Heritage Open Days will be back 10-19 September 2021

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The theme for 2021 is Edible England

Empty the larder, preheat the oven, and set the table – our theme for 2021 is Edible England. From woodland foraging to factory floor, forgotten recipes to regional delicacies, we’re asking our festival community to explore the past, present, and future of our culinary heritage and culture.

What is Edible England?

We want Edible England to encompass the broadest possible spectrum of events and stories, from revealing culinary tastes of the past to going behind-the-scenes of modern production methods – and everything in-between! The theme will also explore the customs and quirks that have developed around what we eat and drink, as well as the fascinating history of some of our regional and national specialties.

Why Edible England?

We are increasingly becoming a nation of foodies and what we eat and drink is at the heart of much of our culture, our history, our communities, and our lives. It’s a doorway into hidden histories, regional differences and the myriad cultures around us. It’s a universal language and one of our basic needs, the perfect starting point for another diverse, fun, exciting festival year!

Additional Ingredients

As ever, we know that our event organisers will interpret and develop Edible England in countless wonderful ways. However, to get the cheese rolling here are some particular subjects and ideas that we’re enouraging our community to get their teeth into…

  • Cultural cookalong – From Philip Harben to Nigella Lawson cooking shows and ‘cookalongs’ have long been a source of entertainment and information in England. Following on from this, in recent years the rise of social media and online-based cooking channels has been prolific. Now we’re asking our HODs organiser to inject a heritage twist into this age-old concept. This could include recreating an ancient recipe, using an ingredient that has gone out of fashion, or sharing a local/regional speciality.
  • Nature’s table – Our 2020 Hidden Nature theme showcased how our natural world, and our relationship with it, is a vital part of England’s story. Nature’s table will continue on this path – but with a foody twist. This could include foraging the landscape for edible ingredients, exploring the wonderful world of kitchen gardens, going behind-the-scenes of the agricultural industry, or exploring the ecosystems that play a vital – and perhaps often unacknowledged – role in our food and drink production.
  • Food from afar – Many of our favourite recipes and ingredients originate from abroad and have come to us as a result of the movement of people, trade, travel and the British Empire. Food from afar aims to investigate the origins of what we eat and drink, celebrating the diversity of our favourite dishes and exploring the impacts (good and bad) that our changing diet has had on communities across the world.

Open Your Doors in 2021!

If you are able and willing to open your doors for next year click here for more information.

Some recordings of our live events and some great videos posted especially for HODs, are still available to view on the Beyond GHODs menu.

Volunteers welcome…

Are you interested in helping with Gosport Heritage Open Days? volunteer form Our friendly local team are planning the programme throughout the year so we need more volunteer helpers now (or whenever you have time)!

For more information and to apply, please view our Volunteers page.


Gosport and its People During the Great War

This work consists of three large heritage-based art projects, focusing on the people of Gosport. It covers the town’s important role in the First World War.  Click the image on the right to find out more and to download the booklet.

Over the past number of years, we have undertaken a number of individual projects. For information on all our Projects click here



For some great photos from 2019 Gosport Heritage Open Days click on the photo!

Here’s a short film that Media students from St Vincent College made in 2017  to give a flavour of Heritage Open Days in Gosport.

Also, find out how St Vincent College are reviving cinema in Gosport with their ‘Ritz @ St Vincent’ film showings in their theatre.

Full details at https://stvcinema.wordpress.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/stvcinema/

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