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Huntingdon Heritage Festival

Posted: 2010-06-17

Huntingdon Heritage Festival

I've just been spending the week in eastern Cambridgeshire, on the outskirts of Huntingdon, exploring the area that was once the old county of Huntingdonshire. There's a lot to see, and its an area with a long and rich history. I just came across an event that I'm going to miss, but if you're in the Huntingdon area you might want to mark 26-27 June down on your calendar, as that's the date for the Huntingdon Heritage Festival.

The Heritage Festival takes place over Saturday and Sunday from 11-5 Saturday and 11-4 Sunday, at Riverside Park in Huntingdon. The Festival features quite a few events with an interesting historic theme which ought to be lots of fun. There will be jousting, a Mediaeval Market, and a Living History Camp. You'll see re-enactments of historic battles, and even meet historical characters.

What really sets the Huntingdon Heritage Festival apart is that the whole event is free. Now, you can't beat that for value!

There's several places of historic interest in Huntingdon itself, so if you want a break from the Festival you can wander up the pedestrianised High Street to the Cromwell Museum, a lovely Norman building with displays on the life and times of Huntingdon's most famous son, Oliver Cromwell. Or stroll across to All Saints church and see the site of the Cromwell family vault and the font where baby Oliver was baptised. Further down the High Street is the house where poet William Cowper once lived. At the foot of the High Street is Castle Hills, the site of an very early Norman castle, and nearby is the lovely old 14th century bridge which still carries traffic across the River Great Ouse.

For more information, see the Huntingdon Town Council Website.

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