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Winchester Cathedral Open Evening

For the second time this year Winchester Cathedral will opens its doors to the public at the Open Evening, this time on Thursday 19 September as part of the national Heritage Open Days, welcoming everyone to find out what goes on behind-the-scenes.

The event starts with Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir at 5.30pm and activities and displays run from 6.30 – 8.30pm. Entry is completely free so why not take the opportunity to discover more about our city’s most famous landmark!
Heritage Open Days are a national initiative, running over a week (13 – 22 September) designed to encourage people to discover hidden treasures, access attractions which normally charge an entrance fee and generally find out more about the treats that surround them.
Although what visitors normally see of the Cathedral is the building and the worship which takes place within its walls, the work of a millennium is continued day by day by staff and volunteers to maintain and conserve the building and its traditions. Much of this work is normally hidden from view, so this is the ideal chance to find out what makes Winchester Cathedral a living community.
Visit the Stonemasons’ yard and meet the team who continue a centuries-old tradition, and those who look after the vestments and adorn the Cathedral for services through the year. There are also displays from the Friends of the Cathedral and other groups within the organization who make this great church tick.
Additionally there is a family trail which takes visitors around the Cathedral Close and its many nooks and crannies. You’ll visit places and find things that you never knew were there, such as a fox sleeping under a stone bench and some pomegranates!
There is bound to be something for everyone and refreshments are available too so do come along to find out more!
Details of all events at Winchester Cathedral can be found at