Hertford Heritage Weekend
As part of the national Heritage Open Days, Hertford Town Council have organised a weekend of free activities, building open days, discounts, walks and trails for Saturday 14t…
As part of the national Heritage Open Days, Hertford Town Council have organised a weekend of free activities, building open days, discounts, walks and trails for Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September.
The county town of Hertfordshire is steeped with history, from its once royal castle to the architectural mix of six centuries in St Andrew St. It is home to the oldest purpose-built Quaker meeting house, runs a successful 1200-year-old market and even houses one of prolific architect W.N. Ashbee’s finest creations.
On Saturday 14th September Hertford Museum will be holding an Open Day at the Seed Warehouse from 11am – 3pm where visitors are able to visit free of charge and discover a wealth of collection in storage. Locals and visitors can also explore and shop at Hertford Farmers’ Market on Saturday 14th September.
On Sunday 15th September, Hertford Castle will be open free of charge from 12noon – 4pm. The castle grounds will be transformed into a medieval encampment, where Vikings will roam the land entertaining crowds with battle scenes. There will be fire breathing, archery and falconry flying displays, along with a bouncy castle, face painting, bar, BBQ & story telling.
Walks & Trails
There are three free of charge trails and walks for visitors to enjoy, including the self-guided Hertford Blue Plaque Heritage Trail (permanent trail) and the Hertford Heritage Photo Trail (running from 7th – 15th September) and a ticketed free guided walk called ‘Buildings of Delight’ where visitors will explore a range of architectural buildings (running Sunday 15th September 10am, 2pm).
In addition, the ticketed ‘Story Walk Tales from the Hart’ guided walk will take place on Saturday 15th September at multiple times throughout the day which covers grewsome stories of the last witch, the murderous pie man, the Siege at Hertford Castle and many more. Tickets are £6pp for adults and £3 for children under 12.
Visit Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre or call 01992 584322 for information on the Walks and Trails, to book onto an event and pick up trail maps.
Many other historical buildings will open across the Heritage Open Days, including St Leonard’s Church, The Friends Meeting House, St Andrew’s Church, St Mary’s Church in Hertingfordbury and All Saints Church.
During the weekend Hertford House will be offering £20 discount on bed and breakfast standard room rate.
Chairman of the Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin said “Hertford has a wealth of historic and interesting buildings, and the Heritage Weekend is the perfect opportunity to explore them and learn more about our town’s rich history.”
Richard Gvero, the Joint Senior Partner from Longmores Solicitors LLP and the Heritage Weekend event sponsors said
“Longmores has been in Hertford since 1819 and as part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to the local community we are proud to sponsor the Heritage Weekend in the year of our 200th anniversary.”
For more information about the Hertford Heritage Weekend please visit www.hertford.gov.uk/events
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