DOZENS of historic buildings are set to throw open their doors across South Gloucestershire next week.

From churches to a medieval barn, key local landmarks across the area are taking part in Heritage Open Days organised by the National Trust. 

The festival gives members of the public free access to museums, galleries, stately homes, and more.

It's an opportunity to explore the area’s most impressive sites - including its hidden gems - right on your doorstep, all without paying a penny.

This year’s theme is ’creativity unwrapped’ and is due to run from Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 17.

Mayor Dan Norris said: “It’s absolutely brilliant to see some fantastic historical and cultural sites in South Gloucestershire putting on some truly fascinating events this year. 

“So whether it's discovering the history of Thornbury Town Hall or seeing some examples of medieval creativity at the magnificent Winterbourne Medieval Barn, there really is something for everyone this year.

“What better time than now for everyone to get out and rediscover what makes our amazing region truly special.”

Free opens days across South Gloucestershire: 

St Saviour’s Church
Beesmoor Road, Coalpit Heath, BS36 2RP

Friday 8 September 12pm to 3.30pm
Saturday 9 September 10am to 1pm
Sunday 10 September 2pm to 4pm

St. Mary’s Church
Castle Street, Thornbury, BS35 1HQ

Saturday 9 September 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Thornbury Town Hall
High Street, Thornbury, BS35 2AR

Saturday 9 September 10am to 2pm

Brandy Bottom Colliery

Beside Avon cycle path 410 near its intersection with Coxgrove Hill, near Pucklechurch

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 10.30am to 3.30pm

Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Church Lane, Winterbourne, BS36 1SE

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 11am to 4pm

Book online on the Winterbourne Medieval Barn website.

Gazette Series: Winterbourne Medieval BarnWinterbourne Medieval Barn (Image: South Gloucestershire Council)

St. Michael’s, Winterbourne Parish Church

Church Lane, Winterbourne, BS36 1SE

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 12pm to 4pm                              

Warmley Signal Box and Community Garden Group

High Street, Warmley, BS30 8XH

Saturday 9 September 12pm to 4pm

Aerospace Bristol

Hayes Way, Patchway, BS34 5BZ

Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 September 11am to 3pm

Southern Brooks History and Archaeological Group

Little Stoke Baptist Church, Kingsway, Little Stoke, BS34 6JW

For more information, contact Liz Evans by email on or call 07971744846.

Chipping Sodbury High Street
Meet at Tourist Information Centre, High Street, Chipping Sodbury, BS37 6AH

Tour of Chipping Sodbury High Street
Wednesday 13 September 7pm to 9pm

Booking is essential, email or call 01454 862200.

Gazette Series: South Gloucestershire Council

Thornbury and District Museum

Thornbury Town Hall, 35 High Street, Thornbury, BS35 2AR

View the 123-year-old Thornbury Quilt relating to the town, its trades and people

Thursday 14 September 10am to 5pm and Friday 15 September 9am to 3pm

Dyrham Park – National Trust

Off the A46, near Dyrham village, SN14 8HY

Saturday 16 September 10am to 4pm

Gazette Series: Dyrham ParkDyrham Park (Image: South Gloucestershire Council)

Yate and District Heritage Centre
Church Road, Yate, BS37 5BG

Yate International Festival
Saturday 16 September 10.30am to 4.30pm

Yate International Festival is a celebration of different cultures living and working in the Yate and South Gloucestershire areas.

Kingswood Heritage Museum
Tower Lane, Warmley, BS30 8XT

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September 11am to 5pm

William Champion’s Garden at Warmley
Tower Lane, Warmley, BS30 8XT

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September 11am to 4.30pm

Ram Hill Colliery
Broad Lane, Coalpit Heath, BS36 2TY

Sunday 17 September 10am to 4pm

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