Croydon Herirtage Festival is a week-long event to celebrate Croydon’s past. Throughout the week some of the borough’s most historic buildings will open their doors for residents to snoop around, while there will be also be walking tours to help people explore the borough’s most fascinating facts and secrets.
The week is titled ‘Undiscovered Croydon’ and will also feature workshops, talks and performances to educate visitors.
The festival launches with a special Heritage Day on Saturday June 18, and runs until June Sunday 26 with events every day across the borough.
What is happening?
The festival starts on Saturday, June 18 starts with a Heritage Day of free events. From 10am there will be craft workshops in the Whitgift centre, and from 11am musicians and performers will take the stage in North End while more than 30 stalls from Croydon’s community groups will line the street.
Ancient history will take to the road when the Museum of London Archaeology Time Truck comes to town between 11am and 5.30pm.
Meanwhile a free exhibition of Croydon’s heritage, including the history of live music in Croydon, Surrey Street market, the David Lean Cinema and Croydon Airport, will be on display in the Clocktower.
Highlights from throughout the week include:
Did you know mammoths once roamed Croydon? Medieval and post-Medieval excavations in Croydon and WWI and WWII relics will be on display at the Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society museum open day: Sunday, June 26, 1.30pm – 4.30pm.
An exploration of the Impressionists Pissarro, who lived in Croydon, and Monet and their paintings of South London at the CALAT centre: Saturday, June 18, 10am – 11am.
Stories and crafts to celebrate Croydon born children’s author Alan Ahlberg at Ashburton library: Thursday, June 23, 4pm – 4.45pm.
Experience the musical mastery of Croydon Minster’s choirs in the historic building: at various dates and times.
Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front, an exhibition telling the story of the first year of the First World War, opened on March 12 at Whitgift school and will run until august 31.
How can I find out more?
For a full list of events visit croydonheritagefestival.co.uk