Heritage Open Days 2021

A tasty treat in Reading: 10-19 September 

TerrysEdibleReading 8zHiovegThis September, Reading’s heritage will be on show for 10 days as part of England’s annual heritage festival, Heritage Open Days.

Celebrating our buildings, natural and cultural heritage, this year there will be a fantastic range of free in-person and digital events to showcase the rich stories that make Reading such a unique place to live, work and visit.

Download a copy of Explore Reading's heritage, a guide to great events in Reading for Heritage Open Days 2021>>>

Listen to WhatsonReading's Heritage Open Days podcast featuring some of the events taking place in Readfing this September>>>

The theme for Heritage Open Days 2021 is Edible England and a number of Reading’s events will tell the story of our local culinary heritage. Tasty offerings in Reading include getting creative with fruit and veg at Brock Keep, tours of the historic kitchen gardens at Caversham Court Gardens, a lost jam factory and no-longer pubs in Castle Hill and Coley (pictured left), exploring food in Ancient Greece online with the Ure Museum, Edible Reading talks and object handling at Reading Museum, the roof top food garden at RISC or a buffet-style meal of local, seasonal, wild, and foraged fare at The MERL (pictured below).

CommonsFeastMERL770wx430h whatson featured commons launch finalOther events taking place as part of Heritage Open Days in Reading include a  historic office building not usually open to the public, talks on building conservation, audio tours of London Street and guided tours of Oxford Road, history walks of Woodley and an art exhibition inspired by Readings last gasometer.




EdibleReading ReadingMuseumNigel Horton-Baker, Reading UK, who produce the guide to Reading’s Heritage Open Days events, said: “The fascinating history of Reading, its people, places and its food will take centre stage for 10 days in September as part of the national festival of heritage, Heritage Open Days. Thank you to everyone who has organised events this year. After a difficult 18 months, it is great to see so many in-person events as part of the festival, but there are also some intriguing digital events to watch from your home or explore on your own.”

All Heritage Open Days events are free to attend, but some need booking in advance due to small capacities.  More information on Reading’s Heritage Open Day 2021 events in Reading UK’s ‘Exploring Reading’s Heritage’ leaflet. Printed copies are available through public libraries in Reading and Reading Museum.

Event details are also available online at whatsonreading.com and on the national Heritage Open Days website.



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