Inaccessible places to open to public for Gosport Heritage Open Days

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Gosport residents are being encouraged to go behind the scenes of their town for the upcoming annual Heritage Open Days.

The free four-day project runs in historic locations and sites across the town, with more than 60 events planned from 
Thursday, September 10 to Sunday, September 13.

Several of the free ticketed events are new for this year, including the HMS Sultan Volunteer Band Concert, which is on September 10 at 7.30pm at HMS Sultan.

Unique twilight tours of the submarine HMS Alliance take place on September 12, and there are a series of Love Architecture tours and talks by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Gosport Heritage Open Days chairman, Terry Rhodes, said: ‘There’s a lovely array of events this year.

‘We’re really pleased to have the HMS Sultan volunteer band concert. The idea is that they will be touching on the history of HMS Sultan through the music and it will reflect its importance and history.

‘Most people would have seen the band outside at the HMS Sultan Show, whereas this is going to be in the theatre so the atmosphere is going to be very different.

‘We’ve got five events with the Royal Institute of British Architects, including talks at Royal Clarence Yard.

‘There’s going to be quite a hub of events down there. We would like to get visitors into places they can’t normally access, such as the slaughterhouse, which hasn’t been open for 10 years.’

Tickets are still available for tours of the historic Court Barn Conservative Club in Lee-on-the-Solent.

The building dates back to the 16th century and has developed over the past 400 years from a court barn to a farmer’s family home to today’s use as a social venue.

Several events are already fully booked, so people are encouraged to book their places as soon as possible.

For full details of the open days schedule visit

Booking can be done by email at or by phoning the Tourist Information Centre on (023) 9252 2944.