Brompton cemetery in West London will throw open its doors to the local community with a jam-packed programme of educational and family activities on its annual open day – the first since a major £6.2m restoration.
As well as a visit to the catacombs and a horticulture tour, children can visit the newly-renovated chapel or take a look at the 25 stalls reflecting local projects and opportunities.
Families can hear the story of Chief Long Wolf who was buried at the cemetery in 1892 and visit monuments of historical figures such as Emmeline Pankhurst, Sir Henry Cole and Dr. John Snow.
Visitors will have the chance to see a live Apiary and a working Edwardian Hearse, they can meet Metropolitan Police Horses, see birds of prey, sample culinary delicacies or take part in a ‘sing off’. Other activities include a family drumming session, or the chance to explore ‘classical baroque’ – from handling instruments to exploring musical sounds in a relaxed, friendly concert.
Halima Khanom, Partnership and Community Engagement Officer, Brompton Cemetery, said,“It’s a great way to spend a Sunday. It’s free to come along and there’s something for everyone – whether you’re a history boffin or a nature lover – or you simply fancy popping into our new visitor centre and cafe to sip a latte and take in the incredible views.”