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Heritage Open Days 2018

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6-9th & 13-16th September

Celebrating History & Architecture across the Borough

Do you want to know a little more about our heritage? Heritage Open Days are your 'once a year chance' to explore the world on your doorstep, unlocked and completely FREE of charge.

Now over two weekends in September, volunteers invite you to experience hidden stories and architectural treasures in many properties across the Borough, for free.  Why not visit some of the properties that will be open this weekend or take part in a some of the free guided walks and tours on offer. 

Click here for a leaflet on Bedford's Heritage Open Day Events

Here is a list of some of the properties taking part this year:

1. Bedford’s Historical Plaques: Blue, Bronze and Others - Free Guided Walk around Bedford Town CentreBlue Plaque

Saturday 15th: 11am to 12.30pm (max 20 people)

Meet at the Gold Post Box, St Paul’s Square, Bedford

Pre-Booking required: 01234 276257 or email sian.hughes@bedford.gov.uk

2.  St Paul’s Church, Bedford: Guided Tours, Organ Recital and Bike ‘n Hike

St Paul's Church

Friday 7th & 14th and Saturday 8th & 15th: 10am-4pm / Sunday 9th & 16th: 2pm-4pm

Self guided tours on all days with refreshments available on both Saturdays.  Saturday 8th will also see an organ recital at 12noon with David Gibbs of Kimbolton School and will welcome participants taking part in the annual Bike n Hike from 9am to 6pm


3. Bedford Cemetery, Foster Hill Road, Bedford: Themed Guided Walks & Burial RegistersFoster Hill Cemetary

Saturday 15th: 11am to 4pm

View records dating back to 1855 with help on hand to search for detail of historic burials in the cemetery since its opening.  Also visit the refurbished Victorian chapel

Sunday 16th: 2pm to 4 pm

Take part in various guided hour long walks from 2pm.  Topics include graves of general interest, the Commonwealth War and the Panacea Society. It is advisable to wear sensible shoes

Telephone: 07767685329 / www.fosterhillroadcemetery.co.uk

4. Moot Hall, Church End, Elstow: Step into the World of John Bunyanmoot hall

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th: 1pm to 4pm

17th Century market house set on the village green. Collection of 17th Century antiques and items relating to John Bunyan. Visitors may picnic or play self-organised games on the green.


5. Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre, Station Road, Ridgmont: Heritage Centre and Vintage Tea Room

ridgmont station

Thursday 6th - Sunday 9th & Thursday 13th - Sunday 16th: 10am to 4pm

Visit the original Victorian Booking Office & Vintage Tea Room or go on a variety of circular and linear walks starting from the Heritage Centre.


Stevington Windmill

6. Stevington Windmill, 2 Windmill Lane, Stevington:  See how it works

Sunday 9th: 10am-4pm.

Visit this impressive C18th postmill, designed to rotate to face the wind with four common (cloth covered) sails. Undergoing restoration, this is the only complete windmill left in the county. Find out more about its history and view its internal workings. 

7.  St Mary’s Church, Felmersham, Bedfordshire: Guided Tours & Access to Parish RecordsChurch

Saturday 8th: 10am - 4.30pm

Dating from 1220, St Mary’s is one of the finest Early English Gothic buildings in the region.  Tours will be provided at 10.30am, 12noon, 2pm and 3.30pm or alternatively visitors can explore on their own.  Parish records can be viewed together with plans of the location of graves in the churchyard.  The location of the Church, by the River Great Ouse, provides a good starting point for both riverside, nature reserve and village walks (guides available).


Whilst in the town centre, why not also visit:


The Higgins, Bedford, Castle Lane: Exhibitions and Self-Guided Tours

Every Friday & Saturday: 11am - 5pm / Sundays 2pm – 5pm

Museum & Art Gallery: See exhibitions on Celebrating Women of Bedfordshire and Bawden’s Beasts


Panacea Museum, Newnham Road, Bedford:  Exhibition and Self-Guided Tours

Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 5pm

View the exhibition entitled ‘Anthropocene: Of Our Own Making’ -The Precious Earth Art Collective are a group of ceramicists who create work in response to global issues such as climate change


John Bunyan Museum & Basement @Bunyan, Mill Street, Bedford: Exhibitions & Self-Guided Tours

Every Friday & Saturday: 11am-4pm

See Exhibitions entitled ‘Bunyan Inspired’ and ‘Upstart Printmakers’ or go on a self-guided tour

www.bunyanmeeting.co.uk/museum  /  www.bunyanmeeting.co.uk/basement-at-bunyan

John Bunyan Community Boat: Public Cruises

Click here for public cruises over Heritage Open Day weekends

01946 690301 / http://www.johnbunyanboat.org/

For further property and event listings in Bedfordshire, please go to: http://heritageopendays.org.uk/


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