Bookings for the much anticipated annual Heritage Open Weekend are now open. From Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th September, over 70 free events will take place throughout Mole Valley to celebrate the best of the District’s heritage, with a special emphasis this year on its literacy and musical connections. The programme of events is available online at www.molevalley.gov.uk, from Pippbrook’s reception, the Leatherhead Help Shop, local libraries and a variety of other local outlets.
Vivienne Michael, Executive Member for Community Engagement said, “This year’s programme of Heritage Open Days is a wonderful mixture of events put on for the people of Mole Valley, by the people of Mole Valley.”
“Events span the length and breadth of the District, all celebrating the rich mixture of local history, architecture, arts and culture that together make up our diverse heritage.”
“This is first and foremost a celebration of our area and these free events will book up quickly so I urge everyone to reserve their place early to make the most of what is available over the four days.”
Buildings to be explored this year are as diverse as a sawmill, a little-known castle, a mausoleum, an air-raid shelter, caves and two grand country houses. A preview of the much-publicised works to uncover the Deepdene Estate by Mole Valley District Council is an exciting part of the programme. Events will be organised by local historians, musicians, actors, ‘Blue Badge’ guides and other experts keen to bring to life the fascinating, the quirky and the amazing facts that make Mole Valley unique.
This year there is a special emphasis on the theme of ‘words and music’ and there is much to draw upon as Mole Valley is rich with historical connections to internationally famous figures such as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill, Vaughan-Williams, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, the Broadwood family, Laurence Olivier, Thomas Hope and Daniel Defoe.
For more details on Heritage Open Days see www.heritageopendays.org.uk.