9 – 10 September 2017

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

This list shows all of the locations in Aylesbury Town Centre that are open as part of the Heritage Open Days 2017 as well as opening times and events. All events are free but some need to be pre-booked. More information on all events and accessibility is also available at www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory  – search for Aylesbury under towns.

Bookings open on 1st August for Judges Lodgings, County Tower, Crown Court and Bucks County Museum and on 15th July for Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.

Saturday 9 September

Historic Tour of the Judges Lodgings

Judges Lodgings, off Market Square HP20 1UA

9.30am – 1.15pm

Come and explore the history of the Judges Lodgings and the County’s pictures on these special tours. Tours are at 9.30am, 10.45am, 12pm, 1.15pm and are around 45-60 minutes long.

Pre-booking is required. Max 20 people per tour. Please call 01296 382587 to book or e-mail archives@buckscc.gov.uk

A wheel chair lift is available from the entrance door to the first floor. Please advise on booking if you require any assistance getting up the stairs. The event is not suitable for children under the age of 12.

 

History Tour of Aylesbury Cemetery

Tring Road, HP20 1LF

10.30am – 12.00pm

Aylesbury cemetery opened in 1858. Roger King from The Aylesbury Society will be giving a tour of the cemetery, which starts at the Chapel and will cover the whole of Aylesbury cemetery and the various sections within. The tour is approx. 1¼ hours long.

The tour is not suitable for children under the age of 6.

Limited parking is available at the Tring Road and Turnfurlong entrance.

 

A Walk through History – The Museum Site & Buildings

Bucks County Museum, 9 Church Street, HP20 2QP

2.30pm – 3.45pm

From the 15th century timbered-framed guildhall through elegant Georgian brick to the modern art gallery, the museum’s beautiful historic buildings tell the story of 600 years of Aylesbury’s history. Join Sarah Gray, former Museum Curator, on a guided tour through history.

Museum Tour 2.30pm – 3.45pm, Museum open 10am-5pm.

The museum is free to explore but the walk must be pre-booked by contacting 01296 331441.

Some areas are restricted for wheelchair access. Please advise on booking if you require any assistance.

 

“Heritage Tour” of Aylesbury Old Town

Under the Old County Hall / Corn Exchange Arches by Market Square, HP20 1TW

2pm – 3.15pm

A guided walk around the historic parts of Old Aylesbury. Hear the stories of the public hangings, the First Wold War tank and many others. The tour is guided by Roger King from The Aylesbury Society. The tour is approx. 1½ hours long and covers a distance of approx. 1.25 miles.

Some kerbs and cobbled streets to negotiate during the tour.

 

Aylesbury Charter Market Celebrations

Market Square, HP20 1TW

11am – 3pm

Aylesbury Market celebrates being granted the Charter of Incorporation in 1554, with a full market. The roving knight will be meandering around Market Square and challenging people as he goes about his business. Visit this bustling event for a great day out to see the modern market traders amidst the historic cobbles and clock tower. A fab fun day on the cobbles for all the family.

 

Aylesbury Quakers

Friends Meeting House, 9-11 Rickfords Hill, HP20 2RT

10am – 4pm

Visit the cottages and meeting house in Old Aylesbury dating back to the early 1700s. Enjoy a peaceful garden, once a Quaker burial ground, near the centre of the town.

Find out about Quakers, including our silent worship (there will be a 5 minute meeting every hour on the hour). You also have the opportunity to find out about other users of the meeting house.

Tea, coffee and other refreshments available.

 

Town Hall Council Chamber & Mayor’s Parlour Open Day

Town Hall, 5 Church Street, HP20 2QP

10am – 4pm

The Town Council Chamber and Mayor’s Parlour will be open for a display of the Mayor’s silverware and robes as well as fine original paintings and furniture.

Pictures and information from the archives will also be on display to show the history of the Town Council and the role of the Mayor.

 

St Mary The Virgin Church

St Mary’s Square, HP20 2JJ

10am – 4pm

Visit the oldest building and Parish Church of Aylesbury. This beautiful 13th century church in the heart of the old town will be open to explore. Guides will be on hand to answer any questions you have. The bell tower will be open as far as the ringing chamber, so come and see how the bells are rung and possibly have a go yourself. Bucks Family History Society will also be in the church for the day with a display of Parish maps and some of their books and Parish Records CD’s.

The Bell Tower can only be accessed via a steep, spiral staircase. Children under the age of 8 years must be accompanied by an adult if they wish to climb the staircase to the ringing chamber.

 

The Tower Block County Hall Aylesbury

County Hall, Walton Street, HP20 1UA

10am – 2pm

Tour the County Hall, which opened in 1966. The building was designed by Architect Fred Pooley and constructed in a typical 1960s brutalist style that has gained accolades from architects around the country. Tours of the Tower will be taking place at 10am, 10.45am, 11.30am, 12.15pm and 1pm. Children’s arts and crafts activities will be open to all in the Ireland Room and the Watergarden Café will be open throughout the day for refreshments.

Pre-booking is preferred. Max 10 people per tour. Please call 01296 382587 to book or e-mail archives@buckscc.gov.uk

 

Aylesbury Well

Chancellors, 13 Market Square, HP20 1TB

10am – 4pm

The Aylesbury Well was discovered in the cellars of 13 Market Square many years ago. There are many speculations as to why the well is in this place and what the purpose was. Graham Webster from the Aylesbury Society will be taking visitors to see the well and providing more information and details.

Please note that access to the well is via steps and that there are no lifts available. The event is not suitable for children under the age of 6 years.

 

Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies Open Day: Festival of Handwriting

County Hall, Walton Street, HP20 1UA

9.30am – 3.30pm

Come and help us celebrate all things Palaeographic.

Calligraphy crafting for children, suitable for ages 4-=12. Exhibition of curious historical handwriting from the archive. A chance to submit an example of handwriting to be preserved in our collection. Tours of the archive storeroom every 30 minutes, starting at 10am. Max. 10 people per tour, which must be pre-booked. Please call 01296 382587 or e-mail archives@buckscc.gov.uk

 

Aylesbury’s Waterways

Under the Old County Hall / Corn Exchange Arches by Market Square, HP20 1TW

3.30pm – 4.30pm

A guided walk along Aylesbury’s Canal. The walk is led by Ken Evans from The Aylesbury Society and includes historic facts and anecdotes. The Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal was completed in 1815. The arm branches off from the Grand Union Canal at Marsworth, near the Tring reservoirs, less than a mile from the start of the Wendover Arm, and heads west for six and a quarter miles to the county town of Buckinghamshire.

The walk is approximately 1 ¼ miles long.

The tow path on the canal can be narrow in some places.

 

 

Sunday 10 September

Historic Tour of the Judges Lodgings

Judges Lodgings, off Market Square HP20 1UA

10am – 1pm

Come and explore the history of the Judges Lodgings and the County’s pictures on these special tours. Tours are at 10am, 11.30am and 1pm and are around 45-60 minutes long.

Pre-booking is required and places are limited. Please call 01296 382587 to book or e-mail archives@buckscc.gov.uk

A wheel chair lift is available from the entrance door to the first floor. Please advise on booking if you require any assistance getting up the stairs. The event is not suitable for children under the age of 12.

 

Aylesbury Crown Court

Old County Hall, Market Square HP20 1XD

10am – 1pm

Visitors can join a tour of the Crown Court where the culprits for the Great Train Robbery were tried. The Crown Court is located in the Old County Hall, which was completed in 1740. This is a rare occasion to have a tour of the courts by a judge and to hear about its history, as well as some anecdotes.

Tours are taking place at 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm and visits must be pre-booked. Please e-mail enquiries@aylesbury.crowncourt.gsi.gov.uk to book your space.

Max 20 people per tour/visit

There is no wheelchair access in the building and a lot of stairs within the building.

 

Tudor Fayre

Bucks County Museum, 9 Church Street, HP20 2QP

11am – 4pm

The history of the Tudors is brought to life at the Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury, with a wide range of interactive historians to submerge you into the Tudor times!  For the first time ever in Aylesbury you can help to power a model replica of Leonardo Da Vinci’s flying machine – will it fly or won’t it? Come and enjoy all that the museum has to offer with lots of free family fun

 

Aylesbury Quakers

Friends Meeting House, 9-11 Rickfords Hill, HP20 2RT

12pm – 4pm

Visit the cottages and meeting house in Old Aylesbury dating back to the early 1700s. Enjoy a peaceful garden, once a Quaker burial ground, near the centre of the town.

Find out about Quakers, including our silent worship (there will be a 5 minute meeting every hour on the hour). You also have the opportunity to find out about other users of the meeting house.

Tea, coffee and other refreshments available to purchase.

 

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Backstage Tour

Exchange Street, Aylesbury HP20 1UG

10.30am & 1pm

Discover what it feels like to stand on stage, see behind the scenes and enjoy the beautiful architecture of this landmark venue, as the guide takes you on a tour of the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. Tours are taking place at 10.30am and 1pm and must be pre-booked by calling 0844 871 7607*. Max 40 people per tour ‘*Calls cost up to 7p per min, plus your phone company’s access charge’ underneath in small text

Some areas are restricted for wheelchair access. Visual story available – please ask the Box Office for details.


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