Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture, culture and heritage by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Every year on four days in September, we celebrate our heritage; it is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.
So why not come down to the woods of the Forest of Dean for a full & free long weekend of events and discover our past and what make us special and different?
- Walk the Cyril Hart Arboretum and into the Cannop Valley; the village treasures- Green Bottom, Pillowell & Whitecroft; in the footsteps of Mushet or the Dymock Poets or to the mysterious ruins of St James at Lancaut or the gateway of the Forest – the docks at Lydney.
- Explore All Saints at Newland or Tan House Farm or the Scowles of the Secret Forest; the Geo Map; the gems of Hartpury; industrial treasures: Gunns Mill or Whitecliff Furnace; behind the scenes at the Dean Heritage Centre, Verderers Court or Parkend Field Centre or the Dean Forest Railway.
- Take in the exhibitions at Naas Lane, Lydney, the WI hut or Fish Hut at Newnham-on-Severn, Coleford or Lydbrook or the very special Heart of the Forest School and the records at Coleford or All Saints, Viney Hill.
- Tour & taste at the Bespoke Brewery at Mitcheldean or explore the Xerox museum.
- Meet the Deputy Gaveller.
- Have great days out at the GWR museum, Lindors or St Briavels Castle.