Community showcased undiscovered Croydon for Heritage Festival 2016.
Croydon Heritage Festival 2016 called on all local groups, businesses and individuals to get involved to reveal hidden facts and stories of Croydon – past, present and into the future.
The fourth Croydon Heritage Festival took place from Saturday 18 June until Sunday 26 June, this year’s festival is themed ‘Undiscovered Croydon’ which took people on a journey of discovery and exploration around Croydon revealling its iconic locations and residents, little known-facts and best kept secrets of the area.
The festival, organised by The Whitgift Foundation, kicked off on Saturday 18 June with Croydon Heritage Day in North End where a live stage showcased Croydon’s talented musicians and performers, a host of stalls from local charities and community groups and a range of fun family-orientated activities.
Each year, the events guide is filled with talks, tours, workshops, walks, performances, exhibitions or any other activities that explore Croydon’s heritage, all put on by local community groups, societies, charities, residents and businesses.
An uplift of 10,000 people was recorded in Croydon High Street for Heritage Day - the majority of the bookable events were sold out.
Martin Corney, Chief Executive, The Whitgift Foundation, said: “Croydon Heritage Festival, now in its fourth year, continues to grow thanks to the support of organisations taking part and the increasing number of visitors attending events. Croydon has a vast amount of heritage that is often overlooked or unknown. From its 150 listed buildings – 6 of which are Grade I listed including Old Palace School and the Whitgift Almshouses to a host of famous residents, not least the author of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who resided in Tennison Road, South Norwood, and Archbishop John Whitgift, the second most powerful man during Queen Elizabeth I’s reign. We would like to hear from anyone who would like to get involved to showcase the best our Borough has to offer.”
Croydon Heritage Festival has been an annual celebration of Croydon, presented by The Whitgift Foundation, packed full of community-led activities and events to explore its incredible past, vibrant present and exciting future.
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