Pick of the Croydon Heritage Festival 2014: our Culture and Heritage Editor’s ‘not to be missed’ list

By - Friday 20th June, 2014

Liz Sheppard-Jones shares her top tips for fun activities, thought-provoking visits and historic hidden gems during Croydon’s Heritage Festival 2014

The Croydon Heritage Festival 2014 is almost upon us – telling secret stories, opening fascinating buildings, offering great activities for children and families and opening our eyes to the thousand year history of the place we call home.

Between Croydon Heritage Day in the town centre on Saturday 21st June and 4th July more than 100 events will take place. Wonderfully, plenty of them will be free. Here’s my guide to the best of the Heritage Festival.

A. Best for children and families: Workshop celebrating the life of Cicely Mary Barker

Workshop about the creator of the Flower Fairies. Children will learn about her life and work before being transformed into fairies themselves!

Saturday 21st June at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm. Sunday 22nd June at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3:30pm.

The Whitgift Centre Level 2 (next to Waterstones). Duration 1 hour. Pre-booking required. £5 for one child and one adult together

B. Best exhibition: The History of Croydon Airport (Open Day)

The UK’s first major international airport and a possible future World Heritage Site, Croydon Airport is where modern-day air traffic control was invented. Lots to see and do.

Sunday 22nd June 11am-4pm (last entry 3:30pm).

Free. Croydon Airport Visitor Centre, Purley Way (next to the Hallmark Hotel) CR0 0XZ.

C. Best workshop: Tudor dancing lessons at Old Palace

Wimples are optional.

Friday 27th June, 12:30pm-1:30pm.

Free. Pre-booking required. Old Palace School, Old Palace Road, CRO 1AX

D. Best walking tour: Wandle Park heritage walks

Four walks themed around famous murderers, racing cars, ghosts and pirates from Croydon.

Saturday 21st June 2pm, Sunday 22nd June 2pm, Saturday 28th June 8pm, Sunday 29th June 2pm.

No booking required. Free. All walks start from the River Wandle Cafe, Westfield Road CR0 3RH

E. Best open building: The Tramlink depot

A rare chance to explore Tramlink’s Therapia Lane Tramlink HQ.

Sunday 22nd June at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Free, but tickets will be allocated by ballot due to demand (max 2 per entrant). Email your name, number, preferred time and number of tickets desired (max 2 per person) to . Ballot drawn on Tuesday 10th June. Therapia Lane CR0 4TQ

F. Best talk: At the Going Down of the Sun: the human stories behind Croydon’s war memorials.

Thursday 26th June 2:30pm.

Free. Pre-booking required on 020 3700 1011 or email croydon.norburylibrary@carillionservices.co.uk. Beatrice Avenue SW16 4UW

G. Best kept secret in Croydon: The Adult School Hall

A beautifully-preserved Grade II listed building in the heart of Croydon that absolutely no-one knows about.

Saturday 21st June and Saturday 28th June 11am-4pm.

Free. No pre-booking required. 60 Park Lane, CR0 1JE

H. Best unexpected treat: How to become a failure

A talk by the Purley-based creator of family heritage social media tool Famberry. What can we learn from famous failures – and how did those who made them go on to success?

Tuesday 1st July, 7pm, Matthew’s Yard, off Surrey Street, Croydon CR0 1FF

Free. No advance booking required.

I. Best Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) heritage event : 200 years a slave: the shocking history of Croydon’s slavery connections

Monday 30th June 7pm-9pm.

Free, no pre-booking required. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, CR0 1DG

Where required, all bookings can be made by phone 020 8256 1578, via info@croydonheritagefestival.co.uk or at www.croydonheritagefestival.co.uk.

Liz Sheppard-Jones

Liz Sheppard-Jones

Writer and editor. Views personal, not representative of editorial policy.

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