Venues across the Braintree district to open their doors for Heritage Open Days

Braintree Museum outside of building

The national Heritage Open Days celebration of history, architecture and culture is back from 10th – 19th September 2021.

Heritage Open Days is a chance for residents to see hidden places in the Braintree district and try out new experiences for free.

Venues across the Braintree district will open their doors where residents and visitors are invited to explore the secrets and stories contained within.

There will be something for all ages and interests, including:

  • Free live music and autumn fayre in the heart of Witham’s heritage asset – St Nicolas Church
  • Discover Braintree Museum and all it has to offer, including their John Ray Herb Garden, summer space exhibition and historic building trials
  • Book in to enjoy a behind the scenes visit and talk at Warner Textile Archive, the largest publicly owned collection from a luxury textile manufacturer in the UK
  • A chance to see the beautiful interior of St Peter’s Parish Church in Bocking, find out about its history and enjoy some refreshments
  • A guided walk around Silver End’s Garden village, starting from the popular memorial gardens, taking a visit to Francis Crittall’s home - the largest village hall in the UK, and the many modern houses the village is famous for.

Cllr Frankie Ricci, Cabinet Member for Communities at Braintree District Council, said: “Heritage Open Days are a great opportunity for people to explore the amazing history on our doorstep, including some fascinating places that aren’t normally open to the public. I hope lots of residents will enjoy the free open days and activities throughout the week.”

For a full list of local venues taking part in Heritage Open Days and details of the events, visit

Event details will also be shared on the Visit Braintree District website and Facebook page.


Published: 8th September 2021