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Do you have a secret venue that could take part in England's largest festival of history and culture?

Every September, hundreds of events are organised across England to celebrate its history and culture for the Heritage Open Days festival.

Two young boys enjoying Heritage Open Days at a Great Yarmouth museum

The National theme for 2022 is 'Astounding Inventions' and is celebrating England's rich history of invention, industry, and innovation, whether that's transporting visitors back to the industrial revolution, examining the inventions that power our daily lives, highlighting the legacy of a local inventor, or showcasing cutting-edge innovations.

The festival, which takes place from 9-18 September, offers residents and visitors the chance to explore Great Yarmouth's rich heritage with free entry to attractions such as the museums plus a chance to explore listed buildings within the borough.

Heritage venues across the borough are being encouraged to register any events being held throughout the festival by contacting for free. All events need to register by Monday, 1 August to be included on the HODs website.

Events will need to offer something, either opening a site or part of a site that isn't usually open to the public, launching a new online activity/event or offering free entry to a usually charging site/activity.

If the site is open for free all year round, then it's suggested the venue offers something out of the ordinary like stewards on site to greet people and answer questions, put on some activities or a competition, invite other groups, such as local history societies, to showcase their work.

Cllr Carl Smith, leader of the council, said: "Every year, thousands of events are organised across England to celebrate our fantastic history and culture, providing both educational and fun things for all the family to enjoy."

"I'd really encourage local businesses and venues to showcase themselves during this year's Heritage Open Days festival, highlighting their own history and culture to our residents and visitors."

Last modified on 19 July 2023

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