Have fun with history – Heritage Open Weekend – 16th to 18th Sept 2021

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Like all towns, Guildford has been hit hard by COVID-19. If we are to support the High Street then we need to find ways of increasing Guildford’s appeal as a destination. Heritage and tourism are obvious candidates and and the annual Heritage Open Days in September (16-19th Sept 2021) is the perfect opportunity to try out ideas.

Help Bang the Drum

Heritage Open Days is a national event that takes place annually and Guildford puts on one of the largest spectacles. This year we want to bang the drum louder than ever with re-enactors in costume, music in buildings and vehicles in the High Street. We are lucky to have a High Street that is pedestrianised and lined with historic buildings. We also have fine Norman castle nearby set in a beautiful municipal park. We have the occasion, we have the venue, we just need the performers.

As usual, key buildings will be open. There will be re-enactors and guided tours. In addition we would like heritage groups, drama groups, schools, drama and music colleges to get involved by coming up with ideas and taking part. It would not take many people to make a big difference. It will be a lot of fun and it could be you. If you want to take part please email guildfordheritageforum@gmail.com

What we need

We need:

  • Street performers
  • Guides to key historic building
  • Old vehicles
  • Costumed interpreters and living history groups
  • Musicians and singing groups
  • People to help with admin, publicity or act as marshalls

About Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days is a national event held every September. With 2500 participants it is the country’s largest history festival and started in 1994. Properties from historic buildings to modern offices are opened to the public free of charge. Over the years it has developed into a festival of history with living history groups, talks and tours. Guildford’s event, regularly features over 100 properties is one of the largest in the country.

Putting it all together

The key to putting all this on is to have groups and individuals doing their own thing but fitting into an overall plan. We are keen to receive ideas from groups and individuals. We just need to make sure we can fit them into an overall structure for the day. During the day performers might move to different venues to add variety for them and audiences. This is an entirely community driven event and people are needed all age groups and backgrounds. 

If you are interested, please get in touch. Email: guildfordheritageforum@gmail.com

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