Heritage Open Days is back! - Fri 10 - Sun 19 September 2021

Introducing the 2021 theme - Edible England

Heritage Open Days

Empty the larder, preheat the oven, and set the table - the 2021 Heritage Open Days theme has been announced as Edible England.

From woodland foraging to factory floor, forgotten recipes to regional delicacies, we're asking our festival community to explore the past, present, and future of our culinary heritage and culture through the theme of Edible England.   

What is Edible England? 

The theme is open to encompass the broadest possible spectrum of events and stories, from revealing culinary tastes of the past to going behind-the-scenes of modern production methods – and everything in-between! The theme will also explore the customs and quirks that have developed around what we eat and drink, as well as the fascinating history of some of our regional and national specialties, so there is plenty for local organisers to get their teeth stuck into here in Norfolk! 

We are increasingly becoming a nation of foodies and what we eat and drink is at the heart of much of our culture, our history, and our communities. It is a doorway into hidden histories, regional differences and the many cultures around us. It’s a universal language and one of our basic needs - the perfect starting point for another diverse, fun, exciting festival year! 

Theming your event around Edible England is entirely optional. If you have other ideas, or the theme simply doesn’t appeal, that’s not a problem. As ever, we hope for the widest spread of events across the festival – some of which will be Edible England themed, many of which won’t. 

Want to find out more? 

Norfolk organisers, if you want to find out more or chat about your ideas for the theme please do drop us a line at [email protected]

Also do please visit your organiser page at the National HODs website where you'll find a wealth of ideas plus much more! 

We cannot wait to see your events in September!