We’re delighted to confirm the rumour about King Alfred Buses running a full-length journey over the Heritage Open Days weekend! On Saturday 9th September they are going to run the old King Alfred Service 11 route, leaving Winchester Cattle Market car park at 12:40pm for Basingstoke via Whitchurch and arriving back in Winchester about three hours later.
If you have already booked yourself onto other events Saturday afternoon then don’t worry as King Alfred Buses will also, as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, be running a Twilight Service around Winchester. The 4pm to 9pm service, involving up to seven King Alfred Buses, will be starting at the Cattle Market although from 6pm some will run from the Broadway. They will cover many of the traditional King Alfred routes, giving a rare and atmospheric opportunity to travel on them into the hours of darkness.
Other rumours . . . . yes it is true that you now need to register on the Peninsula Barracks walking tour. Please ring Huw Thomas’s office on 01962 856169 to register your place. And yes it is also true that the Eel House in Alresford are planning to join in with Heritage Open Days. Further details will be published here soon, so make sure you sign up to receive our festival news updates.
Ticket News – some of the tours are now fully booked and others only have a few spaces left. If you are quick though you can still book yourself on to the following events;
|Architecture & History|
|Guided tour of War Cloister||Visit the peaceful and beautiful cloister, in the precincts of the College and discover its far-reaching connections and hear about the dinner held on the Western Front just days before the battle at Cambrai in 1917|
|Kingsgate – A Walk Through Time||This is a 40 minute walking tour beginning at Wolvesey Palace site of the medieval palace of the bishops of Winchester then moving down College Street past the College and the house in which Jane Austen spent her last months. We will end at Kingsgate the southern gate of the medieval city where we will view St Swithun’s Church above the arch.|
|The Chesil Rectory||Hosted by one of Winchester’s professional tourist guides this will be a fascinating journey through the history of Chesil Street & beyond including St John’s Church The Chesil Theatre & a visit to the unique Chesil Rectory.|
|The Grange at Northington Hampshire||Tours of the interior of this lost masterpiece of the age of Charles II is not for the faint-hearted because the house looks like a disaster, and it can feel like a tragedy. However most visitors feel at the end that it has been a very interesting experience and one they cannot gain in many other places. They still need stout shoes and a watchful attitude – not all floors are still there!|
|The Winchester Model at the City Museum||In 2016 Hampshire Cultural Trust embarked on a project to save Roger Brown’s inspirational model of Victorian Winchester and bring it to life in the City Museum. Join us as travel writer and photographer John Pilkington provides an exclusive talk about his personal connection to the Winchester Model and its maker.|
|Winchester Cathedral||Cathedral guides will be offering tours of the Cathedral Close, including buildings not normally open to the public such as the Cathedral’s brand new, award-winning, Wessex Learning Centre and apothecary garden, the stonemasons and carpenters workshops and private gardens. Guides will indulge visitors in the Close history, sharing stories about past residents and events that have taken place here.|
|Winchester Guildhall||Winchester Guildhall is an impressive Victorian building which dominates The Broadway. It houses Civic silver and an interesting collection of paintings. The tour will last approx 90 mins and will include a walk to the site of Winchester’s previous Guildhalls in the High Street. Not suitable for children under the age of 7.|
|Wolvesey Castle guided tour||Wolvesey Castle is owned by English Heritage and is the ruined medieval palace of the Bishops of Winchester. The tours will bring the ruins to life and to tell the stories of some of the famous people associated with the Castle – Kings, Queens and Bishops.|
|The Tree Line – Poetry at Pilgrims Hall||In the beautiful setting of Pilgrims Hall you’ll hear poems about trees in gardens and along the sides of roads trees to climb and build dens in. Poems about childhood memory history motherhood nationhood law mythology and death. Poems about turning into trees. Poems about getting lost in the woods. Poems about oak ash alder pine chestnut birch and many more besides.|
|Display of medieval encaustic tiles and tile workshop||Have a go yourself at making a tile in the medieval manner– but be prepared to get your hands dirty! Numbers are limited to 6 per workshop session and sessions will take place hourly over the event. They will be on a strictly bookable basis only. Children are welcome. For a fee Hyde900 can arrange to have your tile glazed and fired – but at the tile makers risk!|
|Nature & History of Time!|
|Cosmic Walk and Labyrinth||Stroll with us from the beginning of time as we discover the unfolding story of the Cosmos and reconnect with our world. The Cosmic Walk features a Labyrinth and offers visitors the opportunity to reflect upon their relationship with the Earth and the Divine.|
|Remember all of these events need to be pre-booked – please click here to book|