Festival Spotlights

Specially for Hampshire Hour

In just a couple of hours it is Hampshire’s special moment on twitter, so I thought I would share some of the events that have caught my eye in this year’s Heritage Open Days programme. If you are also on Twitter why not join us this evening at 8pm to discuss Hampshire’s amazing heritage and history.

A flavour of what has been organised Where & When Do I need to book?
Exclusive Talk – Join renowned travel writer and photographer John Pilkington as he talks about The Winchester Model. PS This is not the only talk over the 4 days also check out what Warrens & Hampshire Record Office have organised Talks at City Museum on Sunday 10th at 11:30 &12:30 Yes
Museum – A rare chance to view items from the collections store not on display at Gilbert White’s House in Selborne.  In Selbourne, near Alton on Thursday 7th from 10:30 – 17:00  
Workshop – Have a go at making your own medieval tile with the help of Hyde 900. But be prepared to get your hands dirty! If you enjoy being active & creative then also check out The Granary Arts, Winchester Lido and The Colour Factory Marquee on the Chapter house Lawn of Winchester Cathedral, every day from 10:00 – 16:00 Yes
Behind the Scenes – find out what it takes to restore and maintain steam locomotives, and get up close to these magnificent engines in the Mid Hants Railway workshops.  Tours from platform 2 of Ropley station on Friday 8thth at 11.30, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 & 3.20  
Walking Tour – Join local architect Huw Thomas on a guided tour of the Peninsula Barracks and discover the history behind this five acre site. And if you love architecture also check out Leah’s exhibition at the Discover Centre and the tours of Winchester College & Winchester Cathedral Close. Meet outside Serle’s House on Southgate Street on Thursday and Saturday at 10:00 Yes
Museum – Visitors can help operate a historic railway signal box, as well as explore an attractive site with its railway track, signals, and Visitor Centre Romsey Signal Box will be open from 12:00 – 16:00 on Sunday  
Outdoor Activities – Join the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust for a fun afternoon of exploring wildlife in the meadows and streams, and discovering how conservation grazing helps wildflowers. Particularly suitable for children & families. If you like this then you will probably also like the Matterley Bowl events and the Cosmic Walk. In the St Cross meadows adjacent to the Hospital of St Cross on Friday 8th – 10:00 – 16:00  
Museum – Come and be amazed at the authentic sights, sounds and smells of the last steam-driven Victorian brickworks in the UK. You can even make your own brick. Bursledon Brickworks Museum in Bursledon from 11:00 – 16:00 on Thursday & Sunday  
Walking Tour – Step inside the ancient doorway of the Chesil Rectory before exploring some of the other highlights of the area, including St John’s church and the Chesil Theatre. If you like guided tours then there are also tours taking place in Kingsgate Village, at The Great Hall, Wolvsey Castle and The Guildhall Two Tours starting at The Chesil Rectory on Friday 8th at 10:30 & Saturday 9th at 16:00 Yes

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