Heritage Open Days (HODs) was established in 1994 as England’s contribution to the European Heritage Days and has since grown into the country’s largest heritage festival with over 40,000 volunteers every September helping to run over 5000 events across the country. HODs are an amazing opportunity to discover hidden places in England and to try out new experiences – and remember all of which are FREE to explore!

In 2016 Winchester held its most successful ‘HODs’ to date, with over 40 events taking place across Winchester and the surrounding area. A big thank you again to every volunteer and organisation who helped us celebrate last year our fantastic history, architecture and culture. Thanks to your enthusiasm and support Heritage Open Days 2017 is going to be even bigger and more diverse – we have over 70 events already planned, and more are still being registered. We can’t wait! Full details will appear on this website soon, but for now make sure you’ve noted the dates in your diary.

Heritage Open Days 2017 takes place 7th to 10th September 2017

This site, our social media and the printed programme are curated by a few volunteers who live in Winchester and surrounding villages. We love our local heritage and every week we spend a few hours behind the scenes planning, promoting and coordinating! We’ve got lots of ideas for this year and next and so are keen to grow our team. If you also love Winchester’s history, architecture and culture why not join us and help promote this year’s events, and coordinate and fund-raise for the 2018 Heritage Open Days. Interested? Then drop us a line via our contacts page.

And if you know of a ‘hidden place’ in Winchester or our surrounding villages and towns, know a fascinating fact or have taken a great photograph in Winchester then why not share it with us. You can contact us in all sorts of ways – via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Just look for the logos at the top and bottom of this page!