Saturday 18th September
to
Sunday 3rd October 2021

We are delighted to launch the programme of events for our Fourth Annual Chilterns Heritage Festival.

The Chilterns contain numerous rich examples of our country’s heritage and this annual Chilterns Heritage Festival aims to raise public awareness of our historic sites and beautiful landscape. The programme includes visits to a range of historical venues in addition to a variety of heritage themed activities across the Chilterns region.

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Please see below the full programme of events.

Festival Programme

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September 2021

Free

Ringing in the Chilterns Heritage Festival 2021

September 18 @ 12:00 am - September 19 @ 12:00 am

Bells will ring out to welcome the start of the 2021 Chilterns Heritage Festival. We are delighted that the Chiltern Branch of the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers are planning for some of the ancient Chiltern bell towers to ring out in celebration of the Festival. Bells have rung out across the Chilterns...

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£4

Step back through the centuries along The Ridgeway

September 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Marks and Spencer, Princes Risborough, 2 Horns Lane
Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire HP27 0AN

SORRY - THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED Follow in the footsteps of famous artists, enlightened king, local farmers, marching soldiers, wealthy landowners and celebrated writers from past centuries and millennia on this walk along The Ridgeway and Icknield Way. Visit a prehistoric round barrow, inter-war artist village, Iron Age hillfort, medieval deserted village, chalk...

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£6

Private Tour of John Lewis Partnerships Odney Grounds (Morning)

September 18 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
John Lewis Partnership Heritage Centre, Grove Farm, Odney Lane
Cookham, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 9SR

SORRY - THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED John Spedan Lewis first purchased land in Cookham 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 a walking tour...

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£6

Private Tour of John Lewis Partnerships Odney Grounds (Afternoon)

September 18 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
John Lewis Partnership Heritage Centre, Grove Farm, Odney Lane
Cookham, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 9SR

SORRY - THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED John Spedan Lewis first purchased land in Cookham 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 a walking tour...

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£5

Stanley Spencer Walk in Cookham

September 19 @ 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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£2

Watlington Hoard Replica – Viewing (Open Afternoon)

September 19 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Watlington Library, 35 High Street
Watlington, Oxfordshire OX49 5PZ

The original Hoard, which dated back as far as Saxon/Viking times, was found in fields near to the town of Watlington in October 2015. It was not particularly large, but it contained 13 extremely rare 'Two Emperor' coins that are believed to represent Alfred the Great, King of Wessex (871-99AD). You are invited to Watlington...

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£45

Danesfield House & Garden Tour with Afternoon Tea

September 20 @ 12:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Danesfield House, Henley Road
Marlow-On-Thames, Buckinghamshire SL7 2EY

Danesfield House Hotel is delighted to open the house and gardens this year to the Chilterns Heritage Festival . An informative 45 minute tour of the grounds given by Head Gardener, Dan Lawrence will commence the afternoon where you will discover the numerous unique plantings, the Italian garden, rare c1900 Pulham Stone monuments and the Danesfield...

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£25

Dorney Court – Private Connoisseurs’ Tour

September 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dorney Court, Dorney Lane, Dorney
Windsor, Buckinghamshire SL4 6QP

SORRY - THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED 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...

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£16

Frogmore Paper Mill Tour

September 22 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Frogmore Paper Mill, Fourdrinier Way
Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP3 9RY

SORRY - THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED Join this fascinating guided mill tour devoted to the history of papermaking. Frogmore Paper Mill offers a uniquely active visitor experience. You can make your own handmade paper, see unique artisan papers formed before your eyes, on our 1902 Fourdrinier No.4 paper machine. View the 1895 Fourdrinier...

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£7.50

Private Viewing of the Horse Trust – Its History, Horses & Cream Tea

September 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Horse Trust, Slad Lane
Speen, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire HP27 0PP

The Horse Trust, Home of Rest for Horses is set in 200 acres of beautiful Chiltern countryside between High Wycombe and Aylesbury. It is here that they care for over 140 retired and rescued horses, ponies and donkeys. During this self-guided tour, you will be able to stroke the horses and read all about their...

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£9

Author Talk – Dave Sivers: Chiltern Thrills – Making Crime Pay

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Red Kite Pavillion, Aston Clinton Park, London Road
Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire HP22 5HL

Dave Sivers, crime fiction author, will take you on his journey from lifelong scribbler to minor bestseller, the seismic changes in the publishing industry in the past ten years and the challenges of setting gritty crime fiction in a pleasant rural area. He calls his crime fiction novels 'Chiltern Noir': his popular series featuring detectives...

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£10

Ancient Woodland Walk – Bottom Wood

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bottom Wood, Old Dashwood Hill
Near Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire HP14 3XD United Kingdom

Join us on a walk to look at the ancient & historic features found in this Chiltern Society nature reserve. 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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£5.50

Our Living Village – Jordans

September 25 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jordans Village Hall, Green West Road
Jordans, Bucks HP9 2SY

Every community in the Chilterns has a history that is well worth recording, and this is definitely the case for the villages of Seer Green and Jordans. 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 through...

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£4

A Walk on the Chalk – Dunstable Downs

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Dunstable Downs NT, Whipsnade
Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 2GY

Join a Chalk Man, a Water Man and an Archaeologist for Two Walks on the Chalk. Haydon Bailey (the Chalk man) will give an introduction to the geology beneath your feet and try to explain why the Chiltern escarpment is where it is, whilst Allen Beechey (the Water man) will point out why you can’t...

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£10

Seer Green Guided Trail Run

September 26 @ 10:15 am - 12:00 pm
Seer Green Train Station, Seer Green
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire HP9 2UR

Join us for this guided trail run from Seer Green train station. We will be completing a 10 mile route that follows a scenic off-road loop that explores the southern section of the Heritage trail, highlights include Bottom Wood, Winchmore Hill and Hodgemore Woods. The run will finish back in Seer Green for a refreshing drink in a local pub....

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£8.50

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

September 26 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Chiltern Open Air Museum, Gorelands Lane
Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire HP8 4AB

SORRY - THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED The Chiltern Open Air Museum is home to over 30 rescued historic buildings including a 1940s Prefab, Victorian Toll House, Blacksmith’s Forge, Iron Age Roundhouse and Victorian Farm.  It was founded by volunteers in 1976, and opened to the public in 1981. The Museum is a charity...

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£5

Ashridge History Walk

September 27 @ 10:15 am - 1:00 pm
Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre (Meet at the Monument at Ashridge), Moneybury Hill, Ashridge Estate, Ringshall
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 1LX

SORRY - THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED 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 of the history of the house and the monastery that preceded it.  You will then...

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£10

Tring Brewery Tour – Historic Beer Styles

September 27 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Tring Brewery, Dunsley Farm, London Rd
Tring, Buckinghamshire HP23 6HA

This event, led by a member of the Tring Brewery Team, will take you behind the scenes of this famous local brewery- which coincidentally was the winner of our 2017 Best Craft Beer Award. You'll hear a detailed history of British beer styles with tasters to accompany the talk. There will be a focus on...

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£11.50

British Schools Museum – Tour and Victorian Lesson

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
British Schools Museum, 41-42 Queen Street
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9TS

Hitchin holds a unique place in the history of education as it boasts the world’s last remaining purpose-built Monitorial schoolroom. The grade II listed building of the British School Museum opened in 1837, but the school was founded in 1810, a full 80 years before the government finally provided free elementary education for all. Join...

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£9

Milton’s Cottage Private Tour

September 28 @ 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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£12

Private Tour of Amersham Museum & Walk of Inn and Pubs

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Amersham Museum, 49 High Street
Amersham, Buckinghamshire HP7 0DP

Join this special guided visit of Amersham Museum; the visit will include a talk by the museum's curator about the history of Amersham and you will have the chance to handle objects from the museum's collection and look around the museum. Afterwards our guide will take you on a walk around Old Amersham's Pubs and...

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£4.50

The Boxmoor Trust – Visit and Activities

September 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Boxmoor Trust, Old Fishery Lane
Hemel Hempstead, HP1 2BN

Visit The Boxmoor Trust for an afternoon of guided walks and activities. The visit will be based at Gadespring, the old watercress beds, which lie between the Grand Union Canal and the River Bulbourne. Activities will include trying your hand at pond-dipping, using the bird hide, joining a guided walk along the moor to view...

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£30

Private & Exclusive Tour of the Wormsley Library and Cricket Pavilion

September 30 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wormsley Estate, Stokenchurch
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP14 3YE United Kingdom

Owned by the Getty Family, Wormsley is a beautiful 18th century estate nestled in the heart of the Chilterns. Guests at this exclusive event will enjoy a private tour of its world famous library, which houses one of the finest private collections in the country. The theme of the library is the Art of the...

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£6 – £15

Bekonscot Model Village – Exclusive After Hours Tour

September 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bekonscot, Warwick Road
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire HP9 2PL

During this private after-hours event, visitors will have exclusive access to the village, see it lit up at dusk and have the opportunity to see behind the scenes of the world’s oldest and original model village. Short talks about the history of Bekonscot and how our models are created will take place at 6.30 and...

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October 2021

£5

Stanley Spencer Walk in Cookham

October 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Stanley Spencer Gallery, 16 High St, Cookham
Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 9SJ

SORRY - THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED 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...

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£4

Priestfield Arboretum – Private Tour

October 2 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Priestfield Arboretum, Stony Lane
Little Kingshill, Buckinghamshire HP16 0DS

Priestfield Arboretum is a privately owned tree collection situated in Little Kingshill, Buckinghamshire.  It takes its name from the founder, Thomas Priest, who, in 1917, began planting in the former orchard and kitchen garden of the Harewood estate. There are approximately 200 specimen trees in the pleasant 5.2 acre site. This private tour will introduce...

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£5.50

Our Living Village – Seer Green

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

Every community in the Chilterns has a history that is well worth recording, and this is definitely the case for the villages of Seer Green and Jordans. 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 through...

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£20

Griffiths Brothers Distillery Tour

October 2 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Griffiths Brothers Distillery Ltd, Unit 8, Penn Street Works
Amersham, Buckinghamshire HP7 0FA

Come and join us at Griffiths Brothers Distillery for a relaxed tour and tasting of Griffiths Brothers spirits. Sample some of their special cold-distilled spirits whilst learning about the history of gin, rum, vodka and craft spirits. Take part in a tutored tasting of some of their spirits and learn about the complicated and unique...

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£4

A Walk on the Chalk – Flaunden & the River Chess

October 3 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
TBC,

SORRY - THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED Join a Chalk Man, a Water Man and an Archaeologist for Two Walks on the Chalk. Allen Beechey (the Water man) will take a look at this classic chalk stream with its associated water meadows, whilst Wendy Morrison (the Archaeologist) will be checking out some Mesolithic and...

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