Heritage Open Days 2020 – Discover more of Hampshire’s Heritage

September 8, 2020

Heritage Open Days is a celebration of history and culture across England. The annual event takes place between the 11th – 20th September when over 2,000 organisations open their doors and invite you in to enjoy their heritage, community and history.

What’s more, #HeritageOpenDays is free and many of our attractions across Hampshire are taking part.

The D-Day Story
The D-Day Story

Here’s a snapshot of Heritage Open Days in Hampshire!

  • Staunton Farm & Country Park – Sunday 13th Sept – Enjoy a self-led heritage and nature trails for families.
  • The Watercress Line – A ‘virtual’ visit exploring the hidden nature and gems along the Watercress Line that runs for 10 miles from New Alresford to Alton.
  • The Brickworks Museum – Thursday 17th September Heritage Open Days – The new look!
  • The D-Day Story – Friday 18th Sept – Take part in a free virtual tour of the Overlord Embroidery presented by Tracy Teasdale, Learning Officer with Portsmouth Museums and author of the new guidebook for the embroidery.
  • Gilbert White & The Oates Collections – Friday 11th Sept – Join Kimberley James online as she introduces Gilbert White who celebrated his 300th anniversary in 2020
  • Lepe Country Park – Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th – Lepe’s Sensory Garden Classroom will be home to an exhibition curated by the D-Day Lepe Heritage Group.
  • On Sunday 13th you can also Discover Hidden Nature at Lepe Point, at the pop-up discovery tent and join Bird Aware Solent with a spot of birdwatching from the Hide.
  • Mayflower Theatre – Saturday 12 September. Between 09:30 – 14:15 The Grade II Listed theatre will be open for visitors with Heritage tours which include backstage areas. Mayflower 400 Display plus Heritage Fayre. Pre-booking is required http://www.mayflower.org.uk and A maximum of 2 households on each tour
  • Royal Victoria Country Park: Discovering Hidden Nature for painting, a GPS treasure hunt and an online Royal Victoria Country Park Bingo event!
  • Whitchurch to China the Hard Way: Silk Road Talk – A recorded talk of John Pilkington at Whitchurch Silk Mill giving a talk on his travels along the Silk Road
  • Join head calligrapher Phillip Johnson for this special, online scribe workshop filmed at Winchester Cathedral. Have a go at calligraphy from your own home as part of Heritage Open Days 2020.
  • Learn about the history of Theatre Royal Winchester as Deryck Newland, Chief Executive of Play to the Crowd, the charity that runs Theatre Royal Winchester, talks to Phil Yates in an online event about the history of the theatre building.
  • Historical Huzzahs invites you to ‘Travel Through Time’ in their new witty, fun and informative video about the fascinating history of the Theatre Royal Winchester. See the best views of Winchester and the surrounding areas… from your living room! Join us as we take you on a virtual tour of our 150 feet tower.

Don’t forget, if you visit one of these wonderful events to share it with us using #hantsdaysout