Things to Do – July 2017

Walk – Summer City Highlights 1st July-31st August 2017

Jane Austen's House 3

Starting at the Tourist Information Centre a tour lasting approximately 1.5 hours.

A late afternoon tour, ending with a chance to see inside an historic pub or restaurant.

Contact:01962 840500

Blissfields Music Festival 6th – 8th July 2017


In July 2017 the very fabric of your perception is warping beneath Vicarage Farm as Blissfields breaks on through to the underside.  A tunnel through the fantastic, via fantasy and freak show, will see the festival celebrate and fearfully poke the unknown. Blissfields will be the gateway into new frontiers where only the unexpected can be assumed.

Blissfields Festival, Vicarage Farm, Woodmancott, SO21 3BL

Winchester Comedy Night 6th July 2017

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In an open mic format, Guildhall Winchester welcome budding comedians onto their small stage in the Wintonian Room on the first Thursday of every month. From stand up, to musical comedy there is something for everyone.

Bar is open throughout, so come down, relax and enjoy comedy straight from the street.

Contact: 01962 840820

Watercress Line 50th Steam Gala 7th-9th July 2017

Summer Gala

To celebrate 50 years since the end of southern steam we will have a weekend with up to four Bulleid Pacifics with a fantastic line up of locos, intensive timetable, freight train and real ale bar – don’t miss out! We have two guest engines already confirmed: 35006 – Merchant Navy Class, 34053 – ‘Sir Keith Park’.

Contact: 01962 733810


Winchester Festival 2017 7th – 15th July 2017

Winchester Festival has grown into an established week-long celebration of the arts, featuring music, talks, drama, visual arts and guided walks in venues across the city. The completed 2017 programme will be available from 28 April with the box office opening in May.


Tel: 01962 857240

Ministry of Science Live! 15th-16th July 2017

Ministry of Science Live!

Ministry of Science is about to explode onto the stage! Ministry of Science Live is a science show with a bang! It comes with a whoosh. This new production, brought to you by Ministry of Science, takes an anarchic approach to science communication whilst looking at the inventors and engineers who have shaped and inspired the modern world that we live in. From Liquid Nitrogen frozen flowers to Hydrogen Bottle Rockets. From Buzz Aldrin to Virgin Galactic. From a cat food tin to the Hovercraft. From the discovery of Methane to the invention of the Battery. Join the super talented presenters and the voiceover from above (X Factor’s Peter Dickson) as they take you on a journey using brilliantly designed demonstrations with a few loud bangs to lead the way.


Contact: 01962 863791

Pedal, Paddle, Pace 16th July 2017

A triathlon with a difference

Pedal, Paddle, Pace (PPP) is a unique form of triathlon and an event for everyone to enjoy. Participants cycle, run, and kayak their way through the highways and waterways of Hampshire. PPP is a carnival-like event for all the family, with the Triathlon at the heart of it.

In aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream – open air theatre 16th July 2017

Puck and his musical fairy band tell a tale of lovers, mechanicals, and magical mayhem. The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons present their innovative and hilarious open-air version of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy – told, as ever, in their own distinctive and anarchic style.
Bring a picnic and something to sit on – suitable for all the family.


Southern Cathedrals Festival 19th-22nd July


This festival offers sacred choral and organ music performed to the very highest standard by the three Cathedral Choirs of Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester. The choirs will be performing separately and together and will be complemented by visiting performers. The music is presented in concerts and within worship. The Festival offers a unique opportunity to enjoy music and to take part in worship within the setting of three magnificent cathedrals.

See for the full programme and tickets.

Regency Tea & Readings 23rd July 2017

Calling all Janeites! Grab your treasured copy of Pride & Prejudice, the copy of Emma you take everywhere, or that dog-eared, but loved, Sense & Sensibility – whatever your favourite bring it along and share in the joys of everything Jane Austen!
Enjoy a beautiful regency tea (with a Janeite flare!) and read a favourite passage from your cherished book.

This is sure to be a fun and lively event, not to be missed. What better way to honour this great author than to share and enjoy her work in the beautiful grounds of her final resting place.

Don’t worry if you don’t want to read – still come along and join in the fun.  From 1pm.

Tel: 01962 857200


Winchester Science Festival 29th – 30th July 2017

Winchester Science Festival


Three days of science with something for everyone, from talks to comedy to hands-on activities!

On Friday 28th July we have a special focus on events and activities for children and their parents during the daytime. Saturday and Sunday’s programme of talks will be suitable for older children and a general audience. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, children accompanied by a paying adult will be admitted free of charge all weekend.

In addition to the main programme of talks, there will be a range of free drop-in exhibitions and hands-on activities.

Tickets are now available to buy via the Winchester Science Festival website

Day tickets and weekend tickets are available.



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