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Heritage Open Days - Bringing our history alive this September

With free access to over one hundred events, buildings, churches, guided walks, talks and tours 'Heritage Open Days' in Guildford this September is set to help residents and visitors discover our borough's rich history.

From 7 -10 September, places of interest across the borough will welcome visitors to help celebrate their heritage and history. It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences - and it's all free.

Lead Councillor for Social Welfare, Heritage and the Arts, Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith says:

"Heritage Open Days provide a fantastic free opportunity to help you discover and better understand the history of the borough in which you might live, work or visit. From buildings to explore, to events and guided walks to take part in there is plenty to do and see."  

Cllr Nelson-Smith added:

"In terms of the number of events organised for 'Heritage Open Day' last year, Guildford was in the top 5 towns and cities in England. This year we have even more events planned for you to enjoy and participate in."     

Joining Guildford's events programme for the first time in 2017 are: Effingham Golf Club, Grange Park Opera, West Horsley and St Teresa's school, Effingham.

New guided walks for this year include the Felday Iron Age enclosure and First World War prisoner-of-war camp, Holmbury Hill Iron Age Hillfort, the industrial history of the Wey and Tillingbourne rivers and Georgian Guildford.  

All events are free but due to space restrictions some venues and events need to be pre-booked. For more information about all events taking place across the borough during Heritage Open Days 2017 and to obtain a downloadable events guide please visit: www.guildford.gov.uk/heritageopendays

Printed copies of the events guide are also available from: Tourist Information Centre, 155 High Street, Guildford and Guildford Borough Council, Millmead. Guildford, GU2 4BB.

DATED 1 September 2017