England’s largest heritage festival returns with a host of exciting events taking place in North Somerset and beyond!
Every year, Heritage Open Days inspire people all over the country to get involved with local culture and history, and 2021 is no different. From Friday 10 – Sunday 19 September, members of the public can explore hidden places across the UK, learn about local culture and come together in a series of community gatherings and creative workshops.
This year, the theme is ‘Edible England’. From exploring the food and tastes of the past, to trying out foraging and nature-friendly fare, or even going behind the scenes of modern production methods, there’s an event for everyone. And better yet, they’re all completely free!
For Nailsea residents, there are plenty of things to get involved in nearby. Check out the map of events on the website and find something that appeals to you. There are events across North Somerset and further afield too if you fancy a day or weekend trip!
One local town taking this year’s festival to the next level is Weston-Super-Mare. Culture Weston and local businesses have joined forces to offer a heritage festival that celebrates the buildings and culture of Weston.
Here’s a taste of what to expect!
Whirligig Festival of Outdoor Arts
Taking place in Weston’s Italian Gardens, this outdoor event will explore Weston’s honey-making heritage with a multi-sensory beehive installation.
In the Footsteps of Hans Price
A guided hour-long walk highlighting some of the buildings in Weston designed by local architect Hans Fowler Price.
Hero & Leander
In this outdoor theatre event, six multi-instrumentalists will perform an epic tale with a contemporary twist. Told using folk, indie music, choral songs and sea shanties, this promises to be a truly elemental retelling.
Grow Feral, Eat Feral
Osprey Community Allotment are opening up to the public, with a range of events led by local artist Sam Francis and UHBW Poet in Residence Beth Caverley. From plant printmaking to willow weaving and delicious produce cooked up by Weston’s Loves Café, this is not one to be missed!
The arrival of the railway in 1841 prompted Weston’s rapid growth. From a small farming and fishing village to a thriving seaside town, Weston has been drawing visitors from Bristol, Bath and beyond ever since!
Characterised by its elegant crescents, terraces and villas, Weston’s architecture alone is worth a trip. Over 800 buildings were designed by Hans Fowler Price between 1862 and 1912 using local grey limestone, creating a distinctive ‘Weston Style’.
Places across Weston have recently been enhanced by the Heritage Action Zone project, funded by Historic England. This has regenerated different parts of the city for the benefit of residents and visitors. Some of this conservation work will be showcased at the festival including the newly restored shopfront of Walter & Ling – a 100-year-old department store and Weston institution!
Weston is only 30 minutes away by car, and has plenty of train and bus links with Nailsea, making it easy to explore what the town has to offer. With a rich culture, fascinating history and thriving high street, Weston makes a fantastic trip for the whole family!