27 Jun 2023
by Maddy Scott

A close up of marginalia in a medieval manuscript. A red and yellow striped dragon with tongue sticking out next to blue and pink flowers.
See what creatures you can discover in the depths of the archive. (© The University of Nottingham)

Miles of manuscripts

University of Nottingham (Nottinghamshire)

Travel through 800 years of history in one place! The University of Nottingham’s Manuscripts and Special Collections department will be giving tours of their archive with the opportunity to get up close with millions of rare books and documents over five miles of shelving.

From the Normans to now

All Saints' Church (Staffordshire)

Take a walk through history at Sandon’s Grade I listed church and graveyard, overlooking the beautiful Trent Valley. Starting in the 12th century Norman church, explore the ancient tombs in the chancel, gallery pew, wall paintings, stained glass windows, church silver and 17th century bell tower.

All Saints’ Church Sandon

Explore the ivy adorned chancel at this beautiful, ancient church. (© All Saints Church)


Durham Crematorium (County Durham)

Take this rare opportunity to learn about cremation and explore the beautiful grounds of Durham Crematorium. Wander round the award-winning Life and Soul garden, reflect in the Memorial Garden or take a guided tour of the hexagonal chapel designed by J P Chaplin.

Back to school

Mount Kelly Independent School (Devon)

Kick off the autumn term with an insight into day-to-day life at Mount Kelly independent school. Go on a unique guided tour of the 19th century building and grounds led by current senior pupils, and discuss the financial and operational aspects of running a large independent school with senior staff.

Mount Kelly School, Tavistock

Learn all about the history and future of this fantastic independent school. (© Mount Kelly School)

Tread the boards

The Lindley Players (Kent)

Have a peek behind the curtain at the Playhouse Theatre! Go backstage for a guided tour including dressing rooms, sound and lighting departments, the stage, makeup and wardrobe, with a demonstration of the technical aspects of putting on a performance.

Stourhead House unlocked

National Trust (Wiltshire)

Find out what’s behind the locked doors of the Palladian Stourhead House. Join a guided tour over five floors from the attic to the basement and visit spaces usually closed to the public, such as the storerooms, cellars and servants' quarters.

Stourhead - Behind Closed Doors Tours

See something brand new at the gorgeous Stourhead House. (© National Trust Images / Betsy Ogilvie)

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