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Win Guide to April

Welcome to April, Wintonians.  Here’s our guide to what’s on this month…

Dr Who WeekendDon’t be alarmed but the Daleks are coming.  Get ready for a weekend of Dr Who-tastic fun at the Science Centre and Planetarium.  It’s going to be a total invasion, with actors scattered around the site and you may well meet a Sontaran, SIlurians, Autons, the 5th Doctor, Clockwork Droids or The Foretold Mummy. Super-fans may be interested to note that actors Jon Davey, Matthew Dale and John Levene will be taking part.   Visit the Science Centre website for more details on the Dr Who theme weekend, 9-10 April, 9.30am – 5.30pm.

For some cultural treats this month, don’t forget to read our Win Guide editor, Donald Hutera’s interview with C-12 Dance Theatre bringing Shhh! to the Theatre Royal on 5 April and Two Destination Language performing Manpower at the Discovery Centre 7 April.

Header-2016-WinchesteraDon’t forget to get researching and booking for next month’s Winchester Speakers Festival which sounds absolutely fascinating on 14 & 15 May with various talks taking place at the Discovery Centre.  Here’s a guide to the brilliant range of speakers on offer, including Dan Cruickshank, A C Grayling, Alison Weir and Robert Verkaik among others. For more information and to book tickets, visit the website here.

Winchester Fashion WeekGet ready to strike a pose for it’s the sixth edition of the Winchester Fashion week, 25 – 30 April. Expect six days of workshops, VIP fashion events and of course the finale catwalk at the Guildhall.  For more details, visit the Winchester Fashion week website.

Parentspeppa-pigs-surprise-gallery-01-133x133, grandparents, aunties and uncles – it’s a Peppa alert.  Peppa Pig will be making a live appearance at the  Theatre Royal 23 & 24 April at various times.  Peppa Pig Surprise is recommended for children up to 7 years.  Time Out hails it as “enjoyably inventive”.  For more details, visit the Theatre Royal website here.

Plenty to enjoy then as Spring finally gets into full swing.

Win Guide to Easter

king_alfred_perfectEaster greetings, “practically perfect” Wintonians.  Our secret is out, Winchester has been recognised by the Sunday Times as the number one place to live in Britain.  We are an “historic, cultured, foodie city”, with a strong sense of community, great restaurants and schools. With this extra spring in our step, here’s our Winchester guide to what’s on this Easter.

Chococo Chococo milk chocolate C181 robot eggLooking to buy THE egg?  Chococo’s C181 Chocholate Robot Egg has been featured in the BBC Good Food 2016 great taste test. Alternatively, the Milk chocolate Heavenly Honeycombe Easter Egg has been featured in Hello Magazine’s ‘Ultimate Easter Egg & chocolates gift guide’. And just to make the dilemma a little more perplexing, the Studded milk chocolate Butterfly Egg has been featured in Great British Chefs – ‘The best chocolate Easter eggs for 2016‘ and the Woman & Home’s Easter Collection 2016. 

Easter BrioThe Easter bunny hop returns over the Easter weekend.  Pick up a trail sheet from the Tourist Information Centre or from Chococo and search the city for egg-shaped clues in order to crack the bunny hop clue. Participating locations include Chococo, The Entertainer, Childhood’s Dream, Winchester Discovery Centre, The Old Fashioned Sweetie Shop and Creative Crafts.  Aside from the trail there will be Montezuma’s goody bags (while stocks last) and a Brio Play Event in The Brooks shopping centre offering children the chance to play with wooden railways 31st March – 2nd April. Watch out too for some singing Eggs on Legs and Egg Decoration on Saturday 26th March 10am – 4pm. Finish the trail at Chococo to claim an Easter treat whilst entering a draw for the chance to win a celebrated Chocolate Dinosaur egg.

National Trust Cadbury's Egg HuntWinchester’s Museums also have some Easter activities planned for some egg-ducational bunny and chick related activities.  The Westgate Museum will be holding an Easter spotter quiz throughout the easter holidays.  There will be some bunnies hiding throughout the museum and children can win a small tasty prize if they spot them all.  The museum is open 10am – 5pm, Monday to Saturday and 12pm – 5pm on Sundays. The Gurkha Museum will be offering an Easter chick hunt with a treat for explorers and normal admission fees apply. Winchester City Mill will be offering a Cadbury’s Easter egg hunt with clues hidden around the 17th-century working corn mill, part of a UK National Trust Cadbury’s egg hunt.

Marwell egg huntFor egg-splorers willing to travel that little bit further, Hinton Ampner will be inviting young Indiana Jones’s to hunt for giant eggs in the grounds with a Cadbury’s Egg head as their egg-grail.  There will be free face painting on offer over the easter weekend too. Marwell Zoo is advertising its Wild Egg Hunt for a chance to meet the Easter Bunny in his burrow and enjoy a free chocolate egg. Again, normal admission fees apply.

Cathedral Easter Buscuits
Cathedral Easter Buscuits

For a guide to Easter holy week at Winchester Cathedral, please visit here. Aside from the services on offer, the Cathedral have also hidden ten giant eggs for ‘eggspert’ egg hunters to find, with a chocolate prize to collect from the gift shop at the end.  The trail is available during normal visitor opening hours, Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 5pm and on Sunday 12.30pm – 3pm. Cathedral entry fees apply. Free for annual pass holders (£7.50 adult annual pass, free entry for children under 16 visiting with family). The Cathedral refectory will be offering a ‘drop-in’ easter biscuit decorating session, Sat 26, Sun 27, Mon 28 and Sat 2 and Sun 3 Apr. There is no need to book in advance with a suggested donation of £1 offering exploring adults the chance to sit down with a cup of something whilst the sugar-seekers get creative.

Henry-VFor some theatrical tonic to relieve the easter overload, and while you are visiting the Cathedral, don’t forget to book your tickets to see Antic Disposition’s Henry V by William Shakespeare on 18 April at 7.30pm.  The play marks both the centenary of the First World War and the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

Travels with my AuntFor another evening of entertainment, book tickets to see Creative Cow’s Travels with my Aunt by Graham Greene, adapted by Giles Haverga at the Theatre Royal.  The production, directed by Amanda Knott, takes us on a journey with Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager with a penchant for dahlias, in a madcap dash around the world. Our Win Guide editor will be bringing you some more details soon on the production, running 28 March – 2nd April.

Enjoy the bountiful easter experiences our number one city has to offer, city folk, and stock up on toothpaste.