HERITAGE Open Days will celebrate its 25th anniversary with ten days of free events.

England’s biggest festival of history and culture will offer visitors from across Yorkshire and the Humber the opportunity to enjoy family days out, explore places not normally open to the public, and learn more about the heritage on their doorstep.

A special programme of People Power events will also highlight communities, groups and individuals - both contemporary and from history - who have affected positive change; buildings saved, greenspaces created, friendships forged, campaigns fought and voices heard.


A series of ‘craftivism’ workshops will encourage everyone to become change-makers, by combining craft and activism as part of this year’s Unsung Stories arts project, Dare to Dream.

Around 700 events are planned in the region, with highlights including Castle Howard Mausoleum, in North Yorkshire, A Medieval Day in Dore and the home of the Hull Kingston Rovers in Humberside.

All of the special open days will take place between Friday, September 13 and Sunday, September 22.

Bradford events include an open day exploring the rich history of suffragette activity at St George’s Hall on Saturday, September 14, and a tour of the Cemetery looking at the history of some of Bradford's Worthies, the leading industrialists and civic leaders on Saturday, September 21.

There will be a free guided walk around the Manningham area on Sunday, September 15, with a guide in costume. The walk will include fascinating buildings and people from the past and present, plus some future plans.

Bradford Cathedral will be highlighting some of the local people and groups of people who have played a part in its history, including the Bradford Rabble in the English Civil War, on Sunday, September 15.

An exhibition at The Bradford Mechanics Institute Library, in Kirkgate, will celebrate the work of A S Kang, who documented his and his extended family's immigration from the Punjab to the textile works of West Yorkshire. 4000 Miles To Home - A journey To West Yorkshire will be on display between Friday, September 13, and Friday, September 20.

There will also be open days at St John the Evangelist Church, Bierley, and Lower Wyke Moravian Church.

For a full list of events and times, visit heritageopendays.org.uk