Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days

It’s nearly back to school time and that awkward phase of the year when summer is ending but the leaves are yet to turn brown and I can’t even fathom the idea of mulled wine.  Let’s all face it, we can all get hit with the post-summer blues.

Heritage Open Days have timed their festival of history and culture just perfectly to pull me out of the fading-tan, pimms put to the back of the cupboard, mood. Every year for four days in September, places around Britain throw open their doors to celebrate British heritage and culture across approximately 5000 events, and what’s more, they are all free!

For Well Fashioned wearers, makers and followers this year the festival has ticked a lot of boxes. Here is a round-up of some of the best Well Fashioned Heritage Open Days, held 7-10 September – all focused on the things we love – lace, textiles, jewellery and amazing factory tours.

Here’s my Top Ten Heritage Open Days I wish I could go to:

South East

9th: Jeremy France Jewellers, tour of factory and traditional jewellery methods

9th: Museum of English Rural Life celebrate National Lace making day.

9th: MoleValley Lacemakers Demonstration & Exhibition

9th-10th: Vintage Make Do & Mend

South West:

8th: Dents Museum & Factory tours and demonstrations

East of England

7th-10th: The Maeldune Heritage Centre, home to Maldon Embroidery

8th & 9th: Warner Textile Archive

8th: Fashion through the decades

East Midlands:

7th: Unique Cottage Studios Fibre Art Group demonstrate heritage textile techniques

7th-10th: Talk – Nick Povey from Nottingham’s Fewkes Lace Factory

7th-9th: Exhibition of Scrap Happy Quilters’ new works

9th: G.H. Hurt & Son Ltd,: The Shawl Factory

9th: Northamptonshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers

9th-10th: ‘Inspired Lacemakers’ demonstrating bobbin lace

West Midlands:

9th: Costumed guided tour of Smith and Pepper jewellery factory

10th: Newman Brothers at the Coffin Works, tour of a historic Jewellery Quarter factory

North West:

7th-10th: The Leather Satchel Co. Story & demonstrations

9th: Guided tour of Standfast & Barracks textile factory


8th: Talk – The history of Carmichael and Sons, renowned jewellers.

If you want to search for more events from the Heritage Open Day festival click here. Happy visiting and discovering, and please share you experiences of Well Fashioned events with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!


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