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Festival Dates


We very much hope you will be able to join us again this year as we and our partners again showcase Hampshire's hidden treasures, historic buildings and notable history. Nationally Heritage Open Days is celebrating its 25th anniversary and so they are extending the festival to 10 days this year!

Friday 13th September through to Sunday 22nd September 2019

Here in Winchester we have 140+ different events will be taking place. Most will be happening over the second weekend – Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd September 2019 enabling you to explore further afield as well as enjoy the fabulous events we have planned. To keep things fresh and different we have two fabulous themes this year

'People Power' and Hampshire 'Food & Drink'.

We will be sharing more details over the forthcoming weeks and months, but can already share that;

  • A Celebration of Hampshire Treasures is returning to The Great Hall on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th, your opportunity to discover Hampshire's heritage in one place. You can speak to experts, have fun with interactive activities, plan your Heritage Open Day experience, and discover all that is special about the ancient capital of England.

  • Jane Robinson will be leading a lively lecture on the surprising and fascinating history of the Women’s Institute on Saturday 14th

  • Bombay Sapphire Distillery will be running a special tour and experience for us on Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th.

  • Abbots Barton Farmhouse is opening its doors on Thursday 19th, a rare opportunity to see inside a 15th century Hall House with Queen Anne facade, set in a beautiful walled garden with a 16th century dovecote and small orchard.

  • Alistair Stewart will be joining us on Friday 20th at New Hall, Winchester College to explore how technology has impacted on news coverage and how the internet changed values, credibility and competition.

  • Jane Devonshire on Saturday 21st will be speaking about her MasterChef experience, life since winning and her own celebration and use of local food and drink.

  • Blue Apple Theatre will be performing most of Saturday 21st in and around Pilgrims Hall.

  • Rebecca Rideal will be at the Discovery centre on Saturday 21st to unravel for us one of the most important events in British history

  • Historical reenactments will be taking place in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd. Your opportunity to discover how the Anglo Saxons lived and worked.

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