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5 things to do in the Winchester district this week (26 Feb-6 Mar)


If you’re in the Winchester district from the 26 Feb – 6 March
then why not check out these 5 things to do?

🥞Cheer on teams at the Pancake Race at Winchester Cathedral  (1 March)

Winchester Cathedral Close provides the historic backdrop to the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race on 1 March.

The race takes place in the Outer Close of Winchester Cathedral.

The event starts at 12.30pm with entertainment and refreshments, including pancakes, available to purchase from the Cathedral mobile catering van.

The racing starts at 1pm. Each team of four will run a relay against another team. There will be main prizes for the fastest team and the team wearing the best fancy dress costumes. The prizes will be presented at the end of the racing (around 2pm).

Photos and videos may be taken for publicity purposes.

All profits will go to the Winchester Rotary President’s charity, which this year, is Friends of the Family.

🎭Treat your dark side to The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at Theatre Royal Winchester (3-5 March)

Photo of actorDoctor Henry Jekyll is a good man. Successful within his field and respected by his peers, he’s close to a neurological discovery that will change the face of medical science forever.

However, his methods are less than ethical, and when a close friend and colleague threatens to expose and destroy his work, Jekyll is forced to experiment on himself, whereupon something goes very wrong…or very right.

And suddenly Jekyll has a new friend, the brutal Edward Hyde.

A thrilling adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s dark psychological fantasy, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde immerses you in the myth and mystery of 19th century London’s fog-bound streets where love, betrayal and murder lurk at every chilling twist and turn.

Gripping, stylish and thought-provoking, this is unmissable theatre.

Go on…treat your dark side!

🎨Discover Extraordinary Everyday Exhibition at the Gallery in The Arc

Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) was only 39 when he died on active service, but he had already achieved incredible things in the fields of fine art and design.

80 years after his death, this dazzling new exhibition will guide visitors through his brilliant career, showcasing wood engravings, watercolours, books, ceramics and lithographs. Among the many highlights are stunning watercolours from public collections, such as Train Landscape, and rarely-seen works from private collections, including Room at the William the Conqueror.

Partnering with 15 lenders from across the UK, this specially-curated exhibition for Hampshire Cultural Trust will show Eric Ravilious’ love for the simple pleasures of everyday life (a mug of strong tea, a train ride). He saw the extraordinary in the everyday and, at the same time, made everyday things seem extraordinary, whether this was in the design he made to decorate an eggcup or in his marvellous watercolours.

With an impressive and varied programme of accompanying events, including lectures, tours and workshops, Extraordinary Everyday is both a celebration of a much-loved artist’s achievements and an opportunity for fans and collectors to learn more. The inclusion of unfinished works, studies and designs will enable visitors to explore the crossover between fine art and design work, the evolution of his mark-making and use of colour. Visitors will be able to follow his development across 20 years in book illustration and watercolour, from student works to masterpieces such as High Street and works shown in his reputation-making 1939 exhibition of watercolours. His work as a war artist is represented by a varied selection, including the beautiful South Coast Beach.

Thanks to the generosity of one private collector, the exhibition features an exciting selection of the artist’s designs for Wedgwood, including exquisite pieces from the Alphabet and Garden sets, alongside rarities such as the Coronation Golden Persephone design made for the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953, two versions of Afternoon Tea and a set of six mugs in the style of the Edward VIII Coronation Mug. All six have rarely, if ever, been seen together in public.

The exhibition is curated by James Russell, previously curator of the 2015 blockbuster Ravilious at Dulwich Picture Gallery. James has written extensively on 20th century British art and design, always exploring the artist’s life as much as their work.

Extraordinary Everyday is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue written by the curator which can be purchased at The Shop.

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👑Delve into Winchester’s Royal connections with our FREE trail Royal Blood

Winchester has been a focus for royal activity and patronage since the Early Middle Ages when it was the effective capital of Wessex under the Saxon kings. A succession of royal residences were constructed here and the cathedral has been a key location for royal ceremonial and important events such as weddings, coronations and royal tombs. This trail will guide you around Winchester, making connections between the particular places in the city which have featured in royal visits and events from the Saxon era to the present day.


🐝Step out of your comfort zone with Experience Hampshire

Whether you are a family or single, a couple or a group, young or young at heart, find Hampshire’s best-kept secrets and unique activities with Experience Hampshire. Their Experiences range from daring adventures to quietly creative and they’re all listed on their easy-to-use platform where you can book, save and share your Experiences with your friends and family.