The oldest written mention of Heide dates from the sixteenth century. At that time, Heide was not much more than a few farms in a remote area of Venray. There was nothing at all, no church, school or community centre. This remained so until the twentieth century.
In the twentieth century it started to develop into a real village, thanks to fifteen farmers. At the beginning of the twentieth century, they decided to work together and build a mill. From then on, a community arose in Heide. Nowadays, Heide consists of about 500 inhabitants.