Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences, many with children’s activities – and it’s all FREE.
Friday 13th – Sunday 15th September & Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd September – Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre 11am – 4pm Scarborough was Britain’s first seaside resort! Do find out more here. There are kids activities at this event. Friday 13th – Sunday 22nd September – The Church of St. Martin on-the-Hill – Scarborough’s Hidden Pre-Raphaelite Gem – 10am – 5pm. There are kids activities at this event. Saturday 14th September – Ayton Castle 10.30am – 4pm See inside the tower of a medieval fortified manor house with a local archaeologist . Mini-digs for kids and a display of artefacts Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September – St Mary’s Church, Goathland 10.30am – 4.30pm Hunt for carved mice-game for children and adults. Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September – Kilnwick Percy Hall 10.30am – 4.30pm Activities for children throughout the weekend. Sunday 15th September – Howsham Mill 10.30am – 5pm Friday 20th & Saturday 21st September – Beningborough Hall 10.30am – 5pm For families, tick off activities on the must do play list – 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4: build a den or let off steam in the wilderness play area. The top floor of the hall has interactive hands-on galleries, perfect for big and little kids Friday 20th & Saturday 21st September – Rievaulx Terrace 10am – 5pm Saturday 21st September – Nunnington Hall 10.30am – 5pm. Close to Rievaulx Terrace so maybe make it a double visit! Saturday 21st September – Ryedale Folk Museum 10am – 5pm Ryedale Folk Museum offers a great family day out. Children can enjoy plenty of space to run around, try one of our trails, or say hello to our heritage breed chickens, pigs and sheep.