Things to do – May 2018

Countryside Day – Sparsholt College Hampshire
12th May
Filled with have-a-go activities, live music and lots of foodie treats, the beautiful 450-acre campus will be open for visitors to experience the great outdoors, fantastic attractions and indulge in a spot of retail therapy. Attractions for 2018 include: British Transport Police Dog Display, Sheep Dogs, Duck racing, Cattle show, Hampshire Fire and Rescue demo, Shire Horse logging, Help for Heroes, Sparsholt’s entry for The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Ferret racing, Face painting, Zorbing, Archery, Pony rides, Children’s entertainers and plenty more. Find that one-of-a-kind treasure in the craft marquee, follow the fun Children’s Trail and sample an array of tasty treats on a fun-filled day out. With Hampshire Fare help celebrate the region’s finest food and drink with local chef demos, all accompanied by the finest wine recommendations from Berry Brothers and Rudd.

Sparsholt Countryside Day 2018

Sparsholt College
Westley Lane, Winchester
SO21 2NF







Lee Nelson 19th May
“In this sort of form Nelson is irresistible… there aren’t many better comedians to turn to” The Telegraph
Lee Nelson Tour extended to cover legal fees for Theresa May stunt Due to huge demand, and over-priced lawyers, Lee is extending his smash-hit tour for a second time, adding a final 30 dates to his huge 150-show run. You’ve seen him sneaking into places he shouldn’t be, now come and see him where he most definitely should be: live on stage with his sensational Serious Joker tour. “Comedy legend” The Sun “Get him out!” Donald Trump “You Should Be Ashamed Of Yourself” Sepp Blatter* FIFA President *Blatter has since been sacked after a massive corruption scandal. Who’s ashamed now? Recommended Age: Parental Guidance is advised.

lee nelson

Theatre Royal Winchester
21 – 23 Jewry Street, Winchester
SO23 8SB

David Baddiel
20th May 2018
Following a sold out run at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and two critically-acclaimed West End runs, David Baddiel takes his Olivier-nominated one-man show to theatres nationwide.
My Family: The Sitcom is a show about memory, ageing, infidelity, dysfunctional relatives, moral policing on social media, golf, and gay cats. A massively disrespectful celebration of the lives of David Baddiel’s late sex-mad mother, Sarah, and dementia-ridden father, Colin. Come and be offended on David’s behalf! Recommended Age: 14+
Theatre Royal Winchester
21 – 23 Jewry Street, Winchester
SO23 8SB

david baddiel

Scott Mathews
25 May
Winchester Guildhall are excited to welcome back the wonderful Scott Matthews after his special performance in November 2016.
Scott Matthews’ ground- breaking debut album, Passing Stranger earned him serious critical acclaim with its bold mix of folk, rock, blues and Eastern-inspired song-writing, and in 2007 his first single ‘Elusive’ won the Ivor Novello Award for ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’.

From here Scott went on to perform on a number of international sell-out tours with respected artists such as Bert Jansch, Robert Plant and Alison Kraus, Foo Fighters, Rufus Wainwright and Tori Amos.

Winchester Guildhall
The Broadway, Winchester
SO23 9GH

scott mathews may 2018


Things To Do – April 2018

Bad Manners 6th April


Bad Manners were one of the many bands to take their inspiration from the Specials and the ska revival movement in England in the late ’70s

Bad Manners, composed of vocalist Buster Bloodvessel (born Douglas Trendle), Louis Cook (guitar), David Farren (bass), Martin Stewart (keyboards), Brian Tuitti (drums), Gus Herman (trumpet), Chris Kane (saxophone), and Andrew Marson (saxophone), were one of the many bands to take their inspiration from the Specials and the ska revival movement in England in the late ’70s. They quickly became the novelty favourites of the fad through their bald, enormous-bodied frontman’s silly on-stage antics, earning early exposure through 2-Tone Records package tours and an appearance in the live documentary Dance Craze.

Winchester Guildhall


Tel: 01962 840820


From the Jam 15th April


FROM THE JAM visit the Guildhall Winchester

+ Specials Guests

Early bird Tickets £21.00 in person.  Tickets bought on line will incur a booking fee. Join in for a power house of sound, and classic hits bringing you straight back into the early 80`s

“Blown away by this band- you must see them if you can!” – Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2

From The Jam is comprised of legendary former ‘The Jam’ bassist Bruce Foxton, vocalist & guitarist Russell Hastings, drummer Mike Randon, and Andy Fairclough on Hammond and piano.

Over the past 11 years From The Jam have toured relentlessly, having played almost 1000 headline shows in the UK since their inception in 2007. Throughout this time, they’ve gained a reputation for the kind of incendiary live performances that sealed the reputation of The Jam all those years ago, being described as “incredibly exciting” by the Daily Mirror and “sounding dynamic as ever” by the Daily Record.

‘The Public Gets What The Public Wants’ show is, as Russell Hastings explains, “basically the big festival set, hit after hit.”

“A sincere touch and lashings of fiery rock’n’roll”- Guitar and Bass

Tel: 01962 840500



Poppies: Wave at Fort Nelson

Fort nelson

14-18 NOW is presenting the iconic poppy structures Wave and Weeping Window at selected locations around the UK until 2018.

Royal Armouries will be hosting Poppies: Wave at Fort Nelson next spring.

Poppies: Wave is from the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper – by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces, originally at HM Tower of London 2014.

The installation at Fort Nelson will be open to the public from Friday 13 April until Sunday 24 June 2018. Admission will be free.

Poppies: Wave is a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks. This sculpture, and Weeping Window, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper were initially conceived as the key dramatic sculptural elements in the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ at the Tower of London in the summer and autumn of 2014. Over the course of their time at the Tower, the two sculptures were gradually surrounded by a vast field of ceramic poppies, each one planted by a volunteer in memory of every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War. In their original setting they captured the public imagination and were visited by over five million people.

Tel:  01329848532


Winchester Fashion Week 16th-21st April

Winchester fasion week

Now in its 8th year, Winchester Fashion Week is packed full of events and masterclasses in a glittering celebration of fashion and style, topped-off by a Grand Finale Catwalk Show and Fashion Fair.

Checkout the Facebook page for more details or email:




Things To Do – March 2018


Magic of Motown – 9th March


Following 2017’s sold-out show, Winchester Guildhall are very please to welcome back this show in 2018!

DOORS OPEN – 19:00


SHOW DUE TO FINISH – 22:40 (May run over for encores)

Now seen by over 1 million people worldwide, music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town.

Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience.

Celebrate the sound of a generation as the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and many more.

Book your tickets now and Reach Out for The Magic of Motown!


Tel: 01962 840820



Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club + Soul Ray 9th-10th March

craig charles

Craig Charles comes back to Winchester

Craig Charles is an artist who has been in the public eye since he was 12. First known for his poetry, he has developed a career as an actor, poet, but most importantly for us, within the music industry both as a DJ and band member.  Depending which generation you are, you may know Craig from Red Dwarf, Coronation Street or his BBC6 Music show – the ‘Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show’, which he continues to host every Saturday.

This Funk and Soul club night is an extension of the show and has covered the length and breadth of the country.

Support comes from The Soul Rays a straight up Funk band with a heavy influence of R’n’B and Hip Hop which creates a truly unique sound. The Soul Rays bring an energetic live show every time they take to the stage, and will be an incredible opener for this show!



Tel: 01962 84082

Barnstormers Comedy 16th March

Discovery Centre


Now in its tenth fantastic season, Barnstormers Comedy Club returns to kick-start the weekend in the usual uproarious style. The third Friday of each month welcomes a line-up of three top acts from the London comedy circuit and beyond, many of them Comedy Store regulars, and our lovely MC remains on hand to oversee the proceedings. The perfect tonic to end the working week.

Starts 8pm.

Tel: 01962 873603


The Barber of Seville 20th March

Barber of Seville

Swansea City Opera presents a revival of their hugely successful production of Rossini’s most famous opera, The Barber of Seville – razor-sharp and full of twists and turns.

From Figaro’s famous entrance aria Largo al factotum to the frenzy of the Act I finale, The Barber of Seville makes for a rollicking evening’s entertainment.

Tel: 01962 840440