Open House Weekend: Venues that are still open

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“Airport House by the Old Croydon Aerodrome” by Tristan Forward. Use licensed under CC-BY-SA-2.0.


Open house weekend ( is a brilliant way to get up close and personal with some national treasures. For one weekend, interesting buildings which would otherwise be mostly closed to the public will throw open their doors.

Sadly, as reported in the news, Croydon Council are not participating in the scheme this year. But while there aren’t any council buildings open this year and there is no official involvement, a couple of venues will be opening their doors regardless. Local arts campaigner, Janet Smith, has kindly researched those that are still taking part. They are:

Croydon Airport

The world’s first purpose-built international airport and London’s main airport until the 1950s.

Open: Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd from 11am with last entry at 3.30pm


Shirley Windmill

An archetypal, beautifully preserved mid-19th century towermill in Shirley.

Open: Sunday 23rd from 12pm with last entry at 4pm


There’s some really interesting history at both of these venues. If you have the chance, they’re definitely worth a look. You won’t regret it.