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Date issued: 4 September
England’s largest festival of history and culture is back, and this year is better than ever! Hundreds of historic places country wide will be throwing open their doors for free to celebrate their individual heritage, community and history.
Colchester are thrilled to be taking part in the celebrations and many historic properties across the town will be opening their doors to the public for FREE from the 13-22 September for this year’s programme including Colchester Castle on Saturday 14 September.
To commemorate the festival’s incredible 25th anniversary, this year’s open day programme spans over ten days for the first time. Sites of historical and architectural interest across Colchester which are not normally open to the public will be available to explore free of charge. Other planned activities over the ten days of the festival include accompanied guided walks, talks, tours and exhibitions.
A new highlight this year is a free Family Fun Day and Market at St Botolph’s Priory on Saturday 21 September, 10am-5pm. A great day out packed full of activities for all ages, including fun kids' activities, Colchester Market, Colne Radio music stage, street food, information stands and more.
Councillor Julie Young, Deputy Leader of Colchester Council and Portfolio Holder for Culture and Performance says, “Heritage Open Days provides a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to experience Colchester’s staggering heritage. Let’s join together to celebrate the many outstanding venues and rich history Britain’s First City has to offer”
Pick up a Heritage Open Days event programme from Colchester’s Visitor Information Centre, Colchester Castle and from selected venues who are participating in the weekend. Alternatively, an electronic version is also available to download from Visit Colchester website visitcolchester.com/HODS19.
Heritage Open Days in Colchester is coordinated by Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service with support from local heritage organisations.