Entertainment in Winchester

Our guide to theatre, music, visual art, sculpture, film and more entertainment in Winchester.

Visit our Festivals page for a schedule of some of the carefully curated programmes of music, street theatre, creative writing workshops and more.

Here are some of the Win Guide’s favourite entertainment venues:

Theatre Royal WinchesterTheatre Royal Winchester
Jewry St, Winchester SO23

Everyman cinemaEveryman Cinema
Southgate St, Winchester SO23 9EG

Railway InnRailway Inn
3 St Paul’s Hill, Winchester SO22 5AE

Winchester cathedralWinchester Cathedral
9 The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS

WinchesterdiscoverycentreDiscovery Centre
Jewry St, Winchester SO23 8SB

The Minster GalleryThe Minster Gallery
Great Minster St, Winchester SO23 9HA

GuildhallThe Guildhall
The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH

Chesil TheatreChesil Theatre
Chesil St, Winchester SO23 0HU

Here are some of our features on arts events in the city:

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

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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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

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

Exploded Circus

Theatre Royal Winchester will be welcoming the formidable Mimbre and their touring production Exploded Circus, 7 – 8 September, 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Here’s a preview for the must see event.

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Thrilling is the word as Charge comes to Winchester’s Theatre Royal

Donald Hutera talks to Kevin Finnan, the artistic director of Motionhouse

Given that creative energy is never in short supply Motionhouse, it may come as no surprise that energy is the core subject of the latest touring show by this long-established, UK-based company. But the production, entitled Charge, is nevertheless bound to offer visual thrills and kinetic surprises aplenty as it uses dance, acrobatics, digital projection and a galvanising soundtrack to probe the sources that activate life in the human body. Read more

Stick Man Interview with cast member Christopher Currie

Stick Man by Scamp Theatre and Freckle Productions is coming to the Theatre Royal Winchester, Fri 13 – Sun 15 October. Here’s an interview with a member of the cast, Christopher Currie.

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Is Everybody Happy?

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

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

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

Entertainment: Hampshire Open Studios

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

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Entertainment: 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 weekend of July across the historic city of Winchester. Read more

Entertainment: Spiritual Matters

Lauda Pic 1 BWPosted 28 April 2016: WinGuide editor Donald Hutera speaks to Yolande Yorke-Edgell, head of Yorke Dance Project, and YDP associate director and fellow choreographer Stephen Pelton about the company’s ambitious new project Dancing Sacred, to be presented at Winchester Cathedral on May 3. Read more

Entertainment: Of Books and Men

shhh WinGuide editor Donald Hutera interviews the makers of a brace of shows presented by Theatre Royal Winchester
Posted 31 March 2016: Theatre Royal Winchester has programmed two stimulating shows during the first week of April, both able to be seen within days of each other. Read more

Discover Women GOlive in Winchester

by WinGuide editor Donald Hutera
Women GOLivePosted 2nd March 2016: They’re fabulous but flawed, fertile…or is it febrile? Maybe a little freaky or finicky, and sometimes fraught or fragile, too, but frankly funny and fantastic. 
And they’re all female.

Putting Dance on the Map

by Winchester Guide editor Donald Hutera

Map DancePosted 4 February 2016mapdance, the University of Chichester’s MA touring company, is celebrating its tenth birthday with a richly mixed bill of works old and new by a gratifying range of choreographers. This enticingly varied programme lands at Theatre Royal Winchester on Feb 10 at 7.30pm. Read more

Peta Lily: The transformative power of Imperfection

Interview by Winchester Guide editor Donald Hutera

Peta LilyPosted 3 February 2016Peta Lily is one of my favourite performers, but also one whom I’ve known personally as both colleague and friend for thirty years. I’ve happily presented several of her self-written solo shows Read more

Winchester Film Fest

Footsteps in the Fog
Footsteps in the Fog

Posted on 13th October 2015 Attention film fans – it’s the sixth edition of The Winchester Film Festival from 15 to 25 October 2015 – providing a chance to watch classic films in unusual venues chosen to enhance Read more

GOlive Winchester

Mara Vivas ©Fenia Kotsopoulou
Mara Vivas ©Fenia Kotsopoulou

Posted: 23rd July 2015 GOlive Winchester 2015: Friday, July 24 By Donald Hutera

For decades I was a free-lance arts journalist writing primarily about dance, theatre and live performance for The Times and Read more

Just Dance – Hitting the Moment


Posted: 12th July 2015 Winchester Guide editor and arts journalist (The Times, etc) Donald Hutera interviews the multi-talented Antonia Franceschi as she prepares for the UK premiere of Just Dance.

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Win Guide to Hat Fair

Gobbledegook 'Ear Trumpet'
Hat Fair: Gobbledegook ‘Ear Trumpet’

Posted: 29th June 2015 It’s time again for Hat Fair and the chance for everyone who happens to be in Winchester to bask in some phenomenal busking. This year the newly-appointed artistic director, Michelle Walker, has Read more

Staying Connected

FIGURE GROUND - Yorke Dance Project
FIGURE GROUND – Yorke Dance Project. ©Pari Naderi

Posted 23rd March 2015 Win Guide editor and national dance critic for The Times Donald Hutera interviews Yorke Dance Project’s Yolande Yorke-Edgell

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Ballet Black is Back

A Dream Within a Midsummer Night's Dream" by Arthur Pita Photography: Bill Cooper
A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream by Arthur Pita
Photography: Bill Cooper

Posted 24th November 2014 Our editor Donald Hutera delves into the workings of Ballet Black, returning to Winchester for the second year in a row

Ask Cassa Pancho, the artistic director of Ballet Black, what her Read more

Review: Casting Traces

Casting Traces, New Movement Collective
Casting Traces, New Movement Collective

Posted 24th October 2014 The Watching and The Watched: Casting Traces at Guildhall, Winchester. Reviewed by Rebecca JS Nice on 23rd October.

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New Movement In Winchester

Casting Traces, New Movement Collective
Casting Traces, New Movement Collective

Posted 16th October 2014 Winchester Guide editor Donald Hutera interviews stellar dancer Jonathan Goddard in advance of two dance-based productions heading to Winchester this month and next…

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GOlive at Winchester University


Posted: 27th September 2014 Tipped by Dance Europe as one of 2014’s highlights on the Dance scene, GOlive made its way to Winchester for one night at Winchester University in what will be the first of many visits…

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GOlive is coming to Winchester!

Sarah Kent
Sarah Kent

Posted: 12th September 2014 Donald Hutera introduces GOlive, making its way to Winchester on 16 September at 7pm.

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Ode To Autumn

A Streetcar Named Desire, Young Vic
A Streetcar Named Desire, Young Vic

Posted: 29th August 2014 There’s plenty going on in September to tempt city-folk out of the post-sunshine blues. Here’s a selection from the Win Guide

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The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

Jasper Doest, The Netherlands, 'Snow moment'
Jasper Doest, The Netherlands, ‘Snow moment’

Posted: 27th July 2014 Helen Paskins visits the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Winchester Discovery Centre.

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A romp on the lawn

The Three Musketeers
The Three Musketeers

Posted: 11th July 2014 Fortified by Bucks Fizz, Rebecca JS Nice braves the elements for Chesil’s Musketeers.

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 Hat Fair ’14 round-up: Emphasis on the fair

Hat Fair - Abbey Gardens
Hat Fair – Abbey Gardens

Posted: 9th July 2014 Donald Hutera talks about his Hat Fair experience.

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Hat Fair Highlights

Winchester Hat Fair
Winchester Hat Fair

Posted: 2nd July 2014 Winchester welcomes the UK’s longest running street arts festival this weekend from Fri 4 to Sun 6 July with its 45 companies, 12 commissions, 6 commissioning partnerships Read more

The Great Hall and the Hat Fair

Nuno Silva, The Soul of Fado
Nuno Silva – The Soul of Fado

Posted: 27th June 2014 Rebecca Nice previews some of the Hat Fair events at the Great Hall and tells us a bit about its history.

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A Nice Little Project

Debbie Lee-Anthony
Debbie Lee-Anthony

Posted: 14th June 2014 Rebecca JS Nice previews choreographer Debbie Lee-Anthony’s piece A Nice Little Project.

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Winchester loves Art in June

Integr8 Dance Off 2014
Integr8 Dance Off 2014

Posted: 10th June 2014 Ieuan Rees, Creative Director of WinchesterloveArts, introduces the best this month has to offer.

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