Heritage Open days return for some peeking behind normally closed doors
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.
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