This year the event will take place over THURSDAY 12TH - SUNDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER and we aim to ensure that it is even more of a success than 2012! Over the weekend you will get a chance, free of charge, to step into the past and find out more about the 2000 years of history that has made the North East the vibrant place that it is today.
If you would like to get involved and run an event please contact your regional rep in the first instance. Their contact details can be found here.
Booklets and website listings will be available at the beginning of August.
At a national level the 2012 event was a huge success and broke all previous records. Over 2 million people walked through the doors and took part in the 4,648 properties, tours and activities participating during HODs 2012. There were 1,422 registered organisers and a total of 43,221 volunteers alongside 6,571 paid staff who contributed a total of 518,652 hours of their time to the event over the weekend.
In Tyne and Wear the event included a diverse range of 218 buildings and activities and was again a great success. The figures indicate that there were approximately 61,200 visits to the 218 properties, tours and events available across Tyne and Wear – a record number.
Yet again Tyne and Wear HODs event is one of the biggest and best in England. Tyne and Wear had the fourth largest programme of events in the Country and the T&W HODs Steering Group, as an organizer, registered the largest number of events in the Country.
The statistical success of the event is mirrored by the very positive feedback from the volunteers and visitors.
Any negative feedback regarding the event from volunteers and visitors was confined to the perceived lack of publicity / marketing of the event, difficulty in obtaining a booklet and inability to get a place on certain tours / activities. These are very valid issues which unfortunately are raised each year. The Steering Group has tried to address them in various ways over the years, such as advertising in Primary Times etc to market the event to a wider audience. However, the very limited budget, which essentially pays for the design and print of the booklet, means that there is very little, or in some years, no money to pay for any additional marketing and publicity. As in previous years the Steering Group will consider how the general marketing of the event and the national and local co-ordination of the event can be improved prior to the 2013 T&W HODs.