Chilterns Heritage & Culture Festival

Our 7th Chilterns Heritage & Culture Festival

Taking place from Thursday 12th September to Sunday 29th September, 2024

We have something for everyone – walks, talks and exclusive tours showcasing the rich and diverse heritage and culture which has shaped and continues to shape this ever-changing region. Explore new places or discover a new side of old favourites. The full programme of events is listed below.

Heritage is not just the past, it’s a living, breathing part of everyday life that’s just waiting to be discovered!

We hope you enjoy our range of events, as well as supporting heritage in the Chilterns, by attending you are also helping us to protect this special place now and in the future.

Festival Programme 2024

Thursday 12 September

Wonders Of The Dark Sky

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Woodoaks Farm
£10 pp Please note that if cloudy on Thursday 12.09 this event will take place on Friday 13.09 only book if you are able to attend both dates. The Chiltern
Saturday 14 September

Guided Tour of Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Tiggywinkles
£10 pp Join us on a visit to the world famous Tiggywinkles wildlife hospital in Haddenham. This specialist hospital is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of all British wildlife.
Monday 16 September

Guided Tour of Berkhamsted Castle

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Berkhamsted Castle
£10 pp Enjoy a guided tour of this much-loved Norman motte and bailey castle.  Hear about its fascinating history and all those who resided there until the late 15th century
Tuesday 17 September

Chilterns Landscape Walk & Talk

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Whitehill Cross Car Park
£7.50 pp Join our Head of Conservation on a guided, general interest walk through two of the Chilterns finest nature reserves. You will be introduced to a diverse range of
Tuesday 17 September

Private Tour of Chenies Manor House

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Chenies Manor
£25 pp Join us on this private, guided tour of Chenies Manor House, a grade II listed Tudor house and garden steeped in history, that overlooks the Chess Valley. It
Tuesday 17 September

Heritage Tour of Old Tring

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tring Local History Museum
£10 pp Join us on a tour through the historic market town of Tring with our guide and former mayor, Tim Amsden.  We will learn about life in and around
Wednesday 18 September

Tour of Chinnor Windmill

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
White Fields
£7.50 pp This unique mill in Oxfordshire was demolished in 1967 but is being steadily rebuilt by volunteers with the aim of grinding flour again. Enjoy a guided tour of
Thursday 19 September

Private Tour of Quainton Mill

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Quainton Mill
£20 pp Join us on an exclusive visit to this 188-year-old mill that sits proudly above the green in the picturesque village of Quainton. Over the last 7 years a
Friday 20 September

Ashridge History Walk

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre (Meet at the Monument at Ashridge)
£7.50 pp Join us for a 5.5 mile walk that will start at the National Trust Visitor Centre and will take you past Ashridge House, where the walk leader will
Tuesday 24 September

British Schools Museum – Tour and Victorian Lesson

10:30 am - 2:00 pm
British Schools Museum
£15 pp Enjoy a personalised tour of this unique educational museum based in original Edwardian and Victorian grade II listed school buildings. Browse the vast and varied collection at the
Tuesday 24 September

Supper & Walk at Dusk - College Lake

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
College Lake Nature Reserve
£25 pp Join us at College Lake Nature Reserve near Tring, The flagship reserve of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. The visit begins with supper – shepherd’s pie
Wednesday 25 September

National Paralympic Heritage Centre Tour

10:30 am - 11:30 am
National Paralympic Heritage Trust
£15 pp Joining the excitement of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympics we have arranged a private tour of the Heritage Centre where the charity aims to enlighten and inspire future
Thursday 26 September

Drawing Evening with Jane Peacock

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Amersham Museum
£15 pp Join experienced artist and tutor, Jane Peacock at Amersham Museum where you will be able to draw heritage items from the museum’s collections with guidance from the artist.
Friday 27 September

Chiltern Ridge Tour

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Old Sax Lane
£7.50 pp This exclusive tour will show you how this local family run farm produces apple juice. BOOK NOW  
Friday 27 September

Tour of Lacey Green Windmill

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Lacey Green Windmill
£7.50 pp This is the oldest surviving smock mill in England and has an Engineering Heritage Award. In use until 1915, some of the timber machinery dates to the 1600's.
Saturday 28 September

The Great Chiltern Come & Sing

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Deans Hall
£10 pp Carmina Burana live at Berkhamsted School. Come and enjoy the Great Chiltern Come & Sing Choir performing Carmina Burana in the historic setting of Deans Hall, Berkhamsted School. Singers from

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