With a dynamic programme of over 5,000 events, Heritage Open Days is England’s largest annual festival of history and culture.
Every September, doors are flung open at some of the country’s best-known attractions, as well as private and community spaces, thanks to support from the National Trust and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Locally, there are dozens of events to choose from including boat trips at Llanymynech Wharf Visitor Centre and steam trains at the Cambrian Heritage Railway, with a bus from Llynclys to Oswestry station. There will also be plenty going on at The Tanat Valley Light Railway at the Nant Mawr visitor centre
Speaking about the activities at Llanymynech, Joan Zorn said: “We have a number of events for visitors including guided walks of the Limeworks Heritage Area with Tony and Martyn (meet at Stables Building) on 14, 15, 21 and 22 September, 1.00 – 4.30pm.
“On the 22 September, 1.00 – 4.30 we have our demo kiln firing and lime slaking demonstrations showing the process used to process the limestone quarried on Llanymynech Hill.
“And we even have FREE 30 minute Boat Trips on the beautiful Montgomery Canal on 15 and 22 September at 1.00 – 4.30. So why not come down and enjoy our local heritage?”
Nationally, to celebrate the festival’s 25th anniversary, 25 new places are opening their doors, from country houses, museum archives and gardens, to theatres, wildlife reserves, distilleries and even a solar farm.
“It’s always exciting when new places join Heritage Open Days,” says National Manager, Annabelle Thorpe. And this year we have a bumper crop of first-timers. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 25th anniversary than by sharing it with these iconic places.”
The 25 new places cover a wide range of topics; natural heritage will be celebrated at the home of World Wildlife Fund founder, Sir Peter Scott, while the country’s manufacturing and industrial heritage will be on show at working sites, such as the Bombay Sapphire Distillery.
Visitors can also explore the restored Wentworth Castle Gardens, newly reopened and launched this year as part of the National Trust. And, at places like these which normally charge, festival visitors get free entry, making it a great opportunity to experience local destinations on a
Find Heritage Open Day events using this interactive map – https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/map