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5 things to do in the Winchester district (11-12 June)

Jane Austen
Jane Austen

Are you looking for something to do in the Winchester district this weekend?
Here are some suggestions…

📝I AM Writing Festival (10-12 June)

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The I AM Writing Festival is the place to be if you have ever wanted to delve into the world of publishing, improve your writing and editing skills, find inspiration or pitch your book to an agent. There are over 50 workshops taking place at the University of Winchester taught by some bestselling authors and publishing professionals. Whether it is picture books. middle grade, young adult, romance, historical, literary, horror, science fiction or non-fiction you are writing, there will be something for you.

If it’s voice and viewpoint you need help with, setting your scene, understanding your protagonist and antagonist better, writing a poem, or a song, connecting with more readers of your books, or pitching to an agent or publisher, you will leave knowing how to shape your career as a writer. Who’s coming?

Their incredible line-up is – their keynote speakers Philip Ardagh, Joanna Cannon, Lucy Diamond, Juliet Mushens and Adele Parks. And their workshop leaders include Claire Barker, Kate Bradley, Tracey Corderoy, Adrienne Dines, Helen (H.L) Dennis, Simon Hall, Karen Hamilton, Vanessa Harbour, Judith Heneghan, Debbie Howells, Lauren James, David Litchfield, L.V Matthews, Jenny McLachlan, Tom McLaughlin, James Nicol, Scott Pack, and Amy Sparkes to name a few.

Bookouture and HarperCollins will also be there.

🎵Winchester Ukulele Festival (11 June)Winchester Ukulele Festival 2022 banner

The Winchester Ukulele Festival will feature performances, workshops, food stalls and real ale. This year it is being held in aid of Winchester Hospice.

Camping tickets (11 and 12 June 2022) for motorhomes and caravans (sorry not tents) are available for an additional charge in addition to the purchase of the full festival tickets. Full line-up and details will be available on the festival website once they are confirmed. No dogs are allowed apart from Guide Dogs.

⛰️The Mountaintop (9-11 June) at the Theatre Royal Winchester

Theatre Royal Winchester 2019

Chipping Norton Theatre presents
The Mountaintop
By Katori Hall

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, exhausted and self-doubting, returns alone to his Memphis motel room and orders up room service. The charismatic waitress who appears with his coffee takes the evening in unexpected directions, leading him to question the mission he has devoted his life to, and what he will leave behind.

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010, this tender, the stunningly theatrical play explores the conflict between heroism and humanity, and between the public image and the real person. Instead of the larger-than-life historical icon, this is an intimate side of Dr King, glimpsed in the last hours of his life.

🌴Get hot in the Tropical House at Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo Tropical House

Marwell Zoo Tropical House

Under the Tropical House’s curved roof, a rainforest and laboratory spring to life. Spanning two levels, you can enjoy fantastic viewpoints over a lush tropical canopy, waterfall and forest floor – a great opportunity to share the habitat of new, colourful and charismatic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects.

The rainforest is home to extraordinary animals, including a Linné’s two-toed sloth, mouse deer, and pygmy marmosets on their own primate island. There are also free-flying birds and more than 2,500 fish in the aquarium.

The exhibit is part of a 10-year, £17 million investment plan to create better animal habitats and immersive guest experiences. The perfect place to go to experience some tropical summer heat, as if you were abroad.



⛪ Wayfarer’s Dole at the Hospital of St Cross

St Cross Hospital

St Cross Hospital

History and hospitality in a serene and picturesque setting. The Hospital of St Cross is a beautiful group of Grade I listed buildings dating from 1132 and is home to 25 Brothers.

The Hospital of St Cross is famous for its unique and ancient tradition of providing the Wayfarer’s Dole. This is a horn of beer and a morsel of bread given to any visitor who requests it. The custom was founded by a monk from Cluny in France, whose holy order always gave bread and wine to travellers. The tradition still continues today. Visitors may request the Dole at the Porter’s Lodge as they depart.