Uncover a-maze-ing history with this year's Heritage Open Day celebrations

Thursday 25 August 2022: Walks, digs, and an adventure maze await residents as part of the fun activities for this year's Heritage Open Days.

People excavate a ditch as part of an archaeological dig
Themed this year around 'astounding inventions', Hillingdon Council is hosting a range of events taking place from Friday 9 September till Sunday 18 September all celebrating local history..

Every September, venues across the borough open their doors to celebrate Hillingdon's heritage, communities and history. It's your chance to visit hidden places and try out new experiences - and it's all free.  

The activities, which include choices for all ages and interests, will take place across the borough including its heritage sites, with the highlights below: 

  • Community Dig at Cranford Park
    Friday 9 to Sunday 18 September (excluding Monday 12 September), 9am to 3pm
  • Harefield Canal Walk
    Saturday 10 September, 11am
  • Heritage Day and Classic Car Rally at Eastcote House Gardens
    Sunday 11 September, 11am to 4pm
  • Prehistoric Hillingdon Walk in Uxbridge
    Sunday 11 September, 2pm
  • Guided Walk - On the Trail of Northwood's Scrapbooks 
    Tuesday 13 September, 11am
  • Adventure Maze - Cranford Park
    Saturday 17 September, 1pm to 5.30pm (last maze entry 4.45pm)
  • Explore Manor Farm
    Saturday 17 September, 10.30am to 3.30pm
  • West Drayton Walk
    ​​​​​​​Sunday 18 September, 2pm

The broad range of activities ensures there's something for everyone, including an archaeology dig, historic walks and  an adventure maze at Cranford Park.

As always, the ever-popular car rally returns to Eastcote House Gardens on Sunday 11 September and don't miss the prehistoric walk through Uxbridge the same day.

Cllr Eddie Lavery, Hillingdon Council's Cabinet Member for Residents' Services, said: "We're delighted to offer another packed programme for residents as part of this year's Heritage Open Days.

"It's a fantastic and fun way to uncover some of the local history of the people and places not far from our own doorsteps.

"Ramblers will find plenty to keep them active, archaeology fans can get involved in a community dig and this year as something a little different, families can take part in our interactive adventure maze in Cranford Park."

Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together more than 2,000 local people and organisations across the borough and beyond.   

For more details and the full list of events visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/heritage-open-days.

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