Heritage Open Days 2021

England’s largest festival of history and culture is back 10-19 September 2021. 

Heritage Open Days brings together more than 2,000 organisations, 5,500 events and 46,000 volunteers annually. It’s a chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences, all for free.

Every year Mole Valley District Council supports local event holders to put on a range of events across the district.  

The theme for 2021 is Edible England. From woodland foraging to factory floor, forgotten recipes to regional delicacies, MVDC is asking its festival community to explore the past, present, and future of Mole Valley’s culinary heritage and culture.

This year sees a return to in-person events, following a mostly digital festival last year which featured videos of talks, films, virtual tours and a local history quiz.


Online Events from 2020

The Hidden Treasures and Hidden Nature of Mole Valley

A photographic journey through Mole Valley by Roger Mendham LRPS highlighting the Hidden Treasures and Hidden Nature of this diverse and beautiful area of Surrey.

A Splash of Red: A short history of the pillar box

Local photographer Roger Mendham gives a talk on the history of the common and not so common pillar boxes in Ashtead.

Edwin Lutyens: Arts and Crafts Beginnings. The Story of Goddards

An online exploration of the design history of Goddards, a significant Edwin Lutyens building in Mole Valley, with contributions Michael Imber, Tom Kligerman and Martin Lutyens, Chairman of the Lutyens Trust and Lutyens Trust America.

Hidden treasures of Leatherhead Parish Church

An interactive online tour of the church and explore its hidden treasures. Step into a 360 ̊ panorama of the ringing and bell chambers without having to climb the staircase! Examine 18th and 19th century vaults discovered during recent excavations.

Mole Valley Heritage Open Days Quiz

How well do you know Mole Valley? Try this online quiz and discover the treasures of this beautiful and varied part of Surrey.

Deepdene Rediscovered

A film that tells the story of the restoration of the Grade II* listed gardens of the Deepdene, Dorking.

Pippbrook House: its hidden treasures and hidden nature

An online exploration of the Gothic mansion created by George Gilbert Scott and its place in architectural history.

Walk around the Jekyll Gardens of Grade II listed Sir Edwin Lutyens “Ruckmans”

Ruckmans a 17th century farmhouse enlarged in 1894 by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Miss. Lyell a friend of Gertrude Jekyll. The gardens display how the collaboration between Lutyens and Jekyll worked so well over their successful relationship for many years. Please note this is an online event, and the house and gardens are not open to the public. 

If You Go Down To The Woods Today…

An online visit to Teazle Wood Site of nature Conservation Importance in the company of renowned mycologist Professor David Hawksworth CBE.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Life on Tombstones

Mycologist and lichenologist, Professor David Hawksworth CBE explores Mickleham churchyard in Surrey to discover the fascinating world of tombstone lichens.

Dorking Mayflower 400 

Take a virtual trip around Dorking at the time of the Mayflower voyage.

Suffragettes in the Surrey Hills 

Dorking Museum presents a film commissioned especially for us by the Citizens 800 project featuring the stories of Emmeline and Frederick Pethick-Lawrence of the Beehive, Holmwood.

Wildlife Aid Foundation

An online talk on the work of the Wildlife Aid Foundation charity by its Founder, Simon Cowell MBE. The centre, based in Leatherhead, deals with over 20,000 wildlife emergencies a year.

Leatherhead Art Club online exhibition - ‘Mole Valley’s Hidden Nature’

An online exhibition of original artwork by members of the Leatherhead Art Club on the theme of 'Mole Valley's Hidden Nature'

Hidden Treasures at Downs Solicitors - a virtual presentation and tour

Illustrated presentation covering the history and features of the buildings in Dorking High Street and Dene Street occupied by Downs Solicitors and the legal profession in Dorking.