Saturday 19th September
to
Sunday 4th October 2020

The group planning the Chilterns Heritage Festival is pleased to announce that the 2020 Festival will be taking place between Saturday 19th September and Sunday 4th October.

Our planning this year has needed to be constantly revised and adjusted to reflect what may and may not be possible given the Covid-19 controls and constraints that are in place. At this current time the direction of travel is towards increased lifting of lockdown constraints and we are optimistic that circumstances will be less challenging over the coming months. If they do however, we will of course remain totally compliant with all legislation and best practice standards.

We are therefore delighted to announce the 2020 Chilterns Heritage Festival programme of events.  This will be the third year of the Chilterns Heritage Festival and over the first two years we went from strength to strength with increased attendance and interest from both Chiltern Society members and non-members. We look forward to seeing you.

Please see below the full programme of events for the 2020 Chilterns Heritage Festival.

Festival Programme

Please note that spaces are limited at the majority of our events, so booking is essential except where otherwise specified. Not a member? We would love you to join us.  Please use this link as becoming a Chiltern Society member is a very simple way to do something practical to protect and preserve the Chilterns landscape, wildlife and heritage.  Without our members’ subscriptions, we would not be able to continue our work caring for this very special part of the country.

September 2020

£5.50

Our Living Village – Jordans

September 19 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Jordans Quaker Meeting House, Welders Lane
Jordans, Beaconsfield, HP9 2SN

Every community in the Chilterns has a history that is well worth recording, this is definitely the case for Jordans and Seer Green.  Over decades, a mass of historic material has been collected and this is being used as the basis for a comprehensive graphical history of the two villages.  This demonstration and discussion will...

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£10

Taplow & Surrounding Areas Trail Run

September 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:15 pm
Taplow Station, Taplow
Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 0NL

Join us for this guided trail run from Taplow train station. You will complete a 18.8km / 11.6 mile route to discover the beautiful surroundings of Taplow including the Thames Path and Dorney Lake. The run will finish back in Taplow. The run will be led by the Tim & Chris from Runaway. Tim ran the...

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£14.00

Chiltern Open Air Museum Private Tour (with focus on thatch)

September 20 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Chiltern Open Air Museum, Gorelands Lane
Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire HP8 4AB

Chiltern Open Air Museum in Buckinghamshire was founded by volunteers in 1976, and opened to the public in 1981.  The Museum is a charity that rescues threatened historic buildings, which would otherwise be demolished, re-erects and preserves them in a traditional Chilterns landscape. This private tour will focus on straw and its uses. You will see...

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£5

Ashridge History Walk

September 22 @ 10:15 am - 1:00 pm
Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre, Moneybury Hill, Ashridge Estate, Ringshall
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 1LX

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 give you an overview about the history of the house and the monastery that preceded it.  You will then walk along part of Capability Browns Golden Valley...

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£33.00

Puddingstone Distillery – The Home of Campfire Gin – Online Gin Tasting

September 24 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Puddingstone Distillery, Artisan Unit 1, P E Mead Farm Shop, Lower Icknield Way
Wilstone, Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 4NT United Kingdom

Join Ben and Kate Marston, founders of Puddingstone Distillery, on a brief journey through the history of gin. Puddingstone Distillery proudly produce the Campfire Gin range from their distillery in Tring Hertfordshire. The Campfire Gin range consists of four heritage styles of gin – Old Tom, London Dry, Cask Aged and Navy Strength. During the...

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£5

Private Tour of John Lewis Partnerships Odney Grounds (morning)

September 26 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
John Lewis Partnership Heritage Centre, Grove Farm, Odney Lane
Cookham, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 9SR

ADDITIONAL TIME ARRANGED DUE TO THE POPULARITY OF THIS EVENT The first land in Cookham was purchased by John Spedan Lewis in 1926, with the revolutionary purpose of creating a country club retreat for the Partners that worked in his busy London shops. Opened to Partners in 1927 as The Odney Club, we invite you...

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£5.00

Private Tour of John Lewis Partnerships Odney Grounds

September 26 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
John Lewis Partnership Heritage Centre, Grove Farm, Odney Lane
Cookham, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 9SR

The first land in Cookham was purchased by John Spedan Lewis in 1926, with the revolutionary purpose of creating a country club retreat for the Partners that worked in his busy London shops. Opened to Partners in 1927 as The Odney Club, we invite you to join us on a walking tour of its grounds,...

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£25

Dorney Court – Private Connoisseurs’ Tour

September 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dorney Court, Dorney Lane, Dorney
Windsor, Buckinghamshire SL4 6QP

Enjoy a fabulous tour of Dorney Court, a stunning Tudor Manor House and home to the Palmer family for over 500 years.   The experienced and informative guides will delve deep into the history of the House and adjoining church and everyone will find something memorable in amongst the art, furniture and architecture.  You will be...

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£9.00

Milton’s Cottage Private Tour

September 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Milton’s Cottage, 21 Deanway
Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire HP8 4JH

Join us for a private tour of the only surviving home of the visionary poet and political writer, John Milton.  It was in this 16th century cottage that he completed his epic masterpiece, Paradise Lost, and was inspired to write its sequel, Paradise Regained. Today, the cottage retains the charm of the 17th century home whilst housing one of...

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£8

Ancient Woodland Walk – Bottom Wood

September 30 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bottom Wood, Near Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire HP14 3XD United Kingdom

Join us on a walk to look at the ancient and historic features found at this woodland site. From strip lynchets, a holloway, an old well, sawpits and more, this is not to be missed by history and nature enthusiasts alike! The walk will be led by woodland expert John Morris who has helped us...

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October 2020

£4.00

Stanley Spencer Walk in Cookham

October 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Stanley Spencer Gallery, 16 High St, Cookham
Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 9SJ

Join Ann Danks from the Stanley Spencer Gallery and our very own walks leader, Andrew Clark, for a guided walk around beautiful Cookham where you'll enjoy a morning through the eyes of Stanley Spencer - a local artist who become well known for depicting biblical scenes as if in Cookham itself, where he was born...

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£5.50

Our Living Village – Seer Green

October 3 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Seer Green Baptist Church, Seer Green
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire HP9 2XG

Every community in the Chilterns has a history that is well worth recording, this is definitely the case for Jordans and Seer Green.  Over decades, a mass of historic material has been collected and this is being used as the basis for a comprehensive graphical history of the two villages.  This demonstration and discussion will...

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£4

A Walk on the Chalk

October 4 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Dunstable Downs NT, Whipsnade
Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 2GY

Join Haydon Bailey, Geological Adviser to the Chiltern Society and Chairman of the Hertfordshire Geological Society for a walk around part of the perimeter of Kensworth Quarry, Dunstable.  In addition to having a pleasant walk, you will “see” the underlying geology & how this affects water flow through the chalk down the Ver valley and will demonstrate...

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