The Friends of St Catherine’s Hill in Christchurch are holding a ‘History on the Hill’ day on Sunday 27 September from 10.30am to 4.00pm. The event is all about celebrating the rich history of this special site, and is suitable for all ages with plenty of child-friendly activities, including the making of bread, bricks and mini besom brooms.
The Friends of St Catherine’s Hill will be joined and supported by a number of local organisations, including Christchurch and East Dorset Councils, The Christchurch Antiquarians, Hampshire Cultural Trust, Ancient Wessex Network, Milton Historical Society, The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust and The Royal Observer Corps. There will be many experts on hand to answer any historical or archaeological questions
There will be more of a focus on the First World War this year, with a mock-up of the side of a Mark V tank and bunker display. The Royal Observer Corps will be there to explain about the mysterious underground bunker on top of the hill, demonstrating Cold War equipment and explaining what their role was.
Christchurch Gun Club will be demonstrating period weapons at their nearby club all day, including some cannons, and they will also have an armoured Ferret Scout Car on display.
There is a guided history walk starting at 11am. This is not suitable for under-12s as it is a brisk walk and numbers are limited, so book in advance by answer-phone on 01425 272479. Cost for adults is £4, or £2 for FSCH members.
Foot access to the site is via the junction of Marlow Drive and Hillside Drive or St Catherine’s Hill Lane and then follow the signs.