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:
William the Conquerer is coming to the Railway Inn, 8 April. This isn’t a lazarus moment for the Norman King, but the Americana band whose album Proud Disturber of the Peace and will be out on 4th August. There’s plenty to look forward to at Winchester’s music venue, including the longest running Open mic night, Roots every Monday at 8.30pm and a Poetry Platform, 4 April at 8.30pm. For full listings and details, visit the Railway website here.
There’s a treat at the Chesil Theatre this month in the form of the classic Victorian thriller ‘Gaslight’ by Patrick Hamilton, running 1 – 8 April. Tickets are available to book here and this is the trailer:
The Corner House have set up a Jazz night in collaboration with the Winchester Jazz Festival team. There will be live music on a Thursday evening from 7.30pm. The Richard Abrahams Duo will be playing on 13 April. For more details, visit here.
The fabulous John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield present The Empty Nesters’ Club at the Theatre Royal, 6-8 April. If your children have left home and the nest is empty, this is the group for you! There’s lots of Young Theatre Royal projects to enjoy this month too. Keep an eye out for Sasha Regan’s all male ‘The Mikado‘ by W.S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, 24 – 29 April. It’s a timely chance to have a giggle at British Institutions with the G&S brand of musical wit.
Dulwich Opera Company will be visiting St Paul’s Church on 29 April for ‘A Night at the Opera’, evening of operatic arias, duets, and trios, including music by Mozart, Bizet, and Rossini. Visit here to book tickets online and the evening starts at 7.30pm. The company brings professional artists to smaller venues in an annual season of touring work, and it sounds like a rare opportunity to experience opera in an intimate space, close to home.
So, there are some egg-celent events to look forward to this month. But we must not forget the Easter festivities. There will be several egg hunts taking place throughout the city and at nearby attractions. The National Trust will be continuing its annual Cadbury’s easter egg trail at local venues including the Winchester City Mill, 14 – 17 April. The Easter bunny hop will be taking place throughout the city, 8 – 23 April. This is an annual event where families can crack a code by exploring local participating venues to win a treat. Pick up your form from the Winchester Tourist information centre. The Westgate Museum will be running its annual egg hunt, with clues hidden among the museum displays. It’s a free hunt with a treat for egg-splorers.
Finally, don’t miss Sparsholt College’s Easter Bunny weekend, 14 – 17 April. Find Humpty Dumpty on an Easter Trail, meet the Easter Bunny and Animal Characters from Nursery Rhymes. Enjoy lots of craft activities including Easter baskets and make your own pea-green boat. There will also be plants for sale grown by the Horticulture department, refreshments, face painting and pony rides. For more details and to buy tickets, visit here.
We’ll be bringing you more tweets and tips @Win_Guide throughout the month. Enjoy the sunshine one and all.