Celebrate history

King Henry VIII talks to his subjects in Market Square
King Henry VIII talks to his subjects in Market Square

Heritage Open Days give a chance to see inside historic buildings not regularly open to the public, as well as learning more about the history of our county.

But its not just ancient buildings that open their doors to the public. The very modern and iconic Blue Leanie on Walton Street in Aylesbury is opening its doors to the public for the first time this year, and visitors will be able to view the atrium and a display of construction photographs and plans.

And further afield, Waddesdon and Stowe will also recognise the weekend with special events.

Some of the buildings and locations involved in the Heritage Open Days in Aylesbury on Saturday and Sunday include Judges Lodgings, the Crown Court, Aylesbury Cemetery, Aylesbury Old Town, the Friends Meeting House, Old County Hall, St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury Literary Club, the Mayor’s Parlour and council chamber, plus the museum.

The weekend will be filled with tours, talks, exhibitions and events, offering something for everyone.

And even the bustling Saturday market will get in on the event as it celebrates the granting of its Charter of Incorporation with a multitude of extra activities including music, arts, crafts and street performers.

Aylesbury Timescapes, a photography exhibition by historian Karl Vaughan, which cleverly merges modern and old images of the town, will be on display in the Old County Hall.

And on Sunday everyone is invited to meet King Henry VIII and his foolish jester as they visit the Tudor Fayre in the museum from 11am until 4pm ,where visitors can learn about how the Tudors cured ailments and embroidered clothes.

All events are free, but some tours have to be pre-booked.

Full listings of all events, locations, opening times, tour days, times and accessibility can be found in leaflets at the library, museum, town hall, the Visto Information Centre and from all locations at the weekend.

This information is also available online at www.aylesburytowncouncil.org.uk/heritageopendays

Admission is free to Waddesdon Manor house and gardens from 10am-5pm on Saturday in recognition of Heritage Open Day.

And the local community and emergency services will be at the manor on the North Front and in the gardens.

Stowe House is also offering free access to the house and National Trust gardens from 10am until 6pm on Saturday.

Visitors can experience the sights and sounds of the 18th century estate which was designed for lavish entertaining, as well as uncovering the surprises of the temples and beautiful staterooms. Admission charges will apply once more from Sunday.