Heritage Open Days 2020
11, September 2020 - 21, September 2020

Explore LCB Depot and Makers' Yard online
see the stories and histories behind these Rutland Street buildings

Every September some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture for the Heritage Open Days festival. It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.

For the first time in its history, England’s largest festival of heritage and culture will feature online events as well as in-person activities.

Uncovering stories, sites, places and people that traditional history has overlooked or forgotten has always been at the heart of HODs. This year people can experience virtual tours and take part in online discussions as well as visiting historic places and green spaces in person. This means visitors can just as easily explore events across England, as those on their doorsteps.

* Heritage Open Days at LCB Depot and Makers’ Yard - we're planning to present the stories and histories of these sites online, rather than via guided tours as in previous years. One of twelve Heritage Open Days venues in Leicester in September 2020.


Explore LCB Depot and Makers’ Yard online

Explore the histories and stories LCB Depot, a 1969 bus admin office remodelled as Leicester's creative business centre, and Makers' Yard, a former Victorian hosiery factory & warehouse opened in 2013 as studios for artists and designer-makers.

Using our website and social media we will present the histories of these two sites in Rutland Street in Leicester's Cultural Quarter. People will be invited to share their own stories and memories.


The 2020 Heritage Open Days theme is Hidden Nature.

Hidden Nature at LCB Depot

The Courtyard Garden - Hidden Nature at LCB Depot
Explore our Courtyard Garden and all the amazing things growing in it, in this Youtube video!


We present ‘backstage’ video tours, and historical and architectural revelations, delving into Leicester’s public transport memories, and its hosiery and creative industries and urban regeneration.

Outside LCB Depot video

See the video Outside LCB Depot

Inside LCB Depot video

See the video Inside LCB Depot

Outside Makers' Yard video

See the video Outside Makers' Yard

Inside Makers' Yard video

See the video Inside Makers' Yard


Follow LCB Depot on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to interact with our unfolding stories during the Festival ... and look for #LCBHOD and #heritageopendays



hosiery manufacture  |  fire station  |  lighting department
bus office  |  hub for creative people and businesses

LCB Depot rear

LCB Depot is Leicester's creative hub, based on the site of the former Leicester City Transport bus operating centre. LCB Depot has been designed with flair and imagination, incorporating elements of the old architecture, and modern design with integrated public art works. It opened in 2004 and kickstarted the regeneration of Leicester's Cultural Quarter.


framework knitting  |  sock factory  | studios for artists & makers

Makers' Yard

Makers’ Yard is a recently repurposed Grade II-Listed hosiery factory dating back to 1854. The building was refurbished in 2013 into quality and inspiring workspaces for artists and designer-makers. 


See more about Heritage Open Days at the Heritage Open Days website.
Please note that your personal data will only be stored by LCB Depot and will only be used by us to contact you regarding our services or opportunities for the creative industries. Your details will not be passed to third parties.