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08 September 2016 19:00 23 August 2017 11:00 ticket
The Birthplace House at Night Circle of Horror and more

The Birthplace House at Night Circle of Horror and more

Thursday 8th, September 19:00

VENUE: Octavia Hill's Birthplace House, 7 South Brink, Wisbech, PE13 1JB

Author Simon Crow will be developing and conducting his latest game Circle of Horror, where each person plays a role in an interactive story and the aim is to try and survive a nightmare stay in the Birthplace House!
Other European style board games will be run by TVA Games including Every Man for Himself designed by Walter Muller and card games Guillotine and Family Business.

£4.00

24 September 2016 09:30 23 August 2017 10:00 ticket Fenmans Steak and Ale Pie
The Manea Colony Story

The Manea Colony Story

Saturday 24th, September 9:30

VENUE: William Marshall Community Centre, Hurn Drove, PE14 9SD

Spend the day in and around the site of the ill-fated nineteenth-century revolutionary experiment where men and women were declared equal. The Octavia Hill Society, Cambridge Archaeological Unit and the Ouse Washes Landscape partnership are hosting an open day aimed at exploring the facts and myths concerning the Colony, which influenced many of the Utopian enterprises that Robert Owen established in America.
Experts will tell you the Manea Colony story starting with Robert Owen’s New Lanark Mill and heritage site. Followed by Dr John Langdon on researching the colony, Marcus Brittain will detail the Manea Archaeological dig, Peter Clayton will discuss the Octavia Hill’s Manea Colony display model, Mike Petty will detail his research into founder William Hodson’s later life in America and Kirsten Bennet will be talking about the Fenland Ark, a book written by her late father.
After pre-booked lunch at the Lamb & Flag Welney, we will visit the Colony site itself. Opportunity to see the Manea Colony model at the Colony Lake by kind permission of Peter Crout.
This event is made possible via the Heritage Lottery Fund.

VENUE IS: William Marshall Community Centre, Hurn Drove, PE14 9SD

£11.00

01 September 2016 18:30 23 August 2017 00:00 ticket
Meet the Author Ian Nairn and the small town by Gillian Darley

Meet the Author Ian Nairn and the small town by Gillian Darley

Thursday 1st, September 18:30

VENUE: Wisbech Town Council Chamber, 1 North Brink, Wisbech, PE13 1JR

Gillian Darley, President of Octavia Hill Society, will be discussing and signing her recent book Ian Nairn: Words in Places.
Ian Nairn’s seminal commentaries of urban design issues inspired a generation of town planners and architects. Gillian’s other books include ‘Villages of Vision’ featuring the Duke of Bedford’s estate at Thorney, and biographies of Octavia Hill; John Evelyn and Sir John Soane.

£4.00

02 September 2016 18:30 23 August 2017 00:00 ticket
The Secret Princess an evening to unravel royal connections

The Secret Princess an evening to unravel royal connections

Friday 2nd, September 18:30

VENUE: Wisbech Quaker Friends Meeting House, 21 North Brink, Wisbech, PE13 1JR

(Photography courtesy Richard Humphrey)

An event to celebrate new research into the grave of Jane Stuart, said to be the natural daughter of King James II, who was deposed in the bloodless revolution of 1688.
Dr Eoin Devlin of Downing College Cambridge will talk about ‘the baby in the warming-pan: anti-Catholicism, dynastic succession and the fall of James II’, which will place Jane’s life within the context of Stuart politics and the controversies surrounding the birth of James’ heir in 1688.
We will then look at Jane’s life in Wisbech, the long standing tradition of her royal connections and the succession of dedicated conservators of her grave behind the Wisbech Meeting House.

£4.00

02 September 2016 12:10 23 August 2017 12:50 ticket
LUNCHTIME LEARNING How Steve Jobs Humanised Computers by Julian Snape

LUNCHTIME LEARNING How Steve Jobs Humanised Computers by Julian Snape

Friday 2nd, September 12:10

VENUE: Octavia Hill's Birthplace House, 7 South Brink, Wisbech, PE13 1JB

This is a 40 minute lunch time event.
Julian sold and marketed Apple computers when they first arrived in the 1980’s. Since then he has developed systems leading towards the development of artificial intelligence. Julian’s presentation will be about his own 30-year journey into the future.
Ticket price includes coffee and a sandwich
£5.00 at door.

£5.00

03 September 2016 10:00 23 August 2017 00:00 ticket
Nelson of Norfolk Coach tour

Nelson of Norfolk Coach tour

Saturday 3rd, September 10:00

VENUE: Meeting at Somers Road Car Park, PE13 2RA

Tour of North Norfolk with Lieutenant-Commander Peter Harvey MBE MRN RNR and Peter Clayton.
Admiral Horatio Nelson, the hero of the Battle of Trafalgar, is commemorated in London’s Trafalgar Square and numerous public places throughout Britain and its former Empire. His naval skills were honed as a boy in the treacherous shallows of the North Norfolk coast and his enforced inactivity “on the beach” in and around the Burnham villages.
We will visit the church where his parents are buried and see memorabilia of his life. Peter Harvey will explain Nelson’s technical and strategic naval skills as a sailor.
Coach will leave promptly.

£20.00

04 September 2016 14:00 23 August 2017 00:00 ticket
Sir Peter Scott and the secrets of the East Bank Lighthouse

Sir Peter Scott and the secrets of the East Bank Lighthouse

Sunday 4th, September 14:00

VENUE: Meeting at Somers Road Car Park, PE13 2RA

Sir Peter Scott, son of Captain Scott of the Antarctic, and greatest naturalist of the 20th century lived in the Lighthouse from 1933 – 1939 and laid the foundations of global conservation. The novel Snow Goose by Paul Gallico, described as the “most emotionally powerful and romantic wildlife fiction ever” was based on the Lighthouse and Peter Scott.
Owners Sue and Doug Hilton will welcome us to their lighthouse home with a talk, tour and refreshments. There will be the opportunity to purchase the Snow Goose and see a fine art exhibition by Sue and pottery by her brother Paul.
Coach will leave promptly. Tour commences at 3:00pm

£15.00

05 September 2016 19:00 23 August 2017 00:00 ticket
OPEN HARVEST SUPPER & meeting Welle Women's Institute

OPEN HARVEST SUPPER & meeting Welle Women's Institute

Monday 5th, September 19:00

VENUE: Upwell Village Hall, PE14 9AB

Harvest supper and an evening discovering Octavia Hill by Peter Clayton, Chairman of Octavia Hill’s Birthplace
Museum Trust.
Discover how Octavia’s parents led to her dedicating her life to create happy homes, open spaces, the National Trust and a new moral world of social inclusion ‘for Ever for Everyone’, the motto of the National Trust.
£7 per person, pre-booking essential, to book please contact Fiona on 07891073281 or Sylvia on 07584222474.
There will be a raffle following the event.

£7.00

10 September 2016 18:30 23 August 2017 19:00 ticket
Last Night of the Proms Concert by King's Lynn Town Band

Last Night of the Proms Concert by King's Lynn Town Band

Saturday 10th, September 18:30

VENUE: St Peter's Church, Church Terrace, Wisbech, PE13 1HP

King’s Lynn Town Brass Band goes pop! The concert’s first half is an array of familiar, popular songs from the last 40 years. After the interval, the band will play traditional songs from the Last Night of the Prom, including Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem. Guest soprano Anneli Killen will lead the performance of Royal Britannia.
To pre-book tickets, please contact 01945 582508
Ticket price includes a light buffet.

£10.00

06 September 2016 14:00 23 August 2017 00:00 ticket
Betjeman's and Nairn's Wisbech town walk

Betjeman's and Nairn's Wisbech town walk

Tuesday 6th, September 14:00

VENUE: Meeting at the Clarkson Memorial

Both Poet Laureate John Betjeman and Ian Nairn were
commentators on the fabric and functions of towns and
cities. The walk will use their observations in prose and
poetry to look at the good, the bad and the ugly in the
Capital of the Fens.
Peter Clayton leading the walk.

£4.00

10 September 2016 18:30 23 August 2017 19:00 hidden-ticket
Last Night of the Proms Concert by King's Lynn Town Band Concession

Last Night of the Proms Concert by King's Lynn Town Band Concession

Saturday 10th, September 18:30

VENUE: St Peter's Church, Church Terrace, Wisbech, PE13 1HP

King’s Lynn Town Brass Band goes pop! The concert’s first half is an array of familiar, popular songs from the last 40 years. After the interval, the band will play traditional songs from the Last Night of the Prom, including Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem. Guest soprano Anneli Killen will lead the performance of Royal Britannia.
To pre-book tickets, please contact 01945 582508
Ticket price includes a light buffet.

£7.50

07 September 2016 19:00 23 August 2017 00:00 ticket
Sounds of the 60's by Kevin Rodgers

Sounds of the 60's by Kevin Rodgers

Wednesday 7th, September 19:00

VENUE: Mendi's, 21 Old Market, Wisbech, PE13 1NB

Following on from his Brinks Festival 60’s talk, self confessed sixties nut Kevin continues the story of Wisbech as a stepping stone to fame.
This includes impresario Norman Jacobs, who brought emerging 60’s groups and singers such as the Rolling Stones and Adam Faith to perform in Wisbech at the Corn Exchange.

£4.00

08 October 2016 10:00 23 August 2017 16:00 ticket
Bone Mill Narborough - RAF Heroes Coach trip

Bone Mill Narborough - RAF Heroes Coach trip

Saturday 8th, October 10:00

VENUE: Meeting at Somers Road Car Park, PE13 2RA

(Postponed to the 8th of October)

Visit to the ten-year-old Narborough Museum & Heritage Centre which celebrates local history, including the World War One Narborough RAF base, where W.E. Johns trained would-be pilots. Johns went on to write the series ofnovels and short stories about fictional character James
Bigglesworth (nicknamed ‘Biggles’).In the nineteenth century the Narborough Bone Mill on the River Nar ground bones for agricultural fertiliser.David Turner, Chairman of Narborough History Society, will conduct the tours. Please note, 1¼ miles walk there and back.
Coach will leave promptly.

£20.00

09 September 2016 13:30 23 August 2017 14:00 ticket
Housing: The Way Ahead by Gavin Smart

Housing: The Way Ahead by Gavin Smart

Friday 9th, September 13:30

VENUE: Wisbech Town Council Chamber, 1 North Brink, Wisbech, PE13 1JR

Hosted by the Octavia Hill Society. Guests will hear of
the challenges facing social housing today in a keynote
speech by Gavin Smart, Deputy Chief Executive of the
Chartered Institue of Housing.
Guests including;
Martin O’Donnell Community Development Manager
of Peabody Community Foundation and Shelia Jackman,
former Octavia Housing Manager.

Free

09 September 2016 19:00 23 August 2017 00:00 ticket
William Streader A Wisbech Hero

William Streader A Wisbech Hero

Friday 9th, September 19:00

VENUE: Octavia Hill's Birthplace House, 7 South Brink, Wisbech, PE13 1JB

An evening commemorating William Streader, who saved 98 people from drowning in Outwell, Wisbech and Kings Lynn, Grimsby and Shoreham by Sea.
William was awarded over 30 medals and 2 citations from the Royal Humane Society for his bravery and is commemorated by a stone in Wisbech General Cemetery.
Key note speaker is Krista Babin great, great, great Granddaughter of William Streader, who lives in British Columbia, Canada and will talk about her illustrious ancestor.

£4.00

10 September 2016 10:00 23 August 2017 14:00 ticket
Mustard Day cooking demonstration and tasting by Alison Sloan

Mustard Day cooking demonstration and tasting by Alison Sloan

Saturday 10th, September 10:00

VENUE: Centenary Green, Somers Road, Wisbech, PE13 1JF

Centenary Green will host a revival of late 19th Century Wisbech tradition, where warehouses on the river storing mustard for Coleman’s, Keen and Sadler would hold a market. Celebrating the link with Wisbech and history of mustard, there will be a taste of different mustards and a cookery demonstration of recipes including sausage and mustard clanger and potato, leek and mustard cobbler.
Alison will demonstrate making various different examples for tasting continuously throughout the day, and there will be a mustard based shop in the tea room.

Free

10 September 2016 10:00 23 August 2017 16:00 ticket
Open day for Wisbech General Cemetery

Open day for Wisbech General Cemetery

Saturday 10th, September 10:00

VENUE: Wisbech General Cemetery, North End Wisbech (Near Asda)

Come and hear about the history of, and Wisbech Society’s exciting plans for, Wisbech General Cemetery where since 1830 over 6,000 people have been buried.
Peckover School pupils will be making tiles for use in the refurbished chapel floor and there will be information on Family History, Fenland Fusion Forum and many interesting sights in this atmospheric and fascinating Wisbech jewel.
Tour of cemetery by Sue Beel, Chairman of the General Cemetery Friends at 2:00pm.

Free

11 September 2016 14:00 23 August 2017 14:38 ticket
Local Heroes Walk by Peter Clayton and Cemetery Friends

Local Heroes Walk by Peter Clayton and Cemetery Friends

Sunday 11th, September 14:00

VENUE: Wisbech General Cemetery, North End Wisbech (Near Asda)

In partnership with the Wisbech Society who are leading the restoration of the General Chapel, this event will explore the local heroes buried or remembered in the Wisbech General Cemetery, including Fenland hero William Streader who saved over 25 Wisbechians from drowning in the Nene River and Welle Creek. Others include Frederic John Gardiner who wrote the standard history of Wisbech and George Dawbarn ‘the Grand Old Man’, who was instrumental in setting up Wisbech’s first waterworks.
Wisbech Society, Friends of the Cemetery and supporting organisations will be on hand 10:00am to 4:00pm.
In the event of wet weather the walk will continue, just bring a brolly.

£4.00

12 September 2016 14:00 23 August 2017 14:39 ticket
The Heroes of Downham Market Walk by Ken Snape

The Heroes of Downham Market Walk by Ken Snape

Monday 12th, September 14:00

VENUE: Meeting at Downham Market Library, 78 Piory Road, Downham Market, PE38 9JS

Conducted by Ken Snape of TWALKS, the Denver and Downham Market Walking and Talking Group. This walk unearths the local connection to heroes including Algernon Bird, a Royal Flying Corps pilot who was shot down during World War One by the Red Baron and
survived. He went onto run the family business Birds Mill (now Heygates Mill).
Meet at Downham Market Library next to Tesco for 2:00pm set-off.
In the event of wet weather the walk will continue, just bring a brolly.

£4.00

17 September 2016 08:00 23 August 2017 00:00 ticket
Annual Wisbech Society coach tour: 'Underground London' led by Peter Clayton

Annual Wisbech Society coach tour: 'Underground London' led by Peter Clayton

Saturday 17th, September 8:00

VENUE: Somers Road Car Park, PE13 2RA

The first stop on this underground themed coach tour around London is Paddock, the recently saved Cabinet War Rooms, located deep beneath a Post Office building in North London, followed by a visit to Kensal Green Cemetery ‘the most fashionable burial ground in Victorian England’, where many famous people of the time including Anthony Trollope was buried. We’ll enjoy a light lunch in Little Venice before riding along the Regents Canal though Maida Tunnel to Camden Lock on ‘Jason’ an authentic 100-year-old canal boat. In Camden we’ll visit the Stables Market. The final stop will be at the Buxton Memorial Fountain in Westminster, which commemorates the people who fought to abolish slavery, including Wisbech’s Thomas Clarkson.
On the return journey to Wisbech, we’ll stop at Water Lane Restaurant, Bishop’s Stortford for dinner (included in ticket price).

£70.00

13 September 2016 17:30 23 August 2017 14:47 ticket
Riot in the Blood Film at The Luxe Cinema

Riot in the Blood Film at The Luxe Cinema

Tuesday 13th, September 17:30

VENUE: The Luxe Cinema, Alexandra Road, Wisbech, PE13 1HQ

Using a mixture of archive materials, eye witness accounts and trail testimonies, Riot in the Blood documents the events surrounding Ely and Littleport Riots in 1816. Participants in Riot in the Blood include descendants of the five hanged “Littleport Martyrs”.
Shot on location in key sites in Littleport and Ely, the film includes tumultuous events.
Riot in the Blood is a moving and memorable tribute to those who paid the ultimate price of daring to protest against their poverty and hunger.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery fund.

£5.00

13 September 2016 19:00 23 August 2017 14:52 ticket
Find Our Way: by Kate Ashbrook POSTPONED

Find Our Way: by Kate Ashbrook POSTPONED

Tuesday 13th, September 19:00

VENUE: EVENT POSTPONED - Rescheduled for December

Dear Heritage Festival supporters,
I am so sorry to announce that due to unforeseen circumstance, Kate is now unable to join us on Tuesday 13th September.
We do expect that she will be rescheduling her visit for sometime in December.

We will keep you posted.
Kindest regards

The Heritage Festival team

Free

14 September 2016 14:00 23 August 2017 14:55 ticket
An Alarming Talk by Roy Norman POSTPONED

An Alarming Talk by Roy Norman POSTPONED

Wednesday 14th, September 14:00

VENUE: Octavia Hill's Birthplace House, 7 South Brink, Wisbech, PE13 1JB

POSTPONED: New evening time to be confirmed

Roy Norman, the well-known local horologist who restored the Wisbech Institute clock and carillon talks on waking people up and methods of alerting them to the time in the era before personal timepieces. He will also bring historic and recent examples of alarm clocks and explain the social environment in which they served the community.

£4.00

15 September 2016 13:10 23 August 2017 14:57 ticket
LUNCHTIME LEARNING Jonathan Peckover and the Open Universities of their day by Christina Swaine

LUNCHTIME LEARNING Jonathan Peckover and the Open Universities of their day by Christina Swaine

Thursday 15th, September 13:10

VENUE: Octavia Hill's Birthplace House, 7 South Brink, Wisbech, PE13 1JB

This is a 40 minute lunch time event.
Christina Swaine, who is writing the biography of Jonathan Peckover, scion of the Peckover family, will be discussing Jonathan’s life and work, including his patronage of the Wisbech Working Men’s Club and Institute. It became the first, biggest and best of the nationwide Working Men’s clubs called “the Open Universities of their day” and initiated one of the 19th Century’s most significant social developments.
Ticket price includes coffee and a sandwich
£5.00 at door.

£5.00

15 September 2016 17:30 23 August 2017 14:59 ticket
Free Dance Classes FREE taster session and registration

Free Dance Classes FREE taster session and registration

Thursday 15th, September 17:30

VENUE: Rosmini Centre, 69 Queens Road, Wisbech, PE13 2PH

Come along and experience dance for FREE. Registration and taster session for ongoing classes. Three upcoming dance instructors are teaching a mixture of street, contemporary and jazz dance, at our free taster sessions. Each will coach a different age group;
3 – 6 years old
7 – 12 years old
13 – 19 years old
All abilities welcome.

Free

17 September 2016 08:00 23 August 2017 00:00 hidden-ticket
Annual Wisbech Society coach tour: 'Underground London' led by Peter Clayton - Member Ticket

Annual Wisbech Society coach tour: 'Underground London' led by Peter Clayton - Member Ticket

Saturday 17th, September 8:00

VENUE: Somers Road Car Park, PE13 2RA

The first stop on this underground themed coach tour around London is Paddock, the recently saved Cabinet War Rooms, located deep beneath a Post Office building in North London, followed by a visit to Kensal Green Cemetery ‘the most fashionable burial ground in Victorian England’, where many famous people of the time including Anthony Trollope was buried. We’ll enjoy a light lunch in Little Venice before riding along the Regents Canal though Maida Tunnel to Camden Lock on ‘Jason’ an authentic 100-year-old canal boat. In Camden we’ll visit the Stables Market. The final stop will be at the Buxton Memorial Fountain in Westminster, which commemorates the people who fought to abolish slavery, including Wisbech’s Thomas Clarkson.
On the return journey to Wisbech, we’ll stop at Water Lane Restaurant, Bishop’s Stortford for dinner (included in ticket price).

£65.00

15 September 2016 17:30 23 August 2017 15:01 ticket
The Rack Pack at The Luxe Cinema

The Rack Pack at The Luxe Cinema

Thursday 15th, September 17:30

VENUE: The Luxe Cinema, Alexandra Road, Wisbech, PE13 1HQ

Comedy drama exploring the glory days of the Seventies and Eighties snooker scene, when huge characters became household names and Snooker Loopy troubled the pop charts.
The story tells of the rivalry between Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins (Luke Treadaway), whose natural talent and showmanship transformed the image of the traditional game and captivated audiences across the country, and Steve ‘The Nugget’ Davis (Will Merrick). This rip roaring romp through the snooker scene of Eighties Britain is a celebration of the huge personalities of the time and an affectionate look at a gloriously nostalgic period of this very British sport.
In 1985, the climax of the world snooker final broadcast on the BBC in the early hours of a Monday morning was watched by 18.5 million people in the UK, which remains a record for a post-midnight audience for any channel in the country.
This year is the 30th anniversary of that final and The Rack Pack celebrates.

£6.00

16 September 2016 10:00 23 August 2017 15:03 ticket
Wisbech Talking Newspaper at Octavia Hill's Birthplace House Open Day

Wisbech Talking Newspaper at Octavia Hill's Birthplace House Open Day

Friday 16th, September 10:00

VENUE: Octavia Hill's Birthplace House, 7 South Brink, Wisbech, PE13 1JB

Hear about the various visually impaired outreach projects based at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House.
The KIT (Keep In Touch club) is creating a drop-in facility with opportunities for sewing and other activities.
The Talking Newspaper team explain their operations and need for volunteer readers.
At 11:00am there is a briefing on the new “It could be you” disability awareness programme.

Free

17 September 2016 20:00 23 August 2017 15:06 ticket
Folk in the Fens Ceilidh with the Rusty Relics

Folk in the Fens Ceilidh with the Rusty Relics

Saturday 17th, September 20:00

VENUE: Wisbech Institute, Hill Street, PE13 1BA

The eccentric Wisbech based Rusty Relics present an evening of eclectic folk, celebrating traditional music and health-enhancing dance. The six band members have been together for over 20 years, during which they have toured Cornwall and played throughout Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Lincolnshire. Tickets may also be bought at the door £5.00.

£5.00

18 September 2016 11:00 23 August 2017 15:13 ticket
Boudicca at Stonea Camp

Boudicca at Stonea Camp

Sunday 18th, September 11:00

VENUE: Near to Skylark Garden Centre, Manea Road, Wimblington, PE15 0PE

Event celebrating the life of the Fens hero and Celtic warrior queen Boudicca in the prehistoric Stonea Camp. Come and meet Boudicca. Hear about the Roman occupation and find out all about the ICENI Tribe and their connections with Stonea Iron Age Hill Fort and their interactions with their rivals the Romans.

£3.00

21 September 2016 10:00 23 August 2017 15:16 ticket
Bygones Auction at Clifford Cross

Bygones Auction at Clifford Cross

Wednesday 21st, September 10:00

VENUE: Clifford Cross Auctions, Chapel Road, Wisbech, PE13 1RF

Conducted by Richard Barnwell, hosting one of the twice weekly auctions. If you wish to sell anything, please deliver on Monday 19th or Tuesday 20th between 9:00am – 3:00pm.

Free

21 September 2016 17:30 23 August 2017 15:21 ticket
'Capability Brown of Fenstanton' Talk by Ceryl Evans, Director of the Capability Brown Festival

'Capability Brown of Fenstanton' Talk by Ceryl Evans, Director of the Capability Brown Festival

Wednesday 21st, September 17:30

VENUE: Elgoods Brewery, North Brink, Wisbech, PE13 1LW

Landscape architect Capability Brown who is buried at Fenstanton, left an indelible nationwide mark on the English landscape. His centenary is being celebrated with major events throughout the year. Ceryl’s talk will detail Brown’s achievements, and events celebrating the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown’s birth. Followed by finger buffet.

£15.00

22 September 2016 13:10 23 August 2017 15:24 ticket
LUNCHTIME LEARNING Richard Barnwell Talks Rubbish

LUNCHTIME LEARNING Richard Barnwell Talks Rubbish

Thursday 22nd, September 13:10

VENUE: Octavia Hill's Birthplace House, 7 South Brink, Wisbech, PE13 1JB

This is a 40 minute lunch time event.
Title chosen by auctioneer Richard Barnwell DL, former High Sheriff and Town Mayor and trustee of Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, who will remember nearly thirty years of his career as an auctioneer.

£5.00

22 September 2016 16:20 23 August 2017 15:30 ticket
The Duchess Film at The Luxe Cinema

The Duchess Film at The Luxe Cinema

Thursday 22nd, September 16:20

VENUE: The Luxe Cinema, Alexandra Road, Wisbech, PE13 1HQ

Georgiana Spencer became Duchess of Devonshire on her marriage to the Duke in 1774, at the height of the Georgian period of fashion, decadence, and political change. Spirited and adored by the public at large she quickly found her marriage to be a disappointment, defined by her duty to produce a male heir and the Duke’s philandering and callous indifference to her.
Against this background of living with an unfaithful husband, strict social pressures and constant public scrutiny, Georgiana falls passionately in love with Charles Grey, a rising young Whig politician. However, despite his ongoing liaison with Lady Bess, the Duke refuses to allow Georgiana to continue the affair and threatens to take her children from her. Based on biography by Amanda Foreman.

£5.00

22 September 2016 17:30 23 August 2017 15:32 ticket
Free Dance Classes FREE taster session and registration 22nd September

Free Dance Classes FREE taster session and registration 22nd September

Thursday 22nd, September 17:30

VENUE: Rosmini Centre, 69 Queens Road, Wisbech, PE13 2PH

Come along and experience dance for FREE. Registration and taster session for ongoing classes. Three upcoming dance instructors are teaching a mixture of street, contemporary and jazz dance, at our free taster sessions. Each will coach a different age group;
3 – 6 years old
7 – 12 years old
13 – 19 years old
All abilities welcome.

Free

23 September 2016 19:30 23 August 2017 00:00 ticket
Goodnight Mister Tom a play by David Wood A RATz production

Goodnight Mister Tom a play by David Wood A RATz production

Friday 23rd, September 19:30

VENUE: The Angles Theatre, Alexandra Road, Wisbech

Now a modern classic and winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, Michelle Magorian’s marvellous, uplifting story is brought to life in David Wood’s inspiring stage adaptation.
Set at the beginning of the Second World War in 1939, young William Beech, is evacuated to the country and forges a deep and heart warming friendship with an elderly gentleman, Tom Oakley.
Everything is working out perfectly until William is suddenly summoned back to London by his mother.
Goodnight Mister Tom is now a world-wide literary favourite and BAFTA award-winning TV film that continues to inspire audiences.

£10.00

23 September 2016 13:30 23 August 2017 15:35 ticket
The Golden River Tale Performance by Kinderley Primary School

The Golden River Tale Performance by Kinderley Primary School

Friday 23rd, September 13:30

VENUE: Tydd St Giles Church

Narrated by Valerie Standen, the Kinderley Primary School perform the Golden River Adventure in Tydd St Giles Church during Tydd St Giles Flower festival, with a golden river of flowers decorating the nave.
The development of the fairy tale is a school’s project based on the trail in the town garden in the of Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, where young people learn of the qualities that Octavia Hill brought to all of her work.
The church is open from 10:00am – 5:00pm and all are welcome.
The performance is at 1:30pm.

Free

24 September 2016 19:30 23 August 2017 15:37 ticket
Pop-up Supper Club: Spanish Tapas with Alison Sloan

Pop-up Supper Club: Spanish Tapas with Alison Sloan

Saturday 24th, September 19:30

VENUE: Octavia Hill's Birthplace House, 7 South Brink, Wisbech, PE13 1JB

The first of a new monthly supper club by freelance food consultant Alison Sloan. Alison uses fresh and local ingredients to prepare a themed three course meal which is served in the wood beamed tearoom and courtyard garden at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House. Alison, who has formerly managed National Trust restaurants, including Peckover House and Oxburgh Hall, has extensive knowledge and experience with cooking, and has worked alongside Gordon Ramsay on the BBC Good Food show.
Vegetarian options available, all allergies can be catered for, drinks not provided but glasses are.
Pre-booking required, please call 07778 324250 or email: alisonsloanfood@gmail.com

£12.00

01 October 2016 10:30 23 August 2017 15:39 ticket
Upholstery Restoration by Rakesh of Riverside Interiors

Upholstery Restoration by Rakesh of Riverside Interiors

Saturday 1st, October 10:30

VENUE: Octavia Hill's Birthplace House, 7 South Brink, Wisbech, PE13 1JB

Prelude to a series of Autumn workshops at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House.
Observe and find out more about new course offerings available in antique and upholstery restoration. An introduction for beginners or a ‘drop in’ for those more experienced.
Maximum 10 people for this event, but a reservation list will be started for subsequent workshops.

£5.00

25 September 2016 10:00 23 August 2017 15:45 ticket
Sessions House Tours - 10AM Tour

Sessions House Tours - 10AM Tour

Sunday 25th, September 10:00

VENUE: Sessions House, 32 Somers Road, Wisbech, PE13 1JF

Exclusive tours and stories about the former police cells beneath the Wisbech Sessions House on Somers road, conducted by Annie Appleby.
After there will be an opportunity to visit and hear about Octavia Hill’s new Golden River Garden.
There will be two tours 10 – 12 people per group.

£5.00

25 September 2016 10:00 23 August 2017 15:00 ticket
Yard Stuff Sale

Yard Stuff Sale

Sunday 25th, September 10:00

VENUE: Centenary Green, Somers Road, Wisbech, PE13 1JF

A bring and buy event supporting three charities Marie Curie, Rosmini and Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House.
Bring your unwanted items (in good condition) and donate to the charity of your choice. Come along to browse the stalls – who knows, you may discover a few hidden treasures.
All monies raised goes to the charities.
Coffee shop and tea room open – all welcome.
All items to be dropped into the Octavia Hill Birthplace House on or before Saturday 24th September. The House is open on Mon, Tues, Wed, Sat and Sun, from 1:00pm – 4:30pm.

Free

10 September 2016 10:30 23 August 2017 16:30 ticket
Octavia Hill's Birthplace House FREE ADMISSION for National Heritage weekend

Octavia Hill's Birthplace House FREE ADMISSION for National Heritage weekend

Saturday 10th, September 10:30

VENUE: Octavia Hill's Birthplace House, 7 South Brink, Wisbech, PE13 1JB

Join us to learn about the remarkable story of Octavia Hill’s life, work and her influence on many spheres of modern life.
Here at the Birthplace House you will also find the secret garden – an example of the ‘outdoor sitting room’ that she believed every family should have.
PLUS don’t miss your opportunity to explore how the National Trust was founded and discover why Octavia Hill was so influential in social reform.

Free

24 September 2016 09:30 23 August 2017 10:00 hidden-ticket Beer battered fish and chips
The Manea Colony Story

The Manea Colony Story

Saturday 24th, September 9:30

VENUE: William Marshall Community Centre, Hurn Drove, PE14 9SD

Spend the day in and around the site of the ill-fated nineteenth century revolutionary experiment where men and women were declared equal. The Octavia Hill Society, Cambridge Archaeological Unit and the Greater Ouse Washes partnership are hosting an open day aimed at exploring the facts and myths concerning the Colony, which influenced many of the Utopian enterprises that Robert Owen established in America.
Experts will tell you the Manea Colony story starting with Robert Owen’s New Lanark Mill and heritage site. Followed by Dr John Langdon on researching the colony, Marcus Brittain will detail the Manea Archaeological dig, Peter Clayton will discuss the Octavia Hill’s Manea Colony display model, Mike Petty will detail his research into founder William Hodson’s later life in America and Kirsten Bennet will be talking about the Fenland Ark, a book written by her late father.
After pre-booked lunch at the Lamb & Flag Welney, we will visit the Colony site itself. Opportunity to see the Manea Colony model at the Colony Lake by kind permission of Peter Crout.

£11.00

24 September 2016 09:30 23 August 2017 10:00 hidden-ticket Vegetable Lasagne
The Manea Colony Story

The Manea Colony Story

Saturday 24th, September 9:30

VENUE: William Marshall Community Centre, Hurn Drove, PE14 9SD

Spend the day in and around the site of the ill-fated nineteenth century revolutionary experiment where men and women were declared equal. The Octavia Hill Society, Cambridge Archaeological Unit and the Greater Ouse Washes partnership are hosting an open day aimed at exploring the facts and myths concerning the Colony, which influenced many of the Utopian enterprises that Robert Owen established in America.
Experts will tell you the Manea Colony story starting with Robert Owen’s New Lanark Mill and heritage site. Followed by Dr John Langdon on researching the colony, Marcus Brittain will detail the Manea Archaeological dig, Peter Clayton will discuss the Octavia Hill’s Manea Colony display model, Mike Petty will detail his research into founder William Hodson’s later life in America and Kirsten Bennet will be talking about the Fenland Ark, a book written by her late father.
After pre-booked lunch at the Lamb & Flag Welney, we will visit the Colony site itself. Opportunity to see the Manea Colony model at the Colony Lake by kind permission of Peter Crout.

£11.00

24 September 2016 09:30 23 August 2017 10:00 hidden-ticket Ham, egg and chips
The Manea Colony Story

The Manea Colony Story

Saturday 24th, September 9:30

VENUE: William Marshall Community Centre, Hurn Drove, PE14 9SD

Spend the day in and around the site of the ill-fated nineteenth century revolutionary experiment where men and women were declared equal. The Octavia Hill Society, Cambridge Archaeological Unit and the Greater Ouse Washes partnership are hosting an open day aimed at exploring the facts and myths concerning the Colony, which influenced many of the Utopian enterprises that Robert Owen established in America.
Experts will tell you the Manea Colony story starting with Robert Owen’s New Lanark Mill and heritage site. Followed by Dr John Langdon on researching the colony, Marcus Brittain will detail the Manea Archaeological dig, Peter Clayton will discuss the Octavia Hill’s Manea Colony display model, Mike Petty will detail his research into founder William Hodson’s later life in America and Kirsten Bennet will be talking about the Fenland Ark, a book written by her late father.
After pre-booked lunch at the Lamb & Flag Welney, we will visit the Colony site itself. Opportunity to see the Manea Colony model at the Colony Lake by kind permission of Peter Crout.

£11.00

25 September 2016 11:30 23 August 2017 08:22 ticket
Sessions House Tours - 11:30AM Tour

Sessions House Tours - 11:30AM Tour

Sunday 25th, September 11:30

VENUE: Sessions House, 32 Somers Road, Wisbech, PE13 1JF

Exclusive tours and stories about the former police cells beneath the Wisbech Sessions House on Somers road, conducted by Annie Appleby.
After there will be an opportunity to visit and hear about Octavia Hill’s new Golden River Garden.
There will be two tours 10 – 12 people per group.

£5.00

24 September 2016 09:30 23 August 2017 14:14 hidden-ticket Talk Only
The Manea Colony Story

The Manea Colony Story

Saturday 24th, September 9:30

VENUE: William Marshall Community Centre, Hurn Drove, PE14 9SD

Spend the day in and around the site of the ill-fated nineteenth century revolutionary experiment where men and women were declared equal. The Octavia Hill Society, Cambridge Archaeological Unit and the Greater Ouse Washes partnership are hosting an open day aimed at exploring the facts and myths concerning the Colony, which influenced many of the Utopian enterprises that Robert Owen established in America.
Experts will tell you the Manea Colony story starting with Robert Owen’s New Lanark Mill and heritage site. Followed by Dr John Langdon on researching the colony, Marcus Brittain will detail the Manea Archaeological dig, Peter Clayton will discuss the Octavia Hill’s Manea Colony display model, Mike Petty will detail his research into founder William Hodson’s later life in America and Kirsten Bennet will be talking about the Fenland Ark, a book written by her late father.
After pre-booked lunch at the Lamb & Flag Welney, we will visit the Colony site itself. Opportunity to see the Manea Colony model at the Colony Lake by kind permission of Peter Crout.

Free

26 September 2016 18:30 23 August 2017 19:30 ticket
“Cinema in Wisbech from 1910 to Present Day” By NORMAN JACOBS

“Cinema in Wisbech from 1910 to Present Day” By NORMAN JACOBS

Monday 26th, September 18:30

VENUE: The Luxe Cinema, Alexandra Road Wisbech Cambridgeshire PE13 1HQ

Norman Jacobs is son to the late Norman Jacobs, who passed away last month. Norman will be visiting us from the south coast to give us this wonderful insight of cinema in Wisbech through out the 20th Century. A great history tour for all to see and hear.

Run by the Octavia Hill museum Trust and Wisbech Society.

Book early to save disappointment .

60 minutes

Free