From fun events for children, markets, live music and festivals to exhibitions, talks and tours, take a look at our events calendar and let Winchester entertain you. From fun events for children, markets, live music and festivals to exhibitions, talks and tours, take a look at our events calendar and let Winchester entertain you.
From fun events for children, markets, live music and festivals to exhibitions, talks and tours, take a look at our events calendar and let Winchester entertain you.
Winchester High Street is home to weekly markets selling fresh produce, gifts, antiques and fashion.
Look out for the largest farmers’ market in the UK as it brings fine local produce to the city on the second and final Sunday of each month.
The high street also hosts a weekly speciality food and produce market on a Wednesday – why not grab a freshly made crepe on the go? You’ll also find an eclectic mix of scarves, toys, books and value for money household goods at the general street markets running from Thursday through to Saturday.
And if you’re in the high street on a Sunday your visit might coincide with the Vintage & Retro Village and the Winchester Antiques & 20th Century Collectibles Market on the first Sunday of every month or the Art & Design Market (third Sunday of every month from March to December).
Winchester’s festival season now spans almost an entire year kicking off with Winchester Cocktail Week in February. As the weather begins to warm up and we start thinking of inspiration for a new wardrobe, Winchester Fashion Week comes to the rescue in April.
The Winchester Chamber Music Festival in May offers a great chance to explore the breadth of Chamber Music and then from here on in the city delights its visitors with exciting arts celebrations of all kinds.
Highlights of the summer festival season include the Alresford Music Festival, Winchester Film Festival, Mayfest, Winchester Writers’ Conference, Hat Fair and Winchester Festival.
As the nights close in and Autumn approaches, the Winchester Comedy Festival will keep you laughing long into the winter months.
Winchester is a must-visit destination for all those in search of an authentic Christmas experience. The Cathedral is at the heart of the festivities and 2018 sees the return of the much-loved Christmas Market and Ice Rink to the Cathedral Close on the 17 November. The Christmas Market will run until 20 December and the Ice Rink will continue until 2 January 2019.
Families looking for a traditional panto should head to Theatre Royal Winchester to see Beauty and the Beast from Saturday 1 December 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019.
And if you’re looking to deliver your letter to Santa personally then make sure you book early to see him at Marwell Zoo or even on board a real steam train at the Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line.
The Stone Festival from 15 -17 June will be a celebration of the art of stonemasonry and a chance to meet some of the UK’s best stonemasons.
Illumination: A Festival of Flowers in association with NAFAS and inspired by the magnificent 12th Century Winchester Bible will offer visitors the chance to see a spectacular array of flower arrangements from the 4 – 9 September.
From May onwards visitors will be able to see the newly restored presbytery vault and presbytery windows. The conservation of the presbytery has been on-going for the last three years, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Kings and Scribes – a new exhibition experience – will open at the end of 2018. Spectacularly situated over three levels in the Cathedral’s South Transept, this exhibition will transform public access to some of the Cathedral’s most precious treasures including the four volumes of the Winchester Bible. Three new exhibitions will tell the story of Winchester Cathedral and its rich and fascinating history.
Theatre Royal Winchester
Join the iconic, world famous Teletubbies in their first ever theatre show of love and laughter as they explore the magical world of Teletubbyland. Enjoy beloved features from the TV series along with brand new songs. Sat 14 & Sun 15 July 2018.
Gilbert White’s House
Renovation work, supported by HLF, will see a new look museum opening for Gilbert White’s House in May. Work will see the restoration of Gilbert White’s 18th Century Stable Yard a new cafe, shop and updated galleries. White’s Brewhouse will be restored and beer will be brewed on site for visitors periodically.
Winchester City Mill
One of Winchester’s much-loved historic treasures will re-open at Easter after essential work has been carried out to restore the Mill after damage caused by heavy floods in 2013 and 2014. A patrons’ café will be introduced with exhibition space.
Winchester Tourist Information Centre has a dedicated Box Office meaning that you can easily buy tickets in person at the tourist information centre and online via this website. The team currently sells tickets to Guildhall Winchester events and themed guided tours. Look out for the ‘Book now’ button.