This July at the House and Museum, we ‘Focus on Photography’ with two major exhibitions. The annual Romsey Viewfinders exhibition takes place between Saturday 6th July and Saturday 13th July, admission free. Between Monday 22nd July and Saturday 17th July we welcome the Royal Photographic Society – Documentary Group South’s exhibition, Coast, formally shown at the Southampton Gallery, with entrance as part of general admission to the House and Museum. The House enjoys a maritime theme linked to the Coast exhibition with a celebration of Romsey’s connections with the sea through the Berthon Boat and a visit from the re-enactment group “Deeds of Arms” on Saturday 27th July who will help us relive naval life in the 18th Century.
6 -14 July King John's House will be a venue for The Romsey View Finders' Annual Photographic Exhibition
13 July Beggars Fair: King John's Garden will be a venue for musicians

Songs and Scones

17 July Songs and Scones in the Garden @ King Johns House
The Songs and Scones in the Garden charity event this year is in support of the Mayor’s Community Chest, which is vital in supporting local charities and good causes
20-27 July Ocean Photographic Exhibition
27 July Nelson's Naval Activities taking place in the Courtyard, come and find out what went on below deck with Deeds of Arms, take care you do not get press ganged on to a ship


17 -26 August King John's House Open Art Exhibition will take place as part of Hampshire Open Studios



King John's House will take part in the inaugural Storytelling Festival 

Rick Ford will tell his story of the Jack o'Lantern and Rolls Royce 2nd October   The Yarnsmith of Norwich will be telling Medieval and Tudor Stories on 4th and 5th October

Look out for more details to come


Past Events:

May - King John's Garden Annual Lecture

Broadlands Park and Gardens - a talk giving by Head Gardener Jonny Bass.  Tickets £3.00 available from Ticketsource

Wassail in the New Year with the Plantagenet Medieval Society

The Plantagenet Medieval Archery and Combat Society re-enact the turbulent period known as the Hundred Years War, with their unique blend of thrilling educational entertainments of humour and audience participation. A memorable day out for the whole family. The Post Christmas Traditions
  • The Hunt—follow them as they prepare to go hunting
  • Armour and Archery—the group will illustrate the skills of the knight and the thrill of battle
  • Music, Dance and the Customs of January—will culminate in a Wassail Celebration on Saturday 26 at 6-9pm as we wake up the apple trees for the new year
A performance you will never forget. Wassail

Christmas Arrives at King John's House

King John’s House is all dressed up for a very traditional Christmas! Tired from all that Christmas shopping? We would like to invite you to drop into King John’s House on 21st and 22nd December 10am – 3pm Come and rest in the unique atmosphere of the medieval house. For just one pound more than any entrance ticket Enjoy some mulled wine and mince pies, play some traditional games or just relax. Classical Guitar Recital on the hour with Nina Ridout Tickets on the door.

Vikings Invade King John's House

Temperatures soared at King John’s House on Tuesday 3 July when history students from St Edward’s School, Melchet Court, shared their knowledge of Viking weaponry and battle techniques with Year 3 pupils from Romsey Abbey School. On arrival, the Year 3 children were welcomed to King John’s House, which had been transformed into a Viking Long House, by Stephen Whelan and his small team of boys from St. Edward’s. In true Viking fashion the St. Edward’s team soon put Romsey Abbey pupils through their military paces with sword, shield and axe. They learnt to respond to Anglo-Saxon drill commands and create a strong and effective shield wall. Romsey Abbey pupils added to their good knowledge through some thoughtful questioning guided by their new Viking friends! The specially constructed ‘Viking Long House’ centred around the central hearth. Here hands on exhibits based on the gentler side of Viking domestic life could be found; Viking dress, typical Viking food and drinking horns and fire making kit provided all that was needed for basic survival. Vikings spent the long winter months feasting and storytelling and so the children enjoyed a gruesome saga about the antics of Thor given by Judy Gregory.  When the children return from their summer holidays, the Vikings will be their history topic for Year 4.

  Regular Events:


Knit & Knatter Club


When: Every Thursday, 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Cost: £3.00

Join us in Miss Moody's Tudor Tea Room every Thursday for a knit and knatter – price includes a cup of tea and slice of homemade cake. Bring all your knitted creations!


Monthly Talks

When: First Wednesday of the month, 10.30am

Cost: £3.00 / Free for King John's House volunteers

For more information please visit the monthly talks page of our website.


Season Tickets

  • Gold Season Ticket to include all normal talks: £17.50
  • Lifetime Membership: £80.00

Attend talks and exhibitions all year round with one of our season tickets. Ask a member of the front of house team for more information on your next visit, or email us at

To see what's going on in 2019, check the calendar below or download the full 2019 programme.