Heritage Open Days longer, stronger than ever!

13th – 22nd September 2019

This year’s Heritage Open Days looks like being another triumph.  An even greater number of events – 147 – are on offer over a longer time span – 10 days!  Events take place not only in Winchester but also in Alresford, Southampton, Selborne, Chawton, Kingsworthy, Romsey, Hursley, Ropley, Swanwick and Northington.

Places for the bookable events are filling up fast, indeed, some are already sold out, but don’t worry, there is plenty more to see and do.  Whether visitors are interested in costume, food and drink, archaeology, music, drama or poetry there is something for all ages.  Not only the past but the future is on show – the open greener houses give people a chance to find out how to save energy and Alastair Stewart is discussing the impact of new technology on news coverage.

It is amazing that such a programme can be put together by a team of volunteers and it is even more of a triumph that it can all be free, thanks to the lead sponsor Winchester College and many others.  However, donations will be welcomed and there is one fundraising event on Thursday 12th Sept. when Martin Biddle will be explaining Why did the Anglo-Saxons build a church in the middle of a ruined Roman city? at the Discovery Centre, tickets for this are £14.

Some of the events this September are bookable in advance from the website, a few highlights are listed here but there are many, many more:

  • Steve Jarvis: Winchester Through Postcards  – Saturday 14th
  • Hampshire Firearms Collections – Thursday 19th
  • Dr Tim Hands: The Path to Keats Autumn – Thursday 19th
  • University of Winchester Chapel Tours by Design Engine Architects – Friday 20th
  • Alastair Stewart ‘Shifting Sands in News Coverage’ – Friday 20th
  • Jane Devonshire’ Food, Masterchef & beyond’ Saturday 21st
  • Hursley House Sunday 22nd

For other events visitors are invited to just turn up on the day:

  • Food & Drink Exhibition and Extraordinary Women Exhibit – throughout festival
  • A Celebration of Hampshire Treasures at Great Hall on 14th & 15th
  • Eel House Open Day in Alresford – Sunday 15th
  • Winchester College Treasury – 19th through to 22nd
    Winchester Cathedral Open Evening – Thursday 19th
    WEOROD – Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd

Please visit the Heritage Open Days website for the full programme and to book winchesterheritageopendays.org or pop into Winchester Tourist Information Centre. And remember every event is FREE!

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