Sunday 10th September

Our final day and like Saturday is crammed full with some amazing events. So why not join us. You can make tiles in Winchester or bricks in Bursledon, discover the history of computers at IBM in Hursley, or join a guided tour of Wolvesey Castle.Hursley House

There will also be antiquarian books in the centre of Winchester, croquet on the lawn of the Friend’s Meeting House, a craft fair in Bullington and much much more. You will almost certainly find in this year’s programme your perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Below you’ll find our latest edition of the Sunday what’s on. Our Heritage Programme 2017 has more information and a printable version of the daily what’s on will be available in September. remember that some of the tours are only running for one day over the festival so places will be limited, book now to avoid disappointment!

Events & Venues Opening times on Sunday Do I need to book? Brief Description
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
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.
Friends Meeting House 13:00 – 17:00   Labyrinth and croquet on the lawn of Friends Meeting House (see other entry for details of exhibition)
Gieves and Hawkes Archive 10:00 – 16:00   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: Brass rubbing at The Westgate 12:00 – 17:00   The Westgate Museum houses a small collection of replica Hampshire medieval church brasses. After seeing the originals, you are invited to have a go at making your own brass rubbing to take away as a souvenir of your visit. You will be given an information sheet which will tell you all about the brass you have rubbed, and translate any inscription.
HCT: The Winchester Model at City Museum Talks 11:30, 12:30 Yes 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.
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.
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.
St Bartholomew Church Church closed after 09:30 service   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 11:00 – 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 09:00 – 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 09:00 – 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.
Storytelling at Winchester City Mill Stories 11:30, 14:30   Join  Pedlars  and  Petticoats for their interactive story telling for all ages beside the beautiful River Itchen in the mill’s secret garden. Listen to tales of local legends and learn about witches and dragons. If you are brave enough there may be a spooky story or two as well.
The Colour Factory Studios 12:00 – 17:00   Come along for a colourful afternoon packed full of arty fun and other activities for all the family. Using exciting techniques and traditional printing presses learn how to paint and print patterns found in Winchester’s unique heritage. Visit the artists’ gallery, meet Mrs Heritage and enjoy homemade cakes in the vintage tea gardens.
The Great Hall 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 Guildhall tour Tours 11:00, 14:30 Yes The Guildhall, an ornate Victorian building, also houses Civic silver and an interesting collection of paintings.  Tours with Winchester Tourist Guides will take a closer look at the building and its contents and offer a chance to see the site of the city’s previous guildhalls in the High Street. Unsuitable for children under 7yrs.
Vintage Make Do & Mend 11:00 – 16:00   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.
Warren & Son 10:30 – 16:30   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.
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 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 – College tours Tours 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 – Treasury Tours 14:00 – 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.
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.
Wolvesey Castle guided tour Tours 11:30, 14:00 Yes Join one of two guided tours by Winchester Tourist Guides of this ruined medieval palace of the Bishops of Winchester and hear some of the stories about famous kings, queens and bishops associated with the castle. The site is free to explore otherwise. Unsuitable for children under 7yrs.
Further Afield
Bullington Craft Fete 14:00 – 17:00   Local crafts on display, being demonstrated and for sale, in and around the lovely medieval  church  of  St Michael  & All Angels, on the beautiful River Dever.  Attractions for all ages include a bouncy castle, music, teas, cakes, and other stalls.   The perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon
Heathcote Mausoleum in Hursley 14:00 – 16:00   The  mausoleum  was built in 1771 by Thomas  Heathcote  as burial place for his family, who occupy half of the 70 spaces inside. Acquired by the Mausolea & Monuments Trust in 1997 it was restored in 2005/6.  Close by is the tomb of John Keble, in whose memory Keble College Oxford was founded.
Hockley Watermill in Twyford 11:00 – 16:00   Hockley is an 18th century water mill with two sets of stones and other gearing powered through a horizontal beam. The mill machinery is currently too fragile to use, so Hampshire Mills Group will be there to explain the working of the mill.  Steep stairs to upper floors. Children must be accompanied.
Hursley House in Hursley – hourly tours 11:00 – 16:00 Yes A rare opportunity to see inside this Grade II* listed mansion, now owned by IBM. Special tours will reveal the fascinating history of the Hursley estate and its occupants and include a visit to the Museum which traces the story of IBM and the technological innovations which have been conceived at Hursley.
Long Barn in Alresford 10:00 – 16:00   Long Barn home & garden store loves all things lavender!  Visit their free exhibition of artefacts showcasing English lavender growing.
The Brickworks Museum, Bursledon 11:00 – 16:00   Come and be amazed at the authentic sights, sounds and smells of the last steam-driven Victorian brickworks in the UK. Make your own brick, get close to the massive brick making machines and see how the men used to run 15 miles a day in the big drying sheds. 
The Granary Creative Arts Centre in Brookwood near Bramdean 11:00 – 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.