Discover Harborough district’s local heritage with free open days

Published Thursday 10 August 2023

Local landmarks, heritage sites and historic buildings across the Harborough district will be opening their doors to the public this September as part of the annual Heritage Open Days festival.

The festival is a rare opportunity for people to explore, for free, sites that either usually charge or are not open to the public at all. 

Harborough District Council has worked with local organisers to support and develop an interesting programme of great historical places to visit, all opening between 8-17 September.

The festival directory is now live and features talks and walks, tours and open days to welcome everyone curious about their local history.

Wonder at the oldest windmill in Leicestershire, uncover the myths of a Masonic temple, go on a wildlife safari to hunt for handcrafted wild animals, see behind the scenes of Harborough Theatre, take the Corset Reveal tour of The Symington Factory, enjoy a town centre blue badge heritage trail and more.

Cllr Phil Knowles, Leader of Harborough District Council, said: “There’s so much to see, do and enjoy for visitors here in the Harborough district. Heritage Open Days offer a fantastic opportunity to explore amazing local places, to delve into their past on a discovery of bygone days. It’s all free so do take a look to see what’s on”.

To find out more and for bookings see