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5 things to do in the Winchester district this weekend (23-24 Oct)

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Are you planning your weekend? Here are our top 5 things to do in the Winchester district this weekend…


1. Take part in the FREE Spooky Winch Word Hunt

A free and fun-filled, Halloween-themed trail activity for kids and big kids alike this October and for the half-term week. On until Sunday 31st October Winchester businesses will be displaying a pumpkin sign containing a spooky word in the windows.⠀

Collect an activity sheet from the visitor information centre or from Winchester Discovery Centre or download a copy from the BID website and you could be in with a chance of winning a Halloween inspired hamper. Return your completed sheets to the location above for free entry into the draw and receive a free goody bag.

2. Enjoy a Tudor-Style Halloween at the Westgate

Find out how the Tudors celebrated Halloween and take home a historic recipe to make over the half term.

Learn how this medieval gate was used as a debtor’s prison, marvel at the historic markings left by prisoners and judge for yourselves if the Westgate is haunted.

See if you can find all the witches in their new activity trail too.

3. Follow in the footsteps of King Alfred the Great on a Ghost TrailPhoto of statue and Guildhall at dusk

What better way to spend the spooky season, than a walk in the ghostly footsteps of King Alfred the Great?

Led by a trained Actor/Comedian. Walsh Tours will meet you at the Buttercross, as darkness falls. Then see the site of the nation’s last public execution.​ After you will visit the eerie ruins of Hyde Abbey, cemetery, and the actual resting place of England’s first king.​

Also see the haunted sites, and hear such grisly tales, of Winchester’s High Street and Cathedral.




4. Discover charming Alresford 

A Georgian town of colour-washed houses, riverside walks and specialist shops.

Make a full day out with a ride on the Watercress Line and a walk around the picturesque Georgian town, with its delightful tea rooms and independent shops, or visit nearby National Trust property Hinton Ampner.

Alresford is also the hub of UK watercress industry, why not see if you can spot some growing?

5. Be inspired by our Free Autumn Keats Walk

John Keats

John Keats

Follow the daily route Keats took during his stay in Winchester.

Enjoy a self-guided walk in the poet’s footsteps from the city to St Cross, passing through the landscape which inspired his famous ode ‘To Autumn’.

The round trip is approximately two miles. Pavements, paths and grass lie underfoot and stout shoes are advisable after wet weather.

You can even follow this trail digitally right here.



For more things to do in the Winchester district don’t forget to check out our What’s On pages.