13 Heritage Open Days events near Portsmouth that are worth checking out

Residents are being offered the chance to explore the area’s hidden heritage.

Friday, 13th September 2019, 2:07 pm
Heritage Open Days

From an ancient church hidden in Portchester Castle to displays of the buses that could be found on the roads in days gone by, there is something for everyone. Heritage Open Days runs from today for ten days until September 22 and here are 13 events in and around Portsmouth that are worth checking out. 

Take a tour of a 12th century Norman church inside Portchester Castle. The open days are on Friday, September 13, and Sunday, September 15.
There will be a display of old buses which used to travel around the Gosport area between 1940 and 2000. This will take place on September 22.

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There will be guided walks at Royal Clarence Yard this weekend and next. Visitors will learn about rioting drovers, press gangs and nightmarish pest control.
This Grade II listed building will be hosting a special exhibition in the Waterloo Room on Sunday, September 15. Including works by L G Fawkes.
Take a tour of the grounds of HMS Excellent, which used to have a zoo, as well as visit the Victorian buildings and more. It is open on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15.
There will be a variety showtime in the Clarence Suite at the Masonic Centre paying tribute to music from the 1900s to the 1960s. It will take place on Sunday, September 22.
This pub in Gosport is holding a D-Day Quiz on Wednesday, September 18. Test your knowledge of the role Gosport and the Hardway played in the military operation.
Join heritage guide, Carole Jarman, on a circular walk around the town and discover some interesting local history. It will take place on September 16, 18 and 19.
You can take a behind the scenes tour and see the reserve collection at the Mary Rose museum in Portsmouth. They will take place from September 13 to September 16.
This weekend you will be able to explore Fort Brockhurst in Gosport. It was built in the Victorian era as part of defences of Portsmouth. It will close for winter after this weekend.
There will be free entry to the Phoenix Lodge Rooms in Old Portsmouth on Saturday, September 21, for Heritage Open Days.
Take a tour of HDML Medusa, the last of her class in sea-going condition, in Gosport. You will be able to take the tour throughout this weekend.
You will be able to discover the history of the hot walls and the point on a walking tour with local historian James Daly. It will take place on September 14 and 21.