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Glowing Galaxies to light up Winchester this February half term

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Glowing Galaxies to light up Winchester

Glowing Galaxies to light up Winchester this February half term, Middle Brook Street and Kings Walk will be filled twinkly lights, stars, planets, swirling galaxies and even the Northern Lights.

Press release issued 1 February

Open each evening from 10 until 18 February, access to see the lights is free of charge, the best time to see the lights will be after night falls, but daytime visitors will still be able to enjoy the planetary installations.

Cllr Lucille Thompson, Winchester City Council Cabinet Member for business and culture says:

“The previous light events have been so well received by residents and visitors, so we want to build on the success of this. Not only will the event provide a free activity for families to do over half term, but we also hope people will enjoy some of the other opportunities locally at our attractions across the city and district. We hope residents and visitors will spend more time exploring Middle Brook Street and Kings Walk, making the most of the array of independent, creative, businesses in the area. Events like this are designed to support the evening economy across the city, offering people an extra experience to add on to a trip to the theatre, or meal in one of our independent restaurants.”

Winchester has plenty of opportunities to create a whole galactic day out. Space enthusiasts or those looking to immerse themselves in all things science should visit the Winchester Science Centre, just outside the city. Once in the city, head into the Visitor Information Centre and complete a colouring in sheet or the child-friendly quiz. You could also visit Hearth at the Arc, or Festival of the Moon at Winchester Cathedral. The city and district also boast exceptional outdoor spaces for stargazing.

The event is in safe hands with Icthus Event Solutions Ltd leading the way, following the magical Enchanted Light Garden in 2023.

Christine Cook, Managing Director of Icthus Event Solutions Ltd said:

‘Icthus, as a local specialist in lighting displays, is delighted to be working with the council to bring this exciting new event to Winchester, our home city. We hope everyone will enjoy seeing the city lit up on what can be a gloomy time of year.’

Share your images of the event please use #WinchesterLights

Winchester’s Glowing Galaxies project has been funded via the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, supporting communities and place by investing in arts and culture. Winchester City Council has allocated £45k from the fund between 2023 and 2024 to deliver free to access light experiences.

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