About Us

Taking place each September Winchester Heritage Open Days is a free ten-day festival celebrating Winchester’s history, cultural heritage and architecture.

We are part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme, the festival provides a diverse and local programme of events ranging from music, theatre, workshops and living history to exhibitions, open buildings, guided tours, walks and talks. This fabulous short film commissioned by the national team gives you a glimpse of what we get up to.

Supported by Winchester College, this hugely popular, family oriented festival is organised and run entirely by a small team of volunteers from City of Winchester Trust.

The City of Winchester Trust aims to promote and foster the amenities of the City of Winchester and its surrounding area. Its primary purpose is to care for the character of our City by influencing decision-makers to keep it as a pleasant place in which to live, work and to visit. Winchester Heritage Open Days, a ten day annual festival led by some of our members, helps us achieve this by promoting the City’s heritage and enabling local residents and visitors from further afield to discover for free the history, the hidden places and the historical landmarks of Winchester and the surrounding villages.

Photograph by Mike Hall

Photograph by Mike Hall

Every Heritage Open Days event is FREE, and many events you can just turn up to with your family and friends, others have limited spaces and you will need to book in advance.

The 2019 box office opens 7th August for general public.

PLEASE NOTE that whilst the festival box office opens 7th August, some events may be fully booked by this date! This is because everyone on our supporters mailing list was given early booking access as a thank you for being on our mailing list. Anyone can join, to subscribe to the mailing list for free enter your email address below.