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Heritage and nostalgia on offer at special open days
12:20pm Monday 12th August 2013 in News
Next month Tewkesbury will be revealing the secret gems of its history and heritage with visitors from far and wide by taking part in Heritage Open Days and offering special events and activities. This national event celebrates England’s architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.
In Tewkesbury visitors can step back to the medieval period or travel through to Tudor times and enjoy a guided tour of the town's many beautiful black and white listed buildings. New this year is the nostalgia of a vintage fair, or people can learn about traditional crafts at the Out of the Hat Heritage Centre.
Organisers say they guarantee an event suitable for hungry history fans from blood thirsty battle tales from the 1471 decisive battle of the War of the Roses re-enacted each year by members of Tewkesbury's Medieval Festival, through to more peaceful pursuits including natural history through the ages celebrated at The john Moore Museum.
Once you start the history trail, every venue is no more than a 5 minute walk away.
A full listing and programme of events can be picked up at any of the participating venues (all marked out with orange and purple bunting) or from the Tourist Information Centre or online http://www.visittewkesbury.info/ Here is a summary: The John Moore Museum and the Old Baptist Chapel: Free entry and special events on Sat 14 and Sun 15 Sept Tewkesbury Abbey: Free entry, tower tours, entry to the high altar, tours of the Sacristy on Sat 14 Sept Tewkesbury Town Museum: Open Thurs 12 to Sun 15 with free entry. Pick up a colouring sheet and quiz to win a prize Out of the Hat Heritage & Visitor's Centre (incorporating the Tourist Information Centre): Free entry plus Craft Fair Fri 13 & Sat 14 Sept. Vintage & Antiques Trail - pick up a free leaflet from the TIC and enjoy Tewkesbury's vintage and antique shops lining Church St & Barton St The Royal Hop Pole, Church Street – Guided Tours. Please pre-book by ringing 01684 274039 Hidden Heritage – Guided walks by local historian John Dixon Thurs 12 & Fri 13 Sept. 2 hours in duration, maximum 20 per tour. Ring John 01684 294262 to pre-book.
George Watson Memorial Hall: Charity Vintage & Collector's Fair Sat 14 Sept 10 to 4.30 pm
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