Explore town's heritage

Heritage Open Days are the perfect opportunity to get behind the closed doors to some of Aylesbury’s oldest and most fascinating buildings.

Visitors can discover Aylesbury’s hidden history – for free.

Visitors can explore local landmarks such as  Aylesbury Judges’ Lodgings, The King’s Head, the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, The Tower Block County Hall, Aylesbury Cemetery, Aylesbury Old Town (pictured), Friends Meeting House, the Mayor’s Parlour and Council Chamber, meet archaeologists in Market Square and experience the Waterside Festival – all free.

The weekend of 14 and 15 September 14 is filled with tours, talks, exhibitions and events, aiming to offer something for everyone. In Market Square visitors have the opportunity to meet the Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society and help it sort out its museum.

A stroll around Aylesbury’s Old Town will lead visitors to The Mayor’s Parlour and Council Chamber, at the Town Hall in Church Street, displaying the town’s silverware and insignia.

Just a short stroll from the Town Hall is the Friends’ Meeting House on Rickfords Hill where people can see the Aylesbury Quakers’ cottages and meeting house, which dates back to the early 1700s. Visitors can enjoy their peaceful garden and some refreshments.

At the town’s oldest inn, The King’s Head, children may enjoy medieval themed arts, crafts and games and learn about the history of one of England’s best preserved coaching inns.

Once again Aylesbury Waterside Theatre will be opening its doors for backstage tours, to demonstrate what it feels like to stand on stage. The Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies is offering a family history help desk and access to family history websites and a Matters of Life and Death exhibition. The centre will also have a stall in Market Square and a drop-in point for historical questions, activities and information.

Roger King and Ken Evens, of The Aylesbury Society, will be offering guided tours of Aylesbury Cemetery, Aylesbury’s Waterways and Aylesbury Old Town to offer more facts and stories about the region.

After the success of last year’s event the Waterside Festival will be taking place again during Heritage Open Days. It is celebrating Aylesbury’s canal heritage coming together with its new developments. There will be a mixture of stalls, activities and treats, including entertainment, activities, floating market, crafts stalls and more.

All events are free but some tours need to be pre-booked. For full listing of locations, opening and tour times, accessibility and events, pick up a leaflet in advance from Aylesbury Library, Aylesbury Town Hall, Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies and from all locations taking part.  Or visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk and look for Aylesbury in the town search.