Heritage open days in Broadland

There is something for everyone to enjoy at this year’s Heritage Open Days in Broadland, including an exciting mix of living heritage.

As part of England’s biggest heritage festival, which takes place from September 7-10, people will have the chance to visit a folk fair in Aylsham, find out about family history in Acle and even explore the Hindu Temple in Tunstall.

Visitors can enjoy 13 events across Broadland, eight of which are on offer for the first time this year.

Cllr Karen Vincent, Broadland District Council’s Member Champion for Heritage, said: “Heritage Open Days provides a great opportunity for people both in the area and further afield to explore some of the district’s hidden gems.
“There really is something for everyone this year – from a vintage cycle rally along Marriott’s Way to the Victorian rectory Hautbois House, home to the GirlGuiding activity centre.”

Girlguiding Norfolk is also opening the doors of its Archive Resource Centre in Hautbois for the first time this year. The brand new, purpose-built centre houses treasures from the organisation, such as old uniforms, which people can look at over tea and homemade cakes.

Gain first-hand experience of Indian culture and an introduction to the country’s street food at the Hindu Temple in Tunstall. There will also be stalls with clothing, artefacts and henna, as well as dance performances for visitors.

Pre-book tours of the former RAF Coltishall and Thorpe Lodge, home of several prominent Norfolk families including the Harveys and now the offices of Broadland District Council, are also available.

For more information about Heritage Open Days in Broadland, visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk

• Hautbois House, which will be open to the public as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days.

• Take a tour of Thorpe Lodge, once home to wealthy local families including the Harveys.

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