We held the first Croydon Heritage Festival in summer 2013. Supported by a host of local community groups and organisations, the festival featured more than 150 events including exhibitions, talks, tours of historic Croydon, music, competitions and more at over 50 venues in the Borough from 3 - 23 June 2013.
We held events on wide ranging topics related to the history and heritage of Croydon, from sessions on the mysterious, still unsolved deaths of a Coulsdon family in the 1850s, to a heritage trail of Broad Green and even the opportunity to learn the Pavane at a Tudor Dance Workshop held at Old Palace School.
Many of Croydon’s most historic buildings were open to the public including the Whitgift Almshouses, Old Palace School, Croydon Airport Visitors Centre, Croydon Minster, Ellis David Almshouses and Davidson Lodge.
The town’s expert historians from prominent historical organisations such as Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society and the Bourne Society were also on hand to give informative talks about some of Croydon’s fascinating history.
The highlight of the Festival was Croydon Heritage Day held in Croydon’s North End on 8 June. The event saw Croydon’s local heritage organisations pack the high street out with stalls, demos and exhibitions, and provided a chance for the weekend shoppers to find out a bit about the history of their local area. Croydon Heritage Day also showcased some great art and music, with street performance and music on a main stage that included performances from Croydon Community Choir, Aspara Arts, Trinity School’s London Red Jazz Sextet and many more. The day was a huge success enjoyed by thousands.
Thanks to the huge amount of support shown for Croydon Heritage Festival by the local community, we are currently planning for CHF 2014. This year’s festival will take place between 21 June and 4 July. Keep up to date with the latest news via our dedicated Croydon Heritage Festival Facebook page.