Attention Winchester! The Big Day Out at Winchester’s Military Museums

16 September 2023 10am – 4pm

The Big Day Out at Winchester’s Military Museums: free entry to all museums; live music from a military band; museum displays, including object identification; a range of re-enactors; family activities & crafts; food & drink stalls, raffles & more.

Come along to the historic military heart of Winchester at Peninsula Barracks and enjoy a wonderful day out for all the family; with plenty to see and do there will be something to entertain everyone!

In Museum Corner our friendly curators will be available for object identification and questions about family history or a loved one’s military service, whilst re-enactors from the Battle of Waterloo to the Boer War and beyond will be there to show and tell you about military life in the past.

The Band and Bugles of The Rifles will be performing throughout the day. Soldiers from The King’s Royal Hussars, and The Adjutant General’s Corps will be on hand to talk about life in the Army today, showcasing some military vehicles and seeing if you’d make the cut – how good is your aim?

Delicious food will be available including Gurkha curries, sausages cooked on a WWI Soyer Stove from The Royal Logistics Corps Museum, and tasty cakes and coffees from local businesses.

Unleash your Creativity with our family craft activities – why not design a medal and make a helmet? Get involved with our community art project ‘Build a Battalion’, which will be on display for all to see after the event.

With free entry to the event and all the museums on site on the day, a raffle with prizes from local businesses, face painting, and more, come up to Peninsula Barracks and learn about Winchester’s military history and heritage.

Location – Winchester’s Military Museums, Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester, SO23 8TP

Please note: There will be no visitor parking in the barracks on 16 September 2023. Please see below for alternatives. 


Getting here: 
 Just a short walk from the station, Peninsula Barracks are just past the Great Hall and Winchester’s Registry Office at the top of the town centre. The barracks can also be accessed from Southgate Street.

By car:

There will be no visitor parking in the barracks.The nearest car parks are:

Tower Street Car Park (Multi-Storey) – 5 Minute Walk
Gladstone Street Car Park – 10 Minute walk

We highly recommend  exploring Park and Ride options. Winchester has 4 Park and Ride cark parks and more information can be found at:

By Train:

We are a 10 – 15 minute walk from Winchester Railway Station  is on the South Western main line. For up-to-date timetable information please see the National Rail website at:

By Bus

Most buses stop at either Winchester Railway Station or the High Street and Winchester Bus Station. We are a 10-to-15-minute walk from bus or railway station. Most local bus services are operated by Stagecoach and we would advise checking the Stagecoach website before travelling at: or using the StageCoach App

This event is part of Winchester Heritage Open Days – an annual heritage festival which celebrates Winchester’s incredible history! 
For more about what’s on during the Festival please see: