The Croydon Heritage Festival will be returning this summer to showcase Croydon’s history and heritage.

It will be taking place from June 21 to July 4.

The public are invited to take part in more than 100 events, suitable for all ages.

More than 70 local organisations and individuals are involved, offering a diverse programme of mostly free acts.

Some of the participants include Croydon Tech City, Museum of Croydon, Shirley Windmill and The Croydon Art Society.

However, many of the events require advance bookings which will open on May 1 via the Croydon Heritage Festival website.

The festival has been organised by the 400 year old charity, The Whitgift Foundation, and it aims to bring Croydon’s past alive while looking forward to the future.

Croydon Guardian:

Last year's festival was a big hit

Chief Executive of The Whitgift Foundation, Martin Corney said: "As a 400 year old Croydon charity, we want to reach out to the local community beyond our schools, care homes and carer services to demonstrate that we are passionate not only about the town’s past but also its exciting future."

There are activities for everyone, including workshops, performances and walking tours.

The Croydon Heritage Day will open the festival and the Croydon Heritage Exhibition will run throughout the two weeks in Fairfield Halls.

Children can attend a workshop celebrating the Croydon born author and creator of the Flower Fairy Books, Mary Cicely Barker.

There will be an evening tour of Croydon’s High Street and a talk on the history of Croydon.

Croydon Youth Council’s film and discussion on why young people are the future of Croydon will provide insight into young people’s views.

Croydon Guardian:

Last year's festival

There will also be a heritage themed photography competition, focusing on some of Croydon’s most historic sites, in partnership with Croydon Guardian.

Mr Corney said: "I would like to thank all of the individuals and organisations for taking part in this year’s festival and urge the community to find out about the festival events via the Croydon Heritage Festival website."

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