With just over a month to go, the countdown to Winchester’s city festival begins… Winchestival is back! And, we can tell you that this year, the boys and girls behind the magic really have gone to town to deliver Winchester a real treat…
As this vibrant and friendly festival enters its third year, we are told that Winchestival 2019 is set to be even bigger and better! On Saturday 15 June, festival-goers should prepare for a day out, full to the brim with a mixture of fun and entertainment in all shapes and sizes.
With four stages set to host a mixture of musical talent and comedy gold, a mouth-watering foodie zone full of temptingly tasty treats, plenty of spots to pick up a beverage or two as well as an abundance of exciting activities for little ones to get stuck into, there is so much for festival-goers of all ages to look forward to! Have you bought your ticket yet?
This really is a festival made by the people, for the people. Winchestival are lucky to work with and receive support from some fantastic local sponsors and many of the festival’s suppliers and partners are from Winchester and surrounding areas. Whether you live in the local area, or are visiting from further afield, this event promises a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
The beauty of Winchestival is that it is located right in the heart of the city. The festival grounds, North Walls Recreation Ground, is only a stone’s throw away from the High Street itself. If you’re driving your car, hopping on a bus or train or are lucky enough to live within walking distance of this beautiful city, you can reach the festival from the city centre in a matter of minutes. How handy is that?
Festival goers should get ready to feast their eyes and ears on a phenomenal musical line-up! Winchestival is all about bringing you a blend of well-known artists, alongside a few names you probably haven’t heard of.
As you wander around the festival site, pass through an eclectic mix of sound waves including pop rock, alternative/indie and dance music across three stages.
Serenading the crowd with their sweet sounds, The Magic Numbers will be taking to the main stage as this year’s headline act. Cassia and Larkins will be supporting and Only the Poets, Lauren Hibberd and Childcare will also be making their way onto the main stage throughout the day.
If you like a bit of dance music, head over to the Downtown Brown Stage where you can fill your ears with music from an exciting mixtape of artists. 90’s DJ Allister Whitehead will be electrifying crowds as this year’s headline act on the stage. There will also be performances from Sean Brosnan, (the master of amalgamating disco sounds with modern house groove to form a new era of Future Disco), and many more.
Be sure to visit this year’s BBC Music Introducing Solent Stage to lap-up some of the freshest upcoming talent of the South Coast including Bruch, Mystic Peach and Bash!.
Sofar are bringing an eclectic mix of talent to the people of Winchester over on the Sofar Stage. Discover performances from Peter & Kerry, Outlya, Cecil and many more.
Park yourself in front of the comedy stage for a few hours and you are guaranteed to leave with a belly full of laughs. Winchestival and Winchestival Comedy Festival have come together to deliver the crowds of Winchestival a fantastic variety of comedy gold. From well-known TV and radio favourites, to up and coming comedians with new gags to share, this is the place to be if you want to catch some top quality comedy this June.
This year, the hilariously funny Milton Jones will be headlining the comedy stage, with support from Zoe Lyons and Clinton Baptiste. Milton and Zoe have a reputation for humouring audiences far and wide and have both appeared on a range of popular TV and radio shows including Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo. Chuckle away to Phoenix Nights’ fabulous Clinton Baptiste, who’ll also be taking to the stage and doing his thing.
One of the things that Winchestival goers rave about every year is the food and drink. And, with a show-stopping combination of variety, quality and mouth-watering flavours, it’s no wonder. The festival is as much a celebration of food and drink as it is music and comedy, and this year, Winchestival have brought in some of the best street food vendors in the UK to celebrate the diversity of flavours within British food culture.
Feel your senses ignite as you step into this year’s food zone, ‘Eat Street’, sponsored by local kitchen designers The Myers Touch. Whether it’s a juicy gourmet burger, sticky mac ‘n’ cheese, a fragrant Moroccan salad, a piping hot homemade pie, a cheese feast or a sweet treat that you’re after, you really are spoilt for choice.
Why not wash it all down with a pint from the festival’s largest ever beer tent? Winchester Bar Services will also be serving a selection of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, including local ales, lagers and spirits.
If you’re a fan of a good glass of wine, be sure to “Follow Your Taste!” to the Wine and Fizz bar to pick up a glass of your favourite tipple and chat with the team behind The Wine Festival Winchester.
As a festival designed for everyone, this is the perfect day out for families with children of all ages. With a selection of entertainers as well as storytelling, the Kids’ Stage is sure to keep little festival goers entertained throughout the day. What’s more, there are a whole host of free kids activities including circus skills, a kids’ disco, wood workshop and football darts!
The festival site itself has a flat surface, making it easier for those bringing little ones in pushchairs. Even better, under 5’s go free.
Don’t miss out on this must-see event! Be sure to buy your tickets in advance from Winchestival. With the festival fast approaching, tickets are selling out fast! You can pick up for tickets for £25 per person. 5 – 7 years are just £13 and of course, under 5’s can join for free.
You can also enter our competition to be in with a chance to win two adult entry tickets. It’s really easy to enter – all you need to do is answer one question. Click here to find out more.