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Heritage Open Days 2022

Heritage Open Days is 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!

The festival 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.

2022 saw some really fantastic events taking place across Lincolnshire. All of this was made possible by the tireless efforts of staff and volunteers at sites across Lincolnshire. If you attended or ran an event, we need to hear from you. Follow the links below to access our online feedback forms and help us make next year even better!


Thank You HODs

2021 Festival Statistics

Voices of Lincolnshire - Stories Unheard

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

We wanted to celebrate the many voices of the county that have contributed to its heritage and culture.

Organisers showcased 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 who have somehow contributed to the history of Lincolnshire.

The festival ran from Friday 10th to Sunday 19th September 2021.

Headline Figures

  93 Events Went Ahead

  82% of Visitors Found Their Visit 'Very Enjoyable'

  98% of Visitors Found Their Visit 'Very Enjoyable' or 'Enjoyable'

  36% of Visitors Were New to HODs

  35% Spent over £10 at Events

  62% Visited Events Within 5 Miles of Home (showing local impact and take up)

  Approximately 12,000 visitors across Greater Lincolnshire

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 2022 festival ran in partnership with:

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