FULL list of Heritage Open Day events in Winchester, taking place from September 9 –18 2022.

Every September thousands of volunteers across England organise events to celebrate local history and culture as part of the Heritage Open Days.

This year Winchester has a current total of 59 free events involved, following the theme of ‘Astounding Inventions’.

Here’s the full list of events taking place in Winchester broken down into tours, talks, activities, exhibitions and shows and places open to visit.


A Guided Tour of Winchester. September 13 – 18, Winchester College.

Behind the scenes tour of museum collections. Saturday September 17, Hampshire Cultural Trust, Chilcomb House.

Behind the Scenes – Archive Store Tour. September 14 and 16, The Royal Logistic Corps Museum.

Behind the Scenes – Object Store Tour. September 13 – 16, The Royal Logistic Corps Museum.

Director’s Guided Museum Tour. September 9 and 15, The Royal Logistic Corps Museum

Guided walk around the area known as Painters Fields in Winchester. Monday September 12, Painters Fields.

History Tour of P&G Wells bookshop. September 10 and 11, P&G Wells bookshop.

Hockley Watermill – guided tour. Sunday, September 18, Hockley Watermill.

Merchants, Millers and Maitre d’s. September 10 and 11, Visitor Information Centre, Winchester Guildhall.

Pedlars & Petticoats – The Hidden History of Hertha Ayrton Marks. Saturday, September 10, Winchester City Museum.

St. John the Baptist Church. Saturday, September 10, St. John the Baptist Church, St Johns Street.

The Art of Bollards. September 11 and 12, Winchester City Museum.

The Stones of Winchester – guided walk. Tuesday, September 13, 5.30pm, Winchester Cathedral, outside the West door.

Winchester College – Separate tours available of the gardens, archives, Fellows’ Library, War Cloister and Science collections. September 15 – 17, Winchester College.


Behind the Business. Online links available from September 9.

Doing Time, 175 years of Winchester Prison. Saturday September 17, The Great Hall.

Hursley House – IBM history. Sunday, September 18, IBM United Kingdom Ltd.

Jeremy France Jewellers – behind the scenes. September 10 and 13, Jeremy France Jewellers.

(Re-) Inventing Myths: How medieval peoples made gods and gorgons their own. Tuesday September 13, 6pm, The University of Winchester.

What happened to Kentish & why schools don’t teach it: the English Language in Kent from 597 to 2022. Friday, September 16, 5pm, The Arc (also available on zoom).

Winchester College and the Invention (twice over) of the British Public System, a talk by Tim Hands. Thursday, September 15, 7pm, Winchester College New Hall.

Winchester College: Astounding Inventions: Wired and Wireless Communication in the 19th Century. Saturday, September 17, 2.15pm, Winchester College.

Winchester College: Brewing – a Divine Discovery, a talk by Mr Miles Jenner. Saturday, September 17, 7pm, Winchester College St Michael’s Church

Winchester College, the Origins of Cricket and its Development- a talk by Mr John Barclay. Sunday September 11, 2pm, Winchester College New Hall.

You spin me right ‘round – spinning and weaving in the Roman World. Friday, September 16, 6.30pm, The University of Winchester.


Become an Inventor at Winchester City Museum. Saturday September 10, Winchester City Museum.

Bullington Church Fete. Sunday September 11, Church View.

Children’s Medal Making. September 9, 10 and 13-17, The Royal Logistic Corps Museum.

Classic & Sports Car Parade. Sunday September 11, East (St Catherine’s) Park & Ride (for participants).

High Street Trail. September 9 – 18, Winchester.

Insights into the work of Hampshire Archives. Saturday, September 17, Hampshire Archives & Local Studies.

Montezuma’s Winchester – discovering chocolate innovation. September 9 – 18, Montezuma Chocolates, 41 High Street.

St. John Ambulance – An insight from Victorian times to modern day. Saturday, September 10, St. John House.

Exhibitions and shows:

Burberry in Winchester Exhibition. September 14-18, Winchester School of Art.

Classic & Sports Car Parade. Sunday September 11, available to view at multiple locations around Winchester

Classic & Sports Car Display. Saturday September 17, Castle Avenue.

Hampshire Chronicle 250 Years. September 10, 11 and 14-18, Cabinet Rooms.

Vintage Bus Display and Running Day. September 10 and 11, The Broadway.

Winchester College – A Service of Choral Matins in Chapel to celebrate Thomas Ken. Sunday, September 18, 9.45am, Winchester College.

Winchester Combined Court – displays, activities and tours. Saturday, September 10, Winchester Combined Court, Law Courts.

Winchester Muse Poetry Showcase. Saturday, September 17, 2pm, St Lawrence Church.

Winchester Quaker Meeting House- exhibition. September 10 and 11, The Quaker Meeting House, 16 Colebrook Street.

Places open to visit:

Chesil Theatre, Winchester. September 10 and 11, Chesil Theatre.

City Museum. September 10, City Museum, The Square.

The Great Hall Open Day. Saturday, September 17, The Great Hall.

The Hospital of St Cross. Thursday, September 15, Porters Lodge.

Westgate Museum. Saturday, September 10, High Street.

Winchester City Mill. September 9 – 11 and 14 – 18, Winchester City Mill.

Some events require advanced booking. For more information and to view events individually visit: www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/printable-area-lists/town/Winchester.