Wellingborough’s past will be brought to life with the launch of the town’s new heritage trails.
To celebrate the launch, a free family fun day will be held showcasing the town’s heritage through various interactive activities for all the family at Wellingborough Museum later this month.
The council has teamed up with Wellingborough Museum to organise the event, which will highlight the some of the town’s industrial heritage as well as what the residents of the town got up to in their leisure time, which included visits to the zoo park and evenings enjoyed at the cinema.
The day starts at 10.30am and there will be family activities and demonstrations of traditional stonemasonry and signwriting, as well as how to bake traditional Victorian treats courtesy of Ria’s Rosy Lee tea room.
Visitors can learn about Wellingborough’s boot and shoe making history as well as other industries such as cheese making and lace making.
The Friends of Croyland Garden’s Lost Zoo will help with mask-making to celebrate the days when the town centre park was filled with the roars of lions, tigers and bears.
Cllr Jon-Paul Carr, the council’s heritage champion and chairman of the development committee, said: “This will be a really special day.
“We have such a rich and fascinating history in Wellingborough, and we’re bringing this to life by launching our new heritage trails which have been developed with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
“There will be the opportunity to join me on two trails, one taking place at 11.30am and one in the afternoon at 2.30pm, as well as lots of other activities on offer for all age groups to celebrate the town’s rich heritage and the chance to try your hand by participating in some of these fun activities.
“There’ll be traditional skills demonstrations in signwriting and shoe making as well as the opportunity to enjoy one of the town’s most popular past times, a trip to the cinema.
“It’s a true celebration of Wellingborough’s heritage.
“Best of all, it’s completely free to attend.”
The launch day will take place at Wellingborough Museum on Tuesday, October 25, between 10.30am and 4pm.
It has been organised as part of the council’s Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), a lottery-funded project that improves and promotes the history of Wellingborough.
The scheme was set up in 2012 after the council was given a £1.4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the project includes shop front restoration grants, training bursaries, education events and heritage trail improvements.
More information on the THI and the heritage events is available on the council’s website at www.wellingborough.gov.uk/thi.