“The Arts of Lincolnshire - Creativity Unwrapped” -
In 2023 we are celebrating the stories and work of the experts and enthusiastic amateurs who add that something extra to all aspects of our daily lives. So, whether you’re thinking of the Arts with a capital ‘A’ or art in all its lowercase glory – from high-brow literature to slam poetry, Old masters to street art, fashion, architecture and garden design – we want to know your stories!
Have you ever registered this site with us before? *
Let us know if you’ve ever registered your site with us as it will help us keep your details up to date and avoid duplication on our database. This question relates to your site (if applicable) and not your event. So if your event has changed but you have hosted HODs before at your site, then you would still select ‘No’ as your site should already be on our database.
Is your event online or in person? *
This one’s an easy one, but if you are doing something online and in-person, just remember to tick both boxes!
Event Title *
Your event title is your event’s biggest opportunity to catch a visitor’s interest, whether they are reading a brochure or browsing listings online, so try to make it evocative as well as descriptive. So rather than “Open Day at the Windmill” you could call it “Sails and Steam: machinery in action at the Windmill.”
How does your event meet the Heritage Open Days requirements? *
To take part in Heritage Open Days, in Lincolnshire or elsewhere, you need to fulfil one of these requirements.
If your site opens regularly and doesn’t charge a fee, such as a park or ruin, you can still take part but you must either open part of the site that isn’t usually accessible or put on a special event. This doesn’t need to mean putting on a full-scale re-enactment or a huge exhibition, and could be as easy as having volunteers on hand to offer tours, organising a quiz or putting on a trail for children. Churches that are usually kept locked and other buildings that only open by appointment qualify as “not usually open”.
All events must be free, so if you usually charge for admission then this fee must be waived, although you can still charge for extras such as refreshments or guidebooks and ask for donations. Please note running a free tour if visitors still have to pay an entrance fee does not count. We realise organisers have to recoup their costs, but the festival is a great opportunity to promote your site with thousands of brochures going out across the county and tens of thousands more people seeing your event online. Each year visitors tell us they have discovered places on their doorstep they had never been to and will now be visiting again.
Event description for the brochure *
Event description for the brochure: Please give a short, dynamic description of your property/event highlighting the things that will intrigue the reader and persuade them to attend.
(Maximum of 40 Words)
Event description for the website
Event description for the website (Optional): There is no word limit on entries for the online resources, however we recommend sticking to around 100 words for brevity. If you would like us to use a more detailed description for online resources, please let write it below, otherwise we will use the one above.
Optional - Recommended less than 100 Words)
Is your event suitable for, or aimed at families? *
Again this is an easy one. If your event is family friendly, with activities designed to appeal to a younger audience then tick the yes box. Remember that the whole event doesn’t have to be family-orientated, but if you have an element on like ‘child-friendly tours’ then that would also count.
Event Location * Postcode *
Please tell us the full address of your event, including postcode. It is not necessary to provide directions unless your event is particularly difficult to find, such a guided tour that begins in a layby or takes place at a site that isn’t accessible by road.
Event Days *
Please tick all applicable.
Your event does not need to run for all ten days and could be as short as a single hour long guided tour if necessary. Saturday and Sunday are the most popular days with organisers and visitors, but many people like to visit during the week, and these days can be great for evening events such as talks, concerts or candle lit tours.
If you know there are other historic sites in your town or village or nearby, it’s a great idea to coordinate your events on the same day or weekend so there is more going on which will be an added attraction to visitors. You might also like to think of working together with similar sites elsewhere in the county as we know many people travel to Lincolnshire during the festival specially to visit windmills, pumping stations and churches that are otherwise only open infrequently.
Please give the start and end times of your event(s) E.g. 10.00 – 16:00 *
Let us know the start and end time between which your event will take place. This should be the start and end time of the whole event. Please use the next section to give the start time of individual tours, talks or performances.
The most popular times for festival events are between 10:00 and 16:00, but we would like to encourage more evening events as we know these are popular with visitors who have other commitments during the day. Running a tour in the evening can lend a totally different atmosphere to familiar historic buildings, whilst evening concerts and film shows can attract audiences who might not otherwise be interested in historic sites.
Times: Please set out timings in the 24-hr clock format, e.g. 10.00 – 16.00
If there are set times/durations for tours, talks or performances within your event, please tell us:
Record here approximately how long any walks or tours will take in hours and minutes. Try to avoid ‘short talk’ or ‘quick tours’ as this can be quite ambiguous.
Are visitor numbers limited? *
Please let us know if you will be limiting visitor numbers at your event, and if so how many visitors you plan to admit.
If yes, how many? Does your event require booking? *
Please indicate either yes or no and give a daytime contact telephone number, booking link and/or email address. This will be printed in the brochure so think carefully about who will handle the bookings, particularly if your event is likely to be popular, as you will still receive calls after your event is fully booked. Heritage Lincolnshire can handle all your bookings for you and provide you with a list of attendees for a fee of £25, and you will also have your brochures delivered to your door.
If yes, please provide Contact/Organisation Name
The name of the contact or organisation will be printed in the brochure.
If yes, please provide booking contact details
Booking link, email address and/or telephone number for visitors to book.
Are there any special requirements for your event?
This section should only be used to give visitors important additional information that cannot be included in the event description. Examples are that access to a site is via ladder. We cannot guarantee that this section will be printed in the brochure, but it will be featured on the website and will help us deal with enquiries.
Additional Access and Property Information Please provide details of your event and/or property. Please tick all applicable *
Use these tick boxes to tell visitors about the facilities at your event. Visitors will appreciate knowing if you will be selling refreshments, and whether there are parking or toilet facilities and what kind of disabled access and facilities there are. Knowing whether dogs are welcome, and if outdoor clothing is required are also useful for visitors wanting to plan their day.
Please also tell us if your event meets this year’s theme. Visitor feedback has been overwhelmingly positive for ten day festival. Sadly there are still occasions of visitors unable to make events due to other commitments, so we have added a label which points out if an event or opening is especially for the festival, and cannot be visited at other times of the year. If not, please note that this doesn’t mean that admission has to be free on other days, but that visitors have an indication on whether they can plan other visits if they miss your Heritage Open Days event.
Is your site managed by a Trust or special organisation? If so, who?
The national team now also records what kind of sites open for Heritage Open Days and would like to know who manages them. This helps with their annual evaluation for stakeholders, so if you could let us know if your site is managed by a trust or special organisation we’d be grateful.
Event Organiser Details
These details are really important as it gives us a way to contact you about your event. We will not share this information with the general public so please make sure the details are for the person organising the event. For the address section, please use the postal address you would like us to send your organiser pack to, before the festival.
Contact Name *
Please give us the name of the point of contact detailing with Heritage Open Days at your site. This will not be published in the brochure but it will be given out to visitors upon request if they want to know who to speak to at your site about the event.
If you do not want your organiser pack to be sent direct to the event site, then please provide an alternative address here.
Please confirm that you are happy for your email to be added to our organiser database and to the information mailing list. The purpose of this mailing list is to keep you updated on the festival and your personal email will not be shared outside of Heritage Lincolnshire.
Phone * Name and daytime phone number/email of guest speaker/guide/walk leader
Let us know who is giving your talk, tour or walk if you would like this printed in the brochure.
Please also give us contact details of the guest speaker if different from that given above. This will not be printed in the brochure, but we may use it to contact them ourselves if we receive questions from visitors.
Name, daytime telephone number and email of press contact if different from above
Only complete this section if you have a designated contact you would prefer to deal with enquiries from the media about your event. This does happen every year, particularly from local radio stations!
If you are going to publicise your event on social media, please give us your details
We love seeing heritage promoted on social media and connecting with people through technology. If you have social media pages for your site and would like Heritage Lincolnshire to share your posts during the event, then enter your page details here. We cannot guarantee that we will share every post, but if we know that you will be posting, then it allows us a better idea of the streams to watch. We will also upload your web address and social media links to the website entry of your event so visitors can click through to them.
Insurance and COVID Information Would you like to be registered to receive the free National Heritage Open Days public liability insurance? * Yes No
Please confirm that you will be completing a risk assessment for your event and will be complying with the terms of the free insurance provided by the national Heritage Open Days organisers. For 2023 you will also have to continue to consider how you will mitigate COVID. A template risk assessment and summary of the insurance policy will be provided to you in advance of the event. If for any reason you do not wish to receive the free insurance then you must give us the name, address and policy number of your own public liability insurance.
This is required so that the national Heritage Open Days organisers can be certain that members of the public are not being put at risk, and that organisers taking part in the festival are properly insured in the unlikely event that an accident occurs. Please note that the free insurance does not cover weapons, musical instruments, transport, and other hazardous hands-on activities. Let us know if you have any questions.
If you have your own public liability insurance please submit the name, address and the policy number of your insurer. Extra Services If you are interested in the following services, please check the relevant box(es) below.
If you are interested in the above services, please check the relevant box(es) below.
Heritage Lincolnshire offer additional services to help with the organisation of your event. We ask you to make a small donation of £25 which goes towards the ongoing costs of the festival.
Please include a cheque made payable to Heritage Lincolnshire, or alternatively you can make a donation when redirected at the end of this form. Please include the reference:
[*your organisation/name* – HODS2023]
Photographs and Digital Images
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A picture says a thousand words and can really make your event stand out online and in the brochure. I possible, please send us at least one good quality digital image which we can use to promote your event.
Be aware of copyright restrictions, and only use images you, or your organisation, has the right to use. Please also let us know if the photographer needs to be credited when the image is used.
Images of events and sites really enhance the quality and appearance of the brochure. Although we cannot guarantee that we will use every image sent to us, we will try and feature as many as possible, and use at least one when posting your event on the Heritage Open Days website. To do this we need your confirmation that the image is yours to share and not under copyright, and that you are happy for us to use it for this purpose.
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Robots fill in a lot of forms like this with nonsense. So before we process your submission, please could you confirm you're not a robot by answering the following question:
What is the name of this website? ______lincolnshire.org Please remember that the deadline for inclusion in the booklet is 31st March 2023. If you complete your form before this date, please do send it in as soon as you can, as it helps our team when processing the entries. Thank you for taking the time to complete the form
If you have any questions about the festival, form or guidance notes, please don’t hesitate to contact the Heritage Open Days Team by email via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01529 461 499.