a tour of Bedford Cemetery is one of the Bedford Borough Heritage Open Days 2018 events. Image: Bedford Borough Council

Celebrate history and architecture across Bedford Borough this September

Bedford Borough Heritage Open Days 2018 run from Thursday 6th- Sunday 9th and Thursday 13th- Sunday 16th September.

Volunteers will be showcasing hidden stories and architectural treasures across the Borough, all completely free.

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said:

“There are many historical and architectural gems across Bedford Borough, and these Heritage Open Days are a great opportunity to find out more about the local area.”

One of the events is a free town centre guided walk of ‘Bedford’s Historical Plaques: Blue, Bronze and Others’. It is the chance to find out the fascinating history behind some of Bedford’s doors and windows.

This will take place on Saturday 15th September from 11am. This requires pre-booking and can done via sian.hughes@bedford.gov.uk or 01234 276257.

Events at St Pauls’ Church and Bedford Cemetery look back through the historic burial register. Guided walks are also on offer to explain the history of notable Bedford figures.

There are exhibitions at The Higgins Bedford, the Panacea Museum and the John Bunyan Museum.

The John Bunyan Community Boat will be running public cruises over these weekends.

Not just in the town centre

There are events outside of Bedford, such as the chance to ‘Step Into the World of John Bunyan’ at Moot Hall. There are also tours of Bedfordshire’s only complete windmill at Stevington and St Mary’s Church in Felmersham.

In Central Bedfordshire, Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre will be open over these weekends. It features the original Victorian Booking Office and a Vintage Tea Room.

The Mayor of Bedford Borough said:

“Our thanks must go to the volunteers and organisations involved in making these weekends happen.”

‘Heritage Open Days’ is England’s biggest festival of history and culture. It relies on over 40,000 volunteers.

For a full list of events on offer locally please visit www.bedford.gov.uk/heritageopendays