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Summer Holidays in Winchester


Published July 2021

Plan your summer holidays in Winchester with a whole host of activities to excite the whole family

Outside theatre and story time at Gilbert White’s House and Gardens

Escape to the beautiful surroundings of Gilbert White’s House and Gardens and enjoy some of our favourite childhood stories brought to life.

Meet Red Riding Hood and three Funky Pigs for a fabulous modern twist on two classic fairy tales packed with songs and fun for all the family on Friday 13 August, or join Alice in her adventures in Wonderland and take a trip down the rabbit hole with a whole host of colourful characters on Sunday 22 August.

Visit between Tuesday 24 – Thursday 26 August for an interactive storytelling session based on stories about the museum. Find clues and discover the plants used on the Zig Zag Path, map the journey of Frank Oates and identify his mystery finds, or take on the mapping mission for penguin eggs.

Days out with Thomas at the Watercress Line

Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun at The Watercress Line from Saturday 7 – Sunday 15 August. Take a train ride with Thomas, meet some of your favourite characters and join Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty & Dusty for a trainload of excitement with an outdoor entertainment show with The Fat Controller, Diesel, Toad & Duck. Enjoy children’s vintage fairground rides and collect your passport of adventures full of activities to delight your little ones.

Day out with Thomas at the Watercress Line, Image by Paul Michael Hughes Photography T 07790819111 UK E W www.paulmichaelhugh

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Become an underwater agent at the Winchester Science Centre

Discover some of the secrets of the deep blue sea at the Winchester Science Centre from Saturday 17 July – Sunday 19 September. Go on a splash-tastic journey below the surface of the world’s oceans and discover what sounds can be found. Help uncover the mysteries of the deep and explore how sound travels underwater. Show times are between 10.30am and 2.30pm with sound sensory suitable shows available.

Girl looking at fish


Let your imaginations run wild at Beaulieu National Motor Museum

Take your little ones to burn off steam at Little Beaulieu, a magical wooden palace and play area perfect for fun adventures. Discover secret passageways, crawl through trick bookcases and keep an eye out for the secret staircase and the clock tower lookout.


Take a wild adventure at Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo is full of exotic and endangered animals within its beautiful 140 acre park ready for you to discover. Wander through the Wallaby Walk exhibit, become a wild explorer and watch the Meerkats play. Don’t forget to grab an ice cream to keep cool and go wild in the many play areas.

Take a Horrid History walk through Winchester

Take a new look at Winchester with the Horrid History Walking Tour from the Winchester Tourist Guides on Thursday 5 & Wednesday 25 August. Discover fun facts about the city and learn something new with the whole family. The tour is aimed at children seven years old and above.

Summer fun at Fort Nelson

From 24 July – 5 September join Fort Nelson for a summer full of fun. Fire your little ones’ imaginations with barrel-loads of fun activities for all the family. Take on the Junior Assault Course, discover the big guns on display and explore the tunnels.

Fort Nelson cannon

Discover the Tales of Peter Rabbit at Winchester Cathedral

On Friday 23 July join Quantum Theatre in the Deanery River Garden at Winchester Cathedral as they bring their lively brand of comedy, music and magic to this delightful new adaptation of the Beatrix Potter Tales. Explore inside the cathedral and discover the children’s trail with bones, bodies, beasts and baddies around every corner.

Winchester Cathedral

Step back in history

Winchester city centre has a whole host of museums to help you explore England ancient capital. Become an amateur archaeologist and handle real artefacts at the Winchester City Museum, try on a replica coat of arms at the Westgate Museum, or solve the trails and quests at the Great Hall.

Make it a staycation…

The Winchester district has a host of family-friendly accommodation – from sleeping under the stars to hotels with family rooms. Check out our where to stay pages and plan your staycation in the Winchester district.