Heritage Day 10.09.16

Heritage Open Day

Saturday 10 September

Walton Wharf – 11:30-16:30
St Mary’s Church – 11:00-15:00
Riverhouse Barn – 10:00-16:30


Heritage Day has been celebrated in Walton for over 10 years. This year WoTTA (Walton-on-Thames Trading Alliance) is coordinating the events in the town.  Check out Twitter and Facebook for more information.

The Traditional event at Walton Wharf, run for the last ten years, will include stalls, games for children, music performances, boat rides and the incredibly popular Dog show. There is something for everyone, with a puppet show, miniature ponies, big band and jazz music, The Jolly Brit River Boat and The Thames Venturer.

At the Riverhouse Barn visitors will get a chance to catch up with the progress of our Mount Felix Tapestry and watch as panels are being stitched, history being created! A community panel means you can even have a go yourself. There will also be the screening of ‘Memories of Walton II’ the follow-up film features memories of people who were born or have lived and worked in Walton for much of their lives. This film delves into the amazing history of Walton-on-Thames, you will discover many fascinating facts about this historic town; for example did you know that the Prince of Wales played baseball in Ashley Park in Walton in 1749, and that this is believed to be the very first baseball game ever played?
St Mary’s will be open to allow small groups of visitors to go into the ringing chamber to see how a bell is rung and to climb to the top of the bell tower (no unaccompanied children). The registers of baptism, confirmation and marriage, dating from early to mid 20th century up to date, will be available to inspect. There will also be guided or self-guided tours of the church, including information and a quiz about its history.Throughout the day at Walton Wharf

  • Opening Parade to welcome Mayor of Elmbridge
  • Radio Wey compering the event
  • Music from Ember Big Band and George ‘Boogie Woogie’ Hart
  • Puppet Theatre
  • Fun Dog Show, sponsored by Huxley Hound
  • Face-painting by Walton Residents Association
  • Hog Roast and other refreshments
  • Thames Venturer – offering river trips for people with disabilities
  • Stalls with goodies and games

Heritage Open Days is the country’s largest heritage festival with around 5,000 events, over 40,000 volunteers and more than three million visitors taking part. Celebrating local history, architecture and culture, the four-day event offers everyone the chance to see hidden places and experience something new – all of which are completely free to explore.