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Discover Hidden Adventures: Heritage Open Days 2019 Festival

Why should summer have all the fun? There’s so much to love about that shift into more autumnal weather; the crisp leaves, pleasant breeze and fair weather.

Perfect for days out and adventures near one of our twelve stunning parks, we’d say.

That’s exactly why we were really excited to learn about the Heritage Open Days Festival.

In a celebration of history and culture, this festival brings together more than 2,000 organisations and 5,000 events. Each one has a special place or space, and each is opening its doors for a limited time in order to celebrate their heritage. This means a chance to see hidden places and a range of new experiences. The best bit — it’s all absolutely free!

So, whether you’re an on-park owner seeking some new and exciting ways to spend your time away this month, or you’re thinking about booking a short break with us, we’ve picked out some of the many amazing events and open days out there.

These little days out are guaranteed to make your September break that bit more exciting; to help you plan your trip, we’ve picked out a few events by region! 

Of course, there’s thousands of things to see and do, but here’s a snapshot of what’s on offer within driving distance of our parks. All events are free, but some require pre-booking and are at varying dates between 13–22 September, so check out the Festival for full details. 

North East — Our Pick of Heritage Open Days

(All within driving distance of Amble Links)

An industrial Heritage Site

Graft and Glory at Woodhorn Museum

This exhibition tells the story of how engineers and innovators from the North East changed the world. Pre-booking for free entry is required, so check out the Festival page details at the end of this post! 

Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery

There’s no booking required for this peek at endless history about the stunning Alnwick area. With illustrated panels, artefacts and exhibitions there’s loads to see and do. 

Behind the Scenes at Northumberland Archives

A rare and exciting insight into what it takes to preserve collections that contain over 800 years of Northumberland’s history! 

Cornwall — Our Pick of Heritage Open Days

(All within driving distance of one or more of our Cornish parks)

Beautiful Elizabethan Manor House


This stunning National Trust property is an Elizabethan Manor packed with things to see and do, a perfect day out for the whole family. 

Behind the scenes at Bodmin Keep

See special objects and collections housed in the museum attic. Handle objects and special artefacts and learn more about this amazing building where soldiers once slept. There’s dressing up and lots of fun to be had! 

The Vale of Avalon, Arthurian Centre

Based on the site of Camlann, King Arthur's last battle, you can find acres of stunning woodland and riverside walks. There are ruins dating back to the 13th century and when you’re done you can enjoy a visit to the tea room and shop! 

Herefordshire — Our Pick of Heritage Open Days

(within driving distance of our Malvern View park)

1940's timber framed building

Greyfriars House and Garden

Explore this incredible timber-framed building from 1490, lovingly restored with amazing interiors and a spectacular walled garden. Grab a guided tour! 

Brockhaven Damson Harvest

Explore the stunning orchards, woods and parkland and help with the Damson harvest. Something a little different to do and you can soak up all that fresh autumnal air. 

Yorkshire and Lancashire — Our Pick of Heritage Open Days

(within driving distance of our Yorkshire parks)

Grade 1 listed 17th century house built from Yorkshire stone

The Folly - Settle’s House of Mystery

Take a guided tour of the Grade 1 listed, 17th Century house with its extraordinary architecture and mysterious past. Find out more with a tour, visit the museum and exhibition. 

St Andrew’s Bell Foundry

Find out about the ancient skill of bell casting. This is an exciting and rare glimpse into the practice, you can tour the bell tower and see some smaller bells being cast! This activity is weather dependent. 

North Wales

Heritage Open Days are dotted all over England and don’t quite reach into Wales, but if you’re with us at our stunning Brynteg or Plas Coch parks, there’s still plenty to see and do. Why not try Greenwoods Forest park, Beaumaris Castle or Bounce Below? 

If you’re not part of our community yet, there are a number of last-minute savings to be made at some of our parks… Save up to a third off your Park Leisure holiday this autumn!

Explore last-minute autumn 2019 holiday savings with Park Leisure!

We look forward to seeing you on park in autumn!

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