Introduction

Come and do something different and explore some of Wokingham's beautiful and historical venues as part of Heritage Open Days! There will be things to do throughout the week with particular focus on the weekend of 9th and 10th September 2017.

 

Arrangements for Heritage Open Days 2017 are under way and will be published here in due course. Meanwhile, here is what was on offer in 2016


Activities at: Wokingham Library (Denmark Street, Wokingham, RG40 2BB)

Monday 5th – Saturday 10th September (normal opening hours)

See a display about the history of Wokingham Library and help complete the jigsaw of Montague House (original home of the library). The children can also enter a colouring competition with prizes available.
A related reading list will be available online and a display of related books in the library for those keen to learn more.


Friday 9th September 9:30 - 11:30am

Local History Surgery
A great opportunity to chat to local historian Jim Bell who will be in the library to answer questions about the history of Wokingham. A drop-in event.


Activities at: St Paul's Church (Reading Road, Wokingham, RG41 1EH)her 06

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September (9am – 5pm)

Visit inside the church for a close-up view of the Victorian architecture and beautiful stained glass windows. St Paul’s is also on the War Memorial Trail with an alabaster tablet to the front of the church.  


Activities at All Saints Church (Wiltshire Road, Wokingham, RG40 1TN)

All Saints Church has accepted Heritage Open Days’ Bell Tower Challenge, so come and discover the history of this bell tower and enjoy the sights and sounds of the bells within.

Thursday 8th September - 6 to 7pm - Public Bell Ringing
Celebrate the joyful sounds of the church bells at All Saints Church when their bell ringers join thousands of others across the country to demonstrate their English-style bell ringing. The ringing will include a quarter peal, a continuous performance that takes 45 - 50 minutes to mark the opening of Heritage Weekend.lBellsUpNewAbove

Sunday 11th September - 1 to 5pm - Tours of the Bell Tower
Let the tour guides show you the ropes and indulge your thirst for history. Plus, get to see one of the finest views over Wokingham and the surrounding countryside.
Further details on tower website:  allsaintswokinghambells.org.uk

All Saints Church is open and on the War Memorial Trail with memorial’s both inside and outside the church.


Activities at St Crispin’s School (London Road, Wokingham, RG40 1SS)

Sunday 11th September 11am – 1pm

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St Crispin's School was the first of the Ministry of Education's prototype prefabricated schools and is now classified as a Grade II listed building.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see the restored murals depicting the seasons by artist Fred Millet. Former Governor Robin Cops will be on hand to answer any questions.
More information on this can be found on the Blue Plaque Trail.


Activities at Wokingham Town Hall (Market Place, Wokingham, RG40 1AS)

Sunday 11th September 11am – 4pm
Treasure your treasures is the perfect theme for this year’s Heritage celebrations so do come and join us at the Town Hall, in the heart of our historic Wokingham to discover …

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  • the brand new panel of the Art Society’s Diamond Jubilee Frieze created to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday
  • stories from Wokingham’s history during the Queen’s reign
  • what happened in the Town Hall in times gone by, including a visit to the infamous cells
  • classic cars on display courtesy of Barkham & District Classic Car Club www.badccc.co.uk
  • quizzes, competitions, crafts and…PRIZES!
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  • face painters and balloon modellers to charm all the little ones with wonderful creations

Join us at 11am for the official opening by the Mayor and Mini Mayor
Local historians will also be on hand to talk about Wokingham history and help answer your questions. Publications will be available to purchase.
Refreshments available.
Plenty to see and do with displays and activities outside and in!

 If you would like to find out more about the Heritage WW1 Memorial Trail project from last year please follow this link

 

 

 

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