Vintage Bus Tour of Havering – Saturday, 9th July 2022

Take a trip through time on a vintage bus with
Land of the Fanns and DiscoverME

The Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Scheme is delighted to announce that, working with the Discover ME project, it has arranged a trip through time into historic havering by vintage bus.

Discover Metropolitan Essex (DiscoverME) is a project uniting 14 of the historic properties across the Land of the Fanns area. The partnership celebrates the heritage and tells the tales of the area’s past so those living and working in Metropolitan Essex can share in its fascinating story, be proud of its history, and access and enjoy its treasures.

The Land of the Fanns has run two previous DiscoverME trips and is now able to offer people the opportunity to join another day of discovery in a special Historic Havering tour. Fans of vintage transport and lovers of history will not want to miss the event which takes place on Saturday 9 July and will see passengers travelling in style in a 1950’s single decker bus.

Beginning at Thames Chase Forest Centre at 10am, the Historic Havering round trip visits five properties to reveal their history and connections to the landscape. Those properties are the Old Chapel built in 1800 as a Protestant Dissenters Chapel, Upminster Windmill dating from 1803 and one of the best remaining English smock mills, Havering Museum housed in the old Romford Brewery and the 15th century Tithe Barn in Upminster. The tour returns to Thames Chase Forest Centre on the site of Broadfields Farm with a grade II listed barn and a Victorian stable block.

Joanne Dungate, the trip co-ordinator for Land of the Fanns said “We’re so pleased to be able finally to run another DiscoverME trip. You might be surprised by the places you can find in your own local area on this tour, and the discoveries you can make when you know where to look. Riding on the vintage bus is the icing on the cake and makes the trip extra special.”

Everyone is welcome to join the trip and tickets can be booked via Eventbrite. Tickets are £10 adults, £5 16 years and under. To book, please go to

To find out more about DiscoverME, go to

About Land of the Fanns

“The Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Scheme brings people together with a commitment to a shared goal of discovering, restoring and enjoying what is special about the local landscape. Projects within Land of the Fanns have their origins in the Thames Chase Plan and concentrate on the natural, archaeological and built heritage of the area. Thames Chase Trust is the legacy body for the Land of the Fanns. Thames Chase Community Forest has worked across this landscape for 31 years and will continue to be the driver for landscape-scale working into the future.”


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PLEASE NOTE: This trip is being organised by “LAND OF THE FANNS” please contact them if there are any queries the Havering Museum isn’t involved in the organisation of this trip but we will be very pleased to see you when the bus arrives at the Museum.

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