Guildford's Heritage Open Days returns better than ever - 8th-17th Sept 2023

Volunteers are needed to bring Guildford’s history alive as part of the annual Heritage Open Days event. “We need stewards, historic vehicles, costumed re-enactors, musicians and guides” say the organisers.  Running from 8th September 2023 to 17th September, Heritage Open Days opens up buildings of special interest across the Borough. It is a national event held every September since 1994 and is the country’s largest history festival. Properties from historic buildings to modern offices are opened to the public free of charge. Over the years it has developed into a festival of history with living history groups, talks and tours. 

Highlights planned for Guildford this year  include a history festival in the town centre on 9th September. Organisers want the High Street and Castle Grounds to be transformed into a three dimensional history book with historic vehicles, costumed re-enactors and guides bringing the stories of familiar buildings to life.

“We want musicians to bring period music to the town and there will be activities for all ages.” says a spokesperson. “If you enjoy talking to be people, engaging them with stories, dressing up, want to perform an instrument in an historic setting or are part of a band or music group that wants to perform in the High Street or Castle Grounds then we want to hear from you”.

The week long event ends on 16th September with the popular National Trust Wey Festival at Dapdune Wharf noted for its spectacular, illuminated barge procession at dusk.

This is a community event organised by the Guildford Society, Town Guides, Friends of Guildford Museum, Guildford Heritage Forum and the Council. The organisers are keen to involve groups, businesses and individuals from across the town. Speaking about the event a spokesperson told us “we are looking forward to showcasing Guildford’s cultural heritage through various activities and events. We encourage all organizations, businesses, groups, and individuals to get involved and be a part of this amazing celebration of our town’s history. This is an excellent opportunity for visitors to learn about the town’s rich history, culture, and heritage and discover why Guildford is such a great place to visit.”

For more information on the Heritage Open Days in Guildford and how to get involved, please contact us using the form below       

Video of 2021 event on YouTube. As above

Click here to view Town Centre Map of Events for 2021