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5 things to do in the Winchester district (16-17 July)

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

🔌 Delve into the fascinating world of electricity at Sparks at Winchester Science Centregirl with electric sparks

Plug in and power up! It’s time to blast into 2002 for an electrifying new science show. Over the past 20 years the way we use electricity has radically changed as personal technology has evolved. We rely so heavily on electricity to power our lives. But what is it and how is it generated?

Let’s find out together in Sparks, a brand new live science show. In 2022 we’re celebrating 20 years of wow moments at the Science Centre. Take a trip down memory lane with us and enjoy some of our best show themes and demos from the past 20 years – all with a retro 2002 twist. Next stop – electricity. It’s there at the flick of a switch. But what do we really know about electricity?

Join the CEO of our noughties technology company, Sparks Innovation Corporation, as they delve into the fascinating world of electricity. Watch as static electricity and currents are brought to life through fun experiments. Discover more about how electricity is made with the atom balancer demo.

🚆 All aboard for the Diesel Gala at The Watercress Line

The Diesel Gala will see the railway operated by a home fleet of diesel locomotives, showcasing the varied types of diesel locomotives produced during the 1960’s modernisation plan.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of a weekend of heritage diesel traction over a sleepy graded line.


🍔 Sample delicious produce at the Foodies Festival

Photos and images of event from 2021

Photos and images of event from 2021

Foodies Festival (dubbed “Gastro-Glasto”) is the biggest touring gourmet food festival in the UK, featuring MasterChef champions, stars of Great British Bake-Off and Michelin starred chefs. A legion of chefs from some of the regions best restaurants will also join the impressive line-up, giving the festival a distinctive local flavour.

At the three-day festival, visitors can enjoy the Chefs’ Theatre, Cake & Bake Theatre, Drinks Theatre, Shopping Village with award winning artisan producers, Street Food Avenue, Feasting Tent, Cook Book Shop, Kids’ Cookery School, fairground, live music stage and family-friendly areas with activities for children. Over 150 exhibitors will showcase their produce, providing festival-goers with a fantastic opportunity to sample the best of the region – and to try a huge selection of delicious food and drink from around the world.

Dogs welcome on a short leash.

Please visit the Foodies Festival website for the full line up.

🎉 Celebrate Gilbert White’s 302nd Birthday at Gilbert White’s House & Gardens

Gilbert White's House

Gilbert White’s House

Join in celebrating Gilbert’s 302nd birthday

Free admission on the day plus tours throughout the day!




👗 Dress up at Jane Austen’s House

Ladies in Jane-Austen costume

Ladies in Jane-Austen costume.

Celebrate summer with the team! On this special day, just ahead of the anniversary of Jane Austen’s death,  Jane Austen’s House want you to honour their favourite authoress by dressing up in your finest Regency regalia. They will be strutting our stuff in the House, preening on the lawn, and promenading in the shrubberies. Elegance will prevail!

This year’s Dress Up Day will be hosted by Dr Serena Dyer, dress historian and expert in historical dress recreation. From 11am-2pm, Serena will be leading the way in recreating gorgeous Regency style, offering surgeries on your own Regency outfits, and showcasing her own collection of handmade gowns. Come along to learn, enjoy and be inspired – all in the name of fun, fashion and dress history!