Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days Is Back in 2021 With a Very Special Festival

Welcome to the Organiser Area, where you can find helpful information to inspire you to create an incredible event for the festival

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For the 2021 festival, events will take place over a ten-day period, from Friday 10th to Sunday 19th September


This year 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.


This page also contains helpful downloads for organisers to use throughout the planning period, right up to the big event.


Registration is now open and you can either complete our online form. Alternatively, you can download our Word compatible form here and send it back to us. For 2021 we are again accepting both in-person and online events.


Please return your form by 2nd April 2021 for inclusion in the annual brochure.

Useful Downloands

Registration Form

Ideas for Organisers

Resources From the National Team

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COVID-19 Queries

'A different manner of visitor: The crows of Crowland Abbey’ by Scarlett Dennett
  • Guidance will be issued to ensure that events are safe for everyone involved. This means that some sites will need to introduce special measures to ensure social distancing, and some may not be able to welcome visitors in the traditional sense.


  • Because some sites may not be able to open to the public, the national team are welcoming digital events again for 2021. Essentially, they will market and publicise any event which takes place during the festival and gives the public an insight into the heritage. This can involve video or photographic tours, live Q & A sessions with staff, Zoom Talks etc.


We have been promised more guidance, including safe social distancing advice, from the national team as soon as it is available.


We can probably assume though that sites may have to follow the government guidance, which includes limiting the number of people within an enclosed space, setting up one way systems, or, if an outside event, limiting the group and keeping 2ms apart.

Changes to the Lincolnshire Festival for 2021

Obviously the above will affect most, if not all, of our events. Our aim will be to support you as much as possible. As such we will be hosting webinars and online training again this year for those who want to learn or grow your confidence in using digital resources such as Social Media, Zoom and Youtube to showcase your sites. We will publish a schedule of training dates later in the year.


We will not be doing the full print run of the brochure for two reasons. Many of the places who traditionally stocked them (e.g. TICs and Libraries) are likely to be closed for the foreseeable future, so we will struggle to get it out there. We are also conscious that events may have more changes than usual, so with a reduced print run, we can afford to be more flexible with late changes and additions.


We will, however, do a limited-edition print run of just a few thousand which can be ordered directly from us with a small fee to cover the postage. We will begin pre-orders for these booklets in the early summer to help us judge how many we need to print.

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Other Resources

The chair of the Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days Steering Group has provided the following links and info which might be useful to you:



Visit Lincoln: 
They are really keen to support tourism sites to reopen again safely.  Anyone with any questions is welcome to contact them for more information and support, and it's not just aimed at businesses.  The person to talk to there is Samantha Pover –


Visit Britain: 
Visit Britain are presenting a free 1-2-1 digital support platform called Digital Boost: The Covid-19 crisis has presented many challenges for small businesses, particularly in building digital capability. The platform will host a community of digital experts who will offer one-to-one digital support to small businesses, free of charge.