We love a bit of history! While not exactly ‘toddler’ friendly, a lot of the free Heritage Open Day events would be suitable for families with older children. You get to have a look inside some of Cheltenham’s historic buildings that are usually closed to the public and there are also a number of talks this year. We’ve made a list of the events we would be most interested in, but there are loads more on the Heritage Open Day website.
Pittville Pioneers – Mary Ann Scott & Mary Jane Briggs
Join us in the splendid setting of Lansdown House to find out more about the resourceful women who established schools in Pittville Circus Road in the 19th century. The adventurous life of Mary Ann Scott and the intrepid Mary Jane Briggs included being shipwrecked off the coast of New Zealand. Find out more about them in the beautiful surroundings of Lansdown House.
Lansdown House, Pittville Circus Road. Friday 14 September: Talk 10-11am
A Sunday Suffrage Stroll
A walk exploring the history of the Suffrage movement. Local Author Sue Jones leads a guided walk to the homes of some local suffragette heroines. Hear the stories of dramatic events in key places. The walk is confined to the town centre and will last approximately one hour.
The Cheltenham Trust, Town Hall, Imperial Square. Sunday 16 September: 10.30-11.30am
Founded in 1841, Cheltenham College was the first of the great Victorian boarding schools. Tours of the magnificent gothic chapel and the main 1843 building, including the college library and Thirlestaine Long Gallery.
Cheltenham College, Bath Road. Saturday 15 September: Tours of Chapel and the main buildings – 9am, 10am and 11am; Tours of Thirlestaine Long Gallery – 1pm
Cheltenham in the Great War
What was life like for those left behind in Cheltenham during WW1? Neela Mann, author of ‘Cheltenham in the Great War’, gives a glimpse of what happened in the town, from Belgian refugees to barrels of fruit, from Soldiers’ Welcomes to slippers for soldiers.
Parmoor House , 13 Lypiatt Terrace. Saturday 15 Sept 2pm
Cheltenham Ladies’ College
Tour of grounds and heritage buildings. Dating from 1873, the main College buildings were designed in an ecclesiastical style and the interior also shows the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement. The hour-long tour will also include a visit to the History of College display room.
Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Bayshill Road. Saturday 15 September
Cheltenham Masonic Hall Open Day
Cheltenham Masonic Hall is one of the oldest purpose-built masonic halls in England still in use. The interior has changed little since it was built in 1823 by George Underwood, in a combined Roman Mausoleum and Egyptian style. Still in regular use after nearly 200 years, the building retains all its Regency features. Displays on the history of the building and freemasonry in Cheltenham.
The Masonic Hall, Portland Street. Saturday 15 September: 10am – 4pm
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