Medieval re-enactors, Victorian tea parties and wartime trenches are coming to town next Saturday (26 September), as Wellingborough’s fascinating past is brought to life at a free heritage fun day
The borough council has teamed up with Wellingborough Museum to organise the celebration of the town’s history, from its Saxon origins to the zoo park of the 40s, 50s and 60s.
The day starts at 10.30am and will be packed full of family activities. Demonstrations with Roman soldiers and Saxon slaves will sit alongside lawn games and traditional Victorian treats courtesy of Ria’s Rosy Lee tea room. Visitors can learn about Wellingborough’s beer making history and sample local ales from Hart Family Brewers, and then experience life in the First World War with the museum’s replica trenches. The Friends of Croyland Garden’s Lost Zoo will help with mask making to celebrate the days when the town centre park was filled with the roars of lions, tigers and bears.
Cllr Jon-Paul Carr, chairman of the council’s services committee, said: “This will be a really special day. We have such a rich and fascinating history in Wellingborough and we’re bringing this to life in a very fun way.
“There will be lots to do for all age groups, from battling with the Romans and Saxons, to eating cake with the Victorians, and standing side by side in the trenches. Beer sampling and a barbecue will complete festival atmosphere.
“It’s a true celebration of Wellingborough throughout the centuries, from early settlers to modern day.
“Best of all, it’s completely free to attend.”
The fun day will be at Wellingborough Museum next Saturday between 10.30am and 4pm. It has been organised as part of the council’s Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), a lottery-funded project that improves and promotes the history of Wellingborough. The scheme was set up in 2012 after the council was given a £1.4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the project includes shop front restoration grants, training bursaries, education events and heritage trail improvements.
The event on Saturday has been arranged to coincide with the programme of activities for the Nene Valley Festival 2015, a week-long event to promote tourism along the River Nene.
As part of festival, the THI project will also be providing a historic town walk in partnership with Wellingborough Museum and the Hind Hotel on both 22 and 24 September.
More information on the THI and the heritage events is available on our heritage pages.