Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 organisations, 5,500 events and 46,000 volunteers. This year’s festival, which starts on September 11, will be a bit different, due to Covid-19.

As the organisers say, Heritage Open Days is all about celebrating community and local stories –  which feels more important than ever at the moment. NAT volunteers have taken up the challenge and produced a programme of online events that offer alternative experiences of our sites, including a poetry recital by Kevin Crossley-Holland at Burnham Norton Friary, hidden stories about our sites, chosen by volunteer guides, and three immersive soundscapes that conjure up the atmospheres of St Benet’s Abbey, Caistor Roman Town and Burnham Norton.


Details of the events and links to the HODs site are listed below – we look forward to meeting you online!


  • Poetry recital: Kevin Crossley-Holland: Sunday 13 September, 19.30 [online]

Join us for an online poetry recital, filmed in the ruins of Burnham Norton Friary.


  • Hidden stories

St Benet’s Abbey

Tuesday 15 September: 19.30
Saturday 19 September: 10.00


Burgh Castle

Friday 11 September: 11.00
Saturday 12 September: 19.30
Sunday 13 September: 10.00
Monday 14 September: 19.30
Wednesday 16 September: 19.30
Friday 18 September: 19.30
Sunday 20 September: 19.30


  • Soundscapes

St Benet’s Abbey: Saturday 12 September: 10.00


Caistor Roman Town: Thursday 17 September: 19.00


Burnham Norton : Sunday 20 September: 19.30