The Monument marks 350 years since the Great Fire with a series of events and the launch of a new App
The Monument is hosting a series of themed events throughout August and September 2016 to mark 350 years since the Great Fire of London
The events – part of the Great Fire 350 festival – pay homage to the city that rose from the ashes; and include a number of free activities for the public such as: bi- weekly talks, a Fire Trail Treasure hunt, arts and crafts activities and more
Navigate the Great Fire season and see the capital like never before with The Monument’s new app featuring 360-degree video technology. Available on iOS and Android Market from Monday 25 July
FREE tickets available for The Monument over the Great Fire Anniversary weekend from Friday 2 September – Sunday 4 September. Free tickets are for specific entry times and must be booked in advance at http://www.themonument.org.uk
Extended opening hours: 8am-10pm apply over the Great Fire Anniversary weekend
- Saturday 6 August and Sunday 7 August
- This event is free, booking is not necessary
Enjoy free craft activities inspired by The Monument and meet fascinating key characters from the history of the Great Fire, including Sir Christopher Wren, Robert Hooke and Samuel Pepys.
Free Talks on the Fire, the history of The Monument and the City
Suitable for all ages, but most appropriate for ages 6-10
Running from the 6 July to the 25 August on Wednesdays and Thursdays
Daily from Monday 29 August to Friday 2 September
- Talks take place between 12:00 and 14:00, stories will be told every 30 minutes
From the alternate design proposals for the iconic column to the flaming copper orb that sits atop the structure, come and learn about the science, history and legacy behind The Monument with a series of free talks taking place in the piazza.
The Great Fire Trail
Saturday 21 July to 5 September
Suitable for all ages
Embark on a treasure hunt across the City starting at The Monument, moving to other landmark locations relating to the Great Fire – collect all the clues and complete the anagram to find the missing treasure and claim your prize. With 23 clues hidden across the City, a full trail takes approximately one and a half hours to complete. There is an alternative shortened version of eight clues – perfect for families short on time. Competition entries must be submitted before the closing date of 5 September, the winner will be announced shortly after.
Free entry to the Monument & extended opening hours
Friday 2 September –Sunday 4 September only
- Extended opening hours over the anniversary weekend from 8am-10pm
To commemorate the anniversary weekend of the Great Fire, the public is invited to explore The Monument for free. Limited special edition timed entry tickets have been created and will be required for your visit whilst all visitors can claim their certificate after climbing to the top. Opening times are also extended to 8am – 10pm on these dates, allowing visitors to get the best view in the house of the wider festivities.
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Notes to Editors: The Monument
The Monument was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke and was built in 1671-1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London which devastated the City in 1666. It is constructed of Portland stone and the simple Doric column is topped by a flaming copper orb symbolising the Fire.
It is maintained by the City of London at its own expense and is open to the public every day.
Winter Opening Hours: October – March 9:30am-5.30pm daily (last admission 5pm)
o Summer Opening Hours:April–September 9:30am-6pm daily (last admission 5:30pm)
Admission costs £4.50 (adult), £3.00 (concessions) and £2.30 per child (under 16).
Joint tickets with Tower Bridge Exhibition for £11.00 (adult), £7.50 (concessions) and £5.00 (children) respectively are also available.
Joint family tickets are available from £18.30 (1 adult and 2 children).
NB: Joint tickets will not be available during the anniversary weekend, 2nd-4th September.
The nearest underground station is Monument.
The Monument App
Discover a fresh perspective on the Great Fire story, unique to The Monument. With key facts and people from its magnificent history, the app enables visitors to discover the history behind the structure and learn about the ever-changing cityscape through interactive 360- degree video technology. Delve into the brilliant minds that designed The Monument, and the alternative designs that were proposed. Using the panoramic views seen from the column’s viewing platform, significant locations from the Great Fire are marked across the City, including Pudding Lane, the bakery where the fire first started. Don't miss the opportunity to plug in your VR headset for a fully immersive experience.
Great Fire 350
Great Fire 350 marks the 350th anniversary of the 1666 Great Fire of London. Throughout 2016, City institutions will mark the commemoration with a season of events including exhibitions, concerts, lectures and tours. At the centre of this commemorative season will be London’s Burning, running from 30th August to 4th September 2016. A festival of arts and ideas produced by Artichoke, with founding sponsorship from the City of London Corporation and major support from Arts Council England, it will highlights a catastrophic moment that had a lasting impact on the architecture, outlook and infrastructure of the City of London. Through the vision of today’s artists, writers and thinkers it will reinterpret the Great Fire and what it means today. Produced by Artichoke. Founding sponsorship from City of London Corporation with an award from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme.
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