04 Dec 2017

An image of a template which can be hand constructed into a paper castle. On the castle there are images and stats of the festival.

We cannot thank you enough.  And we’re also hugely grateful to all those who have sent in feedback – it’s so important for us to know how our organisers, visitors and volunteers feel about their HODs experience.  We’ve been reading, collating and processing all your forms, and here’s what they’ve told us...

We’ve grown again!

  • 5,588 sites and events taking part
  • 2,131 organisers who register and put together events…
  • …and who co-ordinate over 46,000 volunteers
An image of people sitting in a circle in front of a bar in a pub, holding drinks and talking to the woman standing behind the bar.
(© Chris Lacey / Heritage Open Days 2017)

Why HODs matters…to local communities

  • 63% of visitors live locally
  • 83% feel more part of their local community after visiting a HODs event
  • 92% feel an increased sense of pride in their local area
  • 62% of organisers participate in order to learn more about their local area
  • 71% of volunteers participate in the event to feel part of their local community
HODs is a breath of fresh air. People working together for a common cause and doing a fantastic job. I'm so glad we had the opportunity to visit and have a look around.



Why HODS matters…to the heritage sector

  • After visiting a HODs event, 80% feel that heritage and/or cultural sites are for people like them
  • 34% of visitors have not visited a heritage site in the last year
  • 83% of visitors feel inspired to visit other heritage sites in the future
  • 75% of volunteers say they are more likely to volunteer with other heritage sites/organisations

As with every year, HODs would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our organisers and volunteers. Thank you one and all!

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