Each September thousands of volunteers across the country invite you to experience local history, architecture and culture. All for free.
Cirencester Civic Society has been responsible for organising this event in Cirencester for the past twenty-five years. Each year we try to find some new events and buildings which enable residents and visitors to learn more about the heritage of the town.
We are currently planning to make Heritage Open Days (HOD) 2021 a virtual event using video footage which will be accessible using our website, ccsoc.org.uk. It is an exciting new venture for us all so we may have a few “gremlins”. There will be several places to “visit” and walks to watch and a few places are intending to open. A number of guided walks will also be available. Full details are on the national HOD website, www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting and search for Cirencester. The event will take place on 11th – 19th September. Access to our virtual events will be via YouTube.
The virtual tours will include the Old Station. St John’s Chantry, The Amphitheatre, Pubs Past and Present, the Parish Church, the Bingham Library, Watermoor House, St James’ Place Roof Garden, The Salvation Army Hall and The Old Kennels.
All the main churches will be open Saturday 11th September from 10am to 4.00pm plus the Bingham Gallery in Bingham House, Dyer Street and the Open Air pool in Thomas Street.
Walks available Saturday 11th: Town Walk at 2.30pm: Abbey Grounds and Churchyard at 2.30pm. Meet Market Place.
Sunday 12th – Pubs past and present at 10.30am: meet Market Place. Victorian Cirencester at 11.am, meet Southway, : Town Walk at 2.30pm, meet Market Place: World War 2 at 2.30pm, at Sheep Street Museum.
Thursday 16th- Town Walk at 2.30pm. Meet Market Place
Saturday 18th – Roman Amphitheatre at 11am. Meet Scout Hut, Cotswold Avenue.
Sunday 19th -Town Walk at 2.30pm. Meet Market Place
Most walks start outside the Town Hall in the front of the Parish Church in The Market Place. Please check the details on the HOD website, www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting and search for Cirencester.
Cirencester Civic Society, ccsoc.org.uk