We are very fortunate to live in an area with so much heritage – and a mixture of types of heritage. From the ultimate picturesque surroundings of Old Amersham, to the histories of people who lived, played and prayed here, to historic industrial sites, there is so much to see. And Heritage Day offers the change to see not only public places, but also to look inside some usually private spaces, and venues that you might not normally consider visiting. And just as remarkable – access to all sites is FREE!
Heritage Open Day in Chesham is organised by the Chesham Society, with the Amersham Society and Amersham Town Council leading the way in Amersham. An exciting development this year is that, for the first time, the two towns will run a vintage shuttle bus service between Chesham, Chesham Bois, Amersham Station and Amersham Old Town.
You can find specific pages with detailed information on sites open, timings, events and attractions on Amersham Town Council’s and the Chesham Society’s web sites.
Old Amersham will have entertainment throughout the day in various locations: The Memorial Gardens, Market Square, Church Mead and St Mary’s Churchyard. Musical attractions will include the Chiltern Jive Club, the Soundforce Big Band, the Chesham All Girls Marching Band, Irish Dancing, the Amersham Band, Marc Welbourn and folk and shanty; in addition, music will be featuring in several pubs along the High Street.
There will be medieval combat re-enactments, birds of prey, animal petting, a Punch & Judy show, terrier racing, and you can even try your hand at dowsing and archery!
Fairground rides, classic cars and Steam Traction engines will be in evidence, and heritage market stalls will line the High Street complementing craft stalls and a Victorian Tea Room in the Market Hall. And if that isn’t enough, the buildings open to the public include the Methodist Church, Amersham Museum, St. Mary’s Church including the Drake Chapel and the fantastic Market Hall. New for 2016 – why not try your hand at Archery as well as enjoying the Terrier Racing!
Similarly, this year Chesham has more places of interest open than ever before. These include Weylands, The Bury, St Mary’s, St Columba’s,St Leonard’s, The United Reform and Trinity Baptist Churches, Chesham Mosque, the Friends’ Meeting House, the Old Boot Factory (Workaid), Weedon Almshouse Gardens, Chesham Bois House, Chesham Museum, Hazeldean Farm and Kevin Meayers, Organ Builder. There will be exhibitions, talks, tours and guided walks, with some real surprises in store. Entry to all the events and venues is entirely FREE!