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11th to 20th September 2020

Heritage Open Days 2020 will run from Friday 11th to Sunday 20th September.

This is England’s largest festival of history and culture. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.

GOSPORT held the very FIRST pilot events in 1992, prior to Heritage Open Days being officially formed as a national event in 1994.

A little town with a big history, Gosport has no shortage of places that reflect the town’s unique heritage and culture – forts, churches, private and military buildings, ancient woodland, gardens and much more.

The national theme for 2020 is Hidden Nature.

This year, we are turning our focus onto the natural world – and we’re asking you to join with us in celebrating our extraordinary natural heritage, from centuries-old trees to farmer’s fields steeped in history, from clifftop walks to urban oases and everything in between.  

For more information click the image on the right

It’s your chance to be a tourist in your own town:

  • Visit places which are not usually open to the general public, such as HMS Sultan, HMS Collingwood and Fort Blockhouse;
  • Enjoy walks and talks on many local heritage themes;
  • Be entertained by musical performances and displays of art and crafts in various mediums;
  • Explore historic buildings and preserved vehicles;
  • Learn about the role of Gosport establishments and Gosport people during war times and many other days gone by.

Put the dates in your diary and come along and enjoy these free events. 

You could even run your own heritage event or be part of our friendly team of local VOLUNTEERS who help with planning, admin and promotion throughout the year.

Volunteers welcome…

Are you interested in helping with Gosport Heritage Open Days?  Our friendly local team are planning the programme throughout the year so we need more volunteer helpers now (or whenever you have time)!  

For more information and to apply, please view our Volunteers page.

Gosport and its People During the Great War

This work consists of three large heritage-based art projects, focusing on the people of Gosport. It covers the town’s important role in the First World War.  Click the image on the right to find out more and to download the booklet.

Here’s a short film that Media students from St Vincent College made in 2017  to give a flavour of Heritage Open Days in Gosport.

Also, find out how St Vincent College are reviving cinema in Gosport with their ‘Ritz @ St Vincent’ film showings in their theatre.

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