The patron of the annual four-day event - which is taking place from Thursday September 8 to Sunday September 11 - is this year Loyd Grossman.
‘Treasure you treasures’ is the theme for 2016 - and visitors are being encouraged to capture themselves on camera with the objects, people or places that they treasure and to share their stories online via social media using the hashtag #TreasureYourTreasures.
Specially made Heritage Open Days frames will be positioned in each region at some of the free events for people to put themselves in the picture together with or in front of their treasures.
Loyd Grossman said: “The 5,000 free events held during the festival provided the ideal platform to stand up and shout about local treasures. I would encourage people to engage with heritage as visitors and volunteers and to get behind campaigns to retain access to places like museums, archives, libraries, galleries, theatres, parks and historic sites.”
In south Warwickshire, 34 sites are running free events across the four days. These include many historic churches and other places of worship and sites of cultural or historical significance, including: Kenilworth Abbey Barn Museum, All Saints’ church in Leamington, the Hindu Temple in Leamington, South Lodge in Jephson Gardens, Leamington, the Polish Catholic Mission in Leamington, Marton Museum of Country Bygones, Chesterton Windmill, Leamington Real Tennis Club, Princethorpe College, Baddesley Clinton House, Charlecote Park, Compton Verney, Guy’s Cliffe Masonic House and gardens in Warwick, Hill Close Gardens in Warwick, St Mary’s church in Warwick and the Court House in Warwick.
For a full list and details of opening times, pick up a Heritage Open Days booklet at various public places or visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk