The upcoming Croydon Heritage Festival, running from the 20th to the 28th of June, is set to feature a wide-range of exciting events focusing on our theme for 2015 ‘FAMOUS CROYDON Past, Present and Future’.
Join us throughout the festival as we enjoy both the recent and the more distant past of Croydon. Unearth long-lost links to fame, fortune and royalty, and rediscover otherwise forgotten historical sites such as the Croydon Airport – one of the very first airports in the world and the supposed origin of the term ‘airport’ itself.
Croydon is full to bursting with a rich history: from Queen Elizabeth I’s seal of authorisation for the building of the Whitgift Almshouses over 400 years ago and Cicely Mary Barker, who created The Flower Fairies over 120 years ago, right up to its modern day fame as a proving ground for Jeff Beck -one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s top five guitarists of all time- and home of the Brit School, which boasts alumni including Adele, Amy Winehouse and the Rizzle Kicks.
The town’s past is represented during the festival by a host of events including lively workshops and interesting talks at Croydon’s Libraries. Workshops cover music and arts for all ages, while talks embrace topics as varied as the history of the Almshouses and Archbishop John Whitgift, the town’s links to slavery, Tollsworth Manor and the now-reinstated tram system.
As well as talks you’ll be able to enjoy a number of exhibitions including one dedicated to Croydon Minster’s ‘Great and Good’ and another by the Croydon Writer’s Association, celebrating their 75th anniversary and noting the society’s many famous connections.
To find out more about these events, and the many others taking place over the week-long festival, head over to our Events Calendar section. Some events are by reservation only, so be sure to book your space.