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England’s largest festival of history and culture. Running for ten days every September, the festival offers free access to heritage events and activities across England.

The festival is brought to you by the National Trust, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and delivered locally by a large range of organisations (including civic societies, heritage organisations and local councils, community champions and thousands of enthusiastic volunteers)[1]

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  • Sep 8 - 17, 2023 (Fri-Sun)

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We Love… Innovation, Heritage Open Days
Authors: HeritageOpenDays, Nov 5, 2019

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Hundreds of events will adopt this year’s theme, Creativity Unwrapped, sharing England’s colourful history of creativity. The festival will celebrate the experts and enthusiastic amateurs whose passions and skills add something special to our daily lives.

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Last year more than 2,150 organisers and 43,500 volunteers ran nearly 5,000 events across the country, attracting one million visits. Around one-third of visitors had not visited a heritage site/event in the past year while 80% of festival-goers said their visit made them more proud of their local area.

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  1. Press release, 30 May 2023,

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