Heritage Open Days Guide – Worcestershire

Sep 5 2022 Event Explore Family Friendly What's On

An annual celebration of local history and heritage is nearly upon us!

Heritage Open Days offer the chance for people to engage with history throughout the ages. Sometimes offering exclusive pop-up exhibits and items not seen by the public very often!

There is no better place to discover hidden historic secrets and visit significant locations than Worcestershire.

We’ve compiled the best places to visit in a handy guide. Take some inspiration and let us know where you will be visiting on social media.

Elgar Birthplace

Visit the home of a famous composer and one of many Worcestershire sons, Edward Elgar.

A wonderful, quaint cottage near Lower Broadheath, Worcester. The visitor centre houses a number of special exhibits and historic collections. Specialists talks by Elgar specialist, Richard Westwood-Brookes will be hosted between 9th September – 12th September (See website for further details).

Hartlebury Castle

A location with rich history, impressive castle grounds and home to the county museum.

Enjoy FREE entry on 17th & 18th September to explore the castle, brand new outdoor play area and hundreds of exciting exhibits. During the weekend there will also be a craft market offering mouth-watering food and locally made items for sale.

17th – 18th September

Severn Valley Railway

Exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of the state-of-art diesel depot at Kidderminster Station or maybe a tour of the newly refurbished Bridgnorth Motive Power Depot? Tours are free but must be booked in advance.

The ideal chance to see how the heritage railway works behind closed doors!

Train travel is not included and admission tickets must be booked separately.

10th – 11th September

Gordon Russell Museum

Experience an insight into the work of Sir Gordon Russell and how 20th-century furniture evolved right here in Worcestershire.

The Grade II listed building will be open to visitors for FREE entry on Friday 16th September between 10am – 3:30pm.

Avoncroft Museum

Meet the Miller! A private behind-the-scenes tour is on offer at Avoncroft Museum where guests can learn the process of milling grain. Demonstrating the evolution of technology which made flour production a lot easier over the years.

Wednesday 14th September

Forge Mill Needle Museum

A day of celebration at Forge Mill Needle Museum! Alongside free entry into the museum, there will be a range of displays including iconic motorbikes on show, live music and performances from arts and history societies.

Make sure to check out the only existing water-powered scouring mill right here in Worcestershire!
Sunday 18th September

Tudor House Museum

To celebrate this year’s Heritage Open Days, Tudor House Museum is opening a brand new exhibition ‘Ten Trades Trail’ which explores the history of the building between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. Find out what life was like for a shoemaker or shopkeeper during this historic period.

Saturday 10th September – Sunday 18th September

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