2017

Have you joined in with our countdown?

With so many events at this year’s festival – Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th September – we’ve started our countdown early. A fortnight ago in fact! As part of our countdown we are sharing every day on ‘twitter’ at least one photograph of one of the festival entries. Here are our photographs from the last two weeks.

As well as sharing photographs we are also seeking stories of Winchester and our surrounding villages and towns. Do you know something about Winchester’s heritage that no-one else knows? Or perhaps you have a photograph from Winchester’s past. Why not share it with us today via our twitter/instgram account or if you prefer by email. Join in our festival countdown and add your story and images to the history of Winchester.

But before you do that make sure you save the dates – Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th September 2017 – and for the pre-booked events we recommend booking your place today. To help you plan we’ve listed below the timings and booking details for all of the events we’ve mentioned in our countdown to date.

  Title Dates Description Booking Details
59 Wolvesey Castle guided tour Sunday: Tours at 11:30 and 14:00 Join one of two guided tours by Winchester Tourist Guides of this ruined medieval palace of the Bishops of Winchester and hear some of the stories about famous kings, queens and bishops associated with the castle. The site is free to explore otherwise. Unsuitable for children under 7yrs. In person at Tourist Information, telephone 01962 840500 or click here to email
60 Bullington Craft Fete Sunday: 10:00 to 14:00 Local crafts on display, being demonstrated and for sale, in and around the lovely medieval  church  of  St Michael  & All Angels, on the beautiful River Dever.  Attractions for all ages include a bouncy castle, music, teas, cakes, and other stalls.   The perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon n/a
61 Gilbert White’s House in Selbourne Thursday: 10:30 to 17:00 A rare chance to view items from the collections store not on display in the Museum. From personal items belonging to 18th century naturalist Gilbert White, to artefacts brought back from Africa by Victorian explorer Frank Oates, and memorabilia from the tragic Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole in 1912 led by Captain Scott. n/a
62 Heathcote Mausoleum in Hursley Sunday: 14:00 to 16:00 The  mausoleum  was built in 1771 by Thomas  Heathcote  as burial place for his family, who occupy half of the 70 spaces inside. Acquired by the Mausolea & Monuments Trust in 1997 it was restored in 2005/6.  Close by is the tomb of John Keble, in whose memory Keble College Oxford was founded. n/a
63 Hinton Apmner – National Trust Saturday: 10:00 to 17:00 A house lovingly rebuilt by Ralph Dutton, after a fire in 1960. Beautifully proportioned rooms house an exquisite collection of ceramics and art. Manicured lawns lead the eye down avenues of sculptured topiary, past borders full of roses, to views across the South Downs. Explore the grounds with a brand new Quiz Trail App and follow clues to discover the secrets of Hinton Ampner. n/a
64 Hockley Watermill in Twford Sunday: 11:00 to 16:00 Hockley is an 18th century water mill with two sets of stones and other gearing powered through a horizontal beam. The mill machinery is currently too fragile to use, so Hampshire Mills Group will be there to explain the working of the mill.  Steep stairs to upper floors. Children must be accompanied. n/a
65 Hursley House Sunday: Tours hourly from 11:00 onwards A rare opportunity to see inside this Grade II* listed mansion, now owned by IBM. Special tours will reveal the fascinating history of the Hursley estate and its occupants and include a visit to the Museum which traces the story of IBM and the technological innovations which have been conceived at Hursley. Gardens are open all day but to tour house please click here to email
66 Long Barn, Alfresford Open daily – talk on the Friday Long Barn home & garden store loves all things lavender!  Visit their free exhibition of artefacts showcasing English lavender growing. Please note that the talk is not a Heritage Open Days event, and there is a £10 charge per person. Click here to email about talk
67 Matterley Bowl Thursday: Tours at 09:00, 10:00 and 13:00 Discover the recent history of the Matterley Bowl and join a guided tour of this stunning natural amphitheatre within the SDNP. Learn about traditional land management and go in search of late flying butterflies. This event is not suitable for small children. n/a
68 The Brickworks Museum, Bursledon Thursday and Sunday: 11:00 to 16:00 both days Come and be amazed at the authentic sights, sounds and smells of the last steam-driven Victorian brickworks in the UK. Make your own brick, get close to the massive brick making machines and see how the men used to run 15 miles a day in the big drying sheds.  n/a
69 The Granary Creative Arts Centre near Bramdean Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 to 16:00 both days Visit this charming 400 year old granary, one of the largest two storey old granaries still standing, now used as a centre for art classes, exhibitions and events. Meet local artisans and try your hand at some traditional crafts including stone carving, weaving and wood block printing. Arts and crafts available to buy. n/a
70 The Grange at Northington Friday: Tours at 11;00, 12:30 and 14:30 Book a guided tour of a ‘roofed ruin’ of one of the earliest Greek revival houses in Europe. Built in 1670, the exterior was altered in the 19th century by William Wilkins to resemble a Greek temple. Owned by English Heritage, the house is currently used for opera events & private functions. This event is not suitable for children under the age of 8yrs. Grounds are open all day but tour must be pre-booked on 01483 252020
71 The Vyne at Sherborne St John Saturday: from 10:00 An intimate family home, the history of The Vyne spans the centuries. Learn about the visit of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, stroll around the peaceful gardens and ancient woodlands. On a rooftop walkway, look closer at the major roof project saving this former Tudor palace from disrepair. n/a
72 Watercress & Gin in Old Alfresford Thursday: pre-booked tour in evening Explore the history of watercress in Hampshire, take a guided walk around the beds and learn more about the health-giving properties of watercress and wasabi. Afterwards visit the Winchester Distillery site for a tour and free tasting of their award-winning watercress gin. This event is not suitable for children under the age of 18yrs. Over 18 years only. To book please ring 01962 732104

History is stories, all our stories, and this year, more than ever before, Heritage Open Days is a celebration of that.”

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