On Sunday 22nd September 2019, visit St Albans and be transported back in time! As part of the Heritage Open Days, St Albans will be celebrating its heritage and the famous people who have lived and worked in the city at the Time Turn Festival, organised by St Albans BID.
Come and enjoy some free entertainment along Catherine Street, St Peter’s Street and George Street in St Albans centre, where you’ll find music, street theatre, activities and performances. Follow Shop St Albans on Instagram and Shop St Albans on Facebook for the latest info.
Here’s an idea of what to expect…
Time Turn Trail – Catherine Street, St Peter’s Street, George Street
Pick up a trail sheet along Catherine Street, St Peter’s Street or George Street (look for a Time Turn representative wearing a blue St Albans BID jacket), follow the trail, answer seven questions and return your completed trail sheet to receive a small prize!
St Peter’s Street
The ever popular Jive Swing Dancers return with performances and workshops outside M&S. With a nod to St Albans’ former Mayor and golf legend Samuel Ryder, there will also be a Have-A-Go Golf Simulator on St Peter’s Street.
Market Place and the Clock Tower
Come along and take a selfie at the Retro Photobooth on Market Place and watch out for The Tank street performers, who you’ll find at intervals throughout the day driving from the Clock Tower and along Market Place. St Albans’ Clock Tower will also be open from 10.30am to 4.45pm, if you want to climb the 93 spiral steps up the only surviving medieval clock tower in England and enjoy magnificent views of St Albans.
Visit Pots of Art on Holywell Hill and pick up a free Time Turn colouring book, courtesy of Pots of Art and St Albans BID.
There will be a 1920s vibe outside Café Rouge on Holywell Hill where you will find Jive Swing dancers and across the road pop into Cositas where there will be workshops running throughout the day.
You can also visit the Clarion Hotel on Holywell Hill, where there will be a number of tours taking place, all about Samuel Ryder, one of St Albans’ most prominent citizens. Samuel Ryder was so much more than the man behind the Ryder Cup, although that is what he is remembered for worldwide. The talk will be of interest not just to golfers but to gardeners and anyone interested in hearing about a man who contributed so much to the life of St Albans.
Enjoy live performances on the Catherine Street Music Stage and take a look at the classic cars on display.
Little ones can even enjoy a play session with Gymboree Play and Learn St Albans.
Wander along George Street and enjoy street theatre from the 1930’s master golfer and caddie, who will entertain you as they search for lost balls and play the fairway. There will also be a range of vintage vehicles on display and Mad Science Workshops where young palaeontologists will be able to practice artefact reconstruction and dig for dinosaur bones using their newly acquired skills, or see how electricity works by building circuits, building a balloon fuse and building and competing with Mad Jitterbug Robots.
Carry on down to the Abbey Gateway 10am – 4pm (tours every hour), and enjoy a tour of the most complete medieval gateway in England, including a museum relating to the history of St Albans School, founded in 948 AD.
St Albans BID Time Turn Festival takes place on Sunday 22nd September 2019.
Visit the Enjoy St Albans website for more information.
Details of events are correct at the time of publishing and activities are subject to availability.
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