9 September 2022 - 2:30 pm
18 September 2022 - 4:00 pm

Bromsgrove and Redditch Heritage Open Days

Welcome to England’s largest festival of history & culture taking place between 9 – 18 September 2022. Heritage OpenDays are supported by the National Trust & the People’s Postcode Lottery. Thousands of volunteers make the events happen. It’s your chance to see hidden places & try new experiences – it’s free to explore.

Venues across Bromsgrove & Redditch have come together to promote what’s happening in & around their areas. Check out the easy-to-use directory to find out what’s happening & for full details on the events listed here: www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting

Some events have restrictions on numbers. To avoid disappointment,please check if booking is required.

Events in Bromsgrove………

Friday 9 September at 2.30pm Housman Family Heritage Walk…Local historian Julian Hunt will lead a walk around Bromsgrove town centre looking  at sites associated with the Housman family, including the poet A. E. Housman & his siblings – the writers & suffrage campaigners Laurence & Clemence. Booking required.

Saturday 10 September 10am – 5pm St Laurence & The Ark Open Day…..Join in with activities & enjoy entertainment at Alvechurch’s Grade II listed building, designed in part by William Butterfield.

Saturday 10 September 10am – 4pm & Sunday 11 September 2pm – 4pm…….All Saints’ Church. See inside & enjoy the special exhibition of documents, pictures & records
about Bromsgrove nailers, Bromsgrove Workhouse & Davenal House.

Saturday 10 September at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm & 2.30pm and Sunday 11 September at 10am, 11.30am & 1pm…..Tardebigge Locks Enjoy a guided tour around the Wharf & Top Lock & learn about the engineering feat of the Experimental Perpendicular Boat Lift which was a mechanical marvel of its day.

Saturday 10 September 10am – 4pm, Sunday 11 September 11am – 4pm, Tuesday 13 September 10am – 12noon……Christ Church Catshill Flower festival with craft stalls & light refreshments. Visitors can also see the beautiful stained glass window with a link to Alan Turing.

Wednesday 14 September 5pm – 7pm…….Avoncroft Museum (two events)

  • Talk to the Telephone Team – join experts in the National Collection of Telephone Kiosks who maintain everything in working order & find out how we stayed in touch before mobile phones
  • Meet the Miller – join a private behindthe-scenes tour where the Avoncroft Miller will show you how milling moved from primitive technology through to the development of the Windmill & Lister mills. Booking essential for both events.

Friday 16 September at 2pmBromsgrove Geology & Heritage Walking Trail. A guided 5km walk taking approx. 3 hours looking at landscape, outcrops & buildings. This event is led by John
Gerner, a geology volunteer from the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust. Booking required.

Saturday 17 Sept from 10.30am……St John’s Church Coffee & Cake Concert followed by an Open Day until 4pm. Have a go on the church organ & climb the bell tower. Visitors are encouraged to take a look around the building, learn about the history & explore the churchyard.

Saturday 17 September 11am – 1pm……Bromsgrove School’s Archive & Heritage Centre Open Event. This newly opened Heritage Centre contains a bespoke temperaturecontrolled archive store & a curated History of Bromsgrove School covering 300 years. Booking required.

Saturday 17 September 10am – 4pm and Sunday 18 September 10am – 4pm…….St Michael & All Angels Church, Stoke Prior. Discover the church & explore local heritage through talks, displays & photographs. The Bell Tower will be open to visitors during the day. An evening talk John Corbett, Salt King will be givenby local historian Andrew Harris on Saturday at 7pm.

Events in Redditch
Saturday 10 September 10am – 4pm
Remembering Lost Redditch at
Redditch Local History Museum
A fascinating look back at Redditch which
became a manufacturing & cultural leader
following the Industrial Revolution &
ended up being known all over the world
for its needles, fishing tackle & wartime
innovation. Plus a quiz for kids with prizes.
Saturday 10 Sept 11am & 2.15pm
Short Talks on Remembering
Lost Redditch at Redditch Local
History Museum
Short local talks upstairs at 11am &
2.15pm (Book on arrival – 1st come 1st
served – limited places).
Saturday 17 September 10am – 4pm
St. Stephen’s Church
Enjoy a tower tour from 11am (booking
preferred), have a go at bell ringing, view
the 13th Century Bordesley Abbey tiles,
stained glass windows & choir photo
archive. Plus eco church activities for kids.
Sunday 18 September 10am – 4pm
Forge Mill Needle Museum &
Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre
Enjoy free entry to the Museum – the
only existing water powered scouring
mill. Visitors can take a guided tour of the
Museum & Abbey ruins with experienced
volunteers. Live music, various displays
including motorbikes & model boats &
free entry to ‘Found – an exhibition by Art
in Textiles: Made in Britain