Discover our 1000 year history & have a view of where Queen Emma, twice queen of England, had her Winchester residency. As well as our history packs, visitors can play medieval board games and those over 18 years can book onto our ale tasting sessions!
People can find out about and ask questions about why it was that the speech of a North Sea island has become the global language, why Her Majesty doesn’t speak like a Hampshire farmer, and what Winchester’s got to do with it.
We are very sorry to advise but Andrew's talk is CANCELLED; the venue has advised us they are no longer available for this event and we have no alternative herbal garden available.
As part of '100 Years of Women in Law' series, join a Circuit Judge, a Prison philanthropist & the Chief Crown Prosecutor of Wessex as they explore the difficulties faced & progress made since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919.
On this special costumed tour, visitors will be able to step beyond the 'no entry' signs and explore those bits that the public don't usually get to see. This is a rare chance to discover witches marks, hidden panelling, smoking dens and more.
On our Self Discovery Experience you can explore the distillery with a map, listening to audio points throughout. Across the distillery's sprawling Victorian architecture, you can learn about the history of gin, Laverstoke Mill and Bombay Sapphire.
A wonderful opportunity to look inside a 17th century house, and to talk with the owners and professionals involved about the pain, joy and ways of reducing the energy use of a 1680s Grade 2 listed house!
An extraordinary opportunity to visit Hotel du Vin's wine cellar. As part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations you will see some of our finest wines, carefully stowed beneath our iconic building on Southgate St.
Jane Austen's House first opened to the public 70years ago. Hear Dr Mary Guyatt speak about the strong characters, hard work, luck & determination that has gone in to preserving this unique place of 'pilgrimage' by over a million people since.
Join WinACC members as they host one of three events this Heritage Open Days - Talk to the architect-owner about part complete PassivHaus (EnerPHit) refurbishment and extension of an end of terrace 1968 townhouse.
Join Winchester Action on Climate Change members for one of three specials events this Heritage Open Days - Talk to the owners about living in this recently built fully certified Passivhaus.
Do you know the story behind why the Mid-Hants Railway became known affectionately as the ‘Watercress Line’? Explore the history of our picturesque railway from its opening in 1865 and our connection to watercress.
This fascinating talk explores the history of the early 19th century public protests known as the 'Swing Riots. Many Barton Stacey men were involved, and the harsh quashing of the movement led to two local men being hanged and many transported!
A talk from four experts on medieval queens on four key aspects of the lives of queens, using examples which span four centuries over the Middle Ages including the Empress Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France and Elizabeth Woodville.
Join us for a fascinating evening as Alastair Stewart, ITV News journalist and presenter explores how technology has impacted on news coverage and how the internet changed values, credibility and competition.
Aged 8 to 14years? Then join the team at Rick Stein’s for a fun and interactive session where you can meet some of the creatures of the seas and rivers, get hands-on with fish, and learn more about the history of some fab fishy dishes.
Dr Sue Anderson-Faithful will explore the contribution of Winchester women as she traces the Anglican Girl's Friendly Society from its parochial origins in the Winchester Diocese to its worldwide presence as an imperial organisation.
Pedlars and Petticoats present “Tea and Scandal”. A light hearted conversation over tea between Jane Austen’s sister, Cassandra and friend Martha Lloyd. Gossip, recipes, poetry and extracts from letters shared. Martha collected Austen family recipes
Join us in this exclusive tour to explore its magnificent architecture and life as a defensive gateway, a debtors prison, an archive store, and pub entertainment room, before the Westgate opened to the public as a museum.
The Borgias have been vilified for centuries, but how much of it is actually true? Find out in this fascinating talk led by historian and author, Samantha Morris
Discover the stories of kings, queens and bishops with Winchester Tourist Guides as they guide us around Wolvesey Castle, the ruined medieval palace of the Bishops of Winchester, and bring the ruins to life with their stories.
Join one of Winchester's professional Tourist Guides to see inside the elegant 18th century Assembly Room on the first floor of St John's House, where it easy to imagine Jane Austen attending a concert or dance.
Jane loves living in Hampshire and is delighted to be part of this year's Heritage Open days, she will be speaking about her MasterChef experience, life since winning and her own celebration and use of local food and drink.
At 2pm, on 30 January 1649, King Charles I stepped onto a wooden scaffold outside Whitehall’s Banqueting House. In front of thousands he was beheaded as a traitor. Historian Rebecca Rideal unravels the regicide of Charles l.
Join Social and Food Historian Emma Muscat for an adventure in 1920's food. Inspired by the Downton Abbey film, Emma discusses typical culinary fare that would have been served at both high-end and working-class dining tables of the period.
Bordeaux has perhaps lost it’s way in the world on new wines trends and the march of New World Wines from the southern hemisphere. Let’s not forget why this region produces some great wines!
In 1934 Miss Jeanie Dicks managed the first electrification of Winchester Cathedral. A"girl engineer" was unusual and press worthy at the time, but she has since been forgotten. Find out more today with curator Ceryl Evans.
Join our Family Chocolate Experience at Montezumas! This special event for Heritage Open Days will allow you to learn more about the history of chocolate, indulge in chocolate tasting and take part in a fun chocolate making experience!
Join us on a walk through Hyde to Abbots Barton, commemorating the bicentenary of John Keats famous ode 'To Autumn'. Considered one of the most perfect poems in the English language and composed here in Winchester 200 years ago.