Win Guide

Welcome to the Winchester Guide to Arts and Culture for the city of Winchester in Hampshire.

Providing local knowledge, regular features, favourites and monthly Win Guide To round-ups.

Winchester is home to a vibrant arts and entertainment scene and a multitude of varied events and festivals. Some of Winchester’s finest hotels, pubs, cafes and various dining options are also featured, along  with some of the hidden heritage treasures that can be found.

So here’s some thoughts on Winchester and its finest.  Because we want to make it even better to live in the number one city in Britain (Sunday Times, 2016).

Here’s some of the latest Win Guide features:

Win Guide to May

Welcome to May, one and all.  Here’s our guide to what’s on in Winchester this month:

For photography fans, look no further than the Discovery Centre for the opportunity to view this year’s finalists for the Winchester Photographic Societies Annual Exhibition, at the City Space.   Read more

 

Win Guide to April

April is going to be a great month in Winchester.  Easter is upon us, and the city is gloriously decorated with vibrant spring flowers.  Here’s our Win Guide to some of the events to enjoy this month

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Win Guide to March

We're going on a bear huntSpring is springing! March is here and hopefully the sun will start to make an appearance to warm up the flowers that have started to bloom.

Let’s see how Winchester will be entertaining and amusing this month: Read more

Win Guide to February

February is here and whilst it may be grey, spring is not so far away now.  It’s a short month this one, so let’s make it count.

Seven SantasLamenting the loss of Christmas?  It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  Well fear not, for Gallows Theatre will be treating us to Seven Santas by Jeff Goode at the Discovery Centre, 3 – 4 February at 7.30pm. Read more

 

Win Guide to January

platform-4It’s a new year in the UK’s number one city. Here’s our guide to starting your 2017 in the finest Wintonian style:

The Railway Inn has a weird and wonderful selection of events on offer to tempt city folk out this month.  The weekly free Poetry Platform runs on the first Tuesday of every month, Winchester’s longest serving poetry open mic. Read more

Win Guide to December

twilight-tower-tour-2015It’s beginning to feel a lot like December, and you can’t fail to notice the lights in the city or the selection boxes and crackers that are lining the supermarket aisles.  ‘Tis certainly the season, so let’s see what our fine city has to offer in the lead up to Christmas. Read more

Is Everybody Happy?

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Donald Hutera checks out The Happiness Project, a new touring work from choreographer Didy Veldman that comes to Theatre Royal, Winchester November 10

Win Guide to November

The city is treating us to a display of fiery reds and golden browns so dig out your knitwear, wrap up warm and read about what Winchester has to offer this month.

wot-no-fishThere’s a chance to see some great story telling at the Theatre Royal on the 4 November in the form of Wot? No Fish! In 1926 shoemaker Ab Solomons drew a doodle on the wage-packet he gave to his wife Celie. Throughout their marriage, right up until 1982, Ab developed his art, drawing a wage-packet picture every week for Celie.  One of Lyn Gardener’s top ten shows of 2014, this is a great night at the theatre. We saw it a the BAC and can thoroughly recommend! Read more

Being Human

Jasmin Vardimon’s Pinocchio comes to Winchester
by Donald Hutera

Pinocchio Jasmin VardimonWhat does it mean to be human?

That question is the thematic core of Jasmin Vardimon’s dance-theatre take on Pinocchio, which is about to visit Theatre Royal Winchester for three performances (Oct 13 at 7.30pm, Oct 14 at 1.30pm and 7pm) as part of a big UK tour. Read more

Win Guide to October

Winchester Cathedral Harvest FestivalAutumn has arrived in Winchester. Crisp mornings, chilly evenings and vibrant colour contrasts.  Once more our fine city has a lot to offer this October. Here’s our Win Guide:

The tractors are twitching, the pumpkins are plump – it’s harvest time.  Winchester Cathedral will be holding their annual free weekend of Harvest celebrations, 1-2 October from 10am – 5pm. Expect vintage tractors, falconry displays, farm animals Read more

Culinary Cocktails in Winchester

ginchester-forte-2016-adrienne-photography-10039Following the success of the first Kitchen Cabinet event in July, Winchester’s Forte Kitchen will be opening its doors after-hours again for two further events designed for gastronomes and cocktail enthusiasts alike. Cabinet Rooms and Forte Kitchen are working together to offer a menu of sharing plates and complementary cocktails influenced by the new seasons’ flavours. Read more

Winchester Cabinet Rooms: Beatnik Supper

Jazz FestivalDont miss: Saturday 24 September 2016 at 7pm.

Live jazz, live poetry, great food and delicious cocktails.

For one night, Cabinet Rooms will offer guests who join them at the “Beatnik Supper”. Read more

Win Guide to September

Winchester Heritage Open Days 2016 Programme coverA Win Guide to September in Winchester

So September has crept up on us.  And there are new beginnings on the Winchester horizon. The Autumn equinox is almost here and a new school term of course. As nature moves from green to reds and browns, it seems like no time since summer began.  But fear not, Winchester as always will provide a range of events and treats to delight and distract this September.  Read more

Hampshire Open Studios

Hampshire_Open_StudiosAn annual art trail which gives a unique view on the world of local artists, their studios and galleries.

Saturday 20 – Monday 29 August 2016

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Heritage Open Days

Winchester Bindery Posted 5 August 2016: Every September, an army of dedicated volunteers get together to champion local treasures through Heritage Open Days. Between 8 – 11 September, some 40,000 people across England have organised 5,000 free events to celebrate our fantastic history, architecture and culture. Read more

Win Guide to August

Posted 29 July 2016: There are plenty of curated outdoor activities for summer on offer in our fine city and its surrounding areas this month.

wickham-festival-2016The Wickham Festival 4th to 7th August boasts an impressive music line-up and has been rated as one of ‘Britain’s best boutique and family friendly festivals’, The Guardian.  Read more

Win Guide to July

Posted 5 July 2016: July is here and Winchester will not fail to deliver its share of weird and wonderful events to brighten what has been a temperamental summer thus far:

Stonemasons-Festival- Winchester Cathedral will be hosting a Festival taking place in the Inner Close, 8-10 July, where stone masons from across the UK Read more

 

Hat Fair

Hat Fair - Of Rider and running horsesPosted 1 July 2016: Hat Fair is the UK’s longest running festival of outdoor arts.

The festival takes place every year during the first Read more

 

Win Guide to June

Posted 6 June 2016:

AirplaneHijack Cinema will be taking over North Walls Recreation ground with an exciting programme of outdoor screenings, including Airplane on 10 June.  Cinephiles are advised to bring a blanket and some warm clothes as the film starts just before 10pm.   Read more

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The arts & culture guide for the city of Winchester in Hampshire.