Events

H2h events currently run on an annual basis, in the summer months. We have ideas for smaller activities to take place between our main events, enabling community partners and student nurses to work together in other locations, which we hope to launch in the near future.

For example, in 2014 and 2017 our student worked with StoryAID on buddy-actor theatre and film projects with young people with Learning Disabilities.

If you have any ideas for activities for future event, please get in touch. We are keen to expand our offer to other heritage sites, so if you would like to consider hosting a H2h event, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Join us! Next event: June 28th 2018 at Ham House 11:00-16:00

We are celebrating 70 years of the National Health Service and our 12th birthday! So come and join us to say thank you to all the pioneers who have enabled us to grow.

  • - Join a team, choose and share activities, including:
  • - Explore the treasures of the beautiful house and gardens
  • - Hear storytelling and drumming with Eli from StoryAid
  • - Experience a personalised music therapy session with Singing4health
  • - Play with body art textiles with Belmatt Healthcare
  • - Design usable objects from bikes with Ken Yahw McCalla and Jonathan Roland
  • - Watch the magic of Shadow Theatre with Karaghiozis our Greek Puppeteer
  • - Try ‘Through the Looking Glass Enhanced Reality’ glasses with VisionTrain
  • - Help us design a H2h stained glass window
  • You will also be able to help make a world quilt, try 17th century baking, eat crepes produced by Flipping Amazing, try yoga or float paper boats along the Thames! Or just relax, chat and watch the flowers grow!

Our volunteers, student nurses from Kingston University and pupils from St Philips School, will be there to greet you and share the experience.The event is free to attend and all refreshments are included.

You can make an individual or group booking by emailing h2hbuddies@gmail.com. Although we do not provide respite we do offer lots of extra support.Please do spread the word. Our events are open to all.

This video was made following one of our past events at Leith Hill.

Past events

H2h has run events since 2005 in London and the South East. 

We have held summer, autumn and Christmas events at National Trust and English Heritage sites and independent heritage destinations including Stonehenge, Avebury Stone Circle, Glastonbury Tor, Chalice Well, Stourhead, Stourton Gardens, Kenwood House, Polesden Lacy, Ham House, Marble Hill, Leith Hill and Leith Hill Place.

Ham House, 2017

Our 2017 event took place in the grounds and main residence at Ham House in Richmond. The event’s theme was ‘Make a wish’, and included a range of activities including storytelling, yoga and Greek puppetry.

Around 100 guests attended the day, from a range of organisations including Balance and Kingston Centre for Independent Living. The film on our homepage features interviews with people who attended.

Polesden Lacey, 2009

In 2009, over 80 people explored the history of Polesden Lacey, a National Trust Park near Dorking in Surrey and followed a sensory trail. Participants explored the house, gardens and countryside and inspired their senses on the secret trail. A collage was created inspired by the day.

  • Leith Hill, 2012

In September 2012, Heritage2health, the National Trust, Surrey Wildlife Trust and Coldharbour Church ran an Access4All event; ‘Time and Space’. Over 200 people and volunteers, from babies to elders over 90 shared the challenge of climbing Leith Hill. This led the organisations involved improving the path, so Leith Hill is accessible for all.

We created and hung an amazing paper chain, designed by Graham Kelly and Elizabeth Esin Kelly, from Leith Hill Tower, containing world messages. Sam Knowles, a contemporary artist, and Dr Chris Hutchinson, an Oral Historian, helped us develop a 50 year segmented Time Capsule.  The key to which is buried by the Tower, and we will return in 2022, to uncover the film and pictorial messages, and add further stories for 2032. Our teams were named after international titles for ‘royals and peers’ e.g. Raj and Rani, Prince and Princess, in honour of the Queens Diamond Jubilee and we celebrated the London Olympic Games by inviting a ‘torch bearer’ David Stanley. We also created a Tapestry of Leith Hill Tower, with Allison Goodliffe, that is now on display in Leith Hill Place. In 2022, our aim is to win the Guinness Book of Records by creating the largest paper-chain in the world!