Things to do

Visit High Barnet, a medieval town packed full of history, shops, entertainment, festivals, and parks & open space.

Hadley Highstone Monument

Junction of Kitts End Rd & Great North Road Barnet EN5 4QQ

The monument is a sandstone obelisk which was originally put up by Sir Jeremy Sambrook in 1740. It reads “Here was fought the famous battle between Edward IV and the Earl of Warwick April 14th Anno 1471 in which the Earl was Defeated and Slain“.

Listing on Historic England Listing on Imperial War Museum Website Barnet.gov.uk > Hadley Highstone Watch YouTube Video

Barnet Medieval Festival

Byng Road Barnet EN5 4NP

London’s largest medieval weekend will take place at Barnet Elizabethans RFC. The Festival will be commemorating the Battle of Barnet with a special programme of battle re-enactments, gunnery and archery displays, living history encampments, music and dance, a medieval market and children’s activities.

http://www.barnetmedievalfestival.org wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Barnet High Living Review (June 2018)

Battle of Barnet Banners

High Street Barnet EN5 5XP

Barnet Museum volunteers have created over 90 replica banners representing nobles who fought at the Battle of Barnet.   View the battle of Barnet Banners, along the High Street and in the Spires.  Download the list of Banners from the Barnet Museum website and see which ones you can spot (2023).  In 2024, a booklet “Battle of Barnet – Set forth on a Quest” was created and is available from the museum.

barnetmuseum.co.uk > banners

De Havilland Aircraft Museum

Salisbury Hall London Colney AL2 1BU Phone: 01727 826400
https://www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk

Paul Baker’s Guided Walks

Phone: 07506 761294

A series of historical and fun guided walks in Barnet. Barnet Ghosts; The Battle of Barnet; Charles Dickens in North London; Georgian Monken Hadley; Historical High Barnet; Mill Hill; Hampstead Garden Suburb; East Barnet Village; Barnet pubs, churches; Historical Finchley, Special ghost walks for Halloween. Walks are usually at the weekend. They meet at various points around the Borough of Barnet. Walks also in London.

http://www.barnet-walks.co.uk/ High Living Review (March 2016)

Elisana Florist

54a High Street Barnet EN5 5SZ

With a timber-frame dating from 1360, 54a High Street, Barnet, is currently considered to be the oldest shop in Barnet and the second oldest timber framed building in London.

https://www.elisanaflorist.co.uk/ High Living Review (Feb 2023) History

Normannis

The Historia Normannis, a group of 12th century reenactors, using the space behind the Museum to rehearse.

https://normannis.co.uk

Physic Well

Well Approach Barnet EN5 3DY
You can visit 2pm-4pm on the third Saturday of the month.
In 2023: 18th March / 15th April / 20th May / 17th June / 15th July / 19th August / 16th September / 21st October / 18th November.
Visit Website High Living Review Watch Barnet Council Video (Nov 2018)

Site of Hadley Stocks

Near Hadley Green West Barnet EN5 4PP
What 3 Words Location

The Boy I Love – Barnet Fair

Blue Door Theatre Company has, in their usual inimitable fashion, fused history and drama and taken inspiration by delving back into the history of Barnet Fair. Since 1588 a fair has taken place in High Barnet and the company celebrates this through devised theatre, live music and song. This is a story of lost dreams, passion and deceit.

Watch The Boy I Love

Barnet Market

Barnet Market Stapylton Road Barnet EN5 4LN

“On 23rd August 1199 King John issued a charter for a market in Barnet to the Lord of the Manor, the Abbot of St. Albans, John de Cella.” – fobm.

barnet-market.co.uk Friends of Barnet Market Wikipedia https://barnet.gov.uk > Barnet Market & Fair 800 years of Barnet Market (Book at Library) High Living Review

Barnet Museum

31 Wood Street Barnet EN5 4BE Phone: 020 8440 8066
http://www.barnetmuseum.co.uk/ High Living Review

Whalebones

140 Wood Street Barnet EN5 4DA

Note: This is a private home, so please don’t walk up the drive.

Londonist Article (2015) Wikipedia

Fog of War – The Battle of Barnet 1471

From the The Bull Players and Blue Door Theatre Company, Fog of War is an original play commissioned by the Barnet Museum for the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Barnet. Written by James P Godwin and directed by Siobhan Dunne both local residents, this play explores the tension of the civil war from the peasant’s perspective, heavily relying on the remnants and records of the War of the Roses for historical accuracy.

Watch Fog of War Act 1 Watch Fog of War Act 2

Millie the Bronze Cat

Opposite the Waitrose Entrance The Spires, 111 High Street Barnet EN5 5XY

Visit the bronze statue of Millie, the Waitrose Cat.

instagram.com/john_somerville_sculpture Barnet Society Article (Aug 2022) Barnet Society Article (tagged 2019) Daily Mail Article (2019)

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High Living

Your online guide to life in and around Chipping Barnet www.highlivingbarnet.com