Hidden Nature
Kent Life|September 2020
Hidden Nature
Heritage Open Days is back – with an emphasis this year on discovering previously overlooked green spaces
Francesca Baker

To the great delight of fans of England’s largest festival of history and culture, Heritage Open Days will go ahead this month – with a few inevitable, innovative, differences from previous years.

This year the programme will comprise a mix of in-person and digital events. Kentish communities will be able to celebrate the stories of the places and spaces that are important to them while staying safe and adhering to current social distancing measures.

The event is entirely volunteer led, and the largest cultural grassroots festival in the country. Support from players of People’Postcode Lottery means every Heritage Open Days event is free – including access to sites that usually charge for admission.

Last year, 5,700 events were organised which welcomed more than 2.4 million visitors. This autumn, some venues and outdoor spaces will open for pre-booked events and visits by small groups,while others will offer virtual tours and digital experiences.

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September 2020