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5 things to do in the Winchester district this weekend (18-19 Dec)


Are you wondering what to do on the last weekend before Christmas?
Here are our top 5 things to do in the Winchester district this weekend (18-19 Dec)…

1. Climb the Winchester Cathedral tower for breath-taking views

Enjoy an exhilarating and special ‘Christmas Tower Tour’ or ‘Christmas Rooftop Tower Tour’ of Winchester Cathedral, with magnificent and festive views across Winchester and the county this Christmas.

After climbing spiralling steps up onto the cathedral roof, you will see the ringing chamber, the great Cathedral bells and walk the full length of the nave roof with its huge wood beams…

2. Discover the 12 Knits of Christmas at Chawton House

On the first day of Christmas…  

You know how the carol goes, but this December discover The Twelve Knits of Christmas at Chawton House. 

With decorations lovingly handcrafted by a team of Chawton House’s very own volunteers, The Twelve Knits of Christmas celebrates homemade, traditional craftwork including knitting, crochet, woodwork, papercraft, and flower making, and will both delight and inspire visitors of all ages.   

Spot the Christmas trees in each room, participate in one of our Christmas trails, and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

We’re sure that you will leave Chawton House feeling festive and inspired, with lots of fun memories to look back on.   

3. Enjoy Food and Feasting at Winchester City Museum

Winchester City Museum

Have you ever wondered how Christmas was celebrated in times gone by?

Take a trip back in time with Winchester City Museum this December and learn how Christmas was celebrated in the past and what food was eaten.



4. Step back in time at Fort Nelson for a Victorian Christmas

2 chefs cooking in a Victorian kitchen

Join one of Fort Nelson’s special festive tours and experience a military Christmas in a Victorian garrison. Step back in time and meet head cook Private Dobson in the kitchen as he prepares a Christmas feast for the soldiers.  

Visit the barrack-room, festively decorated with oranges, cloves and greenery, and learn about the life at the Fort for a soldier at Christmas, as well as Victorian Christmas traditions and ‘new’ fashions.  

The original range will be lit, and the smell of freshly baked mince pies will fill the air. 

Book your tickets today and look forward to getting into the festive spirit in the warmth of the kitchen with a  mulled wine and one of Mrs Blenkinsopp’s delicious mince pies.  

5. Make your wishes come true with Aladdin at Theatre Royal WinchesterImage of magic lamp

Join Theatre Royal Winchester in a truly spellbinding production of Aladdin.

Can our hero find the magic lamp and marry the girl of his dreams – Princess Jasmine?

Or will Aladdin’s plans be thwarted by the villainous Abanazar, who wants the lamp – and the princess – for himself?

Magic, mirth and mayhem abound in this timeless rags to riches tale, brought to you by the same team behind 2019s panto, Dick Whittington and 2020s Four Dames in Search of a Panto.

With original songs, a great cast and a hilarious script, this family show will be pure Genie-us!

Why not stop by the Theatre Royal Winchester Cafe Bar for a refreshment?

If you can’t make it to the live shows in person, don’t forget you can also watch from the comfort of your own home with the Aladdin live stream on the 21 and 30 Dec. So grab your PJs and snacks, you don’t want to miss it!