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5 things to do in the Winchester district this weekend (13-14 Nov)

Aladdin
Aladdin

Have you got plans for the weekend?
If not, don’t worry we have you covered with our top 5 things to do…

1. Reflect with the Winchester Remembrance Parade and Service on Remembrance Sunday (14 Nov) Remembrance Sunday

The Winchester Remembrance Parade will take place in the city centre on Sunday 14 November, the parade of veterans and other organisations will arrive outside the Cathedral at 9.30am in time for the service.

Join Winchester Cathedral for their Remembrance Sunday Service at 10am.
Introit: Guest They shall grow not old
Anthem: Parry  My soul, there is a country
Sermon: Lt Col The Revd Nicholas Mercer Rector, Bolton Abbey
Voluntary: Thalben-Ball  Elegy
All are welcome to join us in the Cathedral or via Live Stream

2. Take inspiration from the Winchester Art Club Annual Exhibition at Winchester Discovery Centre

Hampshire Cultural Trust is delighted to showcase artwork created by Winchester Art Club members, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, woodcarving and textiles.

The submissions are judged by a specially invited panel and winning entries are decided entirely on merit. All of the work in the exhibition is for sale and available to collect at the end of the exhibition in December. A perfect Christmas present for a loved one!

Winchester Art Club was founded in 1919. The objective of the Club is to encourage the practice of Fine Arts in Winchester, particularly among those who paint as a hobby. Members include painters, print-makers, sculptors, woodcarvers and more, from beginners to professional artists.

Find out more at www.winart.org.uk

3. Be mesmerised by The Snow Queen at Theatre Royal Winchester (14 Nov)

Photo of ballerina in blue tutu

photo of ballerina

Join Ballet Theatre UK in their beautiful re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale ballet, The Snow Queen.

This spectacular production follows the story of Gerda and her quest to find her friend Kay, whom the Snow Queen has placed under an evil spell.

Gerda’s fantastic adventure takes her on a journey across the frozen north where she encounters a band of gypsies, enchanted reindeer, and a mysterious and reclusive Lapland woman.

Gerda is told by the mysterious woman to continue travelling north, where she will find Kay and the Snow Queen’s Palace of Ice.

Only Gerda’s love for Kay can release him from the spell and break the Snow Queen’s curse of eternal winter.

Ballet Theatre UK’s renowned company of international dancers, beautiful costumes and glittering stage sets combine to create a magnificent spectacle, all set to a glorious and magical score.

4. Roam around the South Downs National Park

South Downs Way, Harvey Mills Photography

South Downs Way, Harvey Mills Photography

The Hampshire area of the South Downs National Park has a diverse and inspirational landscape with breath-taking views and a rich variety of wildlife. Visit this tranquil and unspoiled countryside and find rare and internationally important species or visit the bustling market towns and explore.

Escape to the countryside which inspired novelist Jane Austen and naturalist Gilbert White and visit the attractions that delve into the world of these famous writers.

The Park is full of great activities and learning experiences and an abundance of exciting attractions, all on the doorstep of Winchester. Find out more on our South Downs National Park pages here. 

5. Get on your bike and ride the Viaduct Way

Viaduct Way

(c) Gilbert Yates Photography

Walk or cycle along Winchester’s restored historic railway.

Opened in 1891, the Hockley Viaduct was part of the Didcot to Southampton railway. It closed to passengers in 1960, and to freight in 1966 as part of the national programme of closures proposed by Dr Richard Beeching.

The viaduct has now been repaired to begin a new life as part of the National Cycle Route Network Route 23, for walkers and cyclists to enjoy. Why not take the Viaduct Way and enjoy some scenic views from a lovingly restored landmark?

Look out for interpretive artwork by Nicola Henshaw that reflects the history of Hockley Viaduct and marks the restoration of Viaduct Way using wood and other media.

You can also now explore this trail digitally here.