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Are you not ready for summer to end? Well do not fear, Autumn is a great time of year in Winchester too. Below are 10 ways to extend that summer feeling – even if the weather has other ideas…

Take a leisurely cycle

Take a relaxing pedal along the Viaduct Way or challenge yourself and cycle around the district – make sure you take the time to explore any market towns you pass through, you’re going to deserve a slice of cake and a coffee after all that cycling.

biking along the south downs path

Dust off your walking boots

If you enjoy a summer stroll (in autumnal weather) Winchester is the perfect place to be. Take a walk around the historic city centre enjoying an abundance of great architecture and, within minutes, be surrounded by the breath-taking countryside of the South Downs National Park.

A family of four walking along a grassy hill with a view of the South Downs National Park behind them

Lay down your picnic blanket

Just because it’s a little cooler that’s no excuse to pack the picnic blanket away. Pack a flask instead and fill your picnic hamper with your favourite treats for a picturesque afternoon enjoying some autumnal sunshine at St Catherine’s Hill.

Take a self-guided tour

The Visitor Information Centre is brimming with self-guided walks to explore throughout the district – wander through history, take in an autumnal sunset walk or walk in the footsteps of Austen or Keats. The trails can also be downloaded here.

Find your favourite garden

Have you been exploring the beautiful gardens in Winchester this summer? Abbey Gardens, Queen Eleanor’s Garden, Chawton House or Gilbert White’s House – can still be enjoyed and look just as beautiful crowned in the golden colours of Autumn.

Snow Drops

Enjoy a feast

It’s time to book your table and enjoy warming seasonal flavours. Find a traditional country pub in one of our beautiful market towns.

A wild family day out

Take your little monkeys for a wild day out at Marwell Zoo and see the animals.

Meerkat sitting up

Time for a tea break

Enjoy afternoon tea outside in one of the district’s independent cafes, enjoy a frothy coffee or a cup of tea just as you like it and watch the world go by.

Find your seasonal cocktail

Have you found your perfect cocktail this summer? Make a visit to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery and find your warming drink.

Laverstoke gin cocktail

Relax and unwind

After all this exploring it might be time to relax and unwind at the Holiday Inn Winchester Spa – and don’t worry if summer has slipped away from you, this is a perfect treat at any time of year.