Events on Saturday 14th
A fun, informative look at the history behind some of our Hampshire fare and some of the many foods that we have grown up with that are dear to the nation.
To mark the 200th anniversary of John Keats' poem To Autumn, a specially curated exhibition has been created to showcase the works of Hampshire children. The poems and artworks celebrate Hampshire's seasons.
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!
Did you know that during World War II, 11 Parchment Street was in fact a pie shop! Go back in time with our display of photos from yesteryear, as well as some history of the humble pie.
Built by the monks of Hyde Abbey in the 12th century, parts of the original church still exist, including the Norman doorway.
Come and visit our much-loved community venue – rescued from demolition by “people power” in the 1980s – and have a go at various sports and recreational activities!
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.
We are delighted that once again St Lawrence is hosting a poetry event for this year's Heritage Open Days, and they are also taking part in Ride and Stride on Saturday 14th.
Have you visited Winchester's hidden gem on the 'Pilgrim's Way'? Open to visitors all-day and on the Ride and Stride route, make sure you come and explore what St John the Baptist has to offer.
New for this year's fifth biennial Worthys Festival (14th – 22nd September 2019) is the Village Open Day. being run in tandem with Winchester Heritage Open days this is an amazing example of 'People Power' and a great opportunity for village businesses and organisations to showcase their services and activities to the whole community.
Join us as we celebrate with Hampshire museums, attractions & festivals all that is fabulous about Hampshire's heritage. There will be trails, exhibits & so much more as we showcase hidden treasures, historic buildings & notable archaeology & history
An opportunity to view Abbey House from the inside. The official residence to the Mayor of Winchester, it is one of only 5 Mayoral Residences in the County. We shall also be joined by Watercress Quartet.
A unique opportunity to see The Soke Bridge, a late 12th century stone single arched (Grade 2 listed) bridge, spanning the overflow channel from Old Alresford Pond.
2019 marks the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, and as part of this year’s celebration, First 100 Years has created a special touring exhibition that covers the timeline of women in law, marking the key milestones achieved.
The Watercress Quartet will be performing music for string quartet at Abbey House. Come and hear them play classical pieces and works by Cole Porter and Scott Joplin in this beautiful historic setting.
A wonderful opportunity to view this early 20th century Merryweather Steamer Pump fire engine and associated accessories within the old fire station, including a film explaining how it works.
To celebrate 200 years since John Keats visited Winchester and wrote his much-loved poem To Autumn, Winchester Poetry Festival invites readers to come and read, share and enjoy a selection of his poetry and letters in a community reading event.
Frequent free vintage bus service all afternoon, and a display of the Friends of King Alfred Buses collection of Bedford coaches. The coaches will be on static display until around 3pm when they will run some free trips.
The following events must be pre-booked!
Take a step back in time as you experience a narrated display of traditional ‘Lovers Knot’ Wedding ring being made by one of our goldsmiths. Join us afterwards for a talk on diamonds, their history and their beauty.
Join award winning architect Huw Thomas on his Peninsula Barracks' tour & discover its extraordinary history. Huw will regale you with tales of executions, ghosts, 13th century battles, & his very own 'People Power' battle to save the site.
Join us for a great interactive talk and presentation showcasing Winchester as it was in the past using old postcards
Join Steve Jarvis for the second of his Heritage Open Days talks at All Saints Church.
Join us for a lively illustrated lecture on the surprising history of the Women's Institute by acclaimed social historian, Jane Robinson. Come and learn about the original social network, and the 'ordinary' women who have changed our world.
Join Andrew Bentley at Long Barn for a talk on the installation of a Physic herb garden in the grounds of Chawton House. He explains his inspiration from an 18th century book, the process of the build & details some of the 40 herbs he chose to plant.
Have you heard of the Bishop of Winchester's Geese? Join Lucy Coleman-Talbot for a fascinating talk on a very unique piece of Winchester history.