Things to do – September 2017

Alresford Agricultural Show 2nd September

Arlesford Show

A Great Day Out For The Whole Family.

Events include: The Sheep Show, Pig Racing, Display of Vintage Machinery, Grand Parade of Champion Livestock, Punch & Judy, Juggling Jake, Ferret Racing, Carriage Driving, Horticultural Show, Companion Dog Show, Locally Produced Foods & Catering Stands, Poultry Show, Bees and Honey Show, 150 Trade Stands, Parade of Hounds, Beagles and Bloodhounds, Craft Tent, Heavy Horse Classes, Birds of Prey and much, much more.

Free parking / 9am – 6pm

Adults £15.00, Seniors £13.00, Children 11-16 £5.00
Children under 11 FREE when accompanied by a paying adult



Outdoor Theatre – Comedy of Errors at Hinton Ampner 9th September

Hinton Abnor

Bring a picnic and settle in for the evening to watch some classic Shakespeare as the sun sets at Hinton Ampner.

Suitable for early teens and older

Park in the normal car park and follow the route to the parkland where the performance will take place

Dress for the weather. Cancellation only in the event of hurricane when performance will be rescheduled. Tickets are non-refundable

There will be limited wheelchair access to the performance area. The theatre will be in the parkland which is uneven. Off road wheelchairs should be fine.

Unfortunately we cannot take group bookings for this event.

Starts: 7pm – 9.30pm / Adults £16, Child £8

Gates will open 1 hour before the performance to allow you time to set up and start your picnic.


Hinton Ampner, Near Alresford SO24 0LA


Winchester Oktoberfest 15th September


Clear the diary, iron the lederhosen, the Oktoberfest is back!

The finest in Bavarian tradition returns to Winchester this year bringing premium German beer served to your table in Steins, the most authentic of German street food readily available, all whilst being entertained by the most incredible of bands, ‘Oompah Brass’.

Guildhall Winchester, Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH



Open Weekend at the Theatre Royal 16th to 17th September


An Open Weekend at the theatre hosted by the Chief Exec Deryck Newland, and also 6 performances of Austen Undone from Natural Theatre to link into the 200 Jane Austen anniversary. More details later.

Theatre Royal Winchester

Jewry Street, Winchester

SO23 8SB



Hampshire Harvest Festival 30th September to 1st October

Harvest Festival

A fun-packed family event celebrating the County’s food and farming. Join us for live music, children’s have-a-go activities, vintage tractors, falconry displays, farm animals, horse-drawn wagon rides, Hampshire Fare market, local beers and ciders and, new for this year, an afternoon tea tent offering wonderful cakes, scones, tea and even a glass of fizz.

A special Evensong service celebrating harvest will take place in the Cathedral at 3.30pm on Sunday afternoon, all are welcome and full details will be available in the coming months.

This is a free event all are welcome.

Winchester Cathedral, The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS

The event runs from 10.00am until 5.00pm on both days.





Things to do – August 2017

Outdoor Cinema: Mamma Mia


Cult Screens outdoor cinema are back!

The outdoor cinema with a difference. Enjoy your favourite like never before in the grounds of this beautiful Cathedral.

Across August and September we are showing old and new cult classics. Also playing is Back to the Future, Mamma Mia, Goonies, Jaws and La La Land.

Enjoy a fun night out with on site catering and a choice of seating options.

Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink but we do have everything you need at the event.


Tel: 01962 857 20


Walk – Summer City Highlights – 1 Jul to 31 Aug

Summer walks

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.

Times and Prices:

4.30pm from the Tourist Information Centre – Monday to Saturday during July & August.

£5 adults, accompanied children free.  Tickets can only be bought on the day.


Tel: 01962 840 500


Wickham Festival 2017- 3rd Aug to 6th Aug

Wickham Festival

A fun-filled weekend for all the family

There will be an incredible line up for 2017, including many welcome returns for the likes of The Levellers, 10cc, Seth Lakeman, Eliza Carthy, Show of Hands, and Oysterband. As always there will be many debuts from a wide range of artists.  To celebrate the 10th birthday at Wickham, the festival will include artists that you might expect to see at a carnival delivering music with passion that will get you on your feet.

Wickham Festival

Blind Lane, Wickham

PO17 5HD


Winchester Comedy Night – 3rd August

Guildhall Comedy Night

Comedy night showcasing some of the top comedians on the circuit.

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.

Free Entry


Guildhall Winchester, Wintonian Bar

Broadway, Winchester

SO23 9GH

Tel: 01962 840820



Beaulieu Supercar Weekend- 5th Aug to 6th Aug

Beauleigh Super Car

See a display of prestigious supercars and hear their distinctive engine notes as they unleash their horsepower on the demonstration run.

The Supercar Weekend is a must for all supercar enthusiasts, providing an opportunity to get almost close enough to touch these impressive motors!
All vehicles taking part will be entered into the People’s Choice Award with the winner, selected by public vote, receiving a coveted Beaulieu trophy.

National Motor Museum

Beaulieu, New Forest

SO42 7ZN

tel: 01590612345


Turner and the Sun: 5th August to 15th October


This modest exhibition showcases J.M.W. Turner as the undisputed master of light, and particularly focuses on his lifelong fascination with the sun. Witnessing the technicolour vibrancy of sunset, Turner repeatedly explored the transformative effects of sunlight, and sought to replicate its life-giving energy in paint. Combining naturalistic observation with imaginative flights of fancy, his light-drenched landscapes encapsulate the elemental force of his art and remain as dazzling today as they were for a contemporary audience.

The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre

Jewry Street, Winchester

SO23 8SB

Monday – Friday: 9am-7pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-3pm

Entry is free

Tel: 01962 873600



Walk – Hidden Winchester: Hidden Railways-12th August

Hidden railways


Explore the route of Winchester’s lost railway. One of a number of tours this year that will take you inside some of the private buildings and hidden places of Winchester.

A guided walk exploring the route of Winchester’s ‘other’ railway, the old Didcot, Newbury and Southampton line which includes a rare opportunity to go inside the disused Chesil Railway tunnel.

Do wear stout shoes as there are steps and steep slopes!

1.15am or 2.15pm from the Tourist Information Centre.  The tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

£7.50 adults, £3 accompanied children under 16.

Please book in advance by contacting Winchester Tourist Information Centre (01962 840500) or buy tickets on the day if available.



Cheese & Chilli

19 Aug to 20 Aug

We are delighted to announce that the amazing Cheese and Chilli Festival is returning to Winchester for 2017, at the North Walls (Devils Island) behind the River Park Leisure Centre.

The event will again bring an amazing array of tastes, colours and experiences to town and is a ‘must go to event’. Come rain or shine, the event will be fantastic! The event in 2017 will see more cheese and chillies from around the world brought to you along with amazing arts and craft stalls selling great and authentic products.

The event has an obvious focus on cheese and chilli, but there will be something for everyone at the event and is a perfect family day out with FREE activities for children and adults to take part in as well as fun rides and games etc.

Activities include; Live Music, Motorbike, Quad and Mountain Bike Stunt Shows from the amazing Jez Avery, Falconry display, Magic Shows, Punch & Judy, Inflatables, Chilli Eating Competition, Real Ale and Real Cider Bars, Craft Tent, Sand Art, Ballon Modelling, Wine Tastings, Cooking Demonstrations, Chilli Presentations, not to mention all the amazing produce and crafts for sale at the show.

Please see the full schedule of activities on our website.
Adults: On the gate – £7, in advance – £5 / Senior: On the gate – £4, in advance – £3

Carers/Disabled: On the gate – £4, in advance – £3 / Children under 16 – FREE

Tickets can be purchased in advance on the Cheese and Chilli website:


The Whiskey Affair 26th August


The Whiskey Affair continues it’s nationwide tour by debuting in Winchester on the 26th August! Coming on the back of their hugely successful Brighton, Guildford, Reading and Southampton events, it’s a lively and fun night out for any fans of whiskey where they can discover new brands and blends. With the event split into four sections – scotch, bourbon, whiskey and whiskey cocktails – there’s something for all levels of knowledge too.For the Whiskey Affair Winchester, they’ve stepped it up another gear. Alongside live music and representatives from the brands, they’ve got tasting sessions, free samples from a number of new brands, and an array of spectacular moonshines from the guys at Shine London (warning: it packs a punch!) All these factors and more mean you’re in for a great night and even friends and partners with no interest in whiskey can sample the cocktail menu and still enjoy the night. And who knows – with a variety of whiskeys ranging from smooth bourbons to spiced whiskies, you may even be able to change their minds…

There will be two sessions: 1pm – 5pm and 7pm – 11pm.

Tickets are £8 per person



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.


Things to do – June 2017


Jane Austen Tour with Coffee and Cake 3rd June

Watercolour-and-pencil portrait of Jane Austen

Tours will be taking place on the first Saturday of the month from February to November 2017 at:

Winchester Cathedral

The Close, Winchester

SO23 9LS

Jane Austen died in Winchester in 1817, in rented rooms in College Street. She was buried in the north aisle of the Cathedral. This tour offers visitors an intimate and often amusing insight into her life and connections with the Cathedral. The tour will include a walk through the Cathedral’s historic Inner Close to the house on College Street where Jane and Cassandra stayed during their time in Winchester.
Tour lasts about one hour.

Contact: 01962 857275

Winchester Speakers Festival 2017 3rd and 4th June

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This year’s Winchester Speakers’ Festival) brings together some of the UK’s most interesting speakers including:

Kate Adie, the celebrated BBC foreign correspondent.

Nick Clegg, the former Deputy Prime Minister

Sir Malcolm Rifkind explaining his memoirs of 18 years as a Minister.

Iby Knill, the  Auschwitz survivor and female Hungarian resistance fighter, explains her memoirs and the lessons to be learned.

Contact: 0333 666 3366


Walk – Women in Winchester: Stuart Monarchs & Mistresses 3rd June 2017

One of this year’s historically themed tours which pay tribute to some of the women who have shaped the city’s history.

Summer scandals in Winchester.  We start with Charles II and his dalliances with Nell Gwyn and the Duchess of Portsmouth and finish with Anne, our last Stuart monarch.

Tel: 01962 840500


The Grange Festival 7th June -9th July 2017

A magical estate hidden away in the Hampshire countryside, famed for its Greek revival architecture and overlooking an ornamental lake, The Grange has an award-winning theatre which is intimate yet flexible and known for its excellent acoustics.

Audiences will not only have the opportunity to enjoy the rich and varied high-quality concerts and productions, but a much enriched experience, with a completely refurbished theatre and the stunning grounds restored to their eighteenth-century Arcadian glory.

For the 2017 launch season, internationally acclaimed singer Michael Chance presents the thrilling and deeply moving Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, the sublime Carmen and the great comedy Albert Herring, continuing the legacy of opera performances at The Grange. In addition will be two concert performances, A Celebration of Rodgers & Hammerstein / Rodgers & Hart, and Verdi’s Requiem.

Contact: 01962 791020


Winchester Comedy Night 8th  June

Open Mic Comedy

Comedy night showcasing some of the top comedians on the circuit.

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.

To Book

call: 01962 840820


Winchester Writers’ Festival 16th -18th June 2017

The Winchester Writers’ Festival brings emerging writers together for three days of workshops, talks, and one-to-ones with literary agents and editors.

University of Winchester

Sparkford Road, Winchester

SO22 4NR


Winchester School of Art Degree Show 16-24th June

Winchester School of Art welcomes you to our annual BA Degree Show, which showcases the work of our talented graduates on campus and at the Degree Show Shop.

Contact: 02380 596906

On Parade, Peninsula Barracks 18th June 2017

On Parade! Come and enjoy a fun day to mark Armed Forces Day

Something for the whole family with stalls, displays and live music.

It’s an opportunity to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and it gives the nation an opportunity to Show Your Support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families and from veterans to cadets.

Peninsula Barracks

Romsey Road, Winchester

SO23 8TS

Hat Fair 30th June-2nd July


Hat Fair is the UK’s longest running festival of outdoor arts, set across the historic city of Winchester.

In 2015, performances ranged from hidden gypsy fairgrounds to theatrical hatters, from pop-up surprises and swing-dancing streets to magical moments of calm amidst the hustle and bustle.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy at each year’s festival, and best of all, it’s absolutely FREE!