Posted: Sun 5th Mar 2017

Open Doors Festival Could Be More Varied Than Ever

This article is old - Published: Sunday, Mar 5th, 2017

This year’s Open Doors festival could be more varied than ever and even more popular than last year’s month-long programme which featured 320 sites and more than 1,100 events across Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Now, as national co-ordinators, working with local organisations and more than 1,000 volunteers, Cadw is asking for more sites, and a wider variety of them, to join in this year. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

An aim for the next two years is to maintain and extend the programme, and to broaden the scope of the buildings involved, to include more archaeological sites, and to celebrate aspects that have helped shape the character of local communities, be they historic, linguistic or architectural like green architecture or the architecture of the future. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Given that almost half of the country’s Grade I listed buildings are churches or chapels, it isn’t surprising that 38% of last year’s programme involved faith buildings. But heritage assets of every age, style and function open their doors, ranging from castles to industrial buildings, town halls to pubs, and chapels to Buddhist temples. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

And it’s not only the buildings — over the years, a range of events has emerged, offering visitors a chance to explore their local history and culture through guided walks, talks, exhibitions, re-enactments and other interpretative activities. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

All venues participating need to offer something special to qualify for Open Doors — in 2016, 15% of the sites waived their usual entrance fees and 29% were sites that are normally closed to the public. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

We’d love you to join us this September! Open Doors is an inclusive event. Registration opens today, and closes on 1 June. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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