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More than 200 free events come to Norfolk with Heritage Open Days

Norfolk Heritage Open Days returns Friday 8–Sunday 17 September, with hundreds of free events taking place across the county.

The Norfolk Heritage Open Days brochure has just been released, with details of inspiring experiences that everybody can enjoy – from exploring hidden places, to going behind-the-scenes in some of Norfolk’s most iconic buildings.

Brochures can be collected from The Forum, from libraries and other locations across the county. A virtual brochure can also be downloaded from

With events from Great Yarmouth to Thetford, and everywhere in between, visitors can explore boats, theatres, abbeys, parks, windmills, churches, railways, old hospitals, and much more, all for free. Alongside all these events, The Forum will be hosting an exhibition celebrating the centenary of The Norwich Society, where 100 photos will be on display showcasing the work the society has done to preserve and protect the city’s architecture.

Katie Ellis, Norfolk Heritage Open Days Producer said, “We’re really grateful to the organisers and volunteers from across Norfolk who take the time to put on fantastic events for everyone to enjoy. Norfolk is an amazing county, with a rich history, and Heritage Open Days is a brilliant opportunity for everyone to celebrate and explore this, for free.”

The theme for Heritage Open Days 2023 is ‘Creativity Unwrapped’, with organisers celebrating inspiration in all its forms, from photography to literature to garden design. Thorns DIY, one of Norwich’s most loved independents, will invite people into see hidden paintings believed to be from the 18th century, whilst Anna Sewell House in Great Yarmouth will open and give people the chance to learn more about the famous Black Beauty author.

Booking for pre-book events opens on Monday 21st August, 10am. As well as pre-book events, there are plenty of events, activities, and experiences open for drop-in throughout the festival.

Norfolk Heritage Open Days is coordinated by The Forum, and is part of the national Heritage Open Days, England’s largest free festival and culture.

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