History and hospitality in a serene and picturesque setting by the water meadows. The Hospital of St Cross is a beautiful group of Grade I Listed Buildings dating from 1132, and is home to 25 Brothers.
An brand new exhibition celebrating the many inspirational women, past & present, from Winchester & the wider Hampshire area. You can read the fascinating stories of these influential female figures & suggest your own additions to the list.
Explore the timeline of Winchester Castle and admire its medieval hall. Meet heroes and villains of its past, from Kings and Queens to judges and executioners and join in the family fun with dressing up and children’s activities.
Discover the history of Hyde Abbey through a display of finds from the dig including encaustic tiles. And why not have a go yourself at making a floor tile in the medieval manner? But be prepared to get your hands dirty!
Join staff from The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust exploring Winchester's beautiful water meadows beside the River Itchen.
Travel back in time, and listen to this pop-up performance of the Courtlye Musick group playing Tudor love songs and celebratory music on replica period instruments including shawms, cornetts, sackbuts and crumhorns.
Hear a brief history of knitting & its rise in recent times – why has it become so popular, how is it reaching such a wide audience & what has changed in the 21st century? Then, create your own knitted jewellery from recycled yarns.
There are six military museums located in Peninsula Barracks, Winchester. There will be free admission to all these museums on Saturday 15 September and Sunday 16 September as part of Heritage Open Days.
See how this fully restored working watermill, the oldest working mill in the UK, produces stone ground wholemeal flour using the power of the River Itchen. There will also be additional events including storytelling & music for all the family.
One for all motor enthusiasts! Winchester MG Owner's Club are hosting a display of MGs and other classic and sports cars spanning decades that will rekindle fond memories for those of a certain age. Come along and have a chat with the drivers.
History displays, building tours, & free badminton on offer all day! Come & visit our much-loved community venue, celebrate the 70th anniversary of our local swimming club (which was “born” at the Lido in 1948), & take part in “sporting memories”.
A wonderful opportunity to roam freely around our beautiful 18th century house and grounds, as well as enjoy an art exhibition, short film, cream teas, garden activities, and much more!
The Theatre Royal Winchester are throwing open their doors for a FREE Open Day for all the family to enjoy. Enjoy behind- the-scenes tours with our technical team, theatre workshops and fun craft activities.
Wander into the inner close of our Cathedral and take a huge step back into history with Regia Anglorum. Gain insight into what the clothing, crafts and look of the peoples who inhabited Winchester over 1000 years ago.
The clank of medieval armour and the sound of clashing blades will once again ring out around the Westgate and Castle Precinct as knights of the High Middle Ages demonstrate the art of medieval combat.
Traditional stories told in a traditional way – the entertainment that everyone, and not just children, looked forward to most of all – something you can talk about afterwards – something you can share and pass on to others.
This interactive workshop, for children aged 12-16 years, will explore, using documents and evidence from the Middle Ages, what it meant to be a Medieval queen, what their role was, what their lives were like and what others expected of them.
The award winning Blue Apple Theatre company bring to life some of the local voices you will not have heard before – some historically accurate & some imagined. These fragments will lift the lid on parts of the city you may not have known of before.
Ride on vintage buses & coaches dating from 1931 to 1971 & explore the local area via a variety of historic city and country bus routes.
This brilliant workshop, for children aged 7-11, will answer this question and more. Not only will you learn about the queen’s role and expectations of medieval queens , but you will find out what their lives were really like.
See what happens underneath St Giles Hill! An opportunity for families with children (aged 7+) to go inside the disused Chesil railway tunnel for a light-hearted Winchester Tourist Guides tour including stories & perhaps some music making.
Love history? Then you will love this living history event with Tillier’s Regiment of the Sealed Knot - experience the camp & watch the drill displays (11am & 2pm) of a military unit of the English Civil Wars of the 1640s. You can even join in!
Step inside The Westgate, a scheduled monument in the centre of Winchester, the ancient capital of England and make your own brass rubbing from a replica of an original brass on display. One free brass rubbing per person.
Inside the beautiful ancient Church of St.Michael's local crafters will be demonstrating their skills and talents, and there will also be opportunities for you to have a go yourself. Outside you will find all the fun of a village fete.