Heritage Open Afternoon
Sunday 17 September 2022 1-4pm
Visit St Peter's church to learn about its history, climb the church tower (highest point in St Albans), and take part in our marshmallow and spaghetti tower building challenge. There will be information about our current building project and renovations in the church. Refreshments are also available.
St Peter's church has been a place of worship for over 1,000 years and is one of the city's gateway churches. The church will be open to visitors and there is the opportunity to join a guided tower tour. These will run at 2.15, 3 and 4pm and you can sign up for them earlier in the day. On the tower tour you can see the bells and clock room before going onto the roof at the top of the tower for a birds eye view of the city. The tower is the highest point in St Albans and can be seen from the M25! There is a large churchyard with orchard, wildflower meadow, storyteller's circle and Garden of Hope with Tree of Life memorial sculpture. Take part in our treasure hunt, trails and quizzes which are suitable for children and adults.
This is one of the few times in the year when the church tower is open to visitor. There will be 3 tower tours taking place at 2.15, 3 and 4pm. Numbers are limited on each of these.
To book your place please go to church from 9am on Sunday 18th September and sign up on the sheets in the south porch.
Please note children under 9 years old are not able to access the roof.
The Living Heritage of the Four Hundred Year Old Art of Change Ringing.
Visitors will be able to come on tower tours, at 2.15pm, 3pm and 4pm where they will:
see what's up the tower
learn about the 400 year old art of English Change Ringing
experience a bell ringing demonstration
view the bells
admire the view from the church roof (subject to weather and other considerations)
be invited to return to the tower if they are interested in learning to ring
There are trails and quizzes for children to enjoy and the chance to design your own stained-glass window.