Heritage Open Days 2017

The Heritage Open Days are four very special days of the year, where you can experience local history, culture, and architecture, and visit special places which are normally closed to the public, as well as enjoying free entry to places that charge an admission fee.

The 2017 Heritage Open Days will be held from Thursday 7th September 2017 to  Sunday 10th September 2017.  The full details of all of the participating historic buildings, gardens, and other special places taking part, can be found on the Heritage Open Days Website.

Although the Heritage Open Days events are all free of charge, some of these events do require prior booking – so do please check the listings on The Heritage Open Days website, where you’ll also find details of many additional events, and any cancellations.  Here are some of my favourite openings for the 2017 Heritage Open Days……

Albury Organic Vineyard

On Saturday 9th September 2017, and Sunday 10th September 2017Albury Organic Vineyard, Shere Road, Albury, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 9BW, will be opening for two special days.  Albury Organic Vineyard is the producer of the award-winning Silent Pool Rosé, and other still and sparkling wines.  Visitors can walk around the vineyard, and taste the vineyard’s latest releases, which will be available to purchase by the glass or bottle.  Albury Organic Vineyard will be open from 10am until 4pm, on both of these open days.  For more details, please click here.

The Bear Shop Garden

The Bear Shop Garden is a small terraced garden located in a historic area of Norwich.  This garden is considered to be based on a design by Gertrude Jekyll

The Bear Shop Garden, The Bear Shop, 18 Elm Hill, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1HN is open for the Heritage Open Days, from 11am until 4.30pm on Thursday 7th September 2017, Friday 8th September 2017, and Saturday 9th September 2017, and from 11am until 4pm on Sunday 10th September 2017.  Wheelchair access is limited to the upper level of the garden, for all the details, please click here.

Chartwell Garden and Studio

On Saturday 9th September 2017Chartwell Garden and Studio, Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS, will be opening from 11am, until 4.15pm.  Talks will be held in the studio at 12.30pm and 2.30pm.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

Claremont Landscape Garden

On Saturday 9th September 2017Claremont Landscape Garden and Tower, at Claremont Landscape Garden, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9JG, will be opening from 10am, until 6pm, with the tower opening from 2pm until 4pm.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

Cragside House and Gardens

On Friday 8th September 2017Cragside, Cragside House and Gardens, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7PX, will be opening from 10am, until 5pm.  Cragside was the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity, it is crammed full of ingenious gadgets – most of these gadgets are still working.  Cragside gardens features one of the largest rock gardens in Europe, which leads down to an Iron Bridge, which in turn leads to the formal garden.  There’s an adventure play area and Nelly’s Labyrinth for children to explore – a network of paths and tunnels, which have been cut out of an area of Rhododendron forest.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

The 2017 Heritage Open Days will be held from Thursday 7th September 2017 to Sunday 10th September 2017.

Dorking Caves

On Saturday 9th September 2017Dorking Caves, South Street, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 2HQ, will be opening, offering free tours to visitors at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm.  Dorking Caves are an extensive system of cellars and caves, which date back to at least the 17th century.  Please note – there is no wheelchair access.  These tours are not suitable for people with bad arthritis, with heart or breathing problems, claustrophobia, arachnophobia, or advanced pregnancy.  Sensible footwear must be worn.  People wearing flip flops, high heels, or open-toed shoes, will not be admitted.  Pre-booking is required, booking is open until the places are taken, to book your place, please click here.  For all the details, please click here.

Denbies Wine Estate

On Thursday 7th September 2017Friday 8th September 2017, and Saturday 9th September 2017Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6AA, will be opening for the Heritage Open Days.  Denbies are offering 45 minute tours of the vineyard to visitors, pausing to take in scenic viewpoints along the way.  Pre-booking is required, and closes on the 6th September 2017, or when the places have been filled, whichever is sooner.  For all the details, please click here.

Durham Wildlife Trust Bat Walk

Durham Wildlife Trust are organising a special Bat Walk, at Durham Wildlife Trust, Low Barns Nature Reserve, Witton le Wear, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 0LG, from 7pm until 9pm, on Thursday 7th September 2017.  Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.  Pre-booking is required, do remember to bring a torch and wear sturdy footwear, for all the details, please click here.

The Grange

On Saturday 8th September 2017, from 11am until 3pm, The Grange, Rectory Lane, Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4DZ, will be opening for the Heritage Open Days.  The Grange is a 19th Century House with a magnificent late Victorian ballroom, a secret walled garden, and beautiful grounds.  Work will be on display, which was created when The Grange was ‘The School Of Stitchery and Lace’.  Tea and cakes will be available between 11-3pm, in the Victorian Conservatory.  For all the details, please click here.

Greyfriars Vineyard

On Saturday 9th September 2017Greyfriars Vineyard, Hogs Back, Puttenham, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1AG, will be opening from 10am until 5pm.  Greyfriars Vineyard is located on the south facing slopes of the Hogs Back Ridge, where they grow Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier vines.  The current owners took over in 2010, they have significantly expanded the vineyard and winery.  Greyfriars Vineyard are a commercial producer of quality sparkling wines.  Visitors can see how the grapes are grown, find out about the processes used to turn the grapes into wine, and sample the final product, which is also available to purchase.  For all the details, please click here.

Godalming Bandstand

On Sunday 10th September 2017, at the Godalming Bandstand, in the park, by the river in Godalming, Surrey, The Godalming Trust are sponsoring the final Godalming bandstand concert of the year, where they will host the Horsham Band, at the Bandstand from 3pm until 5pm.  The concerts are free, you’re welcome to bring your own chairs, or a blanket, and take a picnic.  For all the details, please click here.

The Go-Godalming Association present Music in the Park at The Bandstand, in the Phillips Memorial Park, which is by the river in Godalming, Surrey. This is a free concert. Bring a picnic and your own garden chairs and relax and enjoy the afternoon. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be held in the adjacent parish church.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

On Saturday 9th September 2017, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9LW, the home of writer Elizabeth Gaskell, where Elizabeth lived from 1850, until her death in 1865, is opening especially for the Heritage Open Days.  There will be four tours held throughout the day, places are limited and pre-booking is required, for all the details, please click here.

The Italianate Glasshouse

The Italianate Glasshouse, King George VI Memorial Park, Montefiore Avenue, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 8BD, will be opening on Thursday 8th September 2017 and on Friday 9th September 2017, from 10.30am until 4pm.  The Italianate Glasshouse is a unique Grade II* listed historic feature.  This special and unique glasshouse was installed in 1832.  During the Heritage Open Days, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the glasshouse gardens, and look inside to see the amazing 80 year old Agave Americana.  Visitors can also admire one hundred year old grape vines, and variety of cacti and succulents.  The custodians of the Glasshouse will be available during the day, to give an overview of the Glasshouse origins and the history of the surrounding park, which was once the home of Sir Moses Montefiore.  In times gone, by the Italianate Glasshouse had become derelict after suffering vandalism, but happily this very special glasshouse was lovingly restored in 2005, and is now back to its former glory.  For all the details, including access information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Hatchlands Park, is a National Trust property, which features 400 acres of parkland.

Hatchlands Park

On Sunday 10th September 2017, from 10am until 5.30pm, the grounds of Hatchlands Park will be open for the Heritage Open Days.  The house will also open on this date at 2pm.  Hatchlands Park, Epsom Road, East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT, will be opening without charge for the Heritage Open Days.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Hatchlands Park can be found here.

Hatchlands Park, is a National Trust property that features 400 acres of parkland in Surrey.

Hill Top

On Friday 8th September 2017Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s House, Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0LF, will be opening for a special tour with the National Trust’s Collection Manager from 3pm until 4pm.  Pre-booking is required, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

Lombard House

Lombard HouseThe Hertford Club, Lombard House, Bull Plain, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 1DT, will be opening on Saturday 9th September 2017, from 12 noon until 6pm, and on Sunday 10th September 2017 from 12 noon until 5pm.  Situated on the banks of the River Lea, Lombard House is a 15th century, Grade II* listed building.  For the past 120 years, Lombard House has been home to The Hertford Club.  For all the details, including access information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Luton Hoo Walled Garden

On Friday 8th September 2017Luton Hoo Walled Garden, Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 4LF, will be opening from 11am, until 3pm.  Luton Hoo Walled Garden is a five acre octagonal garden that was designed by Capability Brown for the third Earl of Bute in 1769.  For all the details, including access information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Matterley Bowl

On Thursday 7th September 2017, at 9am, 11am, and 1pm, take a tour of the Matterley Bowl, a natural amphitheatre in the South Downs National Park, where you can see examples of hedge laying and hurdle making.  Jayne Chapman, Reserves Officer for Butterfly Conservation, and Ashley Whitlock, a local butterfly expert, will be leading tours of the ridgeline to Cheesefoot Head SSSI to look for late flying butterflies and day flying moths.  Jayne will give visitors an introduction into the management of chalk grassland, and she will also give an identification presentation of low growing herbs and wildflowers.

You’ll find Matterley Bowl, off the A31 Alresford Road, Alresford, Hampshire, SO21 1HW,(opposite the turning to Avington).  There’s no wheelchair access to Matterley Bowl, and this tour is not suitable for small children.  To reach Matterley Bowl, visitors are required to cross fields and uneven terrain – stout footwear, or wellington boots and waterproof clothing are advisable.  For all the details, please click here.

The Secret Forest

On Friday 8th September 2017, The Secret Forest, Stock Wood Scowles, The Rocks, Clearwell, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8JR, will be opening without charge for the Heritage Open Days.  Visitors can see rare plants and bonsai yew growing alongside the outcrops of crease limestone and rocks.  The woods will open from 10am until 4pm, with a tour of the replica iron age village, which features round houses and huts, at 2pm.  There are places for picnics, and the paths are level, for more details of accessibility and for all the details, please click here.

Madingley Hall Gardens

On Friday 8th September 2017, from 2.30pm until 7pm, Madingley Hall Gardens, Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB23 8AQ, will be opening for the Heritage Open Days 2017.  Madingley Hall Gardens occupy eight acres of grounds, with step free access, and feature a woodland walk and a walled garden, where visitors can discover dye plants, healing plants, and herbs, as well as trees and topiary.  40 minute tours of the garden will be given at 3.30pm, 4.30pm, and 5.30pm.  For all the details, please click here.

Bobbit’s Hole Nature Reserve

On Saturday 9th September 2017 and Sunday 10th September 2017, Bobbit’s Hole Nature Reserve, Main Road, Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex, will be opening from 10am until 2pm.  Visitors can explore this small nature reserve, with its beehives, stream, and lake with a boardwalk, which is situated next door to a pub and a supermarket.  Children must be supervised at all times, for all the details, please click here.

Devon Caves

On Sunday 10th September 2017, you could take a guided walk inside some of Devon’s caves, at the William Pengelly Cave Studies Centre, Russets Lane, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0DY, from 2pm until 5pm.  Visitors can discover how the caves were formed, and learn of the creatures that lived in Devon one hundred thousand years ago, see the remains of hippo, elephant, bison, and hyena.  There are steps into the caves, protective helmets are provided, for all the details, please click here.

RISC Edible Roof Garden

On Saturday 9th September 2017, and Sunday 10th September 2017RISC Edible Roof Garden, 35-39 London Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4PS, will be opening for the Heritage Open Days, from 12 noon until 4pm.  This is a small, edible, rooftop, forest garden, which features plants from all over the world.  This rooftop garden has been designed to demonstrate our dependance on plants.  Please note, there is no wheelchair access to this garden, access is via a steep, outdoor, external staircase.  For all the details, please click here.

Nostell

On Saturday 9th September 2017, from 11am until 5pm, Nostell, Doncaster Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 1QE, will be opening for the Heritage Open Days.  Visitors can explore the Kitchen Garden and pleasure grounds.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Nostell can be found here.

Plantpassion

As part of the Heritage Open DaysPlantpassion, a flower farm at Hilltop Barn, Hilltop Farm, Staple Lane, East Clandon, Surrey, GU4 7FP, will be opening without charge on Sunday 10th September 2017, from 1pm until 5pm for the Heritage Open Days.  There will be tea and cake, farm gate sales of flowers, plants and seeds, and tours of the flower farm.  There is disabled access to the upper part of the flower farm, but disabled visitors may find the short journey to the adjoining flower field difficult, and may require assistance.  For more details, please click here.

Claire Brown (pictured, centre, in the red jacket) at her flower farm, Plantpassion, in East Clandon in September.

Oakhurst Cottage

On Saturday 9th September 2017Oakhurst Cottage, Hambledon, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4HF, will be opening without charge, from 12 noon until 4pm, for the Heritage Open Days.  Explore this humble 16th century timber framed cottage and its cottage garden, and see how a farm labourer used to live.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

Water Meadows Walk

Enjoy a 90 minute walk through Farnham to the Bishop’s Meadow, where attendees can explore the Children’s Orchard, take part in children’s activities, visit the wildlife reserve, and walk by the river.  On Thursday 7th September 2017 walks will be taken at 11am and 4pm, and on Saturday 9th September 2017 walks will be held at  11am and 2pm.  Meet in St Andrew’s Churchyard, South Side, Middle Church Lane, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7PW.  Pre-booking is required, for all the details, please click here.

Thwaite Botanical Gardens

On Thursday 8th September 2017, and Friday 9th September 2017Hull University – Guided Tours of Thwaite Botanical Gardens, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU16 4QX, will be opening from 10am until 2pm for the Heritage Open Days.  These special gardens are classified as Grade II, being of special historical interest.  The gardens extend to over twenty acres, and feature extensive lawns, a lake, many rare trees and shrubs, plus an orchard and herb garden.  There’s no charge for this visit, but pre-booking is required to visit the gardens, for all the details, please click here.

Trengwainton Garden

On Sunday 10th September 2017Trengwainton Garden, Near Madron, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8RZ, are opening their 25 acre garden from 10.30am, until 5pm, for the Heritage Open Days.  A garden tour will be held at 11.30am, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

Victoria Garden

The Victoria Garden, Brightwells Road, Off South Street, in Farnham, Surrey, will be opening on Thursday 7th September 2017, Friday 8th September 2017, Saturday 9th September 2017, Sunday 10th September 2017from 9am until 5pm.  This garden is run and looked after by volunteers, over the course of the Heritage Open Days a selection of images which celebrate the garden’s transformation from swimming bath to garden will be on display.  For all the details, please click here.

WWF UK Living Planet Centre

On Saturday 9th September 2017, The WWF UK Living Planet Centre will be opening for tours of the WWF UK Living Planet Centre, WWF, Rufford House, The Living Planet Centre, Brewery Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 4LL.  Discover how clever design and intelligent use of materials can combine to create an amazing building without causing a catastrophic environmental impact.  Tours will be conducted at 11am, 12.30pm, and 2pm.  Pre-booking is advised, to pre-book online, please click here, for all the details, please click here.

Wollaton Road Allotments

On Saturday 9th September 2017, Wollaton Road Allotments, Wollaton Road/Central Avenue, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, NG9 2PH, will be opening for the Heritage Open Days, from 9am until 4pm.  Take a look around the allotments and community garden.  Produce will be available to purchase, there will also be a BBQ.  For all the details, please click here.

Winkworth Arboretum

On Saturday 9th September 2017,  Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD, are offering free entry to visitors, from 10am until 5.30pm, to celebrate the Heritage Open Days.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Winkworth Arboretum can be found by clicking here.

Winkworth Arboretum, in Godalming is a beautiful place to visit in autumn.

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