There are an exciting range of Heritage Open Days across our area in September.
These days are an opportunity to sample the history of our area in ways not normally possible at other times.
The events are co-ordinated by a national organisation, whose website says: “Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 local people and organisations, and thousands of volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.”
In West Berkshire, the following events will take place as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days:
Thatcham’s Right Royal Market- by order of King Henry 2nd
The Broadway , Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3HX
By Royal Proclamation:Thatcham Market
Theatrical re-enactment of Henry 2nd granting Thatcham the right to host a weekly Friday market.
Midday, Friday September 17th, 2021, The Broadway, Thatcham.
Hungerford Heritage Market
The Croft Field Centre, The Croft, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0HY
Enjoy a variety of food and artisan stalls at Hungerford Heritage Market including apple pressing, mead, venison, bee-keeping and basket-weaving. Meet the producers (and a Suffolk Punch heavy horse!) who are keeping rural traditions alive.
Sunday 12 September: 10.30am – 2.30pm
Newbury Town Hall Open Day
Newbury Town Council, The Old Town Hall, Market Place, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5AA
Sunday 12 September: Introductory talks 11.30am, 12.30, 1.30pm, 2.30pm (House and grounds open 11am – 4pm)
St. Mary’s Church, SpeenSt. Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Speen, NEWBURY, Berkshire, RG14 1SA
Tour West Berkshire Museum’s Cloth Hall attic and see experts demonstrating traditional skillsWest Berkshire Museum, 1 The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5AS
St Mary the Virgin, AldermastonSt Mary’s Church, Church Road, Aldermaston, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 4HR
Sunday 12 September: 1200-1700
Revd John Bacon, The Scientific Balloonist from Cold AshCold Ash Hill, Cold Ash, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 9PT
Friday 17 September: 15:00 – 17:00
Saturday 18 September: 12:00 – 17:00
Sunday 19 September: 12:00 – 17:00
Full details can be viewed on the Heritage Open Days website here.
Shaw House photo above is by David Joyce Flickr CCL