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WINchester’s 12 Days of Christmas


Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages every day between 1-12 December and enter Winchester’s 12 Days of Christmas Competition for your chance to win one of 12 spectacular prizes.

Look out for the competition posts each day on the Visit Winchester Facebook and Instagram pages to discover some of the great gifts from our local businesses around the Winchester district. ‘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 be contacted by Visit Winchester either via our social media channels or by our email Please note you will only be contacted by our official channels and we will not ask for any payment details.

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.

Prize 1 (1 December)

The Cycle Company

Win a fabulous day of e-bike hire for 2 people and up to two children’s bikes with the Cycle Company

The Cycle Company offer electric bike rental from their shop, right next to Shawford Train Station (10 minutes from Winchester). Hiring an e-bike for the day, or for your holiday is guaranteed to put a smile on your face; e-bikes have electric motors, which means it doesn’t matter if some of your group are less fit… everyone can keep up. It also means you can ride further in a day and climb more hills without getting tired!

Prize 2 (2 December)

Winchester City Museum

Win a selection of goodies from Hampshire Cultural Trust including a Winchester City Museum mug, notepad, keyring, pin button badges PLUS a family joint ticket for City and Westgate Museums

The City Museum is located in the heart of the historic city of Winchester, City Museum tells the story of England’s ancient capital, the seat of Alfred the Great. From its origins as an Iron Age trading centre to Anglo Saxon glory, the last journey of Jane Austen to the hunt for King Alfred’s remains, explore the sights and sounds of Winchester past and present in the museum’s three galleries.

The Westgate Museum is located at the top of the High Street in the historic city of Winchester, Westgate Museum is housed inside a surviving fortified medieval city gateway. The museum tells the story of this remarkable building, and the history of Tudor and Stuart Winchester. It also offers great rooftop city views.

Prize 3 (3 December)

Winchester Science Centre

Win a family ticket to the Winchester Science Centre

This prize is for 2 adults and up to 3 children, for general admission (please note this does not include Planetarium tickets). The tickets are valid on weekends and school holidays until 5th September 2022.

The Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is your destination for an action-packed family adventure. Set off on an exciting journey through the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) at Winchester Science Centre.

Prize 4 (4 December)

Cooking demonstration at the Cheese and Chilli Festival

Win two adult tickets to the Winchester Cheese and Chilli Festival 2022, (kids go free!)

The Cheese & Chilli Festival offers a fantastic family-friendly, fun-filled event. Spicing things up, the event sees a whole host of tasty treats, amazing entertainment and food competitions for those that can handle the heat. What’s more, the festival supports worthwhile charities.

Prize 5 (5 December)

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Win 2 x Bombay Sapphire Distillery Discovery Experience tickets, including a hosted tour and a complimentary drink 

Based at Laverstoke Mill in rural North Hampshire, just 15 miles from Winchester, the Bombay Sapphire Distillery is in a conservation area with over 1000 years of history. For over 225 years, the Victorian and Georgian buildings set astride the crystal clear River Test produced bank note paper for the Bank of England and the British Empire. Now, Laverstoke Mill is a state-of-the-art sustainable distillery, which produces every drop of Bombay Sapphire gin.

Prize 6 (6 December)

Rhino in front of Marwell Hall

Win a family ticket (x2 adults and x2 children) to Marwell Zoo

Marwell zoo is home to hundreds of exotic and endangered animals all within a beautiful, landscaped 140-acre park. Take a stroll around the outdoor attraction with friends and family and enjoy the fresh air while spotting their animal stars which include – Rothchild’s giraffes, white rhinos, Amur tigers, Humboldt penguins, red pandas, snow leopards and all three species of zebra (to name a few)! What could be a nicer way to get your daily steps in?

Prize 7 (7 December)

Rick Stein Winchester

Win a £50 Rick Stein Gift Voucher to enjoy at Rick Stein Winchester

Rick Stein’s restaurant in Winchester serves classic seafood dishes and excellent wines with a nod to their Cornish heritage. On the menu there’s something for everyone and every occasion, from leisurely breakfasts and lunches with friends to a romantic dinner and everything in between. Stop by for light bite, perfect for a quick something after work or before an afternoon of shopping.

Prize 8 (8 December)

Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'

Win a family ticket to The Watercress Line

The tickets are for 2 Adults & 2 Children for standard travel at the railway (valid for 12 months).

Let off steam and travel by one of our lovingly restored Steam trains through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside. It’s the perfect way to unwind and witness the sights, sounds, smells and magic of steam travel from a bygone age. You can either join the line at the picturesque Georgian town of Alresford or Alton, a bustling market town. On your journey you can stop at Ropley and Medstead & Four Marks stations and marvel at their preserved history.

Prize 9 (9 December)

Win a family ticket annual ticket to Chawton House

Get free entry into the House and Gardens for a year for a party of two adults and up to three children.

Discover the ‘Great House’ enjoyed by Jane Austen, the quintessentially English manor house and gardens with a fascinating history. Chawton House, a registered charity conserves a unique collection of early women’s writing within the Elizabethan manor house once owned by Jane Austen’s brother Edward. Visitors can enjoy the ‘Great House’ referred to in Jane Austen’s letters, relax in the peace and tranquillity of the gardens, and find inspiration in the lives and works of its women writers.

Prize 10 (10 December)

Win a Hampshire Comfort Package (worth £30) from Winchester Visitor Information Centre

This prize includes a wonderful selection of locally grown produce from some of Hampshire’s finest independent businesses:

Dampney’s Remarkable Drinks ’Raspberry Gin Liqueur 19.1% (10cl)
Dampney’s Remarkable Drinks Rhubarb Gin Liqueur 19.8% (10cl)
Mrs B’s Bees’ Honey – 454g jar
Charlotte Browns’ Raspberry Preserve – 210g jar
Lavender Fields’ mini Lavender Bag
Lavender Fields Pure Soap Bar – 100g

Looking for that perfect souvenir to take home with you? Look no further than Winchester Visitor Information Centre. Our gift shop is complete with a range of local gifts and Winchester souvenirs. Choose from a wide selection of key rings, mugs, chocolates and postcards as well as some more unique gifts of Winchester. There is something for all ages – from pencils, rubbers and children’s books for the little ones to local ales, wines and gin for the adults. We have a great variety of local food and drink to take home with you for a taste of Winchester at home.

Prize 11 (11 December)

Winchester Military Quarter

Winchester Military Quarter

Win 5 tickets to the Winchester Military Quarter

Winchester’s Military Museums is a grouping of six military museums situated within yards of each other on a historic site close to the city centre of Winchester and adjacent to the Great Hall.

The six museums are:

Prize 12 (12 December)

Hambledon WinesWin a bottle of Hambledon Vineyard wine and a tour of the vineyard for two, plus a Festive Cheeseboard and Boxing Day Hamper from Meon Valley Butchers

Hambledon Vineyard is the oldest commercial vineyard in England, founded in 1952 when Major General Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones planted the first vineyards. Producing award-winning English sparkling wine.

47 years later in 1999, the current managing director acquired a somewhat neglected vineyard with a view to restoring it to its former glory.
Today Hambledon comprises over 60 acres of vineyards and a new state-of-the-art, fully gravity-fed winery that was opened in July 2013 by HRH Duchess of Cornwall. Aside from the onsite sparkling wine-making activities, Hambledon Vineyard regularly opens its doors. Visitors can experience ‘behind the scenes tours and special events in the vineyard’s beautiful setting in the South Downs. Sign up to their newsletter here.


Meon Valley Butchers are based in the beautiful Market Town of Wickham.

Festive CheeseboardGreat for festive gifting or for your stress-free Christmas hosting. The cheeses on our cheese board have been chosen by their in house expert to give you great variety as well as the chance to try something a little different.

Presented on a wooden board, you will receive:
150g Mature Cheddar
150g Smoked Applewood
150g Christmas Cheese
150g Blue Stilton
150g Cricket St Thomas Brie
Mini Onion Marmalade

Boxing Day HamperEverything you need for easy entertaining – and with homemade baked items, you can easily pretend you did it yourself! Great for festive gifting or stress-free festivities, enjoy our hamper filled to the brim with yummy treats to enjoy.

The hamper includes:
1lb Home Made Pork Pie
4 x Mince Pies
150g Black Bomber cheese
150g Christmas Chees
2 x Seasonal Sausage Roll
Artisan Crispbreads
Mini Onion Marmalade
Mini Chilli Jam