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What have you missed the most during lockdown? Is it your favourite cup of coffee? Is it walking around your favourite museum? Is it wandering around your favourite shops looking for the perfect new top?

Or, is it all of the above with your closest friend?

It might be time to plan your next friendly, and socially distanced, get together – and we have five great ideas for you to enjoy together in Winchester.

  1. Grab a coffee and catch up

I think one thing we’ve all discovered is a phone screen is no replacement for face-to-face contact. So, book your table at your favourite independent coffee shop and enjoy catching up with your favourite person. A list of great places to try can be found here, and be sure to book your table if necessary and ensure they can accommodate a socially distanced table if you need one.

A cup of coffee and a view down the street in Bsihops Waltham

  1. Enjoy some retail therapy

When you buy some things, whose opinion do you ask for first? Why not invite that special person to browse Winchester’s expansive selection of independent shops scattered throughout the city centre and market towns. You are sure to find that special hidden gem together.

Shopping in Bishop's Waltham

Shopping in Bishop’s Waltham

  1. Satisfy your culture craving

If you and your friend are gasping for a bit of culture, or looking to immerse yourself in the history and legends not contained within your own four walls, it’s time to book your tickets to one of Winchester’s historic museums. Hear the story of England’s ancient capital at the Winchester City Museum, explore a medieval fortress at the Westgate Museum, or re-live the adventures of military history at the Winchester Military Museums.

City Museum interior

  1. Give the washing up a miss

Step away from your kitchen and choose a menu to satisfy your appetite. Enjoy a dinner for two at any of the amazing eateries in the district for a great night out. Be sure to book in advance and make sure the restaurant can accommodate you if you need to socially distance. Don’t forget to check if the restaurant is participating in the Eat Out to Help Out campaign during August for 50% off of your meal (Monday – Wednesday). Find out more here.

Visitors and staff in the square at cafes

(c) Robin Creative

  1. Enjoy a drink together

Why do cocktails at home never taste as good? Take your friend out for a few drinks in Winchester and enjoy expertly made cocktails and a great range of wine and beer. Visit your favourite pub or why not pay a visit to Cabinet Rooms for a selection of perfectly made cocktails that will delight you both.