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Are you stuck for ideas on what to do this weekend? Well, look no further than our top 5 things to do in the Winchester District…

1. Get into the Festive spirit at the Winchester Cathedral Christmas MarketWinchester Cathedral Christmas Market

Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe, renowned for its unique location, handpicked high-quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere.  The authentic wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedral’s historic Inner Close, selling a range of tempting seasonal treats and delightful Christmas gifts.

Winchester holds its own with any European destination for those in search of an authentic Christmas experience and is regularly recognised as being in the top 10 in Europe. The Cathedral is at the heart of the city’s celebration, with its many Christmas services, Christmas Market, and festive activities that offer a truly unique and magical experience.

This year, the Christmas Market will be running until Wednesday 22 December 2021. Health and safety continue to be of the highest priority so there are restrictions in place that follow the latest government advice.

2. Be inspired by the We Are Nature Exhibition at the University of Winchester

Sculpture of boy with a ball

Sculpture of a boy with a ball

Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor‘s large scale underwater installations can be found across the world, attached to the sea bed, slowly transforming into thriving habitats for marine life. This landlocked exhibition of maquettes and photographic prints offers a unique opportunity to see his astonishing work without having to dive under the waves.



3. Step back in time with Science Dino-mite at Winchester Science CentreBoy making dinosaur prints

Enjoy the sights, sounds and science of Christmas past…way past.

Dino rangers have sprinkled prehistoric around the Science Centre ready for a Jurassic adventure. It is all set to be a roar-cus festive season filled with T-riffic fun and dino-mite demos.

4. Start your Christmas Shopping at Whiteley



With an abundance of great shops and restaurants, you are sure to kick off your Christmas shopping with a bang. Offering free parking for up to 4 hours and also a cinema on-site, why not make a day of it?



5. Discover hidden gems with our FREE City Walk

City Walk cover

Grab some fresh air, stretch your legs and absorb all of the beautiful sites that the city has to offer by picking up one of Winchester Visitor Information Centre’s many free self-guided trails to amble along at your own pace. You can either drop into the Winchester VIC on your visit or download a copy online.

Depending on what it is you would like to see and how far you would like to walk, there is a range of trails to suit your individual interests. The City Walk is a great place to start if you want to fully immerse yourself into Winchester city life whilst following the footsteps of King Alfred himself.

The beauty of this walk is that it is divided into three loops, so you can choose how much of the walk you’d like to do. Each loop is around 1 mile and takes approximately 1 – 1.5 hours.