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 December

That’s right Wintonians, the countdown to Christmas in Winchester is upon us. Let’s face it, our city is pretty good at embracing this season. Here’s our Win Guide to December…

Firstly, have you booked your ticket to panto at the Theatre Royal Winchester? This year’s festive treat is Beauty and the Beast. Oh yes it is. Audiences have been saying great things in response to the opening previews on Twitter and it’s going to be a corker. Read more

Heritage Focus: The Theatre Royal at 40

An Undergraduate explores the historic impact of a community.

We met Sam Jenkins at the celebration of 40 years since the Theatre Royal was saved. Threatened with demolition in the 1970s an action group was formed comprising of six dedicated Winchester residents who wanted to save the building for use as a permanent theatre which Winchester lacked at that time. Sam has been researching the theatre as part of his studies at the University of Winchester and has kindly agreed to share his experiences and findings with us.

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The Digital Divide

The University of Winchester presents an inaugural lecture by Marcus Leaning, Professor of Digital Media Education on Thursday 29 November at 6pm (6.30pm start).

The public event is free to attend and all are welcome. Plus there will be wine, soft drinks and nibbles. Read more

Win Guide to November

Remember, remember, it’s time for a Win Guide to November. From fireworks to film festivals to theatre, here’s our guide to some sizzling events in the city this month.

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Win Guide to Half Term

It’s half term in Winchester and time for some entertainment ideas. Here’s a Win Guide to what this week has on offer for families:

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Tavern Talks

The University of Winchester’s Faculty of Arts has teamed up with St James Tavern at the bottom of Winchester’s Romsey Road to launch Tavern Talks, a new series of public conversations aimed at bringing people together to engage in lively discussions about the creative arts and contemporary discourse in the contexts of cultural history and modern politics and society. Professor Alec Charles, the University of Winchester’s Dean of Arts, tells the Winchester Guide what’s in store for the first programme of Tavern Talks, starting Thursday 25th October 2018. Read more

Welsh National Opera hosts bespoke workshop course in Winchester

This autumn Theatre Royal Winchester is partnering with Welsh National Opera, Mayflower Theatre and University of Winchester to offer young people the opportunity to take part in a two-day musical workshop course.

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Fagin’s Twist

Following the critically-acclaimed 2016 premiere of Fagin’s Twist and last year’s highly successful tour, Avant Garde Dance and The Place collaborate once again to present the 2018 UK autumn tour. The story unravels and explodes into a captivating performance and ambitious dance show, based on Charles Dickens’ much-loved classic. Fagin’s Twist is the untold story of a notorious and complex villain with a mischievous twist.  Read more

New Dance Goes Viral

By our editor in chief, Donald Hutera
Exclusive to The Winchester Guide

This autumn Shobana Jeyasingh Dance brings its latest work ‘Contagion’ to six science, art and war-related sites across the country. The tour opens September 15 and 16 at the Gymnasium Gallery in Berwick-upon-Tweed, a former army barracks where soldiers were sent to keep fit during the First World War. The good news for residents of Winchester and environs is that the second stop of the tour is September 22 and 23 at the Great Hall in Winchester – a truly stirring location. Read more

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