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Heritage Open Days 2021

10th - 19th September

Your once-a-year chance to discover some of Lincolnshire's rarely seen historic treasures, with exciting experiences that bring local history and culture to life, for free!

Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are not usually publicly accessible or would normally charge a fee. It also includes tours, events and activities that focus on and celebrate the local heritage of the area. Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest and most popular voluntary cultural event and is also held in a further 48 countries across Europe.

Voices of Lincolnshire - Stories Unheard

In 2021 we are celebrating the many voices of Lincolnshire with a particular focus on the amazing stories that many people have not heard.

The theme focusses on the idea of celebrating the many voices of the county that have contributed to its heritage and culture.

We’re hoping to showcase the many ‘unheard voices’ that don’t usually get a lot of attention. Stories from women, children, the working class and agricultural workers, minority groups and even animals that have somehow contributed to the history of Lincolnshire.

The festival will run from Friday 10th to Sunday 19th September 2021 giving everyone a whole ten days to visit the special places taking part.

What We've Achieved


Ever since 1994 Heritage Lincolnshire has co-ordinated Heritage Open Days within the historic county.


So far there have been well over a thousand events and hundreds of thousands of visitors.


But we couldn't do it without our volunteers, as hundreds of people each year give their time to plan events and open up special places that matter to them.


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Festival Updates

We have over 95 events registered for the festival this year

Brochures are now available to pre-order

Events will go live on the National HODs site on 26th July

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Thank You for Your Support

Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days couldn't run without the support of dozens of organisers, hundreds of helpers and volunteers, and local councils for Lincolnshire.


In particular, we would like to thank the Heritage Open Days Steering Group, who meet on a quarterly basis to lead on the festival, the Events Development Group, who go out across the country to meet and engage with local organisers, and local authorities whose financial contribution keeps the festival running year on year.

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The 2021 festival is running in partnership with:

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