UK Heritage Open Days 2015

UK Heritage Open Days 2015

Are you looking to explore your local area – whilst keeping the costs low and family entertained?

Well we have found the ideal way for you to do all of the above and so much more, Heritage Open Days is UK's biggest heritage festival – held in England 10th-13th September. There is a similar event held in Scotland called Open Doors, which is on every weekend in September.

The festivals celebrate the UK’s fantastic history, architecture and culture; offering people the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences. The good news is all of these are free. 

Every year in September, the bunting is unfurled and buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a once-a-year chance to discover the often secret or forgotten gems on our doorsteps and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

With all of our developments set in great locations across the UK you’ll never be too far from some of the Heritage Open Day’s events.

From castles to city halls, tunnels to tower tops, police cells to private homes, workshops to woodland walks, the variety of places and ways to discover them are endless.


We suggest you visit Duntarvie Castle in Winchburgh. While the castle probably has early 12th century origins, the building in more-orless its present form dates from the late 16th century. Restoration has been undertaken by the present owner, Geoffrey Nicholsby, who will make Duntarvie a function venue and also the headquarters of Geoffrey Tailor Highland Crafts. Duntarvie Castle is near our Glendevon Gate and Glen Almond developments.

North East

Visit the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club, at the South Harbour in Blyth, you will be able to explore above and below decks. This heritage site is near our Wheatfields Chase development. The area is a popular visitor destination with excellent leisure facilities, the seaside town of Redcar is also a thriving community here traditional trades like fishing combine with tourism to create a unique and invigorating ambience.

North West

In the North West we suggest visiting Morecambe Winter Gardens, within the gardens there is Grade II listed theatre which is one of the last surviving Music Halls. It was closed in 1977, and the ' Friends of the Winter Gardens' were formed in 1986 to protect the theatre from demolition. The Winter Gardens are near our Millers Green development, within walking distance or a quick drive of the seafront and the picturesque village of Heysham.


If you’re in Yorkshire pop along to the Knaresborough Castle and Museum, where you can step back in time and discover medieval life of this royal castle. After you have explored some historic building why don’t you take a look around our Quercus Green development situated midway between the Knaresborough and the historic centre of Harrogate.


Visit Ashbourne’s Last Malthouse talks and tours will take place during the day and displays about the history of the building, and about malting and brewing. Whilst you are in the area visit our Lodge Farm Chase development that presents a rare opportunity to combine a modern, energy efficient homes with a wonderful location just ten minutes’ stroll from the centre of Ashbourne, a picturesque traditional market town where historic coaching inns and Georgian streets sit comfortably alongside modern supermarkets and leisure facilities.


In the South East we suggest visiting Scott’s Grotto in Ware is a series of six interconnected chambers decorated with thousands of shells, flints and pieces of coloured glass. It extends over 60 ft. into a chalk hillside. Above the grotto, on top of the hill, you can also discover the summerhouse, which in its day would have commanded a wonderful view over Ware. When you are in the area why don’t you visit our Terlings Park development which is nestled between the picturesque Hertfordshire towns of Sawbridgeworth and Ware. Terlings Park is surrounded by river walks, country lanes and rural vistas, yet in close proximity to city facilities, national motorway networks and links to London.

Opening doors, eyes and minds

Heritage Open Days celebrates what makes local communities and neighbourhoods special. By encouraging curiosity and discovery, the event connects people with their local places and helps foster a sense of belonging and pride. The events can be a great way for you and the family to get to know more about your local area and its hidden gems!

Connect with Heritage Open Days (England) via their social media platforms that include; Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

Find out more about Doors Open Days (Scotland) on their social media channels that include,  Twitter and Facebook.

Whilst you are out and about exploring different areas of the UK why don’t you pop into one of our many developments across the country?

Image by Robert Lowe and licensed via Creative Commons