Enjoy great days out this autumn, with activities across the country for families and history aficionados alike to enjoy.
Witness spectacular combat as the 1066 Battle of Hastings re-enactment returns for 2021. You can also jump on your broomstick and head to a ghoulishly great Halloween event near you, or book your tickets to our family-friendly Christmas Adventure Quests.
As a Member, you’ll be able to enjoy free or discounted entry to all of our events, so sign-up today to enjoy the benefits.
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Autumn Days Out
How will you make the most of autumn?
Maybe you'll find serenity with a stroll at a majestic abbey? Or relax in the gardens and tearoom of a country house? Perhaps even set your sights on conquering an imposing castle? Whatever it is you're looking forward to doing as we head into autumn, we've got a day out to suit you and your family.Find an autumn day out
1066 Battle of Hastings
Relive the drama and intensity of the battle that changed the course of English history, as the one and only Battle of Hastings re-enactment returns this October.
Explore the encampments of the armies on both sides and meet Saxon and Norman soldiers to discover what clothes they wore, what food they ate and the crafts they practiced. Activities such as storytelling, music and have-a-go archery take place throughout the day.Find out more
For some fiendish family fun this Halloween, explore our historic places through our brand-new adventure trail inspired by Cressida Cowell's best-selling Wizards of Once series. You can also take a trip through the shadows with our spooky woodland walks, with ghost-hunting storytellers and silly goings-on (suitable for children aged 5-12 years old).
Adults (16+) can brave our After Dark events for a bone-chilling tour that uncovers the darker side of history. Not for the faint-hearted!Find out more
Immerse yourself in a magical after-dark adventure this winter.
Gather your friends and family and discover a world of light, sound and colour as you explore enchanting garden trails. Wonder through the glowing light tunnel, uncover hidden views of the gardens and experience historic properties bathed in light.
Christmas Adventure Quests
Follow the trail, find the clues and discover amazing stories and secrets in the places where history happened. It’s a great way for the whole family to get out and about in Christmas week.
You can book your tickets today. Participating sites include:
1066 Battle Abbey | Beeston Castle | Belsay Hall | Bolsover Castle | Brodsworth Hall | Dover Castle | Framlingham Castle | Kenilworth Castle | Osborne | Pendennis Castle | Stonehenge | Whitby Abbey | Wrest Park
ENJOY A FULL YEAR OF ADVENTURE
Become an English Heritage member and take full advantage of free entry to over 400 sites plus free or discounted access to our exciting events programme throughout the year.
Conservation in Action Workshops25-26 Sept, 9-10,16-17, 25-28 Oct 2021 Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
Members' event:The Rise and Rise of Fountains AbbeyTue 28 Sep Fountains Abbey
Victorian Gothic Falconry at Whitby AbbeySat 2 Oct - Sun 3 Oct 2021 Whitby Abbey
Members' event: Dr Strangelove: The British BombSat 2 Oct RAF Barnham, Suffolk
MORE TO EXPLORE
We know that cafés and tearooms are an important part of your visit. Here are some of our favourites from around the country.
Days Out with Dogs
There are plenty of dog-friendly sites across the whole of England for you to enjoy alongside your furry friends.
History at Home
We’re still here to help you discover the best stories of England’s past from the comfort of your home.
Shop Toys and Games
Have fun with our collection of traditional toys and games, from family-favourite board games and dressing up costumes, to lawn games and more.