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Discover Norfolk's hidden histories

Heritage Open Days (HODs) is England’s largest festival of history and culture and in Norfolk hundreds of participating venues, organisations, private homes and gardens throw open their doors for FREE to reveal and celebrate the very best of the county’s rich history and heritage. 

Visitors can enjoy tours, talks, walks, open days, exhibitions, performances, workshops and much more, exploring local communities and taking a sneaky peek inside places that aren’t always open to the public. HODs gives visitors an opportunity to meet new people, soak up stories and make fascinating discoveries about Norfolk’s hidden heritage. 

The Forum Trust and its Board champions and funds the coordination of HODs in Norwich and across much of Norfolk each year. Supporting HODs and coordinating the delivery of the festival each year makes an important contribution to The Forum Trust’s project purpose; promoting opportunities for local people and visitors to learn about the unique history and heritage of the Eastern region. We’re proud to be coordinating such an important festival, which makes heritage accessible to the whole community.