The Old Chapel is open to the public on set weekends with free entry. There are special event weekends throughout the year, monthly tea and talks, and heritage workshops.
The Old Chapel is open from 2pm – 5 pm (unless otherwise stated) every first and third Sunday of the month from April to October. Our 2017 open days and special events are listed below:
*Please note that the Old Chapel will not be open on Sunday 2 July as it is open Saturday 1 July instead*
Summer Craft Fair
Saturday 1 July 10am-4pm. Free Entrance. Browse a variety of arts and craft stalls at the Old Chapel and pick up a unique gift.
Local Heritage Fair
Sunday 16 July 2pm-5pm. Free Entrance The Old Chapel will be joined by local heritage organisations who will be able to tell you about their upcoming events and activities. There will also be a helpdesk on starting your family history.
Victorian Family Day
Sunday 20 August 2pm-5pm. Free Entrance. join our family day celebrating all things Victorian! We have lots of activities including dressing up, Victorian themed crafts and games.
London Open House
Sunday 17 September 2pm-5pm. Free Entrance. We will be taking part in Open House London and providing regular tours of the building.
Sunday 1 October 2pm-5pm. Free Entrance. Join us for some Harvest Craft Activities or drop in to donate items that will go to a local foodbank.
Christmas Craft Fair
Saturday 25 November 10am-5pm. Free Entrance. Browse a variety of stalls and grab something for the Christ
Painting Pottery Cafe
Adult Pottery Cafe
Adult Pottery Cafes are £5 per person. Booking is required and include drink and snacks but not the pottery items themselves.
Monday 17 July 7pm-9:30pm
Monday 8 November 7pm-9:30pm -(Christmas Themed)
Childrens Pottery Cafe
The Pottery Café operates on a first come, first served basis and prices start from £3.
Pottery Cafe will be on during the summer school holidays every Thursday from 27th July – 31st August EXCEPT Thursday 10th August where there will be no Pottery Cafe.
Saturday 14 October 10am-4pm (Christmas Themed)
Tuesday 24 October 10.30am – 12.30pm. Join us during half term for some autumnul themed craft activities. The sessions are drop in and cost £3 per child.
Tea and Talks
The Old Chapel hosts monthly Tea and Talk Events. They are free to attend if you are a Friend of the Old Chapel, otherwise £2 per person, and refreshments are included.
Weds 12 July, 10.30am – The History of Rainham Hall, Sally James
Come and hear about the recently restored building.
Weds 9 August, 10.30am – Good Old Days of the East End, Ellen Owen
Walk down the frog and toad, up the apples and pears and hear how the east enders lived post WWII.
Weds 13 September, 10.30am – Quilts and me, Sarah Sparkes
Listen to a professional talking about the art of quilt making.
Weds 11 October, 10.30am – London in Art, Chris White
A talk about the artists who painted and lived in our city.
Weds 8 November, 10.30am – The role of women of Huguenot descent in The Great War 1914-1918, Keith Finch
Keith is back to explore the role of Huguenot women in the War.
Booking is required. To book a place please contact the Heritage Officer on 01708 642919
The Old Chapel
Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School
St Mary’s Lane
Telephone: 01708 642919
The Old Chapel is on St Mary’s Lane in Upminster, in the grounds of Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School, opposite the Windmill. There is limited parking during term time, because of this we recommend using public transport where possible.
The Old Chapel is a five minute walk from Upminster Bridge underground station which is on the District line. It is a 10 minute walk from Upminster overground station, also on the District line with regular overground trains to and from London.
The 248 stops at various points along St Mary’s Lane, the closest stop is Upminster Windmill.