Throw open your doors and celebrate your heritage and history at Heritage Open Days

Lancaster City Council is encouraging new venues across the district to throw open their doors and sign up to this year’s Heritage Open Days.

Heritage Open Days
Lancaster Town Hall Tours will be one of the attractions during Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, will take place between the 13 and 22 September.

As England's largest festival of history and culture it aims to offer everyone the chance to discover hidden places and buildings on their doorstep.

The main theme of this year’s event is - ‘People Power’ looking at the many ways people have changed the world, from marches and sit-ins to peaceful protests and rebel songs.

The council is now inviting organisations and venues with a story to tell to throw open their doors and be part of this year’s celebrations.

In recent years, venues around Lancaster and Morecambe Bay have invited visitors to take a walking tour of Lancaster’s Military History, visit an exhibition of famous past pupils of Lancaster Boys Grammar School or see inside The Clergy Daughters’ School at Cowan Bridge attended by the famous Bronte sisters.

If your venue or building has a fascinating story to tell, has a famous connection or can offer a workshop in a long lost skill, the council wants to hear from you.

There’s no requirement to hold events on more than one day during the celebration and organisations or societies who have limited their opening to one weekend are encouraged to continue doing so.

Local events be will be given plenty of limelight in promotional materials ahead of the event to ensure that as many residents and visitors as possible are given the chance to explore how the district’s heritage has shaped today’s attractions and industry.

To register to be part of Heritage Open Days or to find out more, visit  If you want to discuss your ideas, you can contact our Tourism Marketing Team on 01524 582870 or email

Deadline for registration is 1 August.  However, to receive full promotional support from the council locally, you should register your event no later than May 1. Remember the sooner you register the more promotional support you will be given.

Last updated: 19 March 2019