September 8th, 2016

History of Stratford to be unveiled as part of heritage festival

History of Stratford to be unveiled as part of heritage festival History of Stratford to be unveiled as part of heritage festival
Updated: 11:36 am, Sep 04, 2015

HERITAGE and history will be on show in the heart of Stratford next weekend.

As part of the national Heritage Open Days festival, The Old Slaughterhouse and Escape Arts is opening its doors to host a series of free events celebrating the town’s rich history from September 11 to 13

On the Friday there will be a ‘Yesterday & Today exhibition’ from 11am to 5pm at the site in Sheep Street. It will explore the changing faces of Sheep Street as well as nearby Bridge Street, Waterside and High Street over the years, with visitors able to take a tour of the building in the company of their very own  butcher.

The following day will see entertainment from a barbershop quartet while visitors will also be able to discover the heritage craft market and vintage vehicles from 11am to 5pm.

And the weekend will be rounded off when the Old Slaughterhouse opens once again on Sunday from noon to 4pm, featuring a rope walker among other attractions.

Pink balloons and pink ‘h’ signs will identify the buildings but for those struggling, Escape volunteers will be at the Stratford Birthplace Trust and Town Hall to advise and signpost people to the other venues.

Visitors will also have the chance to discover the famous ‘Old Sextons Clock’ and the hidden history of Bridge Street with a tour from local horologist Richard Thomas.

Pink balloons and pink ‘h’ signs will identify the buildings but for those struggling, Escape volunteers will be at the Stratford Birthplace Trust and Town Hall to advise and signpost people to the other venues.

Refreshments will also available all weekend from The Old Slaughterhouse vintage café.

Email amber-merrick-potter@escapearts.org.uk or call 0771593192 to book a tour.

Visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk/ to find out about other events.

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