So much Coventry history to explore and things to do during this year's Heritage Open Days - The Coventry Observer

14th Aug, 2022

So much Coventry history to explore and things to do during this year's Heritage Open Days

Tristan Harris 8th Sep, 2021 Updated: 9th Sep, 2021

HERITAGE Open Days are back in Coventry for the 27th year and in person events are also returning after last year’s virtual event.

A variety of venues across the city are opening their doors from Friday until next Sunday, September 10 to 19 to showcase the area’s rich history and heritage.

The spaces above the Litten Tree pub will be open across the 10 days, highlighting the fascinating history of the building from it construction in 1911 as The Rover Company showrooms to ‘Intershop’ during the 70s and 80s.

There will be a self-guided tour around the four floors with heritage displays and film content.

People can discover Coventry’s Heritage and role in the development of the bicycle on a guided cycle ride around the UK City of Culture 2021 at 10.30am next Saturday, September 18.

This guided ride starts at Coventry’s newest building the Visitor Information Centre, opposite the railway station. Book online.

Residents can drop into the family-friendly festival by day and discover the past, present and future of Charterhouse Heritage Park on Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12, with plenty to do and see, street food, a heritage talk and arts and craft to take part in.

The Weaver’s House will also open between 10am and 4pm this Saturday and Sunday, transporting visitors back to 1540 and how John Croke, a Coventry born narrow-loom weaver, and his family would have worked and lived.

The Friends of War Memorial park are giving visitors a chance to see inside the 90ft Cenotaph at the Chamber of Silence – from 10am to 3pm on September 12 and 18 which is only normally open for Remembrance Sunday.

This Saturday there will be a guided walk about the historic gardens and grounds of Coombe Abbey Park.

There are also self guided trails and children’s trails to follow over all of the 10 days.

Join Lady Godiva and the Godiva Sisters as they perform with Coventry schoolchildren in dance, music and song at 11am on September 17 and 18 in Broadgate.

Coventry Cathedral, Holy Trinity, St John the Baptist, Fleet Street, Queens Road Baptist Church and Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Transfiguration are all taking part and all have fascinating histories and stories to tell.

Other venues taking part include King Henry VIII School, the Old Blue Coat School, Coventry Railway Club and the city’s Transport Museum.

Visit coventry.gov.uk/hod for the latest information or pick up a brochure from Coventry Libraries, The Council House reception, the Tourist Information Centre and all venues taking part.

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