Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days 2024: 6-15 September 'Routes - Networks & Connections''


Heritage Open Days 2024 is back! 

Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, involving thousands of local volunteers and organisations. Every year in September it brings people together to celebrate their heritage, community and history. Stories are told, traditions explored, and histories brought to life. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.

The theme of 2024 Heritage Open Day is ‘Routes - Networks & Connections’ the festival aims to explore the past, present and future of our diverse heritage and culture.


What is Heritage Open Days?

Over 5,500 events take place throughout the country, created by more than 2,000 organisers and 46,000 volunteers. Heritage Open Days is England's largest cultural festival, taking place annually every September.

Leeds Civic Trust has been involved with Heritage Open Days for over 20 years - we help to market the festival here in Leeds, producing leaflets, city wide posters, publicise events on social media, distribute flyers and generally getting the word out! We’re also not ashamed to say it, but we are ‘Heritage Open Days Super-Fans’! and our steering group have built up brilliant relationships throughout the city and know the festival and how its organised inside out.

Each year Leeds Civic Trust produces a listings and highlights booklet, 6,000 copies get distributed across the district in libraries, One stop centres, Galleries and Museums. If you are an organiser and would like your listing to feature in our booklet please register by 07 June. 

Heritage Open Days is a wonderful day out, whether with family, friends or exploring alone. Past examples of events have ranged from dance workshops, spoken word events, exhibitions and singalongs, to the ever popular walks, talks and tours.


How Can I Get Involved? 

Whether there is a local figure you’d like to celebrate, a great story you would love to tell, or you’d like to open your place of work or home, we’d love you to take part and support your event! You can find out more about Heritage Open Days by visiting the national website here or we can pair you with one of our wonderful HODs coordinators who can help you with queries such as organising an event, registering your event, insurance, publicity, and we can even help you find a venue.

For further information an support please email office@leedscivictrust.org.uk or call 0113 243 9594


Important Dates: 

  • Heritage Open Days Registrations are NOW OPEN 
  • Leeds Civic Trust Support Grants Closes on 10 May 2024
  • Registration for your event to be featured in the Leeds Civic Trust HODs guide is 07 June 2024
  • Registration for the Heritage Open Days National Site closes in August 2024 
  • The festival runs 06 - 15 September 


We are delighted to announce the return of our Event and Support Grants!

After a fantastic 2023, which saw 19 new events join the Heritage Open Days Festival with the support of our grants, we are delighted to be bringing them back for another year!

Our events support grants are designed to encourage events that advocate Leeds Creative practitioners, freelancers and historians and to support communities and organisations that wouldn't normally be able to take part and require further support.


We have two grants available;


  1. Event Grant - Up to £500 towards an imaginative or ‘themed’ event, to include financial support for a creative practitioner, freelancer, historian, guest speaker.


  1. Support Grant - A community asset grant of up to £150 towards equipment for your event – this could be towards exhibition boards, printing costs, AV equipment.


For the application form and full details click here 


Please keep an eye on our social media for further information.

Full information will also be available on the Heritage Open Days website.

Don’t forget, if you need any information, you can email us at office@leedscivictrust.org.uk or drop us a message on twitterinstagram or facebook. We are here to help!

Heritage Open Days Booklets

Heritage Open Days 2024 Booklet available from June 24!


Heritage Open Days 2023

The theme for 2023's Heritage Open Days was ‘Creativity Unwrapped'


Heritage Open Days 2022

The theme for 2022's Heritage Open Days was ‘Astounding Inventions’


Heritage Open Days 2021

The theme for 2021's Heritage Open Days was ‘Edible England’ which really was something to get your teeth into!

Heritage Open Days 2019

You may be interested to read about Heritage Open Days 2019 in our brochure from last year.

HODS Booklet 2019 by Meleri Roberts on Scribd

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