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WINchester’s 12 Days of Christmas

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Published – December 2020

Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages and enter Winchester’s 12 Days of Christmas Competition for your chance to win a copy of A Single Thread by bestselling author Tracy Chevalier and to be entered into a grand prize draw to win a hamper of local goodies.

Winchester 12 Days of Christmas Competition with Christmas icons

Look out for the competition posts each day on the Visit Winchester Facebook and Instagram pages to discover some of the great local gifts and treats the Winchester district has to offer. Like the post and comment for your chance to enter.

One prize winner will be drawn daily from all entries on both Instagram and Facebook that day and will be announced the following day. The winner will need to contact Visit Winchester either via our social media channels or by emailing to arrange postage of A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier. Follow the competition and enter every day for a better chance of winning a hamper of local goodies in the grand prize draw.

The hamper will be full to the brim with local goods from businesses across the district. Enjoy a tandem ride with that special someone thanks to Bespoke Biking, challenge yourself to an escape room at Clue Capers and plan a visit to the Winchester City Museum and Westgate Museum for the whole family. Find out more about the prizes in the hamper here.

All entrants from Facebook and Instagram over the 12 days of the competition will be automatically entered to win the hamper and a winner will be drawn on Monday 14 December. The winner will be announced on both Facebook and Instagram and will need to contact the Visit Winchester team either via our social media channels or by emailing The hamper will be ready to collect from the Winchester Visitor Information Centre from that date. Unfortunately due to the amount of prizes the hamper cannot be posted and must be collected.

A Single Thread book with ribbon around it

A Single Thread written by Tracy Chevalier, the bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring, tells the story of Violet Speedwell who – after the First World War – moves to Winchester. A captivating read for anyone who loves the Winchester district.

Read below for an extract about Christmas:

“Only four weeks to go, is that right?” she said as she offered more gingerbread. Normally Evelyn would always say no to second helpings, citing her figure. Now, however, she took some gladly. “More eggnog?” “I’d best not, or I’ll fall asleep at the service.” … “More coal for the fire?” “No, thanks, we’ll be heading to the Cathedral shortly.” Violet had already paid extra for coal to make it warmer. “Best not leave it too late. Midnight Mass is always popular. More so than Christmas morning.

Good luck to everyone who enters and remember to shop locally for your Christmas treats and presents this year. Read the terms and conditions here.