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:

Two Hundred Years of Autumn

In honour of the anniversary of his local sojourn, the University of Winchester is staging ‘Two Hundred Years of Autumn’ at Theatre Royal Winchester on the evening of 7 October, as part of Visit Winchester’s ‘Keats in Winchester’ programme of events. Read more

Heritage Open Days 2019

This year’s Heritage Open Days looks like being another triumph.  An even greater number of events – 147 – are on offer over a longer time span – 10 days!  Events take place not only in Winchester but also in Alresford, Southampton, Selborne, Chawton, Kingsworthy, Romsey, Hursley, Ropley, Swanwick and Northington. Read more

Win Guide to Hat Fair 2019

Hold on to your Hats: Winchester’s beloved Hat Fair Festival takes place this weekend, from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July 2019. Did you know that Hat Fair is the UK’s longest running festival of Outdoor Arts? Read more

Win Guide to June

Summer officially arrives in June and for Wintonians, whatever the weather, the season will be bustling with festivals and activities for all to enjoy. Here’s our Win Guide to June.

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Win Guide to April

Happiness is a place called Winchester, according to the Royal Mail UK Happiness Index. The survey carried out in early 2019 measured happiness according to eight factors: well-being, life expectancy, earnings, inequality, carbon emissions, crime, deprivation and access to health services. So with our happiness top spot confirmed, let’s find out what’s going on to keep us smiling this month… Read more

Stories of Love and Human Frailty

Local writer Ron Owen has donated copies of his new book, Stories of Love and Human Frailty, to Theatre Royal Winchester. They are available from the Box Office for a suggested donation of £5 – 10 and all proceeds go to Live Theatre Winchester Trust – the charity that runs Hat Fair and Theatre Royal Winchester. Ron hopes it will inspire readers to reflect upon what makes humans tick. Read more

Tavern Talks strike back!

Last autumn, the University of Winchester’s Faculty of Arts teamed up with Winchester’s St James Tavern to launch Tavern Talks, a new series of public conversations aimed at bringing people together to engage in lively discussions about the arts, culture and contemporary discourse. The organisers have now announced the new programme of Tavern Talks for early 2019. Read more  

Feature: Donald Hutera talks to Yolande Yorke-Edgell

Donald Hutera talks to Yolande Yorke-Edgell about her company’s anniversary production, TWENTY in a special feature for the Winchester Guide.

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Win Guide to the Theatre Royal in February

It may be a short and wintry month, but there’s lots of Theatre on offer in Winchester. Here’s our Win Guide to the Theatre Royal in February.

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