Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 organisations, 5,500 events and 46,000 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 – and it’s all FREE.

Heritage Open Days 2020 will be 11th to 20th September.

In the past, along with other organisations, individuals and property owners, Wakefield Civic Society has organised a programme of events and activities such as talks, tours and guided walks. This year, because of Covid-19, we’ve decided to move our activities on-line and are showcasing some of Wakefield’s unique heritage through a series of short films and webinars. Some of the films we show will have been specially made for this year’s Heritage Open Days, while some will have been made in the past but deserve another airing. As well as content from the Society, we have also asked for contributions from others across the city.

You can watch our films on Vimeo in a special ‘Vimeo Showcase‘ that will be live from 11th to 20th September. You won’t need any passwords, just click on the showcase during the Heritage Open Days period to see the content.

In addition, we’re going to be offering a number of webinars via Zoom. To participate in these, you will need to register first. The webinars are free and can be booked through our Eventbrite page here. Your booking will be acknowledged and on the day of the webinar, we will email you a link with the Zoom log-in details.

If you want to explore other events arranged by others, not just in Wakefield but across the country, have a look at the national Heritage Open Days website https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

Our programme for Heritage Open Days this year has been supported with funding from @MyWakefield.