Heritage Open Days 2021

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture! Every September thousands of volunteers across England organise events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture.

Mid Devon is awash with buildings of historical interest and significance.  Listed below are those that are taking part in the Heritage Open Days event.  It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.  Where will you discover?  Click on the images to open the event pages for more information about dates and times.

Dressing up at Bampton Heritage and Visitor Centre

Bampton’s Historic Buildings Exhibition

Station Rd, Bampton, Devon, EX16 9NG

A unique exhibition showing how Bampton changed and grew through the ages. It highlights seven of our most significant buildings, all with their own interesting architecture and story to tell. There are a number of events linked with the exhibition.

Spiceland Quaker Meeting House – image courtesy of https://quietgarden.org/gardens/spiceland-meeting-house/

Spiceland Quaker Meeting House

Spicelands, Uffculme, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 3AZ

Visit Spiceland’s historic 200-year-old Quaker Meeting House and the burial ground which came into use around 1680. Find out more about the history of Quakers.

Uffculme Riverwalk

Uffculme Local History Group – Our Food Heritage!

Uffculme Village Hall, Bridge Street, Uffculme, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 3AX

An exhibition in our historic Village Hall, in which we’ll be presenting photographs, information and food-related books and artefacts celebrating aspects of Uffculme’s past.

Hemyock Castle

Hemyock Castle

Hemyock Castle, Hemyock, Devon, EX15 3RJ

Pre-Booked Self-Guided Tours, Outdoors Only: See the rare surviving ruins of Hemyock’s moated medieval castle: The remaining gatehouse archway, towers & curtain-walls which surround the older manor house. Cider-Press & Farmyard displays.

St Mary’s Church, Hemyock (image courtesy of Nilfanion via Wikimedia Commons)

Nature and Edible England

St Mary’s Church, Hemyock, Devon, EX15 3RQ

Photographic display of nature

There will be a photographic display of nature incorporating aspects of edible England depicting some items that can be found through foraging.

Knightshayes Court


Knightshayes Court, Bolham, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7RQ

Discover Knightshayes, a country estate on a grand, gothic scale.  With acres of glorious garden and park, surrounding a spectacular Gothic Revival house, Knightshayes is the complete country gentleman’s dream.

St Peter’s Church, Tiverton: Image courtesy of Robert Cutts from Bristol, England, UK, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

St. Peter’s Church and Tower

St. Peter’s Church, St. Peter Street, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6RP

Church & Tower open event on Saturday 11th with tours of the bells, clock, ringing demonstrations and a chance to get splendid views of the town from the roof.

The Walronds

The Walronds

The Walronds

The Walronds, 6 Fore St, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 1JL

The House will be open between 10.00am and 2.00pm as part of English Heritage Open Days. There will be the opportunity to follow a guided tour of the whole house. Come and look at the magnificent plasterwork and view the sample of amazing wallpaper, found during the renovations. There will be crafts stalls in the garden and Café Walronds will be serving teas, coffees, homemade cakes and scones.  UPDATE: Regrettably due to unforeseen circumstances the house will not be open for tours as previously advertised. However, the open day will occur later in the year. The art & craft market and café will still be open.

For more information about Heritage Open Days, visit: www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

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