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Celebrating our borough's culture with Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Day

Discover the hidden treasures on your doorstep and celebrate our borough's heritage as England's largest festival of history and culture returns to Guildford from Thursday 16 - Sunday 19 September.

The annual Heritage Open Days allows us to have fun, learn and explore our beautiful, historic borough - for free!

In keeping with this year's theme of 'Edible England', you can learn more about cheese making and dairy farming at the Surrey Norbury Park Farm in Albury.

Lead Councillor for Economy, Cllr John Redpath, says:

"We are lucky to have such a rich history in our borough. Heritage Open Days is a great chance to discover places you may not have seen before. From fantastic architecture to forgotten historic tales and outdoor spaces it's perfect for all the family. We have many beautiful buildings in our borough including Guildford Castle, Guildford Museum, Guildhall, Medieval Undercroft and the Victorian School Room. We look forward to seeing you enjoy learning more about our borough's past.

"Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers, Guildford Society, Guildford Heritage Forum, Guildford Town Guides and Friends of Guildford Museum."

Lead Councillor for Environment, Cllr James Steel, says:

"We know how much people love to visit our borough to learn about our diverse history and culture. Heritage Open Days is free and an opportunity to learn about Guildford's history. You can find out all about Guildford's arts and culture at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and Sydney Sime Gallery."

Discover the beautiful architecture of our historic High Street, delve deep underneath Guildford Cathedral to see its original chapel, and visit the oldest and most important wooden building in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire - the Wanborough Barn, built 630 years ago.

If you prefer outdoor events, take a guided walk around the University of Surrey's Stag Hill Campus and learn about their diverse collection of trees. If exploring land is not enough there's even more to enjoy with the River Wey Festival at the National Trust in Dapdune Wharf. 

Discover all that's on offer here:

Established in 1994, Heritage Open Days has grown into the country's largest community heritage festival. Each year, heritage sites across the country open their doors giving people the chance to see hidden places and try new experiences for free. We have supported this event with funding from the government's Welcome Back Fund. 


Published on: 24 August 2021