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Summer events in Winchester


Check out some of the exciting festivals and events taking place across the district this summer…

Please plan ahead and make sure you look at the individual event websites before visiting. Please continue to follow government guidance when you are enjoying one of our festivals or events.

The Winchester Chamber Music Festival

A music anticipated event in Hampshire’s cultural calendar the Winchester Chamber Music Festival is back this year with a vibrant programme of performances. Delight in Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E flat, Op. 1 No 1, hear Joe Cutler’s Slippery Music or be moved by Brahm’s Clarinet Quintet in B minor. The overall audience capacity will be lower than usual so to ensure as many people as possible can hear the concerts recordings will be released online later in the month.

Winchester Chamber Music Festival

Hat Fair

Hat Fair is a family-friendly festival of Street Performance and Outdoor Arts taking place in the city. This year the performances will be ticketed to ensure the size of crowds and social distancing. The fantastic performances are sure to delight and will definitely not disappoint.

Clown performer

Clown performer at Hat Fair

The Chilli and Cheese Festival

Immerse yourself in a world of Chilli and Cheese at this well named festival. Enjoy local and regional cheese and many types of chilli available to taster and purchase. Enjoy live music, authentic beer from microbreweries in the area and free children’s entertainment.

Cheese & Chilli Festival

Cheese & Chilli Festival

The Comedy Festival Summer Show

Are you in need of a laugh? The Comedy Festival Summer Show is coming to the Theatre Royal Winchester this June. Book your night at the theatre and enjoy the hilarious comedy from acts such as James Gill, Marcus Brigstocke and Zoe Lyons. Get your tickets now.

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days provides the general public with amazing opportunities to discover new places and explore Hampshire’s incredible history, architecture, gardens and heritage – and all for FREE. Don’t miss this year’s festival from the 10- 19 September for plenty of events and activities for all the family on the theme Edible England – from woodland foraging to factory floor, forgotten recipes to regional delicacies.

Other events for your calendar

Chawton House’s Made in Lockdown exhibition

Visit Chawton House and view the inspired new collection of creative works by volunteers at the ‘Great House’. View the works in the Made in Lockdown exhibition inspired by a deep knowledge of the house and gardens. Running throughout Chawton House enjoy poetry, arts, crafts and other imaginative projects.

Chawton House

Chawton House

Spruce up your garden with Gilbert White’s House

Have you become an avid gardener during lockdown? Brighten up your garden at the Unusual Plants Fair at Gilbert White’s House on 19 & 20 June – you’re sure to find something original for your garden paradise.

Plants in bloom in garden

Unusual plant fair 2021