Heritage Open Day
Heritage Open Day – Reigate and Banstead Town Hall
Reigate Town Hall will be opening its doors on Saturday 9 September 2017. Reigate Town Hall is a Grade II listed building. Completed in 1901, it is a fabulous example of Arts & Crafts architecture. The building originally housed the Town Hall, Law Courts, Police and Fire Station. The tower was used to dry the fire hoses and the police cells were in the basement.
With a Samba Band, Vintage Police Cars and other vintage vehicles outside, the day should have a real festival feel to it.
Inside, you can explore the magnificent rooms, meet the Mayor in his Parlour and see his Mayoral robes, mace and other historic regalia. Displays will commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I including the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Battle of Passchendaele.
Local crafts will be on sale, with information about their history and live demonstrations. Further displays will trace the early history of travel and transport in the borough, including roads, toll gates, horse-drawn coaches, railways and the 120 year history of Finch Cycles.
Learn more about local democracy from your local Councillors and enjoy a delicious selection of homemade cakes and savouries in the beautiful old Old Council Chamber at our Pop-up cafe.
There will be several talks on different topics including the history of SSAFA, the oldest military charity in Britain.
This year there will be even more for children to do with many exciting acitivits including a History Hunt with Heritage Hattie and Heritage Henry and a Come and Make area.
Please join us and help celebrate our wonderful history.
Open: Saturday 9 September 2017. 11:00 – 15:00
Directions: Reigate & Banstead Town Hall, Castlefield Road, Reigate RH2 0SH
1 mile south of junction 8 of the M25, on the A217 in the centre of Reigate.
Heritage Open Days brochure
Find out what else is happening in the borough over Heritage Open Days weekend.
You may also wish to visit the websites below:
- Heritage Open Days website has an event directory within the borough.
- Reigate cave tours - your chance to explore what history lies beneath Reigate Town Centre.
- Reigate Society website.