Review of Winchester’s festivals by Winchester Festival Ambassadors Gary and Marcus who own and run the café bar The Cabinet Rooms.
Winchester is a city rich in history, culture, and festivities. It is home to numerous events and festivals that attract visitors from all over the world. From the famous Hat Fair to the enchanting Christmas Market, Winchester has something for everyone.
One of the most anticipated festivals in Winchester is the Hat Fair. This vibrant street festival brings together performers, artists, and musicians from all over the world. The festival is a celebration of art, music, and street performance, and it takes place in various locations throughout the city. With free admission and a fantastic atmosphere, the Hat Fair is a must-attend event for anyone visiting Winchester.
Another popular festival in Winchester is the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market. This festive market is held in the shadow of the magnificent Winchester Cathedral and features over 100 stalls selling unique and handmade gifts, decorations, and delicious food and drink. With its picturesque setting, twinkling lights, and joyful atmosphere, the Christmas Market is the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit.
For comedy fans, Winchester Comedy Festival is a real treat. Held at the Arc and Theatre Royal in September, this festival features top comedians. There’s also a Summer Gala event in June.
One of our personal highlights of the year is the Winchester Bonfire and Fireworks. This annual event takes place around Bonfire Night in November and features a spectacular firework display and an impressively huge bonfire. Not only is it a great night out for the whole family but, as its organised by the Round Table, the event raises huge amounts of money for local charities.
There’s always something on the horizon in the city with more festivals on their way. Watch out for the brand-new Winchester Food Festival this July plus the return of Winchester Cocktail Week!