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Heritage September Open Days 2017

Posted: 16th August 2017

Every year, over four days in early September, thousands of cultural sites and historic buildings in England open their doors for free and invite the general public in. Many of these buildings and heritage sites normally charge whilst others are rarely open to the general public, so these four days are a unique opportunity for locals and visitors alike to peek inside and discover the hidden stories of the people who once lived and worked in them. Many of the events will be taking place in the centre of Winchester, but we are delighted that this year we have quite few in the South Downs.

For example on;

Thursday 7th: there will be guided tours of the Matterley Bowl, a chance to see collections not normally on show at Gilbert White's House in Selbourne and an opportunity to discover the history of watercress in Hampshire before sampling Winchester Distillery's award-winning watercress gin.

Friday 8th: you can visit the Long Barn in Alresford for their special Heritage Open Days exhibition or join the guided tours at The Grange at Northington

Saturday 9th: gain free entry at Hinton Ampner near Alresford and also at The Vyne a historic house in Sherborne St John

Sunday 10th: enjoy an open day at Hockley Water Mill in Twyford and also at Hursley House, home of IBM, in Hursley. Or if you prefer something more active you can try your hand at stone carving or weaving at the Granary Creative Arts Centre near Bramdean

Visit our website www.winchesterheritageopendays.org for more details on all of these as well as our two competitions  - a photography competition and a chance to win one of the first Monopoly Winchester Edition games.

All events are free of charge and the festival is a brilliant way for local charities, businesses and individuals to share their heritage as well as engage with residents and visitors alike. As the national lead for Heritage Open Days says “History is stories, all our stories, and this year, more than everbefore, Heritage Open Days is a celebration of that.”

Our aim is to establish this as a major heritage festival in Winchester for locals and visitors to enjoy for years to come. To keep it free and accessible and to secure its future we are reaching out to businesses and organisations for help with funding. If you are interested in supporting us, or know of anyone else who may be, please do get in touch. By joining us you will become part of something truly special in Winchester and the surrounding area.

For more information or if you want to help with funding and organising then please visit the website www.WinchesterHeritageOpenDays.org. You can also follow the twitter @WinchesterHods