Heritage Open Days


Want to be involved?

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

or phone 01594 836469

Many thanks to all the volunteers and enthusiasts who give up their time to ensure this event happens…

New additions for this year include Hopewell Colliery, St Margarets Church Corse, Bream Village walk, Bream Silver Band, St John the Baptist Church, Huntley, Hartpury Old School and St Johns the Baptist Church, Ruardean and a guided visit to the Berry Hill Community Orchard. Cinderford celebrates its local history with am memorabilia weekend at St Stephens Church. In addition two new self guided Heritage Quests celebrate the hidden gems of Ruardean and Coleford. Conservation Areas celebrate their fiftieth anniversary this year. The Coleford Quest has been informed by the Neighbourhood Development Plan.

The local co-ordinators, Coleford Area Partnership, are pleased to be working in conjunction with the Foresters’ Forest and would like to invite you to revisit the story of Broadwell: An Incomplete History, explore Bream and the trails of Newham Bottom and to learn about the “King of the Gypisies”- Xavier Petulengro- at All Saints Church, Viney Hill. Learn more about the Foresters’ Forest at the Dean Heritage Centre’s Open Day on Sunday 10th September.

Bookings are now being taken for underground tours of Hopewell Colliery, visits to the Deputy Gaveller’s office, guided tours of Tan House Farm, Newland and some of the Dean Forest Railway’s hidden gems and for a tour and taste at the award winning Bespoke brewery, Mitcheldean. Just phone 01594 836469 or email heritage@main-place.org.uk.

Hartpury’s heritage day on Sunday 10th September continues to grow with a circular walk taking in Hartpury House (courtesy of Hartpury College) St Mary’s Church and bee shelter, the Dominican chapel, Orchard Centre, Methodist Church and as a first this year Hartpury Old School. The day culminates in a picnic at the Village Hall. St Margaret’s church at Corse joins their neighbours. This beautiful fourteenth century church hosts an exhibition about the near by Snigs End Chartist Community- a radical nineteenth century experiment in lottery based self sufficient living.

Old favourites including the opening of St Briavels Castle (why not also visit St Briavels Church) for the weekend, the Dean Forest Railway, the Geo-map and Miners’ Memorial, “The Cathedral of the Forest”- All Saints Church, Newland, Newnham’s Fish Hut, the Dean Field Studies Centre at Parkend, the Dean Heritage Centre, Mitcheldean’s Xerox Museum (why not also visit St Michaels and All Angels) and the Secret Forest.  You could also join in the fun at Lydney (Naas Lane) Community Centre.

For walkers there are opportunities to explore Bream, Lydney docks, the landscape of the Dymock Poets or Hartpury village. Cyclists can even ride some of the old roads and tracks through the Forest. For those who prefer a talk there are opportunities to meet the Deputy Gaveller or listen to the experts of the Forest of Dean Buildings Preservation Trust talk about the past, present and future of Whitecliff Furnace and Gunns Mill.

Find out more by picking up a leaflet, visiting www.heritageopendays.org.uk or by contacting Coleford Area Partnership on 01594 836469 or emailing heritage@main-place.org.uk

Download 2017’s programme here FOD HOD 2017 final

Visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk for more information.

We are delighted to be working with enthusiastic and knowledgeable individuals, organisations and local attractions to have brought you a diverse programme that celebrates the extraordinary history of the Forest of Dean.



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