Open House Festival 2021: Top picks in and around Havering
- Credit: Thames Chase
This year's Open House Festival is set to start tomorrow (September 4).
As the 2021 roster of events kicks off, the Recorder has compiled a list of what's on in and around Havering over the nine days.
The festival is organised by Open City, a charity dedicated to making London and its architecture accessible to all.
It's free for everyone.
Thames Chase Forest Centre
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The fifth annual Thames Chase Arts and Culture Exhibition is on this Saturday between 10am-4pm.
It has been included in the festival listings because of its distinctive timber construction, which is attached to a 17th century listed barn.
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Address: Broadfields Farm, Pike Lane, Upminster, RM14 3NS
Nearest train and tube: Upminster
Bus: 248, 346, 347, 370
Wennington Parish Church of St Mary and St Peter
The church is open for visitors this Saturday between 10am-4pm.
It has been included because of its historical significance, with this Grade II-listed Norman church dating back as early as 1190.
Address: Wennington Road, Wennington, RM13 9DX
Nearest train: Rainham
The only building of the five in this list to be located just outside of Havering, this new building is designed to be a laboratory which allows environments from around the world to be created.
Places such as railway stations, high streets and town squares can be simulated in the building, but under controlled conditions for research.
There are two tours - on Saturday and Sunday - which aim to explain what UCL Pearl (Person Environment Activity Research Laboratory) is and why it exists.
Address: UCL Pearl, Yew Tree Avenue, RM10 7FN
Chosen because of its significance to the High Street, this museum is part of the former Romford Brewery building.
People can visit on Saturday between 10am-5pm to learn all about the borough - from the Bronze Age to the present day.
Address: 19-21 High Street, Romford, RM1 1JU
Nearest train: Romford
Bus: 66, 175, 248, 496, 365
Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Built at Hornchurch Country Park in 2015, this visitor centre has been included because the park site is designated as a site of special scientific interest.
People are invited to come to the Nature Discovery Centre on Saturday between 10am-5pm.
Address: Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, RM12 6DF
Nearest tube: Hornchurch, Elm Park
Bus: 252, 256
Further information, including the full schedule of events around London, is at https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/