Saturday 9th September

The first day of the weekend, and there is so much happening we are not sure you will fit it all in! There are exhibitions, guided tours, an escape room, a classic car display, vintage bus rides, behind the scenes tours, musical events and even a cider tasting.

Today there is really is something for everyone, including an opportunity to see for yourself Florence Nightingale’s lamp (as mentioned in our Monopoly competition!).

As you know we have printed a Heritage Programme 2017 but you’ll also find below our latest edition of the Saturday What’s On. A printable version of the daily what’s on will be available in September. We are expecting Saturday to be one of the busiest days so if you are interested in one of the pre-booked events we strongly recommend booking sooner rather than later. Here are the details of how to book.

Events & Venues Opening times on Saturday Do I need to book? Brief Description
A Clue Capers Pop-Up Escape Room at the Royal Oak: Restoration Conspiracy – team event up to 6 people per team.  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.
Antiquarian Bookselling in Winchester over the years 10:00 – 17:00   Step back into history in Winchester’s very own ‘Dickensian’ shop & discover the history of antiquarian book selling and printing in Winchester over the last hundred years. You may be surprised by how many second-hand book-sellers there once were! Our small static display will also include uncommon specimens of Winchester printing
Aspects of Winchester – an exhibition 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.
Austen Abridged at Pilgrims Hall 10:00 – 13:00   Celebrate the life of Jane Austen through her novels. See scenes from all six of Austen’s novels brought to life in the heart of Winchester, close to where the great author died and was laid to rest 200 years ago.
Barter Memorial Chapel Tours 11;00, 15:00 No but spaces are limited Rarely open to the public, come and explore the original hospital chapel designed by William Butterfield and its beautiful stained glass windows. Learn more about the history of the RHCH and see historical artefacts, including Florence Nightingale’s lamp, and photos through the ages.
Chesil Theatre 10:00 – 16:00   Discover the delightful 12th century church of St Peter’s Chesil, converted to an intimate 75 seat theatre about 40 years ago. See behind the scenes, the stage and lights along with costumes, set designs and photos which will also be on display. Members of the Winchester Dramatic Society will be available to answer your questions.
Free Vintage Bus Service 16:00 – 21:00   The Friends of King Alfred Buses will operate an evening of free vintage bus services, recreating some of the authentic ‘King Alfred’ routes and featuring several historic vehicles which ran in Winchester in the 1950s to the 1970s. Unsuitable for wheelchairs.
Friends Meeting House 11:00 – 17:00   Labyrinth and croquet on the lawn of Friends Meeting House (see other entry for details of exhibition)
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: Musicians at the Westgate Sessions 11:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:00   With shawms and sackbuts, crumhorns and sordunes the four piece group Courtlye Musick will serenade visitors to the historic Westgate with music from the Tudor court. Wearing period costume, with music played on replica period instruments under the Westgate’s Tudor ceiling visitors will find themselves magically transported back to the reign of Good Queen Bess.
Hampshire Record Office Open Day 10:00 – 16:00 Yes Discover over a 1000 years of history as Hampshire Record Office celebrates its 70th anniversary.  Other activities will be available during the day. 
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.
Jeremy France Jewellers 10:00 Yes Watch traditional jewellery making skills that have been used for hundreds of years and see how a ‘Lovers Wedding Ring’ is made in the workshop. Visitors will also be treated to an informative and educational journey through the history of diamonds and how they are used in modern day jewellery.
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.
Morally Insane, Inverted, Born This Way: Medical Treatments for Lesbianism in Britain, 1830-1950 Lecture 12:00   Gabrielle Storey (University of Winchester) will present a 45 minute paper on her research focusing on the interaction between medicine and sexuality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This talk will discuss how medical treatments for female sexual inversion, later termed as lesbianism, changed in Britain from 1830 to 1950.
Peninsula Barracks: a walking tour Walk 10:00   Join local architect Huw Thomas on a guided tour of the  Peninsula Barracks and discover the history behind  this five acre site.  Huw will regale you with tales of  executions, ghosts, mass graves, bloody 13th  century  battles, and his very own battle to save the buildings from demolition  in the 1980’s.
St Bartholomew Church 09:30 – 10:00   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 John the Baptist’s Church 10:00 – 18:00   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 – 16:00   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 09:30 – 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 16:00 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 – storytelling at 10:30 and 14:30, tours at 11:00 and 15:00 10:00 – 17:00 Yes for tours & story telling 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 Stable: Cider Tasting & Talk – over 18years only 16:30 – 20:00 Yes Cider has a long and fascinating history in the UK. Come and find out more about its heritage, how it is made and enjoy some tipple tasting along the way! We expect this event to be popular so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Strictly for over 18s only.
The Tree Line: Poetry at Pilgrims Hall 14:00 – 15:30 Yes Readings from  The Tree Line: poems for Trees, Woods and People, celebrating all that trees mean to us on the 800th anniversary of the Charter for Forests. With Maura Dooley, Michael McKimm, Rachel Curzon and Stephen Boyce.
Theatre Royal: behind the scenes tour Tours 11:00. 12:00. 14:00, 15:00 Yes Take a guided tour of Winchester’s historic Theatre Royal and learn about the history of the building and what goes on ‘behind the scenes’. The building began as a cine-variety hall in 1915 and, after major refurbishment, it re-opened as a full-time professional theatre in 1985.
Vintage Make Do & Mend 10:30 – 17:30   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.
vOx Chamber Choir Session 12:30   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.
Warren & Son 09:00 – 17:30   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.
Walking Tour of Winchester’s Historic Sites and Best Real Ale Pubs – over 18years only Start 13:00 Yes This guided walking tour combines sightseeing with local beer in some of the city’s best real ale pubs. It includes sights such as Winchester Cathedral, the Great Hall, both of the historic gateways to the old city and the sites of two ancient abbeys.
Winchester Cathedral: tours of the close Tour 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 City Mill – Flour Milling Weekend 11:00 – 16:00   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.
Winchester College – Archives tour Tours 09:30, 11:00 Yes This hour-long tour allows a rare opportunity to view two of the medieval rooms which house the Winchester College archives. Documents and artefacts relating to the history of the school, including the Foundation Charters and Founder’s Statutes, will be on display. (NB. Access is via a spiral stone staircase of 36 & 52 steps with no handrails).
Winchester College – College tours Tours 10:15, 11:30, 14:15, 15:30 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 – Science Collections tour Tours 14:00, 15:00 Yes An opportunity to view items from a wide range of science teaching apparatus and natural history specimens, from eighteenth century microscopes to the present day Periodic Table installation.  This is a 45-minute tour with the keeper of the science archive and a unique chance to see the Science School building. Unsuitable for young children.
Winchester College – Treasury 10:30 – 16:00 Yes Treasury houses the outstanding collections of art and archaeology belonging to Winchester College. The converted medieval Warden’s Stables contain four galleries filled with objects from around the world. The usual entry fee will not apply during Heritage Open Weekend and visits will be free at the times below.
Winchester Lido 10:00 – 16:00   Built in the early 1930s the Winchester Lido has continued to delight and serve the local community over the years. Discover more about its history, its role during the war, which 1960s pop bands played here and what it offers today as an indoor sports facility. You can even have a go at badminton and martial arts!
Winchester MG Owners Club Display 10:00 – 15:00   One for all motor enthusiasts! A display of MGs and other classic and sports cars spanning several decades that will rekindle fond memories for those of a certain age. Come along and have a chat to the drivers.
Winchester’s Historic Journey Through Paper Cut. 09:00 – 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.
Winchester’s Military Museums 10:00 – 16:15   Six museums will be opening their doors for free, each telling the story of their regiments and how they contributed to the defence of Britain and the British Empire from the early 17th century to the present day. A temporary exhibition can also be viewed in The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum – Jane Austen and the Regimentals.
Further Afield
Hinton Ampner (National Trust) nr Alresford 10:00 – 17:00   A house lovingly rebuilt by Ralph Dutton, after a fire in 1960. Beautifully proportioned rooms house an exquisite collection of ceramics and art. Manicured lawns lead the eye down avenues of sculptured topiary, past borders full of roses, to views across the South Downs. Explore the grounds with a brand new Quiz Trail App and follow clues to discover the secrets of Hinton Ampner.
Long Barn in Alresford 09:00 – 17:00   Long Barn home & garden store loves all things lavender!  Visit their free exhibition of artefacts showcasing English lavender growing.
The Granary Creative Arts Centre in brookwood near Bramdean 10:00 -16:00   Visit this charming 400 year old granary, one of the largest two storey old granaries still standing, now used as a centre for art classes, exhibitions and events. Meet local artisans and try your hand at some traditional crafts including stone carving, weaving and wood block printing. Arts and crafts available to buy.
The Vyne in Sherborne St. John House 1100-1600, Garden 1000-1700, Rooftop Walkway 1000-1530, Shop 1100-1700, Tea Room 1000-1630   An intimate family home, the history of The Vyne spans the centuries. Learn about the visit of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, stroll around the peaceful gardens and ancient woodlands. On a rooftop walkway, look closer at the major roof project saving this former Tudor palace from disrepair.