Open House in Havering 16-17th September

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Open House London, the capital’s greatest architectural festival

The initiative is a simple but powerful concept: hundreds of great buildings of all types and periods opened up their doors to all, completely for FREE.

The celebration is a city wide celebration of the buildings, places and neighbourhoods where we live, work and play, and a quarter of a million people take the opportunity to get out and get under the skin of London’s amazing architecture.

Lots of buildings are taking part in Havering:

The Queen’s Theatre
Saturday 1pm – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

Built in 1975, the Queen’s Theatre was designed by Norman Brooks and opened by Sir Peter Hall. The Queen’s is a producing theatre, which means that all the elements of a production are designed and produced in-house.
Children’s backstage theatre hunt (age 4-10) 2-4pm – book before hand
Backstage tours 2-4pm – book before hand
To book call: 01708 443333


Sunday 10am-5pm (Last Entry 4.15pm)

Grade II listed neo-Georgian house with later additions. Landscaped garden with lake, orangery and gazebo.
Guided tour of the house – 10am – 2.30pm (every 30mins / no tour at 1pm)


Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
History & Military Weekend
Saturday & Sunday 9am-5pm (Last Entry 4.15pm)

Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre, at Hornchurch Country Park the Former R.A.F.Hornchurch Airfield. We offer Wildlife Life & Heritage Centre, Café & Refreshments. Retail, Education & Community Room, Informative Displays & Events. + Toilets


Elm Park Primary School
Saturday & Sunday 1pm-5pm (Last Entry 4.15pm)

Bright, spacious award winning school, providing flexible spaces to accommodate a range of activities. The 2-storey building has a sedum grass roof with classroom spaces opening onto a double-height shared ‘heart’ space.


Upminster Old Chapel
Grade II timber-framed former Dissenters’ Meeting House (1800) with pedimented facade. Two blank windows flank the Doric entrance porch.
Sunday 2pm-5pm (last entry 4.30pm)


Upminster Tithe Barn
Saturday & Sunday 10.30am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

15C box-framed, 9-bay, aisled barn, weatherboarded with crown-post, collar-tie reed-thatched roof. Ancient monument.


Havering Museum
Saturday 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)

A cultural centre in part of the old Romford Brewery building near to the historic market place. Permanent and temporary exhibition displays tell the story of the London Borough of Havering from Bronze Age to present day.


Havering Town Hall
Grade II listed. Unique fittings using Bath stone, red cedar wood and Tasmanian oak, with full-height entrance hall and tall central staircase window and flagpoles.
Exhibition of old photos of the town Hall
General tour of the main rooms on the first floor of the building – 12-3.30pm (every 30mins)


64 Heath drive
Saturday and Saturday 2.30-5.30pm (last entry 5pm)

Model modernist villa now completely refurbished with modern garden by Dan Pearson. Grade II listed. Unsuitable for children under 7.
Guided tour of the whole house


Upminster Windmill Visitor Centre
Saturday & Sunday 12-5pm (last entry 4.15pm)

Modern visitor centre with a living green roof. The building contains an education room and workshop. The visitor centre was built over the the old mill house.


Thames Chase Forest Centre
Saturday & Sunday 10am–5pm

Distinctive award-winning visitor centre of modern timber sustainable construction forming an A-frame building roofed with cedar shingles, attached to 17C listed barn – one of the best preserved in the London area.
Sunday craft market at 10.15am (Sale and demonstrations of local crafts)


Round House

Grade II* listed late Georgian elliptical 3-storey stuccoed villa.
Tour 10.30am, 12pm, 2pm, 3.30pm
Must book – email


Noak Hill Sports Complex
Saturday & Sunday 10am–5pm

Opened in January 2017 on the old Broxhill school site, the New Noak Hill sports complex was built by Havering Council and managed by everyone active. The main building has been refurbished and extended to a high standard.


Rainham Hall
Saturday 11am–4pm

Grade II* listed 18C house and garden built for a merchant. The Hall features fine wrought-iron gates, carved porch, and interior paneling. Opened fully in 2015 following renovation project, with a new café and exhibition programme.


Bower House
Saturday 10am–4pm

Grade I listed country house commanding the most extensive southerly views over Essex. Staircase mural by Sir James Thornhill, a painter notable for the ‘Painted Hall’ at the Royal Naval Hospital at Greenwich. Set in grounds with a pond.


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