England's largest, free heritage festival takes place each September and Winchester's participation has developed over recent years, making the city one of the most significant destinations for Heritage Open Days events. The event showcases the very best of Winchester, bringing in tourists and providing free, cultural activities for local residents.
The theme for Heritage Open Days 2023 is ‘Creativity Unwrapped’ and will take place 8 - 17 September.
Guided Tour of Winchester College - Various times across Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th September 2023
This one-hour tour, led by experienced and trained guides, concentrates on the medieval heart of the College including: Chamber Court, Chapel, College Hall, Cloister and the 17th-century School building.
Guided Tour of War Cloister - Friday 15 September 2023, at 14:45.
Within the precincts of Winchester College is the beautiful and peaceful War Cloister, a memorial to former pupils who died in both World Wars and subsequent conflicts. Join Christopher Normand, Old Wykehamist and Director of Winchester College Society, and listen to their stories and the origins of the creation of this wonderful memorial.
Winchester College Gardens Tour - Friday 16 September 2022, 10:45 and Saturday 17 September 2022,16:15 - A chance to look behind the walls and walk through the beautiful hidden gardens of Winchester College. The tour will be led by one of the school’s experienced gardeners and include a look at a traditional college ‘quad’, a quiet sitting garden for the old College sick house and stately trees which frame the campus. The tour will conclude with a unique look at the ‘Warden's Garden’, with its herbaceous borders, woodland and chalk stream.
Not just Eggs, The Story of Faberge - Friday 15th September 2023
Kieran McCarthy F.S.A, curator of the last year’s sell-out Fabergé exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum and director of the court jewellers Wartski, will talk on the glittering history of Carl Fabergé, goldsmith to the Imperial Court of Russia.
Guided Tour of the Archives - Various times across Thursday 14th – Saturday 15th September 2023
Join Suzanne Foster, College Archivist, on this hour-long tour as she opens the sealed doors to the school's archives, offering a rare insight into the college's historic documentation collection which paints a holistic picture of the transformation of the campus across the centuries.
Guided Tour of the Fellows’ Library - Friday 15th and Saturday 16th September 2023, at 14:00 and 15:00.
This 45-minute tour includes part of the Warden’s Lodgings, home to the school’s historic library. There will be an exhibition of medieval manuscripts and an opportunity to see the study of John Harmar, one of the translators of the King James Bible.
Open Rehearsal with the Quiristers - Friday 15 September 2023, 13:30 - The Quiristers are part of the original foundation of Winchester College, and have been singing here since the 14th century. Watch them rehearse in the beautiful surroundings of the College Chapel, and find out how these young men are trained to become one of the leading choirs in the country.
Choral Matins in Winchester College Chapel - Sunday 18 September 2022, 09:45 - This service of Choral Matins, sung by the choir of Winchester College, will remember and celebrate the life of Bishop Thomas Ken (1637-1711), who was educated at Winchester College and wrote some well-known hymns.
As the main sponsor of Heritage Open Days in Winchester, the school supports access to other historical sites across the city, as well as hosting an exciting selection of talks, concerts and tours at the school. To see the full programme of events and book a free place, please visit: Winchester Heritage Open Days.
9th August 2022
Each year Winchester College welcomes hundreds of visitors to events, art exhibitions and specialist tours of the school and its collections for Heritage Open Days. This year, in-person events will return to the College with bookings now open.
3rd July 2023
The school celebrated those leaving us, as pupils, dons and families gathered for Medal Speaking and Domum on 1 July 2023.
2nd May 2023
In honour of the forthcoming King's Coronation, the College held a special May Day concert and celebratory lunch for all pupils and staff.
20th April 2023
A new exhibition in Treasury explores the College’s important collection of silver and includes many items on public display for the first time.
19th October 2021
We have an exciting opportunity for four young boys to join the Winchester College Chapel Choir in September 2022 as Quiristers. Find out more about what it's like to be a part of one of the country's most famous choirs.
11th October 2021
An ancient Greek vase, stolen from the school sixty years ago, has been recovered.
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