St Albans in Hertfordshire is a city rich in cultural heritage and every September for one weekend only, St Albans opens its doors to many of its museums and attractions for free. There are also lots of opportunities to explore buildings up and down the country that are normally closed to the public.
Called, “England’s favourite heritage festival” some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate England’s amazing history and culture. It's a real chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences. 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.
The Heritage Open Days run from Thursday 7th September to Sunday 10th September 2017 and by stimulating curiosity and discovery of their local history, the event connects people and places helping to foster a sense of belonging and pride, celebrating what makes local communities and neighbourhoods special.
England’s largest and most diverse festival of history is this year, focusing on hidden stories and historical secrets from thousands of towns, villages and regions across the country. There will be anything from artists’ studios to nuclear bunkers opened up, hidden gardens and historic houses, revealing the stories of those who lived, built, worked and died in them.
One St Albans garden event is St Peters Church yard, “a peaceful oasis on the edge of the town centre, with a rich variety of plants and trees” says Church manager, Moira Dean tells us ,“a space for people to reflect and remember.”