St Catherine’s Hill Christchurch History on the Hill Day


he Friends of St Catherine’s Hill in Christchurch are holding a ‘History on the Hill’ day on Sunday 29 September from 10.30am to 4.00pm.

The event is all about celebrating the rich history of this special site, is suitable for all ages and includes child-friendly activities, including making your own besom broom or a clay or brick beaker. There will be opportunities to have a go at bread making or to help build a small cob house from clay, sand and straw or to take part in a fun excavation.

The Friends will be joined and supported by a number of local organisations, including The Christchurch Antiquarians, Bournemouth Natural Science Society, The Urban Heaths Partnership, Hampshire Museums Service, 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.

The Royal Observer Corps were previous occupiers of the mysterious underground bunker on top of the hill, and they will be demonstrating both World War II and Cold War equipment and explaining what their role was and how they used the UK network of bunkers.

There will be a guided history walk at 11am and numbers are limited, so advanced booking is recommended on 01425 272479. The walk is not suitable for under-12s.

Foot access to the site is via the junction of Marlow Drive and Hillside Drive or St Catherine’s Hill Lane, then follow the signs. For more details call 01425 272479 or go to

September 17, 2013 |

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