’s Heritage Open Days in Broadland. Broadland District Council has supported Heritage Open Days for a number of years and we are pleased to be able to showcase the many interesting events taking place across the region. Hosting the launch at Catton Park is particularly special with it being the first commission of landscape designer, Humphry Repton, whose life and work we are celebrating in this bicentenary year #Repton200 festival.”
Bradley Sabberton-Coe, Chairman of Catton Park Trust, said: “We are honoured to launch the Heritage Open Days from Catton Park, particularly in this bicentenary year of Humphry Repton. As his first commission, Catton Park has significant heritage value. Catton Park continues to be a popular open space enjoyed by residents and visitors of Old Catton. We are very much looking forward to welcoming newcomers to the park in September.”
The HODs programme in Norwich and across much of Norfolk is coordinated and promoted by The Forum with support from Norwich City Council and Norwich Tourist Information Centre. The programme is also delivered in partnership with Broadland District Council, Breckland Council, Thetford Town Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, South Norfolk Council, North Norfolk District 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.theforumnorwich.co.uk/hods for updates and tickets.
For further information please contact Richard Smith, Marketing Manager at The Forum via email@example.com / 01603 727975 or Lindsey Roffe via firstname.lastname@example.org / 07808 771282
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