Hat Fair Highlights

Hat Fair
Hat Fair

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 and 4 UK premieres. Hat Fair has been providing some of the best in street theatre for 40 years, attracting 30,000 visitors each year.

“One of the great pleasures of Street Arts festivals is that they make you slow down and put the wonder back into everyday life. Wherever you were in Winchester at this year’s Hat Fair, you could hear the distant sound of laughter – as if the whole town was smiling together.” (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian)

Hat Fair app
Hat Fair app

It’s a completely free event, so you can just turn up and follow the Hat Fair ‘app’ on your smart phone or wander from venue to venue with a festival programme. Events are happening at The Theatre Royal, Discovery Centre, Chapter House Lawn, Cathedral Outer Close, Cathedral Inner Close, Abbey Gardens, The Broadway, Oram’s Arbour, Friary Gardens, The Great Hall, in the High Street (at locations 1&2), Parchment Street and The Square. Map.

Here are some of the Festival highlights from the team:

Friday 4 July

Gobbledegook Theatre
Gobbledegook Theatre

Start early with Gobbledegook’s pre-school friendly performances at 10 & 10.30am at the Theatre Royal and Discovery Centre Small Wonders area. Garden Party features the ‘Grass Ladies’ clad in dresses made from artificial turf and offering a mix of music, nature and fun with a beautiful a cappella concert. Meanwhile, Gobbledegook’s Musikshed will have the under 5’s boogie-ing down. Small Wonders is a national initiative supported by the Arts Council and run by Bristol based Alchemy Productions creating outdoor work for the under-fives and their families.

The Museum of Everyday Life transforms Cathedral Outer Close (the cat grounds) at 12pm. Presented by French street theatre artists Les Cubiténistes, this event attempts to make the ordinary extraordinary. How? By using a live photographic studio to create an instant rolling exhibition of portraits and paintings of the public. Not to be missed for those curious about art being reimagined.

Wet Picnic - The Lift
Wet Picnic – The Lift

Meanwhile at 2, 4 & 6pm in Abbey Gardens the home-grown Winchester company Wet Picnic return with The Lift, a roving theatrical experience that envelops its audience, welcoming them into a world of captured moments. Participants can choose their own participatory adventure with the push of a button.

The festivities continue on Friday evening at 7pm with Tit for Tat at Abbey Gardens. Ryman & Lou invite us into their portable living room to share their passion for tea. Ever-prepared for a strong brew, they believe it only tastes good if you almost die making it. A silent comedy full of acrobatics, juggling and farce, this is not one to be missed. G. Bistaki will lure us in with poetic dance at the Broadway at 9.30pm. A cast of darkly-clad men transform into acrobats, culminating in a shattering finale; a perfect finish to the first day of the Festival.

Saturday 5 July

Day of Dance
Day of Dance

Saturday is when the festival truly comes into its own with events starting at 10am. The Great Hall is hosting a ‘Day of Dance’, with a mix of lively workshops and showcases taking place all day. Rebecca JS Nice featured some of the performances on offer in her recent blog, The Great Hall and The Hat Fair.  Audiences are invited to come along and learn some new steps, from salsa to hip hop. At 12pm on Parchment Street the visual artist Jane Watson invites you to leave your body print on the pavement, literally sharing your physicality. If you head on over to Friary Gardens in Culver Road at 12:30pm you’ll catch Dante or Die / Peut-Etre performing Clunk. Three talented musicians interpret magical stories using Balkan music, song, and visual imagery to create both a concert and theatre piece perfect for early-years audiences and their families.

Tiata Fahodzi - The Legend of Hamba
Tiata Fahodzi – The Legend of Hamba

After a spot of lunch, stroll over to High Street 1 to catch Amazing Mr Fish at 1pm or 4pm as he rides a 10ft unicycle whilst balancing a goldfish on his left foot; a veritable treat of circus, comedy and mime. At 1:30 pm on The Chapter House lawn Tiata Fahodzi, one of Britain’s leading African theatre companies, present The Legend of Hamba. An African Everyman play in a contemporary setting, Tiata Fahodzi uses Zimbabwe’s language of Ndebele to create a spirit of progress, vitality and forward thinking.

4:30pm at the Theatre Royal, Orkater presents Via Berlin, a Dutch musical theatre troupe with A Mouth Full of Sand, the journey of a Dutch woman seeking her lost husband in Afghanistan. The production uses a blend of classical and new music for violin, cello, percussion, sand, plastic and song.

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

At 10.30pm, Nuno Silva will be filling the atmospheric Great Hall with The Soul of Fado. With a career encompassing contemporary dance, West End musicals and opera, Silva has gone back to his Portuguese roots to re-create the steamy atmosphere of Lisbon’s Old Quarter. Nuno Silva featured in the inaugural GOlive Dance and Performance Festival, produced by Giant Olive Theatre Company and curated by our very own Donald Hutera, so he’s a hot tip from the WinGuide team.

 

Sunday 6 July

Amelia Cadwallader
Amelia Cadwallader

On Sunday the festival returns to its traditional home at Oram’s Arbour near the train station. At 1pm & 4pm Jeremy Farquar presents The Fool, the Cow and the Art of Corruption, described by the Sydney Morning Herald as “Challenging, inspirational theatre”. The People’s Pitch will showcase up-and-coming street performance acts, or ‘Hatters’, from 1pm. Amelia Cadwallader is appearing at 2pm and 5pm with her celebrated Maple Staplegun who’ll be armed with hula-hoops, office stationery and traditional circus ring techniques.

Then it’s a short walk down the hill to the Great Hall to catch the festival finale with Marc Brew & Co’s (i)land set on a six-ton pile of sand at 6pm and Nuno Silva’s The Soul of Fado at 8pm, hint-hint-hint.

Please note: the artists featured above will be performing at other times during the festival. For full festival listings visit the Hat Fair website.

Hat Fair weekend is on 4th to 6th of July this year. We’ll be tweeting across Winchester, offering you the best of the festival. Follow us and keep updated at @Win_guide

The Great Hall and the Hat Fair

The Great Hall, Winchester Castle
The Great Hall, Winchester Castle

Once the ancient capital city of Wessex, Winchester’s castle is now barely visible except for the West Gate, Great Hall and some ruins. Henry III built the Great Hall in 1222 as part of a much larger Motte and Bailey castle complex that’s hard to imagine, especially when standing on its original site which is now largely dwarfed by the county council offices and imposing law courts. King Henry renovated the existing castle, adding fireplaces, latrines, painted walls and comfortable royal chambers and thus living in the lap of medieval luxury of which the Great Hall was the epicentre.

It was the place to be. Here kings made decisions, troubadours sang, jesters joked, retinues ate, visitors were received, criminals condemned and marriages celebrated. (And no King Arthur did not sit at his round table here; hanging above your head on the West wall is a plain 13th century table painted by Henry VIII as Tudor propaganda!) Entering the hall on a hot summery day, the environment felt somewhat dark, cold and oppressive.  But, as my eyes adjusted to the light and a bunch of chattering tourists burst through the new 19th century entrance, the Hall came alive. The acoustics bouncing off the stone surfaces and the general hubbub gave what can only be a hint of the buzz that would’ve permeated it in medieval times in the 13th century.

Queen Isabella (the She-wolf of France)
Queen Isabella (the She-wolf of France)

During the 14th and 15th centuries the Hall’s function as a legal and administrative centre grew and dominated for a further 700 years – that is, until the courts were moved to the foreboding courthouse adjoining the East wall in 1974. Countless figures were condemned at these courts, and public executions saw the heads of heretics displayed before the castle gates. Spare a little thought as you wander below the West Gate towards the Great Hall for those who met a grisly death there. According to historian Martin Biddle, the earl of Kent in 1330 stood all day in front of the castle gate waiting for someone to be found to execute him for planning a rebellion against Queen Isabella (Edward II’s wife, sometimes described as the She-wolf of France) and her lover, Roger Mortimer.

Although the Hall has been dominated by courts and justice for over seven centuries, I want to draw your attention back to its everyday use in the medieval era for feasting and entertainment. Your next visit might be as part of Winchester Hat Fair, and as you laugh and applaud, remember your predecessors who may have done just that in this space hundreds of years ago.

Marc Brew & Co
Marc Brew & Co (i)land

From Friday 4th to Sunday 6th July the Great Hall becomes a centre of activity once again in a celebration of dance, theatre and street performance. Bouchée à la reine by Push Plus are a company of six clowns who’ll enact a high-class dinner party in order to comment on society’s shortcomings – a form of class mockery that’s changed little since medieval times. For Grime Ramshacklicious will construct a strange fortification directly above castle ruins hidden beneath the cobbled courtyard. They say an Englishman’s home is his castle, and this wooden structure balanced above a burger van will certainly bring the grimy realities of everyday working life to such majestic surroundings. Marc Brew Company will transform the area into a mirage as three dancers bask, play and dream of escaping their sandy (i)land,  a place stranded far from the ocean and surrounded by stone. Whether inside, beneath the Hall’s expansive arches, or in the courtyard surrounded by cool grey architecture, this strange and eerie scene is bound to unnerve and entice.

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

Nuna Silva’s Soul of Fado promises to close the Hat Fair with a sensual and fiery showstopper (as featured in Giant Olive’s inaugural GOlive Dance and Performance Festival curated by Donald Hutera and a hot hat fair tip from the WinGuide.) Combining contemporary dance with traditional Portuguese song on a stage marked by flaming gondolas, it will certainly look the part as the night closes in. Silva’s fado, a form of music expressing loss and melancholy, suggests a dramatic and powerful scene might confront the nighttime spectator. If it’s anything like last year’s grand finale, Bad Taste Company’s Faust, then Soul of Fado will enliven the senses with passion and highly physical choreography. It draws the Hat Fair to a close at the most important centre of the old capital city, The Great Hall of Winchester.

by Rebecca JS Nice

Writer, dance critic, history geek and Winchy lover. Rebecca is a mature student at The University of Winchester studying Choreography and Dance combined with History. After teaching for eight years, she now writes for various publications and blogs about dance and all things arty-farty, whilst drinking copious amounts of tea and day dreaming in Winchester’s many café windows. @rebeccajsnice

Why Wine in Winchester?

George Sallis hunts for wine, meets David Nicholson and they discuss why it’s so important to do what you love…

The Black Bottle
The Black Bottle

Father’s day in Winchester; having unsuccessfully spent all morning and the better part of the afternoon attempting to convince my 3 year old daughter of the virtues and magnitude of this momentous occasion, I eventually threw in the towel, devoured a large roast and took solace in a light bottle of Fleurie that seemed to evaporate extremely quickly. Worse still, my imaginary wine cellar was now barren, my taste buds were indicating strongly that I needed more and my rapidly expanding waistline was begging me to get out and about. I also needed to decide on the theme of my inaugural piece for the all-new Winchester Guide. My day and night revolves around an all-encompassing theatre in London, so I was not keen for it to be theatrically-based. A quick call to our newly appointed editor to ask his opinion resulted in a simple assignment: ‘Write about something you love in Winchester,’ to which I responded, ‘Excellent. I love wine.’  Surely, I mused, there must be a plentiful supply in this city even relatively late on a Sunday afternoon.

If I wanted to take the easy option and replenish the aforementioned cellar, I might be lucky enough to catch Majestic Wines, the wholesalers on Andover Road. This would require a purchase of at least 6 bottles though, which I was doubtful I could justify to myself or more importantly to the ladies of the house, even on father’s day.

Kingsgate Wines and Provisions, opposite the Wykeham was closed, I had also just missed Wine Utopia, a new merchant on St Thomas St that I was particularly interested in as my previous visit had been when they had only just opened in August last year.

The Black Bottle
The Black Bottle

As I walked along the river and up past the Bishop on the Bridge it hit me like a thunderbolt: The Black Bottle on Bridge St would definitely be open. Increasing my pace, I made a bee-line for it.

It’s a lovely, characterful old building, which dates back to the 1800’s and used to be a greengrocers and a women’s refuge. A keen member of staff asked how she could be of assistance. I informed her that it was imperative that I get a glass of wine as quickly as possible. ‘We have 32 wines that you can sample and a choice of 140 wines by the bottle’. This completely stumped me, so much choice, I didn’t know what I wanted now, ‘surprise me I said’. As the lady poured me a glass of Morgon 2011, I introduced myself as one of the contributors of the all new @Win_Guide and asked if it was possible to interview someone. She told me that the person I really should be speaking to was a chap called David Nicholson and if I was lucky I might be able to find him at The Black Boy. A quick meander around the premises glass in hand not only refreshed my taste buds but also my memory. The building is a mini-maze of rustic charm, special wine sampling machines are on-hand in each room where you can buy credits on a card and sample away small, medium or large measures to you heart’s content. This needed closer inspection and definitely more time, for now though it was time to head to The Black Boy.

A quick walk up Chesil Street, brought me to The Black Rat, the Michelin star restaurant on the corner of Wharf Hill where the Grade 2 listed Black Boy resides. I caught a glimpse of an advanced development on the opposite side of the road and made a mental note to find out more about it. I asked the bar tender in The Black Boy if David was available for a quick interview, took a seat in the eclectic surroundings of the garden and then as if by magic David appeared.

Apologising for the impromptu nature of my visit, I was met with a warm handshake. As we were exchanging pleasantries I was taken aback by his deep authoritative voice and presence, the theatre part of my brain kicked in and I wondered what kind of role I would cast for him in a play, a young Orson Wells came to mind. David and his team have been running The Black Boy since 1995. The Black Rat followed on some 10 years later, after which came The Black Bottle in 2011.

Why Wine? I asked him, ‘because I want to dispel the myth behind it, wine should be for everyone and I love it’ he responded. ‘The Black Bottle is all about the experience’ he went on to say, ‘we are not wine merchants, I want it to be a place where people can come, relax and sample an array of good quality well-priced wines, in a lovely old building. They can buy a bottle of their favourite with a 10% discount and take it home.’ Neat idea I thought and what a great ethos. ‘The three key principles behind a good wine are the maker, the region and the vintage, as well as offering a range across the spectrum’.

We briefly discussed the wine choices at The Black Rat, a restaurant favourited by a host of high profile people, some of whom I know well from the theatrical world and speak very highly of it indeed. I made another mental note to eat there soon. He informed me that if it’s a weekend, they are booking three weeks in advance. This reminded me of my other mental note, ‘do you know anything about the development at the top of the hill’ I asked, ‘that’s going to be a B&B with ten en-suite double rooms, we are going to call it The Black Hole and its opening in August.’

The Black Boy, The Black Rat, The Black Bottle and now The Black Hole, I resisted the overwhelming number of gags that immediately sprung to mind as to what would be his next venture as I was certain he had probably heard them all.

10 year old Madeira wine
Justino’s Madeira Boal 10 Years Old

Thanking David, I headed back down to The Black Bottle for one last look around. Kevin Conac the knowledgable French manager was there to greet me this time and presented me with a wonderful glass of old Madeira wine. ‘It’s currently Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir month, we change the wines every month as we like to feature something new from across the various regions and climates around the world, whether it be South African or Californian, French or Australian, all of which can be complemented with a cheese of the month (supplied by the Cheese Stall in the high street market) and a selection of cold meats. We also had our first Prosseco evening for ladies on Saturday whilst the football was on, it went down very well indeed’

We finished our conversation as I polished off the ten-year old Madeira. What a lovely father’s day I thought to myself, certainly no need to whine in Winchester and isn’t it just wonderful to do what you love.

George Sallis is Artistic Director of The Lion & Unicorn Theatre in London, Giant Olive Theatre Company and the GOlive Dance and Performance Festival. @GeorgeSallis 

A Nice Little Project

Rebecca JS Nice previews choreographer Debbie Lee-Anthony’s piece A Nice Little Project.

Debbie Lee-Anthony
Debbie Lee-Anthony

A warm welcome to The Winchester Guide! I’ll be sharing my perspectives from high up on the hill at the university and down to the depths of the cathedral crypt. En route I hope to accomplish two things: uncover historical secrets about medieval Winchester, and discover quirky performances, events and local arts practitioners who are beavering away unnoticed.

The University of Winchester is my second home. Please allow me to introduce it to you as an inviting public space, rather than as a place for rowdy students who keep the city up all night. The Uni hosts an array of seminars (on subjects ranging from medieval history to criminology) and organises international writing conferences. Professional dance companies perform in its studio theatre. The Chapel on campus in particular is an unusual venue; often used for professional theatre, it should be identified with far more than its religious functions. The Chapel was designed by local architects Colson and Son of Jewry Street. It was consecrated in 1881 by The Bishop of Winchester who, quite fittingly, used the text from St Matthew: “A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid”. It’s a motto that we at The Winchester Guide can certainly claim as ours.

Make Every Word Hurt #1 is a night of cabaret-style entertainment to be unveiled in the Chapel on June 26, 6.30-8.30pm, and theoretically ideal for anyone who fancies a glass of wine and some laugh-filled live performance. With any free small-scale event, however, it’s often a punt as to the quality of experience you’ll have. Nevertheless in A Nice Little Project the choreographer/performer Debbie Lee-Anthony promises to question and provoke audiences about a subject anyone can relate to: being nice (or not, as the case may be). She’ll use speech, autobiography, audience contributions and dance to investigate this appealing theme. The intimate setting of the Chapel might well be the perfect environment for Lee-Anthony and her audience to engage in a dialogue, no doubt helped along by a little libation and the light-hearted nature of the work itself.

Debbie animatedly discusses the future of the arts in Winchester, a topic close to her heart as she also lectures at the university. “There are graduates based in the city now,’ she enthuses, “working with Wessex Dance Academy, Integr8 Dance and other project-based performance work who need to be encouraged, nurtured and offered opportunities.” She notes the popularity of festivals such as Winchester Hat Fair, stating that “performances are here all year round but people don’t know about them or aren’t encouraged to come out for them”. This is a gap The Winchester Guide intends to fill, informing our readers of as many outstanding arts events – whether one-off or ongoing, small or large-scale – as we possibly can.

But back to Lee-Anthony. She’s on a high right now, having just won the Senate Learning and Teaching Award 2014 for knowledge exchange at The University of Winchester. In a few weeks she will be attending the Impulse Tanz 2014 in Vienna, studying with Forsythe company dancer Nicole Peisl and ex-Limon dancer Risa Steinbuerg. Lee-Anthony’s passion and drive for performance, and her uncanny ability to connect individually with audience members, makes now a prime time to catch her in performance.

Billed as a pop-up-poetry event by Creative Connections at The University of Winchester, Make Every Word Hurt #1 will be followed the next day, June 27, by a free symposium called Make Every Word Hurt #2 (location: on campus at the Stripe Lecture Theatre, 10am-3pm). Various papers will be given by writers, academics and poets, lunch and coffee will be provided. For more information please email Vanessa.Harbour@winchester.ac.uk

Writer, dance critic, history geek and Winchy lover. Rebecca is a mature student at The University of Winchester studying Choreography and Dance combined with History. After teaching for eight years, she now writes for various publications and blogs about dance and all things arty-farty, whilst drinking copious amounts of tea and day dreaming in Winchester’s many café windows. @rebeccajsnice

Winchester loves Art in June

Ieuan Rees, Creative Director of WinchesterloveArts, introduces the best this month has to offer.

One of the things I love about Winchester in June is that there are so many theatre and music events going on. Here are the ones which stand out for me. You might enjoy them, too!

Integr8 Dance Off 2014
Integr8 Dance Off 2014

The Theatre Royal is showing INTEGR8 Dance OFF 2014. Returning for a 3rd year in this showcase performance talented young dancers from the Winchester area come together for one weekend (20-22 June) that covers a dazzlingly diverse range of movement styles. A collaboration of local schools, dance companies and young people, INTEGR8 Dance OFF 2014 gives these potential future stars a platform that allows them to shine.

The Theatre Royal is also catering for opera fans this month with Donizetti’s
 L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love) 
in a modernised English version by Thomas Eccleshare (11-12 June). Winchester’s young theatre-goers will be puddle-jumping pleased as punch with the new production of Peppa Pig’s Big Splash (18 -19 June 10am, 1pm, 4pm)

Winchester Guitar Festival
Winchester Guitar Festival

The Winchester Guitar Festival is returning again this year (13-14 June). Internationally renowned guitarist Gaëlle Solal is providing one of two celebrity recitals at St Lawrence Church. Gaëlle reworks classical pieces such as the stunning Bach’s prelude. She’s also leading an afternoon master class at Winchester Discovery Centre on Saturday, 14 June – a great opportunity for experimental guitarists! The festival this year has invited students from Peter Symonds College to provide lunch-time youth recitals, with a young artist’s platform taking place at St Lawrence Church on 13 June at 1pm.

The Link Gallery at The University of Winchester is exhibiting Angela Williams: An Eye for Fashion – Norman Parkinson Photographs British Fashion Designers 1950-1964. This careful selection of silver gelatin prints presents an excellent visual history of designers who transformed the perceptions, outlook and creativity of fashion.  It is a revealing look into the innovative techniques of the era, some of which are now a gold standard in fashion photography.

Martha's Man
Martha’s Man at The Railway

Finally, Martha’s Man is playing at The Railway, Winchester, on 13 June. Having supported bands such as Passenger and Seahorses and, more recently, performing at the E4 music stage at V festival, the acoustic-pop solo artist is launching his debut album ‘Tale of the Robin’. I’ve played his EP ‘If your heart feels mine’ on loop for a week now and am thrilled that he’s performing in Winchester. Once again The Railway has re-affirmed its reputation for providing some of the best music and comedy in the city.

Our next guest blog will be brought to you by Rebecca Nice. Writer, dance critic, history geek and Winchy lover. Rebecca is a mature student at The University of Winchester studying Choreography and Dance combined with History. After teaching for eight years, she now writes for various publications and blogs about dance and all things arty-farty, whilst drinking copious amounts of tea and day dreaming in Winchester’s many café windows. @rebeccajsnice

What is it about Winchester?

A military marching band in Winchester High Street
A military marching band in Winchester High Street ©GOlive

What is it about Winchester? Over the last few weeks I’ve stumbled across outdoor Shakespeare (The Taming of the Shrew), a brass band, a man in a top hat and tails clearing up litter, face-painting, a real ale festival, a magic show in amongst myriad markets and acoustic guitarists punctuating my various journeys through the city.

I’ve been back in Winchester for two years now having been away for over a decade. The year I moved back was the Olympic year, which saw hoards of Wintonians gathering together in the cathedral grounds to picnic and cheer on our newly found sporting heroes. As autumn fell we marched together in a spectacular torchlight firework procession. Ice and rain aside, even the most hardened humbug couldn’t resist indulging in a little Yuletide fare at the now nationally- renowned Christmas market set against the romantic backdrop of Winchester Cathedral – an iconic landmark which just can’t be ignored as the centre point of this fine city.

Ancient woodland in Winchester
Ancient woodland in Winchester ©GOlive

But Winchester is more than grand or strictly seasonal events, nor can its splendours be pinned to just one admittedly stupendous edifice. We have a university, an art school, the Riverpark Leisure Centre, the Buttercross (Winchester’s 14th century commercial epicentre), theatres and museums, parks and gardens, pubs and restaurants (or two-in-one, like the Wykeham Arms, the Queen Inn or the Black Boy, among many others), hidden book-stalls, the library, the Discovery Centre – a place where one minute I can be singing ‘twinkle, twinkle little star’ with my two year-old in a room full of babies and toddlers and the next I can be admiring Grayson Perry’s ‘Walthamstow Tapestry.’ We’re surrounded by ancient woodland and lush green agriculture, feeding our famed and fortnightly farmers’ market. There’s live music, comedy nights, Anthony Gormley’s Sound II, the naked man on a horse and other sculptures, the great medieval hall on the grounds of Winchester Castle with its legendary Arthurian Round Table, King Alfred’s statue and both Jane Austen’s last home and final resting place. We’re dripping with history but can also boast of an exciting creative economy.

Like any thriving community Winchester is made up of loads of fascinatingly varied individuals united by our locality. Although there’s a lot going on in this city most of the time I’m not convinced that everybody knows about it. To redress the balance I’m gathering together a team of smart and insatiably curious people who are hoping to change all that via the brand-new Winchester Guide, or WinGuide for short. The passion of our contributors will reflect the many different voices in the city and its many colourful strands of culture and possibility.

We’ll bring you an overview of some of the best that our city has to offer with informed opinions on arts and culture, lifestyle, events, food and drink and much, much more. We aim to provide you with a lively, friendly and eclectic mix of reviews and previews, snippets and offers, must-do’s and must-sees. We also warmly welcome your contributions and invitations to be featured in the new Winchester Guide. Ideally en route you’ll discover, along with us, some of Winchester’s hidden gems and best-kept secrets.

Our first feature will be coming out next week and will be brought to you by Iuean Rees, one of our many contributors. Watch this space and follow us @Win_Guide.

Winchester Cathedral and grounds
Winchester Cathedral and grounds ©GOlive

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