Friday 8th September

Our second day and dare I say it, it is even more exciting than day one! Much of what is planned for Thursday is available again today, plus a few extras such as ‘Behind the Scenes’ at Chilcomb House, Pilgrims Hall, a guided tour of the Fellows’ Library at Winchester College and thanks to the support of Carter Jonas there will be a fun afternoon of outdoor activities run by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust at St Cross Meadows.

For full details of everything that is happening we recommend looking at our Heritage Programme 2017 but here’s the latest edition of our Friday What’s On. A printable version of the daily what’s on will be available in September. Don’t forget that whilst everything is free to explore some events have limited spaces and so booking is essential where indicated.

Events & Venues Opening Times on Friday 8th Do I need to book? Brief Description
A Clue Capers Pop-Up Escape Room at the Royal Oak: Restoration Conspiracy 10:00 – 17:00 Yes A ClueCapers escape room experience at The Royal Oak – witness to over a millennium of Winchester’s history. It’s 1660. Can you gain entry to the Royalists’ secret gathering and find out just what they’re cooking up? In a team of up to six, you will have just 15 minutes to work together to discover clues and solve puzzles.
Archaeology at St. Cross Hospital 09:30 – 17:00   WARG’s exhibition will show recent archaeological work in the Winchester area, including work done within the park land of St. Cross itself. Visitors will be able to gain a deeper appreciation of the Hospital’s history as well as a chance to handle archaeological finds and talk to the excavators.
Aspects of Winchester – an exhibition at Winchester Heritage Centre 10:00 – 16:00   The City of Winchester Trust has invited a group of artists in Winchester, who meet regularly to paint and sketch around the city, to produce an exhibition representing their work. Limited edition prints and cards will be available for sale.
Carter Marsh & Co 11:00 – 16:00 Yes – limited places on each tour Carter Marsh & Co are renowned dealers of antique clocks and watches and will be celebrating their 70th anniversary in the city this year. Come and watch skilled craftsmen at work and delight at some of the finest examples of antiquarian horology on display in the showroom.
Cosmic Walk and Labyrinth Tours 11:00, 12:30 Yes 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.
Gieves and Hawkes Archive 09:00 – 17:30   For more than two centuries Gieves and Hawkes has been the world’s foremost in bespoke tailoring and has dressed every British Sovereign since George III.  Come and learn about the company’s military history and view some of their archive pieces, including Princess Diana’s original Hampshire Regiment colonel in chief uniform jacket. 
HCT: Behind-the-scenes at Chilcomb House 3hr tours – 09:30, 13:30 Yes A unique chance to peek behind-the-scenes and meet the experts who curate  the museum collections cared for by Hampshire Cultural Trust. Visitors will be able to see costumes, artwork, natural history, archaeology, historic transport and social history collections. Also on display will be a rare surviving Georgian  sedan  chair contemporary to Jane Austen’s stay in Winchester shortly before her death in 1817.
Hyde 900: Medieval tile display & hourly workshops 10:00 – 16:00 Yes A display of encaustic tiles found on the site of Hyde Abbey. Discover their history and how they were made and why not have a go at making them in the medieval manner– but be prepared to get your hands dirty! For a fee your tile can also be glazed and fired.
Kingsgate – A Walk Through Time Walk 15:00 Yes This walking tour takes in Wolvesey Palace, site of the medieval palace of the bishops of Winchester, continues down College Street past the College and the house where Jane Austen spent her last months, and ends with Kingsgate Arch and the 13th century church of St Swithun above.
Old Hyde House, ADAM Architecture offices Tours 10:00, 12:00 Yes Built on part of the original 12th century Hyde Abbey Precinct, Old Hyde House is Grade II* listed and has served many uses over the years. Visitors will be given a guided tour of the offices, hear the building’s rich history and see remnants of the old buildings that still exist today. Unsuitable for children under 15yrs.
Pilgrim’s Hall 13:00 – 16:00   In the early Middle Ages and until 1539, the cathedral church of Winchester formed part of St Swithun’s Priory.  Inside were a number of relics and the shrine of St Swithun of Winchester (d.862) which attracted many devout pilgrims.  The Pilgrims’ Hall is where these visitors were offered hospitality.
Serle’s House Tour 10:00, 14:00 Yes A rare chance to see inside this 18th century building built in the English Baroque style. Join a guided tour to see the staircase, reception rooms and period items and paintings from both the military and Hampshire County Council collections.
St Bartholomew Church 10:00 – 16:00   St Bartholomew was built by the monks of Hyde Abbey in the 12th century. Parts of the original church survive, including the Norman doorway. When the Abbey was destroyed by Henry VIII, its stones were used to build the church tower. King Alfred the Great is long rumoured to be buried in the churchyard.
St Cross Meadows 10:00 – 16:00   Join the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust for a fun afternoon of outdoor activities exploring wildlife in the meadows and streams next to The Hospital of St Cross. Discover how conservation grazing helps wildflowers, insects and wetland birds; identify wetland plants and have a go at river dipping. Particularly suitable for children & families.
St John the Baptist’s Church 10:00 – 17:00   Winchester’s oldest parish church is situated on the ancient Pilgrim’s Way between Winchester and Canterbury. Built in the 12th century, later features include a spectacular south window, wall paintings and screen. Described by Sir John Betjeman as ‘a gem’, major restoration has revealed its medieval simplicity and beauty.
St Lawrence-in-the-Square 09:30 – 16:30   St Lawrence was a deacon martyred in Rome in AD 258. The Church stands on the site of the chapel of William the Conqueror’s Palace. It is called the Mother Church of Winchester, for it is the only surviving church of Norman foundation within the city walls. Before a new Bishop of Winchester is enthroned, he is first presented at St Lawrence.
St Swithun-upon-Kingsgate 10:00 – 16:30   St Swithun is the only church above a gate in the UK still holding church services. It was built in the 13th century and named after a local bishop, Swithun, thought to have been the tutor of King Alfred the Great. When Swithun’s bones were moved to the Cathedral against his wishes, a terrible storm occurred, giving rise to the legend that if it rains on St Swithun’s Day (15th July), it will rain for 40 days.
The Chesil Rectory & more Tour 10:30 Yes Step inside the ancient doorway of the Chesil Rectory and discover a quirky gem of a restaurant brimming with original features. From here an hour’s guided walk will take you to some of the other highlights of the area, including St John’s church and the Chesil Theatre.
The Great Hall 10:00 – 17:00 Yes for tours Explore the history and legend of The Great Hall, join our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides with 2 tours on offer and storytelling for children. Visitors will have a rare chance to see the 18th century Former Grand Jury room and discover Charles II’s vision of a King’s House in Winchester.
The Hospital of St Cross 09:30 – 17:00   Founded in 1132 by William the Conqueror’s grandson, the Hospital today remains a Christian almshouse for elderly men. Spend time exploring the beautiful medieval buildings and fine gardens and take tea in the Hundred Men’s Hall. Visit an exhibition of archaeology by WARG and call in at the Porter’s Lodge before leaving to receive the Wayfarers Dole.
Warren & Son 09:00 – 17:30 No – but limited places for the Friday talks (10:30, 12:30) 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.
Whitchurch Silk Mill on Tour 09:00 – 17:00   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.
Winchester Cathedral: tours of the close Tours 10:00, 14:00 Yes 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
Winchester College – College tours Tours 10:15, 11:30, 14:15 Yes Believed to be the oldest continuously running school in the country, Winchester College was founded by William of Wykeham in the 14th century and has been described as one of the finest collections of historic buildings in southern England. Join a guided tour to find out more. Unsuitable for children under 11yrs.
Winchester College – Fellows’ Library tour Tours 13:00, 14:00 Yes The Warden and Fellows are the Governing Body of Winchester College. This tour includes part of the Warden’s Lodgings, now home to the school’s historic library. There will be an exhibition of medieval manuscripts and an opportunity to see the study of John Harmar, one of the translators of the King James Bible. Unsuitable for young children.
Winchester Embroiderers Guild at St Lawrence Church 09:30 – 16:00   An opportunity to meet Winchester Embroiderers Guild members demonstrating stitched textile techniques. There will also be a small display of members’ work in a range of styles.  We are a diverse group of textile artists who enjoy celebrating our heritage in contemporary as well as historical embroidery.  We look forward to meeting you.
Winchester’s Historic Journey Through Paper Cut. 13:00 – 17:00   Don’t miss the chance to see this exciting pop-up exhibition by Leah Keatley-Phoenix, exploring the history of famous landmarks in Winchester including the Cathedral, King Alfred the Great, The Buttercross and The Round Table through the art of paper cutting.
Further Afield
Long Barn in Alresford 09:00 – 17:00 Yes Long Barn home & garden store loves all things lavender!  Visit their free exhibition of artefacts showcasing English lavender growing. NB The talk is not a Heritage Open Days event and there is a charge
The Grange at Northington Tours 11:00, 12:30, 14:30 Yes 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.