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Explore Croydon’s history and heritage for two weeks this summer as part of Croydon Heritage Festival.

More than 70 local organisations and individuals are involved in the festival to deliver a varied programme of mostly free events suitable for all ages.

The diverse range of events taking place from 21 June to 4 July can now be viewed on a brand new website dedicated to the Croydon Heritage Festival – www.croydonheritagefestival.co.uk.

The festival is organised by The Whitgift Foundation and aims to bring Croydon’s fascinating past alive whilst looking to an exciting future at a time of unprecedented change for the town.

Whether celebrating Croydon’s parks and open spaces, iconic buildings, authors, artists or musicians there are activities for everyone to take part in including talks, workshops, exhibitions, performances or walking tours.

Although the majority of events are free of charge, many do require advance bookings which will open on 1st May via the Croydon Heritage Festival website.

To support many of the organisations involved, volunteer opportunities are available during the festival via Team Croydon, part of Croydon Voluntary Action. To volunteer, email volunteer@cvalive.org.uk, call 020 8253 7070 or drop into the Team Croydon Shop in Centrale.

Martin Corney, Chief Executive, The Whitgift Foundation, said: “We’re delighted that so many individuals, organisations and local groups have come together to showcase the best of Croydon’s heritage.

“As a 400 year old Croydon charity, we want to reach out to the local community beyond our schools, care homes and carer services to demonstrate that we are passionate not only about the town’s past but also its exciting future.

“For many years, we have been working with Westfield and latterly the Croydon Partnership to bring about a transformational change to the town centre and this festival provides an opportunity for us all to be proud of living or working in Croydon.

“I would like to thank all of the individuals and organisations for taking part in this year’s festival and urge the community to find out about the festival events via the Croydon Heritage Festival website.”

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