Published Friday, 13th September 2019
The Town Hall in Reigate is throwing open its doors to the public on Saturday 21 September for Heritage Open Day.
In honour of its 25th anniversary, the UK-wide festival of history and culture is celebrating 'People Power' – the ability of local communities, groups and individuals to evoke change.
For one day only, come and take a FREE look behind the scenes at the Town Hall and discover its fascinating 118-year history as home to many of the community’s public services. The Grade II Listed building, completed in 1901, originally housed the Town Hall, law courts, police and fire stations – the 70-foot former fire station tower still forms the principal exterior feature of the building today.
You’ll also be able to explore the fuselage of a World War Two Lancaster Bomber, see the Mayor’s Mace and Charter in the Parlour and have the opportunity to meet your local Councillors. Activity packs for kids will be available, including an exciting history hunt around Reigate.
Plus, after the success of last year’s display, a number of classic and sports cars, a vintage car carousel and a kiddi-karts race track will be parked outside the front of the Town Hall, raising money for local charity George and the Giant Pledge. If you fancy a pit-stop, a pop-up café serving drinks and a selection of homemade cakes will be on offer in the Old Council Chamber. All proceeds from this café will go towards the Mayor’s charities, Stripey Stork and Loveworks.
“Whether you’re fascinated by history, art or local democracy, or just fancy a sneaky peek behind the scenes, Heritage Open Day at the Town Hall is well worth a visit,” says Cllr Keith Foreman, Mayor of Reigate & Banstead. “Put the date in your diaries today for this family-friendly day out. I look forward to welcoming guests into our stunning surroundings.”
The Town Hall, situated on Castlefield Road, Reigate RH2 0SH, will be open from 11am until 4pm. No booking is required; simply turn up on the day.
Don’t forget to bring your camera! This year’s Heritage Open Day photography competition is free to enter and open to everyone. The theme is ‘Power’, which can be interpreted in many ways, from buildings symbolising power to the power of nature. The entry deadline is 1 October, and first prize is a £100 Cotswold Outdoor Voucher. Share your pictures of the day with us, too, on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #reigatehod.
The Town Hall is just one of many venues across the borough – and country – open for Heritage Open Day, celebrated between 13 and 22 September 2019. For borough events, you can pick up a brochure from public buildings and shops in the area. To find out what else is on, visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk.