Heritage Open Days, England's largest grass roots heritage festival involving over 40,000 volunteers and 5,000 events, will be held throughout England including our Regency town Cheltenham, from 11 - 20 September 2020.
The dedicated volunteers who run this annual free event have once again put together a wonderful programme to showcase our towns heritage and history. With the current situation they have had to work especially hard this year to ensure that all visits and walks can take place with social distancing measures in place.
Cheltenham Heritage Open Days 2020 - What can visitors and locals expect
Chairman, Andrew Booton, of Cheltenham Civic Society, says:
“It would be quite an understatement to say that 2020 is not working out quite as we envisaged! Adversity or disruption, however, often lead to innovation and inspiration. That is where Cheltenham finds itself for Heritage Open Days 2020. Covid-19 has compelled us to rethink our traditional formats and find ways to enable access to our world class venues while protecting visitors and volunteers alike.”
NEW for this year will be some FREE digital events which you can sign up for via the Cheltenham Civic Society website featuring -
Cheltenham Croquet Club
Cheltenham Ladies’ College
A Cheltenham Scrapbook
Hidden Lives: Botanists, Buildings and Bankruptcy
Parmoor House & Lypiatt Terrace
Pate’s Grammar School’s 20th Century Stained Glass Window
Pilley Bridge Nature Reserve
St Christopher’s Church
St Luke’s Church
There will also be a free talk featuring War Widows and The Whishes at Christ Church and several free walks taking in different areas and topics of interest in Cheltenham including...
Gustav Holst’s Cheltenham
Skillicorne to Skillicorne
The Making of the Honeybourne Line
Spas, Squabbles and Slave-owners
Cheltenham Backwaters – Exploring the River Chelt
Trees in Montpellier Gardens
Naunton Park – Cheltenham’s ‘Garden of Eden’
Booze, Balloons and Burials
Although the talk and walks are free, tickets must be pre-booked and collected from The Suffolk Anthology. Please note - Strict maximum capacities are in place to allow for social distancing.
**Everything you need to know about Cheltenham Heritage Open Days 2020**
When: Heritage Open Days 11-20 September 2020; brochure now available and bookings for walks and talks are open.
Where: Bookings for walk and talks must be made at The Suffolk Anthology, 17 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham GL50 2AE. Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm.
Who: Co-ordinated by Cheltenham Civic Society - a charity which aims to help Cheltenham to be a great place to live and to visit. It concentrates on the built environment of the town, including the condition of the streets and highways. Cheltenham Borough Council provides most of the funding.
Video highlights from 2019: Click here to see the highlights of Cheltenham Heritage Open Days from last year.
Please note: Printed brochures have also been distributed around town and will be found in the tourist infomation literature stands owned by Glide Media.
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