Take a step back in time at Lauderdale House's annual Heritage Weekend - the perfect opportunity to discover the fascinating history of Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park and the Highgate area.
On Saturday 22 February, we celebrate Highgate's fascinating history with our Local Heritage Fair, special talks, music and tours of the house and park. And on Sunday 23 February, we invite children and their families to explore the house and discover its secrets at our Heritage Family Fun Day!
Saturday 22 February
Heritage Fair – 11:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday 22 February
Drop in and meet representatives from local museums, historic houses and local history societies find out more about the history of our local area.
Lauderdale House Tours – 11am and 1:30pm, Saturday 22 February
Join an expert tour guide and explore Lauderdale House and discover a surprising blend of the old and the new. Tours are free but must be booked in advance.
Latest Discoveries at Lauderdale House – 12:15pm, Saturday 22 February
Join us for a Q&A session about the latest historic discoveries made by the team at Lauderdale House. No need to book in advance - simply turn up on the day.
Richard Layzell: Marvell Park – 2:30pm, Saturday 22 February
Join creative ecologist Richard Layzell on a unique and fascinating walk, talk and performance around Waterlow Park where he has an artist’s residency. Taking inspiration from Lauderdale’s former neighbour, the 17th century poet Andrew Marvell whose garden poetry is famous, Richard will share his very individual view on the special, peculiar and unexpected qualities of our local ecology.
Samuel Pepys' Trip to Highgate – 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 22 February
Jonathan Lovett from Tales of the Plague brings Samuel Pepys to life and explores Pepys diary entry on his visit to Lauderdale House.
'Liza and Christina - the music and poetry of Liza Lehman and Christina Rossetti' by Insieme - 5pm to 5:45pm, Saturday 22 February
Join members of our resident Chamber Opera Ensemble Insieme for a recital of songs based on the music and poetry of Highgate residents Liza Lehmann and Christina Rossetti.
Sunday 23 February
Heritage Family Fun Day - 11am to 4pm, Sunday 23 February
Drop in for all kinds of fun and free activities. Enjoy dressing up, arts & crafts, games and more at a special Heritage Family Fun Day for children and families to explore the history of the house and the area.
Fleas and Cheese: The Great Plague & Fire Show - 2pm to 3pm, Sunday 23 February
In honour of Heritage Weekend, this interactive fun one-man show by Tales of the Plague brings the history behind the plague and the Great Fire of London to life. Suitable for 5 to 11-year-olds. Book tickets in advance to guarantee entry.