Welcome to our 2021 Heritage Open Days Festival

The Heritage Open Days festival is run and supported by the National Trust. The festival is held across the whole country from 10-19 September 2021. This year our celebration event runs for a whole week and combines both in person and online events.


Our Heritage Open Days Festival includes the following online exhibitions:

01. A short presentation from Stella Howe about the travels of Ernest Stuart, Manager at Portland Works.

02. A lecture on Sheffield’s industrial history with Portland Works’ director, Pippa Le Grand.

03. A highlight reel of public submissions from the 2021 Portland Works global cutlery search.

In-Person Events

Bookable bespoke tours are now available on 13th, 15th, 17th, 18th and 19th September. Each tour is limited to 8 visitors and will last about an hour. Your tour leader will take you on a guided tour of this Grade 2* historical site. You will need strong shoes for touring the site. As part of the tour you will be able to visit a tenants workshop and an exhibition of cutlery and other items in our Mosley Museum Room. This year’s national theme is ‘Edible England’. We have a wide selection of eating and serving implements on display.

Book tickets via Eventbrite

Established in 1994 the festival has expanded and diversifying from 701 events at its launch to over 5,500 today, Heritage Open Days continues to flourish with more events every year, reflecting the rich and diverse cultural heritage of England and its communities. Spanning the public, private and voluntary sectors, the festival is a unique and powerful partnership.

Working with organisations and individuals across England, Heritage Open Days is our national local festival. There are always new stories to tell and new places to open. It’s a chance for communities nationwide to come together to learn, explore and have fun by sharing the treasures on their doorstep. Thanks you for supporting.

For more information about places to visit nationally try the Heritage Open Days search page.

Artists Exhibition

Our tenant artists are holding an exhibition to follow on form Heritage Open Days which you may like to visit. See the flyer for more details.