Heritage Open Days

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 celebrates 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.

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.

Picturing the Past 2018

In 2018 we will be celebrating the festival's 25th year with the theme of Picturing the Past. This means we're looking for events that showcase the county's artistic heritage, whether that's old photographs, stained glass, sculpture of even contemporary art inspired by history. For the first time ever the festival will also take place over two weekends, from Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th and Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th September. Giving everyone more time to visit the special places taking part.

If you have an idea for an event head to our organiser area to download an event registration form.

Our festival brochure will be launched at the Lincolnshire Show on 20th June 2018. It will also be available from libraries, tourist information centres and heritage sites across the county and from our offices in Heckington. You will also be able download a printable copy on this page shortly afterwards too.

Get your festival brochure here (2018 brochure available from 20th June)

download the 2017 brochure

Lincoln Heritage Music Festival

From 9th-10th September 2017 take a free journey through musical history

view the Programme

Heritage for Hounds!

find dog friendly events

Explore heritage open days by train or bus

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