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Winchester Heritage Open Days goes virtual for 2020

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Celebrate Winchester District’s heritage at Winchester Heritage Open Days

Friday 11 to Sunday 20 September 2020

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days

Winchester Heritage Open Days is a ten day festival celebrating Winchester’s history, heritage and architecture. This year the amazing community spirit behind the festival, along with the enthusiasm and willingness of so many individuals and organisations has created a magical programme of talks, tours, exhibitions and other events.

Most events will be taking place online including pre-recorded walks and talks, live streaming of lectures and performances, and specially commissioned films and audio. These will be available on the Winchester Heritage Open Days YouTube and podcast channels.

Start your adventure with the IndieWinch Trail – a tour of independent shops celebrating hidden nature using window displays. Or enjoy a guided walk around the medieval walls of Winchester College taking in the historical delights of the College’s ancient buildings.

A view down parchment street

Discover the fascinating history of the Theatre Royal Winchester with their witty, fun and informative video or rediscover Britain’s lost foods with the founder of Winchester based Proudfoot & Co. Join Sonder Films as they explore the history behind some of Winchester’s oldest running businesses including The Winchester BookShop which for 29 years has been sharing delights from three floors of second-hand, vintage, antiquarian and nearly new books.

The stage at the Theatre Royal Winchester from the auditorium

Of course it wouldn’t be Heritage Open Days without the King Alfred Buses, but this year instead of taking a journey through the district, explore the fascinating story behind the Friends of King Alfred Buses, as well as more on the buses and the King Alfred Bus Company.

Relive your best Winchester Heritage Open Days memories with Mike Hall’s photography exhibition displaying images from his archives and unseen photos from around the district.

Enjoy all this and more for free, a truly excellent way to celebrate the heritage in Winchester. Find the programme of events here and keep up to date with everything planned.