Photo: 1938 Atalanta open sports car with bodywork designed and built by Abbotts of Farnham
By kind permission of Bonhams / Len Huff

Heritage Open Days in Farnham will run from Thursday 8 to Sunday 18 September, and will feature a full programme of talks, guided walks and visits to open properties plus four special all day events.

Please note that some of our events require advance booking. You will be able to book through this web page, booking will open on 31 August.

For full details of all events, see our brochure. Click here to view

Printed copies of our brochure will be available shortly, at various locations in Farnham.

Special all day events

Waverley Abbey House.  Saturday 10 September  10 am to 4 pm. No advance booking required.

Farnham Castle.  Sunday 11 September 11 am to 4.30 pm. No advance booking required except for cream teas in the Great Hall, which must be booked, telephone 01252 721194

Museum of Farnham.  Saturday 17 September. For opening time see museum website museumoffarnham.com  No advance booking required

Farnham Pottery  Sunday 18 September 9 am to 4 pm.  No advance booking required except for talks, which must be booked through the pottery website  www.thefarnhampottery.co.uk

Talks

No advance booking required, except for talks at St Andrew’s Church, which must be booked in advance. Book through this web page, booking opens 31 August.

Most of the talks will be at either Farnham Maltings or in the Council Chamber at Farnham Council Offices in South Street.

Access: lifts are available at Farnham Maltings and Farnham Council Offices.

 

National Heritage Open Days 2022 starts on Friday 9 September. We have a full programme of activities, and to fit everything in we are presenting two talks about local industry in advance of the formal start of HODs.

John Henry Knight, man of many parts,  by Maurice Hewins.

Thursday 8 September, 10 am to 11.00 am, Barley Room, Farnham Maltings

The story of Farnham’s Water Supply and its Disposal, by Noel Moss

Thursday 8 September, 11.30 am to 12.30 pm, Barley Room, Farnham Maltings

 

Now for the start of HODs proper !

The Architecture of West Street, by Yolande Hesse

Friday 9 September, 2.0 to 3.30 pm, Garden Gallery, Farnham Museum

St Andrew’s Church, past, present and future, by the Revd. H. David Uffindell

Saturday 10 September, 10 am and 12 noon, St Andrew’s Church

Saturday 17 September, 10 am and 12 noon, St Andrew’s Church

Access: the church tower can only be accessed via a steep narrow spiral staircase.

Camouflage at Farnham Castle, by Roy Waight

Saturday 10 September,11.00 am to 12.00 pm, Council Chamber

The Great Roof of Westminster Hall, by Roy Waight

Thursday 15 September, 10.00 am to 11.00 am, Barley Room, Farnham Maltings

Pottery across the millennia – Farnham’s forgotten industry, by David Graham

Thursday 15 September, 11.30 am to 12.30 pm, Barley Room, Farnham Maltings

Farnham’s Finest – Celebration of Great Names, by Peter Bridgeman

Friday 16 September,10.00 am to 11.00 am, Cellar Bar, Farnham Maltings

The architecture of Castle Street, by Michael Blower MBE

Friday 16 September, 11.30 am to 12.30 pm, Cellar Bar, Farnham Maltings

E.D. Abbott Ltd, the history of Edward Dixon Abbott, the man, his company Abbotts of Farnham and his cars,  by Len Huff

Saturday 17 September, 11 am to 12.30, Council Chamber

Guided walks

Many of the guided walks listed require advance booking. Book through this web page. Booking opens 31 August. EARLY BOOKING IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

Parks and Plaques  Friday 9 September 2 pm

Advance booking required, maximum 12

Farnham’s Industries  Saturday 10 September 10 am

Advance booking required, maximum 12

Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve  Saturday 10 September 10 am

Advance booking required, maximum 30

Moor Park House  Saturday 10 September, 11 am and 2.30 pm

From Bat to Cow via Moths  Monday 12 September at 10.30 am

Advance booking required, maximum 12

Architecture of The Borough and West Street  Monday 12 September at 11.30 am

Advance booking required, maximum 12

Rowledge to Wrecclesham and back  Tuesday 13 September at 10 am

Advance booking required, maximum 20

Alice Holt Arboretum  Wednesday 14 September at 2 pm

Courtyards and Passages of Farnham  Thursday 15 September at 9.30 am

Advance booking required, maximum 12

Farnham’s Brewing Heritage  Thursday 15 September at 2 pm

Advance booking required, maximum 12

The Rise and Fall of Waverley Abbey  Sunday 18 September, 10 am and 11.30 am

The Architecture of Castle Street  Sunday 18 September, 2 pm

Advance booking required, maximum 12

 

Properties open

Some of the properties listed require advance booking. Book through this web page. Booking opens 31 August. EARLY BOOKING IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

 

Farnham Masonic Centre, 42 Castle Street

Saturday 10 September, open from 10 am to 4 pm

Access: there is a high step to the front door and no designated disabled access to the building.

High Mill, Moor Park Lane

Sunday 11 September and Sunday 18 September, conducted tours at 11 am, 2 pm and 3:30 pm

Advance booking required maximum 5 per tour

Access: steep open ladders in the mill workings.

Caffe Piccolo, 84 West Street

Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 September, 2 pm to 5 pm

Access: stairs within the building.

New Ashgate Gallery

Friday 9 September to Saturday 17 September, every day except Sunday and Monday, 10.30 am to 5 pm. Meet artist Susie Lidstone, who will be working at the gallery on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15,

St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale

Thursday 15 at 11 am

Sunday 18 at 2:30 pm

Advance booking essential

Guitar Village, 80-82 West Street

Thursday, Friday and Saturday 15th, 16th and 17th September, 10 am to 5 pm

Access: there are steps within the building and steep stairs to the first floor.

West Street Chapel, West Street Cemetery

Friday 16th to Sunday 18th September, 10 am to 3 pm

Access: two steps into the building.

The Old Vicarage, Vicarage Lane off Lower Church Lane

Conducted tours Friday 16 September, 2.30 and 3.30 pm

Advance booking required, maximum 10

Access: Steps to front door, uneven floors, steep narrow stairs

Ellel Pierrepont

Saturday 17 September at 10 am

Advance booking required

Walking conditions: easy walking, partly on grass, some cobblestones. The grounds and ground floor of the house are suitable for wheelchairs. If heavy rain is forecast the tour will have to be cancelled.

Hones Yard, Downing Street

Saturday 17 September, 10 am – 3 pm

Access: uneven floor in barn, otherwise accessible.

The Kiln/Village Hall, St George’s Road, Badshot Lea, GU9 9NE

Sunday 18 September, 10 am to 4 pm

Access: stairs only to the upper floors of the building to the restored hop drying room.

The Victoria Garden

Sunday 18 September 10.30 am

Advance booking required

Walking conditions. There is easy access to all parts of the garden with smooth paths. The main entrance has steps but entrances from the side or rear are accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Partridge House, Wrecclesham

Sunday 18 September, 2 pm and 3 pm

Advance booking required, maximum 10

Access: 7 steps up to the front door, uneven floors, steep narrow stairs and low beams.