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English Tourism Week 2021 – it’s time to reconnect

Winchester College
Winchester College

Lots of us are feeling the draw to rekindle our connection with a favourite place, loved one or even ourselves.

This English Tourism Week discover the joy of reconnecting and show your support for businesses across the Winchester district as you escape the everyday. Check out our suggestions below for ways to rediscover the district.

An annual celebration of English tourism, English Tourism Week takes place this year from the 22 – 31 May and highlights the importance, value and vast contribution the sector makes to the UK economy.

Reconnect with you

After a long period of uncertainty it is time to make space for yourself and concentrate on you. Book your visit to the Holiday Inn Winchester Spa for a chance to unwind and relax. Take a dip in the hydrotherapy pool, try the Sensory Shower, Crystal Steam Room or Bubbly Foot Spa or book one of the fantastic treatments on offer – whatever will bring a feeling of wellbeing and calm to your visit.

Ana Spa at the Holiday Inn Winchester

Ana Spa at the Holiday Inn Winchester

After you have been fully pampered make a visit to the market towns in the district and buy yourself the perfect outfit in one of the unique independent shops you will find. Winchester’s independent shops are one of highlights of the district and there is definitely something for everyone. Our local businesses have had a tough year so please continue to support them and shop local.

Make your way to your favourite café or try somewhere new for that perfect hot drink. Why not stop in Chococo and delight in the taste of your favourite hot chocolate or enjoy that homemade slice of cake from Tiffin Tea Rooms in Alresford you’ve been dreaming of.

Chococo inside ® Harvey Mills Photography 2017

Chococo ® Harvey Mills Photography 2017

Take in some fresh air and be inspired by the beauty of the district with a walk along one of our self-guided trails. Walk in the footsteps of John Keats and make your way out of the city centre to the beautiful views of St Cross. This walk inspired Keat’s ode ‘To Autumn’ but is stunning in any season. At the end of the day enjoy a sunset from St Giles Hill with the Sunset Trail and a bird eye view over the city centre. Visit Chawton and explore the countryside loved by Jane Austen and her family. Make the walk between Jane Austen’s House and Chawton House – a route frequently used by the Austens.

Reconnect with a loved one

If you’ve been missing the company of a special someone now is the time appreciate their friendship and reconnect in your favourite places in the district. Book a table at your old lunch spot and order your favourite dishes whether that be a stack of pancakes from Josie’s, a scrumptious cake from The Anvil Tea Rooms in Bishops Waltham or you are looking to try something new at the Theatre Royal Winchester Café.

Why not reconnect and celebrate an old favourite with a new experience. Book your visit to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery and find your perfect cocktail. Discover how this iconic spirit is made and view the stunning distillery where the magic happens.

The Bombay Sapphire Distillery

The Bombay Sapphire Distillery

If a group of you are looking to reconnect with a new challenge book your visit to ClueCapers. Solve the puzzling conundrums in your next inter-dimensional escapade.

After a day of excitement let your hair down with some delicious cocktails at Cabinet Rooms. Discover old favourites and new tastes – all of which are sure to delight.

Reconnect with Winchester

Reconnect with our favourite place and plan your visit to Winchester. The city is steeped in history and what better way to reconnect with England’s ancient capital than on a guided tour. An experienced blue badge guide will take you on a walk through Winchester history highlighting hidden gems along the way.

Winchester is surrounded by beautiful countryside, celebrate this stunning district with a walk. Take a walk or cycle along the Viaduct Way before climbing to the top of St Catherine’s Hill for a panoramic view of the city. If you are looking for a shorter adventure visit Winnall Moors for a step into a wildlife haven right in the city centre.

One of Winchester’s most treasured gems is the abundance of independent shops and eateries in the city centre and throughout the district. Explore the beautiful market towns and all they have to offer. Find the perfect outfit in one of the many boutiques, stop for your favourite coffee in Bishops Waltham or while in Alresford take a relaxing walk along the river.

Bishop’s Waltham