Open days diary dates
A list has been released of Aylesbury’s Heritage Open Days, including opening times and events.
The open days celebrate England’s architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.
This list shows all of the locations in Aylesbury Town Centre that are open as part of the exercise.
All events are free but some need to be pre-booked.
Saturday 11 September
- Town Hall Council Chamber & Mayor’s Parlour Open Day
Town Hall, 5 Church Street, HP20 2QP, 11am-4pm
Visit the Mayor’s Parlour and Town Hall Chamber to see the display of Mayor’s silverware, including the mace and mivic robes. See the silver which the Mayor received from a variety of groups and visitors who came to Aylesbury. Meet the town’s unique Key Worker Duck Heroes, who are dedicated to the heroes of our town who went above and beyond during the pandemic. This year is Aylesbury Town Council’s 20th birthday. A special timeline will show how the council has evolved and developed over recent years.
- Meet The Mayor of Aylesbury
Town Hall, 5 Church Street, HP20 2QP, 2-3pm
Come and meet the Mayor of Aylesbury in his Parlour. Cllr Anders Christensen, in his full robes and regalia. Simply drop in between 2pm and 3pm to have a chat and maybe even get to try on the Deputy Town Mayor’s robe and hat.
- Stroll along The Canal
Aylesbury Canal Basin, Exchange Street, outside Waitrose, HP20 1AL, 11:30am-12:30pm
A leisurely stroll along the canal with a commentary from an expert on the history of the canal. Along the Aylesbury Arm of The Grand Union Canal from Aylesbury Canal basin, looking at the flora and fauna and hoping to catch a glimpse of herons and kingfishers. The walk is not arduous, on flat surfaced ground and about 1.25 miles long.
Pre-booking required – max 30 people. Please call 01296 425678 or email [email protected] The tow path on the canal can be narrow and uneven in some places.
- Aylesbury Quakers (also Sunday 12 September)
Friends Meeting House, 9-11 Rickfords Hill, HP20 2RT, 10am-4pm
Visit the cottages and a meeting house in old Aylesbury dating back to the early 1700s. Enjoy a peaceful garden, once a Quaker burial ground, near the centre of town. Find out about Quakers and the other users of the meeting house.
- Bucks Archives’ Market Square Take-Over!
Market Square, HP20 1TW, 9:30am-3:30pm
The team at Buckinghamshire Archives are getting out of their basement, to get some fresh air and sunshine in Aylesbury’s Market Square. They will be bringing lots of historical items with them. Come and find them at their stall in the Saturday Market. There will be colouring-in kits and creative writing kits, suitable for children and adults. Join an Aylesbury Architectural Scavenger Hunt, which will set people off searching for buildings that just might also be open as part of Heritage Open Days.
- Aylesbury Waterside Theatre – Artist in Residence
Exchange Street, HP20 1UG, 9am-12:30pm
A chance to view Aylesbury Waterside Theatre’s exclusive exhibition and speak to Artist in Residence, Peter Keegan, who will be working on his latest painting for the venue. The theatre embarked on its first Artist in Residency with Peter in 2019. The venue requires those over the age of 18 to demonstrate their COVID-19 status. More details at atgtickets.com/aylesbury
- Aylesbury Masonic Hall (also Sunday 12 September)
Ripon Street, HP20 2JP, 10am-4pm
Come and see beyond the closed doors of Aylesbury’s historic Masonic Hall and meet Freemasons within your community who belong to one of the oldest social and charitable organisations in the world. Buckinghamshire Freemasons open the doors for all to come and view what is normally closed to the public. The tour will include a history of the hall and an opportunity to talk in the Masonic Temple about what it means to become a Freemason. The hall is located on the left towards the end of Ripon Street just before the Granville Street junction.
- Aylesbury Then & Now – Photography Exhibition
Old County Hall, Market Square, HP20 1XD, 11am-3pm
A new photography exhibition by local historian and photographer Karl Vaughan. In this exhibition, Karl shows images of current views of the town and how they contrast with the past. See how Aylesbury has changed over the years in the setting of the refurbished exhibition suite of the Old County Hall. Entrance is to the left of The Bell. Seven steps lead to the exhibition rooms.
- Arts Centre Open Day
Queens Park Arts Centre, HP21 7RT, 11am-3pm
Queens Park Arts Centre is the hub, heart and home of creativity and culture in Buckinghamshire. This year it will be opening its doors for a special open day, showcasing everything the centre and its inspiring creative community of artists, makers, tutors, students and volunteers has to offer. With free art taster sessions, live entertainment, and more. The centre’s Artisan Exhibitions spaces will also be open filled with handmade art and craft from the best local makers. There will also be rarely-seen material from the centre’s archives on display showcasing the venue’s 40-year history. For venue-specific guidance, visit queensparkarts.com
- St Mary the Virgin Church (also Sunday 12 September)
Church Street, HP20 2JJ, 9am-4pm
Come inside the beautiful 13th century church where guides will be on hand to answer your questions and to point out its interesting features including the 12th century font, Gilbert Scott window and the Tudor Vestment Press. Climb to the ringing chamber, where bell ringers will answer questions. During the last year a major restoration of the church has begun and there will be a display showing what has already been completed and what is planned for the next stage of work. There will also be a timeline showing the history of the church on display. Activity sheets available for children. Refreshments will be available on the day from our café. No parking on site, please use the town centre car parks.
- Floating Market (also Sunday 12 September)
University Campus Aylesbury Vale, 59 Walton Street, HP21 7QG, 10am-5pm.
Anopportunity to meet some talented floating traders who live and work aboard their narrowboats.
- The King’s Head (also Sunday 12 September)
Kings Head Passage, Market Square, HP20 2RW, 9am-11pm
Come and visit the historic Farmers’ Bar, Victorian Stable and Tudor Stable in England’s largest cobbled courtyard. The 15th century stable barn is home to a Foodhall & Coffeehouse with local and British produce, fine beer and wine selection, coffees, savouries and sweet options.
- Explore the Paralympics
The National Paralympic Heritage Centre, Harvey Road, HP21 9PP, 11am-1pm
Join in the excitement of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, and visit us at the Heritage Centre that is now open to the public – we can’t wait to welcome you back. Drop in and meet a friendly and knowledgeable member of the team and let us bring the Paralympic heritage to life with our handling collection of torches, costume, medals and mascots. Try your hand at making an origami crane and find out what makes them so special to the Tokyo Paralympics. Inside Stoke Mandeville Stadium Sports Centre.
- Aylesbury Quakers (See information under Saturday 11 September) Friends Meeting House, 9-11 Rickfords Hill, HP20 2RT, 12-4pm
- Aylesbury Masonic Hall (See information under Saturday 11 September) Ripon Street, HP20 2JP, 10am-4pm
- The King’s Head (See information under Saturday 11 September) Kings Head Passage, Market Square, HP20 2RW, 10am-8pm
- St Mary the Virgin Church (See information under Saturday 11 September) Church Square, Church Street, HP20 2JJ, 1:30pm-3:30pm
On Sunday afternoon our fundraising team will be serving cream teas. Tickets are required. More information can be obtained by emailing [email protected] or sending a message through our Facebook page facebook.com/aylesburystmary
- Floating Market (See information under Saturday 11 September) University Campus Aylesbury Vale, 59 Walton Street, HP21 7QG, 10am-5pm
- ONLINE EVENT
Discover Bucks Museum – Visiting the Vaults Online, 11am-12noon
Join our Keeper of Archaeology, Brett Thorn, behind the scenes at the museum stores as he “zooms” through time, showing and discussing a few personal favourite objects from the archaeology collection. The talk will last around 30 mins, followed by a 15 min live Q&A session. Free, book now. The talk will take place via webinar, book your tickets today and you will receive the link the day before. bit.ly/DiscoverBucksHOD
Aylesbury’s Crown Court building