Festival Spotlights

From chamber music to our industrial heritage to 1940s utility

You may recall me saying months ago that there is something for everyone this year, well entries 42 to 47 certainly prove that! You can walk inside what is probably the oldest working watermill in the country, walk through an apothecary garden and listen to a Chamber Choir. Or you may prefer to learn more about Hampshire’s silk industry, ask advice on how to repair your own vintage clothing and discover the history behind one of Winchester’s longest established businesses. And you can do all of these events in just one day!

NEWSFLASH – Some of our other tours and events are now fully booked. Please visit our Bookings page for further details.

We have listed below more details on entries 42 to 47 and you will also find them on pages 18 to 19 of our printed programme, copies of which are available from Tourist Information, the Discovery Centre and the Theatre Royal. Do let us know which of these you decide to attend!

  Event Description
42 Vintage Make Do & Mend Join historical costumier, Helen McArdle at Stardust Years Vintage as she repairs ladies’ fashions from Victorian times to the 1960s. Ask advice on how to repair your own vintage clothing or browse our exhibition of Make Do & Mend articles from original 1940s’ magazines, alongside original 1940s Utility items.
43 vOx Chamber Choir vOx, a top quality chamber choir from Oxford, will be performing at the Winchester City Mill. Their repertoire covers works from the Renaissance through to the contemporary.  Come and hear them sing  in this beautiful historic setting. Their debut CD is out now.
44 Warren & Son Look inside the big safe which is rarely open to the public. There you will see memorabilia and several tokens from the past including some first edition books published by Warrens.
45 Whitchurch Silk Mill on Tour Whitchurch Silk Mill has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to assist with the restoration of its machinery and buildings to preserve these unique gems of Hampshire’s industrial heritage. Closed from September 2017 the Mill’s Roadshow will give people a glimpse of this exciting project.
46 Winchester Cathedral: tours of the close Cathedral guides will be offering tours of the Cathedral Close, including some buildings not normally open to the public. The tour itinerary will vary but may include the brand new Wessex Learning Centre and apothecary garden, the stonemasons’ and carpenters’ workshops and private gardens. Tours need to be pre-booked.
47 Winchester City Mill – Flour Milling Weekend This National Trust property dates back to Saxon times and is probably the oldest working watermill in the country. Rebuilt in 1744, it is a rare surviving example of an urban corn mill. Today hands-on activities, displays and milling and baking demonstrations make the City Mill a lively and informative place for all the family to enjoy.

PS And don’t forget if you take a great photograph over Heritage Open Days to submit it to our photo competition. More details can be found here.

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