Heritage Open Days


For booking and for further information email heritage@main-place.org.uk

or phone 01594 836469

2019 was our biggest HODs yet! With 49 events across The Forest of Dean, we had the most visitors we have ever had. This would not have been possible without all the volunteers who gave up their time to make it possible. We are delighted to be able to work yearly with enthusiastic and knowledgeable individuals, organisations and local attractions to bring you a diverse programme that celebrates the extraordinary history of the Forest of Dean.

2019 saw new additions to the programme such as a fascinating tour of the Suntory Factory in Coleford, the manufacturers of Ribena and Lucozade, as well as involvement from Newent, with a guided walk by Newent Local History Society and open days of Newent Market House. We are also grateful to have had Dr. Simon Sandall from the University of Winchester to come speak about the history of free-miners and protest, and for the Forest Musical Landscape Project running an event celebrating the works of Leonard Clark. 2019 also saw the return of many old favourites including the opening of St Briavels Castle, Historic Hartpury, the Dean Heritage Centre behind-the-scenes store tour, Mitcheldean’s Xerox Museum and the Secret Forest. There were also several guided tours were run by guides and local residents which allowed people to discover and explore  Bream, Clearwell, Coleford, Littledean, Ruardean Hill and more. We hope to see you all again next year!

We are already working on HODs 2020, if you are interested in volunteering to run an event or to help with the organising, please e-mail us at heritage@main-place.org.uk.