Heritage Open Days is the country’s largest heritage festival. In Winchester every September, local volunteers organise over 100 events to celebrate Winchester’s fantastic history, architecture and cultural heritage. Whether you and your family live in Winchester or further afield this is your chance to discover hidden places, hear fascinating and unusual stories, learn new skills and try out new experiences.
It is Heritage Open Day’s 25th anniversary this year, and to celebrate there are even more guided walks, expert talks, live music and theatre as well as new buildings opening their doors for you to discover. The two themes are ‘Food & Drink’ and ‘People Power’, and every tour, lecture, activity, creative workshop, bike ride and exhibit is completely free.
With these two fabulous themes and all the celebrations it is not surprising there are 140+ events taking place. There is something for every age and every interest, plus this year the festival lasts a full ten days!
The Trust is involved with the organisation and running of Winchester Heritage Open Days. As our contribution we will be converting our office into a small exhibition space to display local art, photographs and material from our archives over the period of the festival - watch this space for more details.