It’s nearly time for London Open House and Heritage Open Days

As September approaches, we look forward to the time when some of the UK’s hardest to see buildings throw open their doors to eager visitors for this once-a year opportunity. The two largest festivals, London Open House and Heritage Open Days, are running at the same time!

To give more opportunities to see, this year’s London Open House extends across two weekends and the week in between, from 8th to 21st September.

er, with a wide range of events that can be selected both in-person and online, which will certainly help broaden access to the many interesting events in the programme as well as allowing audiences to take part in more visits.

There are usually a handful of performance buildings included in the programme, and when the details are released on August 24th you can search on “Theatre” to locate them..

You can find full details when they are unveiled on 24th August at the Open House website which you can find by clicking here

Almost concurrently, Heritage Open Days runs from September 9th to 18th, which will allow two weekends’ worth of exploring for those able to get out and about.

England’s biggest festival of history and culture returns, with more than 800 free events.

Current highlights from a search on theatres brings up these in-person events

The Old Savoy, Northampton

Alnwick Playhouse, Northumberland

Bristol Old Vic

The Stables, Wavendon

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Hull Truck Theatre

Hull New Theatre

Chesil Theatre, Winchester

Gorleston Pavilion, East Anglia

Norwich Puppet Theatre

Newark Place Theatre, Nottinghamshire

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

See the full programme here. Book early to secure your place, as these events do sell quickly!


In Northern IrelandEuropean Heritage Open Days is on for a week digitally from Monday 5 to Sunday 11 September, with in-person events on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September. It includes 200+ sites and properties.

In ScotlandDoors Open Days runs throughout the whole month of September with hundreds of sites opening, as does Wales‘ Open Doors.

Remember to book ahead where you can and check to ensure details don’t change near the event.

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