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Last weekend saw Heritage Open Days - England’s biggest heritage festival – the chance to offer residents and visitors alike a rare inside view into the architecture, culture and history of Norfolk.

There were no fewer than 220 events that took place over the weekend, meaning there was no lack of places to explore and things to discover.

Norfolk was awash with events thanks largely to The Forum in Norwich, who teamed up with community partners and volunteers, to organise Heritage Open Days (HODs) across Norwich, along with many towns in Norfolk where you can enjoy weekend breaks for families.

Cathy Eden, HODs Coordinator at The Forum, Norwich said: “Heritage Open Days is a once-a-year chance to have a sneaky peek behind the doors of Norfolk’s often hidden heritage gems.

“We’re very lucky to have so many local treasures on our doorstep and this weekend is all about celebrating that. It’s an opportunity to see new places, try out new experiences and enjoy activities that bring our local history and culture to life – and it’s all free!”

Many of the events were ticketed events but there were also dozens of drop-in HODs for people to attend.

Additionally, people were able to learn knowledge and information from the teams of volunteers at the events who had plenty to share with visitors!

Events were spread out across North Norfolk, Norwich, Breckland, Thetford, Broadland, Great Yarmouth and South Norfolk, giving visitors a varied choice of locations to choose from.

If you missed the festivities and would like to find out some more information, you can still visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk to discover more.

Image: Lis Burke under Creative Commons.