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5 things to do in the Winchester district this weekend (12-13 Feb)


Blog date – 10 Feb 22

Here are 5 things to do this weekend (12-13 Feb) in the Winchester district…

1. Wrap up warm and explore the Snowdrops at Chawton House and Gilbert White’s House and Gardens

Bring all the family (dogs are welcome too!) and explore the Gardens at Chawton House with their special Snowdrop Sundays. Spot the snowdrops on the South Lawn and in the Wilderness, explore the Walled Garden and enjoy refreshments from the Old Kitchen Tearoom. Special snowdrop tours will be running throughout the day and a snowdrop themed kids trail will be available too.

Gilbert Whites House and Garden’s annual celebration of the snowdrop is back! Half-Price admission to the house and gardens all weekend for a chance to see the beautiful snowdrops. Plus garden tours throughout the weekend hosted by the garden team.

2. Be mesmerised by Magical Bones at the Theatre Royal Winchesterphoto of performer

Britain’s Got Talent finalist takes to the stage with his much-anticipated debut UK tour following a sold-out and critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh festival.

Join Bones as he effortlessly combines intricate sleight of hand with mesmerising illusions and jaw-dropping break-dance moves in one of the most awe-inspiring shows, you’ll see this year.



3. Spot the new statue on the Medieval Jewish Trail

Described as the most important Jewish woman in medieval England, Licoricia was a mother; a successful businesswoman; and a prominent member of Winchester’s medieval Jewish community.

Licoricia’s son was called Asser and he features in the statue with her, aged about five or six years old. Licoricia was highly educated like many Jewish women of her time, and involved in finance (money lending specifically) – Jews were restricted in the jobs they could do. She assisted her husband David with his business affairs and continued them after his death, starting her own also – with clients including Henry III and other nobility in southern England.

Find out more about the fascinating history of the Jewish community in Winchester, with our Medieval Jewish Trail.

Winchester has an important Jewish past.  The earliest record of Jews in the city date to the mid-1100s, making it one of the earliest, largest and wealthiest Jewish settlements in England.  Although fascinating, the story is little known.

Jewish people were first invited to Winchester in 1070 by William the Conqueror. Unlike Christians, Jews were allowed to lend money for interest and they quickly became well-established money lenders and traders in Winchester.

4. Discover the history of Wickham

There are 12 local history boards at key locations in the beautiful Market Town of Wickham, using many wonderful old photos and illustrations. Visitors can use their smartphones at each board to scan the QR codes and link to more information, photos and stories. Why not have a trip out to find all the boards for yourself?


5. Last chance to see Winchester – Lights in the City

A trail around the city centre discovering some of our fantastic buildings lit up flowing from a theme of ‘Winter into Spring’. Coloured lights show the changing of the seasons as visitors follow the lights through the centre.

The iconic landmarks will be lit up from 4pm every day until Sunday 13 February 2022.

Wander through this ancient city and experience the season’s change as you follow these fantastic displays. Share your adventure with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram using #WinchesterLights

Soak up the night time atmosphere across the city and enjoy a show, meal or drink on your evening out in Winchester.

Start with winter at Westgate before enjoying some time in The Square. Spring is in the air as you move down the high street towards the Guildhall and Abbey Gardens.