Time your visit to coincide with one of the many colourful markets taking place throughout the week. The markets offer an excellent chance to buy locally made arts, crafts and edible treats.
Winchester plays host to the twice-monthly farmers' market (second and last Sunday in the month) - the largest in the country and a popular event with celebrity seafood chef, Rick Stein - with over 90 local producers showcasing the diverse range and quality of food available from Hampshire. Taste, try and buy everything from ostrich meat and home-baked bread to crabs fresh from the Solent.
The market takes place in Middle Brook Street and Middle Brook Street car park from 9am - 2pm. Click here for dates and more information.
For details of other farmers' markets happening in Hampshire visit the Hampshire Farmers' Markets website.
Don't forget that you can sample the best of Hampshire's finest local produce at any time by calling into numerous nearby farm shops, delicatessens and restaurants. Hampshire Fare's free guide to local producers of food, drink and craft in the county will help you seek out the best the region has to offer. Simply call 01962 845 999 or visit the Hampshire Fare website to request your copy.
Every third Sunday of the month from 10am until 4pm you can buy quality art and design-led craft direct from the artists and makers. Middle Brook Street and the High Street are transformed into creative wonderland with everything from jewellery and illustrations to vintage clothes. Click here for dates and more information.
Every first Sunday of the month located in Middle Brook Street from 10am until 4pm. A great opportunity to buy or sell all things Vintage and Retro including clothes, accessories, homeware, furniture, vinyl records plus much more. Click here for dates and more information.
Every first Sunday of the month located in the High Street from 10am until 4pm. Experts and enthusiasts offer an array of antiques and collectibles including books, homeware, vinyl records, clocks and toys. Click here for dates and more information.
Food lovers have another opportunity to purchase speciality food and produce from retailers and producers across the south, every Wednesday from 9am until 4pm in Middle Brook Street. Visit www.smtcmarkets.co.uk for more details.
Selling everything from fruit and vegetables to flowers and second-hand books at excellent value for money. Located in Middle Brook Street, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday visit the www.smtcmarkets.co.uk to find out more.
Meet some of the stallholders who trade at Winchester markets. Find out about where they source their ingredients and see just how passionate they are about their products. http://www.winchester.gov.uk/community/markets/trader-profile/