Her­itage Open days re­turn for some peek­ing be­hind nor­mally closed doors

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by ToM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

the coun­try’s largest and most di­verse fes­ti­val of his­tory, Her­itage Open days is com­ing to Bucks this week­end.

EVERY year, thou­sands of vol­un­teers en­cour­age mem­bers of the pub­lic to join in with a cel­e­bra­tion of lo­cal his­tory, ar­chi­tec­ture and cul­ture.

The annual fes­ti­val is one of Eng­land’s big­gest and most pop­u­lar vol­un­tary cul­tural oc­ca­sions, with events held up and down the coun­try. And each September, Her­itage Open Days al­lows vis­i­tors ac­cess to his­tor­i­cal land­marks, in­clud­ing to ones you would nor­mally have to pay an en­trance free to or are not usu­ally open to the pub­lic.

Peo­ple are in­vited to ex­pe­ri­ence all that Eng­land has to of­fer through tours, events and ac­tiv­i­ties - and Buck­ing­hamshire has a num­ber to of­fer. There are two types of events, a drop in or a pre-book event.

So check out this round-up of all of the Her­itage Open Day events hap­pen­ing in your area.


Sun­day September 10, 11.30am to 5.30pm, Old Amer­sham, High Street, Amer­sham The Memo­rial Gardens will fea­ture en­ter­tain­ment through­out the day, plus medieval re-en­act­ments, Ir­ish Danc­ing and the Che­sham All Girls March­ing Band.

There will be mu­sic fair­ground rides, clas­sic cars and steam trac­tion en­gines, along with her­itage mar­ket stalls, craft stalls and a Vic­to­rian tea room.

The Kings Chapel, Old Amer­sham Methodist Church, Quaker Meet­ing Room, Amer­sham Mu­seum, St. Mary’s Church in­clud­ing the Drake Chapel and Mar­ket Hall will be open to the pub­lic. There will be free her­itage buses run­ning from Che­sham to Amer­sham, in­clud­ing Che­sham Bois, every 20 min­utes from 10.45am to 5.15pm.

Penn House

Fri­day September 8 – tours 10am, 11.30am and 2.30pm Sun­day September 10 – Tours 10am, 11.30am and 2.30pm Naval and his­tor­i­cal paint­ings and mem­o­ra­bilia, mainly from the 18th and 19th cen­turies, will be on view in the

pri­vate house and in the gardens. There is a max­i­mum of 15 peo­ple per tour/ses­sion so pre-book­ing is re­quired. Con­tact 01494 713358.

Jor­dans Quaker Meet­ing House

Sun­day 10 September, noon to 5pm. Re­li­gious So­ci­ety of Friends, Quaker Meet­ing House, Welders Lane. En­joy a free, ed­u­ca­tion- al visit to this cen­turiesold house and learn more about Jor­dans and the Quak­ers.

The ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes free ac­cess to the his­toric house and burial grounds with in­for­ma­tion boards as well as elec­tron­i­cally ac­ces­si­ble in­for­ma­tion. Chil­dren’s ac­tiv­ity book­lets and cream teas will be avail­able.

Su­perHome open Day

Sun­day September 10. 9am to 5pm, Crab­tree Close, Beaconsfield. Own­ers of some of the UK’s most eco-friendly Su­perHomes are host­ing free open days.

Su­perHomes are older re­fur­bished homes and 2017 marks the tenth year. To cel­e­brate they have part­nered with the Ecol­ogy Build­ing So­ci­ety for September’s open­ings.

Thomas Gray Land­scape in Stoke Po­ges

Sun­day September 10. 2pm4.30pm. Guided walks of his­toric sites con­nected to the poet Thomas Gray span­ning sev­eral cen­turies.

Visit his­toric St Giles’ Church, which was men­tioned in the Domes­day Book, catch a glimpse of the grand Manor House built in 1555, visit the Thomas Gray Mon­u­ment and tomb, have a go at ringing the church bells and walk through the peace­ful Stoke Po­ges Memo­rial Gardens, now over 80 years old and Grade I listed with the Head Gar­dener. There is also a chance to have tea at the ex­clu­sive Stoke Park Man­sion.

Tea at Stoke Park is re­stricted to 20 peo­ple, please book to en­sure your place. There is a max­i­mum of 20 peo­ple per tour so pre-book­ing is pre­ferred. Con­tact 01753 523744.


The memo­rial close to the tomb of Thomas Gray at St Giles Church

Jor­dans Quaker Vil­lage in 1928

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