Step back in time with the Kingston Heritage Festival

Kingston Heritage Festival

Kingston Council’s Heritage Service is working in partnership with Kingston First, Kingston Upon Thames Society and Kingston’s Heritage Hub to host a month long Heritage Festival.

Showcasing the borough's rich history, Kingston Heritage Festival kicks off this week (7 September), with the Dave Diamond show in the Ancient Market Place, which mixes theatre and circus in retelling the story of the last known use of a ducking stool in London. There are many more fun and unique activities for everyone throughout the month including guided walks, a mobile KinoVan cinema showing historical footage of the borough, behind-the-scenes tours of Kingston’s most interesting buildings, open house visits, and even mini-festivals.

Make sure to pop into Kingston Museum and Kingston History Centre to learn about the history of the borough (tours on Saturday 14 and 21). Bring along photos and stories of your youth to Kingston History Centre’s Youth Club Archive Scanning Social (21 September) as we build a picture of what it’s been like to grow up in Kingston through the years.

The festival offers something for everyone, and is a rare opportunity to take in Kingston’s history, and maybe even learn something new!

Councillor Andreas Kirsch, portfolio holder with responsibility for culture and arts, said:

“This is a fabulous opportunity for people to indulge in the history of our wonderful borough. Kingston is steeped in Heritage and it’s great to see local heritage organisations pull together to put on this festival packed with a varied and engaging mix of activities and events that we hope people will take advantage of.”

Kelly Bliss, Head of Marketing and Communications at Kingston First, said:

“Kingston Heritage Festival is a fantastic celebration of our town’s rich history and culture. Whether you’re a local resident who has lived here for generations or simply visiting for the day, there is so much to discover in Kingston this September.”

All events are free to attend, but you may need to book in advance. For a full programme of activities, times and more information, visit


Notes to editors: 

Kingston Heritage Festival and Kingston Heritage Hub has been initiated and set up by Kingston Council’s Heritage Service. The festival is to incorporate the national Heritage Open Day and London focused Open House Weekend. Kingston Heritage Hub is made up of local heritage groups and individuals.

Kingston Council’s Heritage Service preserves, shares and the history of the borough. This is primarily done through its two sites Kingston Museum (wheatfield way) and Kingston History Centre (at the back of The Guildhall).