Starting on Saturday 3rd September, Chester’s very first ‘Heritage Festival’ will run seamlessly into the borough-wide celebration of Heritage Open Days (8th to 11th September).
Both parts of the nine-day programme are the result of close collaboration between Chester Civic Trust and Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Doreen King, the local co-ordinator of Heritage Open Days said “This is the 22nd year for Heritage Open Days across the whole country and, thanks to the generosity of building owners and managers, our programme in Cheshire West just keeps on growing. We have 55 buildings open this year, seven of which are opening their doors for the first time.”
These include the Welsh Presbyterian Church in St John Street, Chester, St Mary’s Church in Whitegate and the Plaza cinema in Northwich.
To See What is Happening Near You, Go To – Heritage Open Day Directory
For A Summary of All Events Go To – Summary of Heritage Festival Events
Northwich and Frodsham both feature more prominently this year with five and six properties respectively, plus a guided tour of Northwich Conservation Area and a self-guided walk in Frodsham. These latter examples are just two of the 18 free events around the borough.
In Chester, the Heritage Festival is the brainchild of Tony Barton and Steve Langtree, both prominent members of Chester Civic Trust. “The Festival has evolved from Chester Heritage Week last year” said Steve, “and is intended to run alongside and complement Heritage Open Days. The programme includes some walks and talks similar to the ‘Events’ section of Heritage Open Days but, in addition, we have tried to introduce a variety of different opportunities, from Lego house-building to traditional pub games”.
Many of the events have a limited capacity and need to be booked in advance via Chester History & Heritage (tel: 972210) unless otherwise shown. Nearly all of the events are free but some, such as the Heritage Quiz and Film Night have a charge.
As with Heritage Open Days, the principal organisers of the Festival are Cheshire West and Chester Council and the Chester Civic Trust in association with Big Heritage and other groups such as the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), Chester Canal Heritage Trust, Cheshire Archives, the Guild of Tour Guides, the Cheshire Society of Architects and Funky Aardvark. ENJOY ! ………….