Highlights of the Heritage Open Days 2019

Heritage Open Days 2019

An annual event, held every year in September, the Heritage Open Days allow visitors to experience local history, culture, and architecture.  The Heritage Open Days provide a rather wonderful opportunity to visit interesting, historic, beautiful, and important places, which are normally closed to the public.  These special events also give visitors an opportunity to enjoy free entry to some rather lovely places that usually charge an admission fee.  Please note that while these visits are free, many of these events do require booking in advance; I’ve added a link to more information for each event, to help you reserve your place.

I am such a fan of the Heritage Open Days!  These very special days allow us to visit houses, museums, lighthouses, castles, windmills, private gardens, nature reserves, and many other interesting places, including many places committed to improving our environment and showing how we can be more sustainable.

This year, the Heritage Open Days are celebrating their 25th anniversary.  To celebrate this momentous occasion, the 2019 Heritage Open Days have been extended to incorporate more dates, events, and venues than ever before!

The 2019 Heritage Open Days will be held on:

  • Friday 13th September 2019,
  • Saturday 14th September 2019,
  • Sunday 15th September 2019,
  • Monday 16th September 2019,
  • Tuesday 17th September 2019,
  • Wednesday 18th September 2019,
  • Thursday 19th September 2019,
  • Friday 20th September 2019,
  • Saturday 21st September 2019,
  • Sunday 22nd September 2019.

How to use this guide to my favourite Heritage Open Day Events

You’ll find all of the Heritage Open Day Events listed on their website.  But I wanted to share some of my favourite Heritage Open Day events, so you’ll find my selection listed below.  I’ve listed events that are offered on multiple days, first.  Following these listings, I’ve grouped one day or weekend openings by their date.

At the very top of this page, you’ll find headings in red text, at the top left hand side of the page.  If you click on any of these headings you’ll whizz over to that section without having to scroll down.  So, if there’s a weekend or date you want to view events for, you can go straight there, or you can go straight to a particular event.  The arrow on the right hand side of the page will deliver you back up to the top of the page.

I hope this makes it easier for you to find some interesting and inspiring days out.  I hope you have a magical time!  So without further ado, here are my favourite Heritage Open Day events for 2019:

Bees we can’t live without them

Open House Deli have created a mini display to demonstrate how important bees are.  Visitors can read about bees and find out more about these fascinating insects at Open House Deli, 4a Middle Brook Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8AQ.  ‘Bees – we can’t live without them’ will be open from 8am to 5pm (9am until 4pm on Sundays) on:

  • Friday 13th September 2019
  • Saturday 14th September 2019
  • Sunday 15th September 2019
  • Monday 16th September 2019
  • Tuesday 17th September 2019
  • Wednesday 18th September 2019
  • Thursday 19th September 2019
  • Friday 20th September 2019
  • Saturday 21st September 2019
  • Sunday 22nd September 2019

For all the 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, on the following dates:

  • Friday 13th September 2019, from 11am until 4.30pm
  • Saturday 14th September 2019, from 11am until 4.30pm
  • Sunday 15th September 2019, from 11am until 4pm
  • Friday 20th September 2019, from 11am until 4.30pm
  • Saturday 21st September 2019, from 11am until 4.30pm
  • Sunday 22nd September 2019, from 11am until 4pm

Wheelchair access is limited to the upper level of the garden.  Pre-booking is not required; for all the details, please click here.

The Italianate Glasshouse

The Italianate Glasshouse is a unique Grade 2 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 a 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.  The Italianate Glasshouse, King George VI Memorial Park, Montefiore Avenue, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 8BD, will be opening from 11am until 3pm, on:

  • Friday 13th September 2019
  • Saturday 14th September 2019
  • Sunday 15th September 2019
  • Friday 20th September 2019
  • Saturday 21st September 2019
  • Sunday 22nd September 2019

There’s no need to pre-book this visit; for all the details, including access information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility

Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility turns residual waste into energy, this work is all part of the city’s admirable ambitions to avoid sending any waste to landfill.  So far, the city is able to divert 95% of its non recyclable waste from landfill.  Discover the science behind this important work, and see an exhibition that celebrates the women that work in the waste industry.  Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility will be opening for the Heritage Open Days on:

  • Friday 13th September 2019, from 10am until 12 noon
  • Saturday 14th September 2019, from 10am until 12 noon
  • Monday 16th September 2019, from 2pm until 4pm
  • Wednesday 18th September 2019, 2pm until 4pm
  • Friday 20th September 2019, from 10am until 12 noon

This event is only suitable to those of 16 years and above.  Pre-booking is required, for all the details, please click here.

Hone’s Yard

Hone’s Yard features 17th century barns and a 19th century hop kiln.  Visitors can gain an insight into the historic hop industry in Farnham.  Volunteer guides, Chris Cleland and Brian Pittuck will be giving tours of Hone’s Yard on Saturday 21st September 2019, from 12 noon until 4pm.

Hone’s Yard, Downing Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7PH, will be opening on:

  • Thursday 19th September 2019, from 10am until 4pm
  • Friday 20th September 2019, from 10am until 4pm
  • Saturday 21st September 2019, from 12 noon until 4pm

For all the details of Hone’s Yard’s opening, please click here.

Open Greener House – making a listed property low energy

This is a wonderful opportunity to visit a 17th century house, where you can meet the owners and the professionals who have worked to reduce the energy consumption of a Grade 2 Listed building, in a conservation area.  This house features new windows, insulation, clever alterations, and all manner of ideas to help you, if you’re looking to improve your home.

12 St Swithun Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9JP, will be opening from 10am until 4pm, on the following dates:

  • Thursday 19th September 2019
  • Friday 20th September 2019
  • Saturday 21st September 2019

Please make time to reserve your place, if you would like to visit this property.  For all the details of this opening, please click here.

Friday 13th September 2019

Wolfson College Gardens

On Friday 13th September 2019 and Saturday 14th September 2019, there’s a lovely opportunity to join the Head Gardener at Wolfson College Gardens, for a tour of these impressive gardens.  Admire the garden’s topiary, perennials, roses, grasses, and mature trees and relax in this attractive garden, which is set out in rooms.  Wolfson College Gardens, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB3 9BB, tours will be held at 10.30am to 12 noon on Friday, and from 2pm until 3.30pm, on Saturday.  Please remember to pre-book your place, if you’d like to enjoy this visit.  For all the details, please click here.

Luton Hoo Walled Garden

On Friday 13th September 2019Luton 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.  Refreshments will be available and fresh produce grown in the grounds will be offered for sale at this special opening.  No pre-booking is required, for all the details, including access information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Murray Edwards College

Murray Edwards Collage, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB3 0DF, will be opening for special tours at 10am and again at 3pm, on Friday 13th September 2019.  The Heritage Open Day tours will last for around an hour and a half; they will be given by the college’s Librarian, Art Curator, and Head Gardener.  The tour will introduce visitors to the New Hall Art Collection – the largest collections of work by women, in Europe.  Visitors will be able to visit the Murray Edwards College private gardens, including the orchard.  For all the details, please click here.

Saturday 14th September 2019 and Sunday 15th September 2019

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

Winkworth Arboretum

On Saturday 14th September 2019,  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.

RISC Edible Roof Garden

On Saturday 14th September 2019RISC 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, which we depend on for food, clothing, and medicine.  This rooftop garden is a permaculture, forest garden that has been designed to demonstrate our dependance on plants.  The garden demonstrates renewable energy, water harvesting methods, and irrigation systems.  Please note, there is no wheelchair access to this garden – access is via a steep, outdoor, external staircase.  There’s no need to pre-book for this event, for all the details, please click here.

Wolverton’s Secret Garden

Wolverton’s Secret Garden, off Stratford Road, Wolverton, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK13 0DY, will be opening on Saturday 14th September 2019, at 11am and 12 noon, for the Heritage Open Days.  Discover how the community have transformed this space from a derelict site into a useful, valued green space that everyone can enjoy.  For all the details, including information for disabled visitors, please click here.

An hour in the life of a scientist

On Saturday 14th September 2019, the Sainsbury Laboratory, Bateman Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1LR, will be opening for fascinating, hands on tours of the laboratory.  Find out how the scientists learn about the inner workings of plants – how amazing!  Per-booking is essential for this visit, which is open to visitors of age 14, and over.  The tours are held at 10am, 12 noon, 2pm, and 4pm.  Visitors with disabilities will need to contact the lab in advance, for all the details, please click here.

Oakhurst Cottage

On Saturday 14th September 2019Oakhurst 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.

Claydon

Claydon House, Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, MK18 2EY, are offering visitors the chance to see the family’s private gardens from 11am until 4pm (last entry is at 3.30pm), on Saturday 14th September 2019.  The gardens at Claydon were originally set out by John Sanderson, in the eighteenth century; John was a student of Capability Brown.  Visitors can explore Claydon’s walled garden, historic glasshouse, herbaceous borders, pools and water features, at Claydon at this opening.  For all the details, including information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Madingley Hall and Gardens

On Saturday 14th September 2019, University of Cambridge, Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB23 8AQ, will be opening from 11am until 3pm.  Visitors can explore this eight acre garden and find out more about herbal medicine and the healing power of plants, from the garden team and professional herbalists.  For all the details, please click here.

Durham Cathedral Cutting and Herb Gardens

On Saturday 14th September 2019Durham Cathedral Open Garden, The Cathedral Office, Durham Cathedral, The College, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3EH, will be opening from 10am until 4pm.  These gardens are not normally open to the public, so this is a lovely, and very special opportunity to see how the cathedral gardeners grow their flowers for display.  The cutting garden is situated in Durham city.  Visitors can also explore Durham Cathedral’s herb garden, which is on the site of the monastery’s former infirmary.  Here you can learn all about how the monks used herbs for healing.  The cut flower garden can only be accessed via a large step, for all the details of this event, please click here.

St James’s Place Roof Garden

St James’s Place Roof Garden, 1 Tetbury Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1FP, is opening for the Heritage Open Days, from 10am until 2pm, on Saturday 14th September 2019.  Owned by St James’s Place Wealth Management, the garden is not usually open to the public.  This roof top garden provides visitors with the best views across the town.  A lift up to the garden is available for visitors, for all the details, please click here.

Barrow Hills School

On Saturday 14th September 2019, Barrow Hills School, Roke Lane, Witley, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 5NY, will be opening from 2pm until 3.45pm.  The original part of Barrow Hills School buildings is a great house that was designed by Buckland and Haywood Farmer; known as Great Roke, this ambitious building was built in 1909, in the Arts and Crafts style.  The gardens were originally laid out by Gertrude Jekyll.  Sadly the school’s grounds have since been altered, but hopefully the tour guide will be able to give an insight into how the gardens used to be.  Tours will be offered at 2pm and 3pm – pre-booking is not required; for all the details, please click here.

Clandon Park

On Saturday 14th September 2019, Clandon Park House, Clandon Park, West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RQ, will be opening from 10am until 5pm (last entry 4.30pm), for the Heritage Open Days.  In 2015, the house at Clandon Park was almost destroyed by fire.  The National Trust are working on the ambitious project of rebuilding and restoring the remains.  This is a hard hats tour of the building site, for all the details, please click here.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

The Heritage Open Days give us wonderful opportunities to visit places that are not normally open to the public.  On Saturday 14th September 2019Elizabeth 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 from 11.30am until 2.30pm especially for the Heritage Open Days.  Visitors can explore this beautifully restored period property, along with its pretty Victorian style garden.  There will be tours held throughout the day, places are limited and pre-booking is required, for all the details, please click here.

Baron’s Cave

On Saturday 14th September 2019, Baron’s Cave, in the grounds of Reigate Castle, in Reigate, Surrey, will be opening from 10am until 4pm, for the Heritage Open Days.  Explore Baron’s Cave, the medieval cellar of Reigate Castle, see graffiti from medieval times and look out for the dinosaur!  There are steps into the cave, making this event unsuitable for disabled visitors.  Pre-booking is not required for this visit, lanterns are provided, for all the details, please click here.

Wolfson College Gardens

On Saturday 14th September 2019, there’s a lovely opportunity to join the Head Gardener at Wolfson College Gardens, for tour of these impressive gardens.  Admire the garden’s topiary, perennials, roses, grasses, and mature trees.  Wolfson College Gardens, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB3 9BB, tours will be held from 2pm until 3.30pm.  Please remember to pre-book your place if you’d like to enjoy this visit, for all the details, please click here.

Coxbridge Farm

Coxbridge Farm was documented in records traced back as far as the 1490s!  Visitors have the chance to take a tour of Coxbridge Farm, led by the owner, Keith Kenwood, who has lived on the farm for 50 years.  Discover the history of this site and see the farm’s newly planted woodland, the pretty tree lined stream, 18th century barns, and the oldest hop drying kiln in the area.

Coxbridge Farm, West Street, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7AS, is opening on Saturday 14th September 2019, and Sunday 15th September 2019. Tours will be held at 10am and 2pm; please reserve your place if you’d like to attend this visit.  For all the details of this opening, please click here.

Albury Organic Vineyard

On Saturday 14th September 2019, and Sunday 15th September 2019Albury 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 11am until 4pm, on both of these open days.  Pre-booking is not required, for more details, please click here.

Claire Brown (centre in the red top and jacket) of Plantpassion in East Clandon, is a grower of seasonal, scented, sustainable cut flowers. Plantpassion offer consultations, courses and workshops to help you, whatever aspect of cut flower growing or arranging you’re interested in.

PlantPassion

As part of the Heritage Open DaysPlantpassion, a lovely flower farm run by Claire Brown, at Hilltop Barn, Hilltop Farm, Staple Lane, East Clandon, Surrey, GU4 7FP, will be opening without charge on Sunday 15th September 2019, 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, which will be full of sunflowers, Zinnias, Dahlias, and other pretty flowers at this time of year.  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 need to bring an assistant.  For more details, please click here.

Birmingham Botanic Gardens

Birmingham Botanic Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 3TR, will be opening from 10am until 5pm, on Sunday 15th September 2019, for the Heritage Open Days.  There is so much to see at Birmingham Botanic Gardens: explore four different glasshouses, each enclosure features plants that originate from a different environment – so visitors can see Rainforest plants in one glasshouse, and plants that grow in the desert in another enclosure.  Birmingham Botanic Gardens are a lovely venue for a day out and a picnic, there’s so much to see and explore!  Check out the National Collection of Bonsai, the Japanese Garden, the Woodland Walk, roses and herbaceous perennials, bamboo maze, alpines, Pinetum, and the rare trees and shrubs.  You don’t need to pre-book to enjoy this visit, just turn up on the day, for all the details, please click here.

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

Hatchlands Park

On Sunday 15th September 2019, from 10am until 5pm, the grounds of Hatchlands Park will be open for the Heritage Open Days.  Hatchlands Georgian house will also open on this date, from 2pm until 4.30pm.  Music lovers will enjoy visiting the house with its collections of musical instruments, which were previously owned by famous composers.  Cobb collection concert pianist, Nathaniel Mander will be playing some of the collection’s musical instruments inside the house, on Sunday afternoon.

Hatchlands Park, Epsom Road, East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT, features a wide expanse of countryside for families to explore.  There are grasslands, meadows, ponds, an adventure play area for children with tree house, large trees, and ancient woodland.  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.

Digbeth Community Garden

Once a derelict site, Digbeth Community garden is a shining example of how permaculture can transform waste ground into a beautiful and productive space that nurtures and sustains both people and local wildlife.  Digbeth Community Garden, 15 Shaws Passage, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 5JG, opens on Sunday 15th September 2019, from 10.30am until 3.30pm.  For all the details, please click here.

Maggie’s Centre

Maggie’s Centre, Kinnaird Road, Withington, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 4QL, will be opening from 12 noon until 4pm, on Sunday 15th September 2019.  This multi award winning building was designed by Lord Norman Foster.  While the gardens feature a productive vegetable garden and a glasshouse.  These all weather gardens feature rain shelters that allow the occupants to enjoy the garden, whatever the weather.  Maggie’s Centre gardens were designed by the acclaimed, award winning designer Dan Pearson.  Maggie’s Centre is a single story building that’s filled with natural light.  There’s no need to pre-book this visit; for all the details, please click here.

Dan Pearson in his Gold Medal winning, Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden, at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This garden was awarded a Gold Medal and the much coveted Best In Show Award by the RHS Judges at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Tuesday 17th September 2019 and Wednesday 18th September 2019

Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote, The Mote, Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0NT, is opening for the Heritage Open Days, on Tuesday the 17th September 2019, from 10am until 5pm.  Explore this moated manor house, which has areas that were created as long ago as medieval times, alongside parts that were created in the 1950s.  At Ightham Mote, there are streams, lakes, formal lawns, and flower borders, as well as the surrounding picturesque Kent countryside to explore.  For all the details, please click here.

Cliveden

Cliveden, Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, SL1 8NS, used to be home to the Astor family, these statuesque gardens, which overlook the Thames, now belong to the National Trust.  At Cliveden you have the opportunity to lose family and perhaps yourself in the maze.  Admire topiary, take riverside walks and explore the gardens, which feature a parterre, and are home to quite a number of statues, This rather proud, formal garden does include more naturalistic areas.  Cliveden will be opening from 10am to 5pm for the Heritage Open Days, on: Tuesday 17th September 2019 and Wednesday 18th September 2019.  You don’t need to pre-book to visit Cliveden’s gardens, but you will need to pre-book a tour, should you wish to tour the house (Please not house tours are only available on Tuesday).  Riverboat cruises also require pre-booking, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

The Swiss Garden and House at Shuttleworth

On Wednesday 18th September 2019, the Swiss Garden and the House at Shuttleworth, Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome, Old Warden, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP, will be opening from 9.30am until 5pm, (with the last entries allowed at 4pm).  There’s free entry for visitors and free timed tours, for the Heritage Open Days.  Tours of both the garden and house are offered at set times, you will need to pre-book your places, for all the details, please click here.  The gardens are descried as being wheelchair accessible, for more details, please click here.

Friday 20th September 2019

WWF UK Living Planet Centre

On Friday 20th September 2019, 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 10.30am, 1pm, and 5.30pm.  Pre-booking is essential; to pre-book online and for all the details, please click here.

Open Greener House – a recently built ‘Passivhaus’ home

This is a chance to visit a newly constructed ‘Passivhaus’ home; a home designed to use MVHR (mechanical ventilation with heat recovery) to create a home that enjoys year round, inside temperatures of 18C to 21C (65F to 70F), without any additional heating.  Clifton House, Domum Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9NN, is opening from 11am until 4pm on Friday 20th September 2019.  For all the details of this opening, please click here.

Open Greener House – a ‘Passivhaus’ refurbishment of a 1968 townhouse

This is a chance to visit a refurbished and recently extended house that was originally built in1968.  The owner is an architect who has recently adopted changes to this end of terrace home, after being inspired by the benefits of creating a ‘Passivhaus’ home.  The work on this house is partly completed, with further changes in the pipeline.  This home is designed to use MVHR (mechanical ventilation with heat recovery) to create a home that enjoys year round, inside temperatures of 18C to 21C (65F to 70F) without any additional heating.

11 Clifton Hill, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 5BL, is opening from 11am until 4pm on Friday 20th September 2019.  The owner will give an hour long talk, on the hour, each hour; for all the details of this opening, please click here.

Saturday 21st September 2019 and Sunday 22nd September 2019

Dorking Caves

On Saturday 21st September 2019Dorking 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; for all the details and to book your place, please click here.

Lakeside Energy from Waste

On Saturday 21st September 2019 and Sunday 22nd September 2019, visitors have the chance to join small, informative tours, from 10am until 12.30pm and again from 1.30pm until 4pm, at the award winning Lakeside Energy from Waste Education Centre.  Lakeside Energy from Waste Ltd. is sited on a lake.  At this event, you’ll discover how they turn non recyclable waste into energy.  This important site is not normally open to the public, so this really is a special event.  Lakeside Energy from Waste currently treats 440,000 tons of non-recyclable waste, every year; they also have solar panels, to produce additional energy from sunshine.  Lakeside Energy from Waste Ltd, Lakeside Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL3 0FE, is open to visitors aged 8 years old and over.  Pre-booking is essential for this informative and interesting event, for all the details, please click here.

Hawthorne Road – a super home tour

On Sunday 22nd September 2019, at 10am, 2pm, and 4pm, there’s an opportunity to take an owner led tour of 39 Hawthorne Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B30 1EQ.  This event allows visitors to meet the owners of a semi-detached house that was originally built in 1932.

In 2010, the owners spent six months transforming their house to install additional insulation and energy saving adaptions. The couple have significantly reduced their electric and gas bills following these changes.  The owners now pay £500 a year for their combined gas and electricity; they’re happy to give tours and show you how they have transformed their home.  Pre-booking is required, for all the details, please click here.

Inglehome – a low energy super home

On Sunday 22nd September 2019, from 11am until 3pm, there’s an opportunity to visit Inglehome, 84 Inglemire Avenue, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire.  Inglehome was a typical old, cold and draughty, terraced house, but the owners have since transformed their home into a low energy, warm and cosy super home!  These owners now have no energy bills to pay; they’re happy to give tours and show you how they have transformed their home.  Discover Inglehome’s lighting, insulation, and heating.  Pre-booking is required, for all the details, please click here.

St Ann’s Allotments

On Sunday 22nd September 2019St Ann’s Allotments, St Ann’s Allotments Visitor Centre, 121 Ransom Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG3 3LH, will be opening from 11am, until 4pm, as part of the Heritage Open Days.  Visit the oldest and largest area of Victorian detached town gardens in the world!  Admire the 32 miles of hedgerows that extend from the allotments; this site is a haven for wildlife.  St Ann’s Allotments is listed Grade 2* by English Heritage.  The site covers 75 acres, in the heart of the city.  St Ann’s Allotments are well worth visiting, a variety of tours are on offer to cater to your interests.  Visitors will find home-made cakes and allotment produce available to purchase; for all the details, please click here.

Buckden Towers

On Sunday 22nd September 2019, visitors can visit the Grade 2 Listed, former palace of the Bishops of Lincoln.  As well as visiting the buildings on this site, there’s the opportunity to explore the knot gardens and 15 acres of grounds, at Buckden Towers, High Street, Buckden, Cambridgeshire, PE19 5TA.  For all the details, please click here.

Leatherhead Historic Town Walk

On Sunday 22nd September 2019, at 2pm, Dr Fred Meynen of the Leatherhead and District Local History Society will be hosting a guided talk for the Heritage Open Days, starting from the Institute, 67 High Street, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8AH.  This circular walk will focus on the history of Leatherhead’s High Street, the town’s connection to Jane Austen, its links to Dr Marie Stopes, and Donald Campbell.  This interesting walk follows the history of the River Mole, the Mansion House, Museum, and the Parish Church.  The walk will take around an hour and a half.  The journey will include some steps; pre-booking is required, for all the details, please click here.

The full details of all of the historic buildings, gardens, and other special places taking part in the 2019 Heritage Open Days, can be found on the Heritage Open Days Website.  I hope this article will help you to discover some wonderful days out and find magical places that you might not have otherwise discovered.  Enjoy every moment!

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