Welcome to Winchester’s favourite heritage festival!

Friday 13th to Sunday 22nd September 2019

It's fun, IT’s fabulous and it is all FREE!

Every September, supported by Winchester College and other local organisations, local volunteers organise over 100 events to celebrate our fantastic history, architecture and cultural heritage. Whether you and your family live in Winchester or further afield this is your chance to discover hidden places, hear fascinating and unusual stories, learn new skills and try out new experiences.

It is Heritage Open Day’s 25th anniversary this year, and to celebrate we have even more guided walks, expert talks, live music and theatre as well as new buildings opening their doors for you to discover. Our two themes are ‘Food & Drink’ and ‘People Power’, and every tour, lecture, activity, creative workshop, bike ride and exhibit is completely free.

With these two fabulous themes and all the anniversary celebrations it is not surprisingly there are nearly 150 events taking place this year in and around Winchester. There is something for every age and every interest in the programme, plus this year the festival lasts a full ten days from Friday 13th to Sunday 22nd September. Printed programmes are available from Tourist Information in Winchester.


grand draw

Your chance to win a Harrods hamper, dinner for 4 at Rick Stein Winchester & so much more!

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2019 programme

As well as printed and digital copies of this year’s festival programme, you can also view listings online


Family friendly

Nearly all our events are family friendly, these ones though we think families will really like

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Please note Winchester’s half marathon is taking place on Sunday 22nd September, and there will be some road closures in and around Winchester. We advise allowing extra time if booked on a morning event, and if visiting Hursley House before 12noon approach Hursley via Poles Lane and at the traffic lights at the end of Poles lane, proceed straight across the road past a circular bench, which takes you past John Keble Primary School onto the site. Details of the road closure are here.

Remember whilst every festival event between Friday 13th and Sunday 22nd September is FREE, and many events you can just turn up to with your family and friends, others do have limited spaces and you will need to book in advance.