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 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 celebrations it is not surprisingly there are 140+ events taking place. There is something for every age and every interest, plus this year the festival lasts a full ten days!

Friday 13th to Sunday 22nd September 2019

Some events you can just turn up to with your family and friends, others though have limited spaces and you will need to be book in advance. The programme will be available from early July and our box office opens in early August 2019. If you join our festival supporters mailing list you though can book your place from July! It is free to join the mailing list, we will only send you up to twelve newsletters per year. To subscribe enter your email address below.

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2019 Festival

Full programme out late June, but here’s a taster of some of the 140+ events we have planned

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