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Croydon Heritage Festival to celebrate 5th Anniversary with theme of Evolution.

Croydon Heritage Festival celebrates its fifth year in 2017, bringing a range of fantastic events and attractions to the town from Saturday 24 June to Friday 30 June.  

Festival organisers, 420 year old charity The Whitgift Foundation, have also announced that the theme of this year’s festival will be: EVOLUTION, looking at the changing face of Croydon throughout its history as it enters a new and exciting period of growth and renewal for the future.

Croydon Heritage Festival has enjoyed enormous success over the last five years, with thousands of visitors enjoying hundreds of events throughout the town each June. To celebrate its fifth birthday the Festival is evolving its own programme to bring a fresh and reinvigorated line up of events to the town.

A new format Croydon Heritage Day will see the Festival collaborate with the Shaking Hands partnership and their ‘The Big Shake Festival’ to make the Town Centre busier than ever.

One of the most loved aspects of the festival, Open Buildings, will be back for the 2017. This will see many of Croydon’s iconic buildings open for public tours throughout the week-long celebration in June.

If you have a proposal for an Evolution themed event or an Open Building as part of the festival, please contact:

Look out for more details and many new and exciting projects to be announced over the next couple of months.

The evolution of Croydon

Croydon history is marked with evolution; growing from a village of 365 residents listed in the Domesday Book to a market town and a centre for charcoal production, leather tanning and brewing in the Middle Ages. The palace in Croydon was the summer residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury for over 500 years, including Queen Elizabeth’s Archbishop John Whitgift, who founded a charity in his name to educate the young and care for the elderly in 1596. The arrival of The Surrey Iron Railway, the world's first public railway, in 1803 facilitated Croydon's growth as a commuter town for London, leading to expansion and improvement. Following the devastation of WWII Croydon Council instigated a major redevelopment scheme and the town boomed as a business centre in the 1960s. Today Croydon a thriving hub of living, retailing, culture and business set to evolve even further with Croydon Vision 2020, an urban planning initiative that will transform the town centre. 

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