Discover Croydon’s mammoth history secrets at Croydon Heritage Festival 2016


With Croydon Heritage Festival just weeks away, there’s so much for you to discover about Croydon.

Did you know that mammoths once roamed Croydon? Or that Croydon features in some of the greatest French Impressionists work? Perhaps you know that Croydon was the first in the world to introduce Air traffic control? Or that one of the most-loved children’s authors Alan Ahlburg was born here?

Unmissable highlights of the festival include:


See a Croydon mammoth tusk and teeth from these giants. View artefacts from Palaeolithic times through to Roman. Finds from Medieval and post-Medieval excavations in Croydon and WWI and WWII relics will be on display and the chance to handle artefacts from over 200,000 years ago.

Sunday 26 June, 1.30pm – 4.30pm, CNHSS Museum Open Day

Impressionist art

An exploration of the Impressionists Pissarro and Monet and their paintings of South London. To escape the ravages of the Franco-Prussian War, a number of French artists and writers made London their home in the early 1870s, particularly in the area of Upper and West Norwood. Pissarro lived in the borough of Croydon and his renowned paintings of South London are hanging in the world’s most famous of galleries.

Saturday 18, June 10am – 11am, CALAT

Renown children’s author

Celebrate Croydon born children’s author Alan Ahlberg with stories and crafts. Ahlberg, with his wife Janet was responsible for much-loved and award-winning books such as The Jolly Postman and Each Peach Pear Plum. Suitable for children aged 4-7.

Thursday 23 June, 4pm – 4.45pm, Ashburton library

Musical masterpieces

If you haven’t experienced the musical mastery at Croydon Minster you’re missing out. During the festival, there are many opportunities to hear beautiful music and captivating choirs set in Croydon Minster, one of the town’s most spectacular buildings. A true Croydon treasure.

Various dates and times – see online or festival guide for more details.

Iconic Croydon

Do you ever wonder what goes on behind closed doors? Croydon Heritage Festival Open buildings invite you to come and find out for yourself. Walk around the oasis of calm in the town centre Almshouses and find out who build them and why. Once London’s main airport, Croydon’s significance in aviation history is often over overlooked.  Croydon’s airport instigated the distress call ‘Mayday Mayday Mayday’ and was also the departure airport for Amy Johnson’s record-breaking flight to Australia – find out about its fascinating history for yourself. Croydon Old Palace of John Whitgift will also be welcoming brave visitors to find out about its Tudor past and famous and regal visitors, one of whom still haunts the place.

Croydon Heritage Festival, Undiscovered Croydon, will run from Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 June aiming to enlighten and educate visitors about some of the borough most fascinating facts and secrets.

The community led festival offers a range of activities for all ages, including craft workshops, talks, walks, open buildings and performances.

Explore all the events, including dates, times and booking at