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5 things to do in the Winchester district (15-16 Jan)

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Here are 5 things to do this weekend (15-16 Jan) in the Winchester district and beyond…


1. Celebrate Evening Orchard Wassail at Chawton HouseGroup of people singing around a tree at dusk

Join Chawton House for this centuries’ old Twelfth Night apple-growing celebration, involving hearty singing in the orchard to encourage a bountiful harvest in 2022. Bring along an instrument or anything that will help make a noise to add to the festivities and a torch for the procession through the grounds to the orchard in the Walled Garden, where we will ward off the bad spirits. They will be joined by special guests, the Kings Pond Shantymen, for some lively traditional songs before moving to the Courtyard for a warming serving of soup. The ticket cost includes soup and a mulled cider.


team Illuminations - Watercress Line - 2021 - Will Stratford

Will Stratford

2. Be quick it’s the last weekend to enjoy the Steam Illuminations at the Watercress Line

This weekend is your last chance to see Steam Illuminations, it is well worth a visit, with pixel mappable digital LED train! It’s an incredible light show on and in a steam train, consisting of thousands of fully controllable colour mixing LED lights and LED wristbands. This makes the train look magical both inside and out!


3. Don’t miss your last chance to discover Science Dino-Mite at Winchester Science CentreBoy making dinosaur prints

This is the last weekend of Science Dino-Mite so don’t miss out!

Filled with T-riffic fun and dino-mite demos, the friendly dino rangers need help from budding investigators to explore the differences between the types of dinosaurs that once roamed the Earth. Can you help? There’ll be lots of fun audience participation in this roar-some interactive show. You’ll be amazed as a brand-new species of dinosaur evolves right before your eyes. There will also be roar-some dino-mite experiments that will have you right on the edge of your seat. Are you ready?


Fulling Mill, Alresford

Fulling Mill, Alresford

4. Seek hidden gems with the Alresford Millennium & Alre Valley Trail

Explore the Georgian market town of Alresford.

Just seven miles outside of Winchester, Alresford is the hub of the UK’s watercress industry and home to the Watercress Line steam train.

This self-guided trail is about a mile long and links together footpaths around the town, with illustrated boards introducing the history of Alresford, its inhabitants, railway line, wildlife and rural surrounds. Explore a little further and add on the optional loop known as the Alre Valley Trail.

Why not stop in one of the charming tearooms and restaurants along the way?


5. Shake off the January Blues with Bond In Motion – No Time To Die Exhibition at National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

Palace House Beaulieu with vintage car and penny farthing in foreground

The National Motor Museum Beaulieu

Ok so this one is slightly outside of the Winchester district but we couldn’t miss it, it is easy to get to and you are sure to love it!

Beaulieu have launched their brand new exhibition: Bond in Motion – No Time To Die.

Featuring nine iconic vehicles, gadgets and costumes from the latest 007 film, Bond in Motion – No Time To Die is a brand new exhibition that has opened at the National Motor Museum, following the film’s UK release on the 30th September 2021. The exhibition will be on show until November 2022.