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Win Guide to August

It’s definitely summer in Winchester, despite what the weather might have us believe.  Let’s see what’s on offer this month:

Cult Screens are back this summer with some “luxurious” outdoor cinema treats in Cathedral Close. Tickets are priced according to the type of al fresco seating you would like.  There are food and drink options as well, including craft beers from independent breweries, superb wines, cocktails, fresh popcorn and fantastic food at most venues. You can also bring your own food.  For more details, visit the website here.

3 August – Back to the Future, 7pm for 8.45pm start
4 August – Rogue One, 7pm for 8.45pm start
5 August – Mama Mia, 7pm for 8.45pm start.

If you venture out of the city, the Wickham Festival celebrates its 10th birthday this year, 3-6 August, with a fabulous line-up including  KT Tunstall, 10CC, The Levellers, Seth Lakeman and many more. Rated one of Britain’s best boutique and family friendly festivals by the Guardian, it’s well worth a visit.   Camping tickets have sold out now, but there are still day and weekend tickets available.  To find out more, visit the festival website here. Elsewhere, the Boomtown Fair is back at the Matterley Bowl, 10 – 13 August.  Chapter 9 acts include M.I.A, Cypress Hill, AJ Tracey, Alix Perez and more.

We’re rather intrigued by the Cheese and Chilli Festival taking place at the North Walls Recreation Ground, behind the Leisure centre, 19-20 August. Activities include; Live Music, Motorbike, Quad and Mountain Bike Stunt Shows from the amazing Jez Avery, Falconry display, Magic Shows, Punch & Judy, Inflatables, a Chilli Eating Competition, Real Ale and Real Cider Bars, Craft Tent, Sand Art, Ballon Modelling, Wine Tastings, Cooking Demonstrations, Chilli Presentations, not to mention all the amazing produce and crafts for sale at the show. For a full schedule of activities, visit the website. Children 16 and under get free entry and tickets are cheaper if you purchase them in advance.

Aside from running its theatre workships for young people this summer, the Theatre Royal will be presenting local youth theatre company RicNic’s West Side Story, 23-26 August.  Watch the Jets and the Sharks battle it out in Bernstein’s much-loved musical. For more information or to book tickets, visit the website here.

There are a couple of drinks events of note this month.  The Hambledon Vineyard is hosting its wine festival 6 August, 11am -4pm. Tickets are £10 and available to book here. The Whiskey Affair is taking place at the Guildhall on 26 August, with two sessions running 1-5pm and 7-11pm.   There will be Scotch, Bourbon, Worldwide Whiskey and Cocktails to try out with some live entertainment, a photo-booth and food available to buy.  For more details visit the website.

We’ll be bringing you a preview feature on the September Heritage Open Days later in the month.  And don’t forget the Littleton and Harestock Show taking place Saturday 2 September at the Littleton Recreation ground, with gates opening at 11am. It’s a must if you are looking for a traditional village fete, a part of the village life since 1921!

Meanwhile, keep an eye on twitter @Win_Guide for more tips on what’s on in August. Have a wonderful summer, whatever the weather…

Littleton and Harestock Show

Littleton and Harestock Show
Littleton & Harestock Show

The summer holidays may be over, and yes, we had a lot of rain, but fear not – the best village show in Hampshire is upon us this Saturday 5th September.  It’s time to step back into the rural community spirit with the Littleton and Harestock show!

Climbing Wall
Climbing Wall

Gates open at 1pm and there are plenty of activities on offer for the whole family including a climbing wall, giant slide and roundabout, a chainsaw sculptor, a junior football tournament, ferret racing, an army target range and an archery demo / shoot. For the less energetic, there will be plenty of entertainment on offer along with bric-a-brac and plant stalls and an art exhibition.

Here’s a guide to the entertainment programme:

1:00 – 1:45pm: Barton Stacey Trad Jazz Band

1:45 – 2:15pm: Harestock Community Choir

2:15 – 3:00pm: Barton Stacey Trad Jazz Band

3:00 – 3:45pm: ATR Military Band Display

3:15 – 4:00pm: Barton Stacey Trad Jazz Band

4:00 – 4:45pm: Dog Gymkhana

4:00 – 4:30pm: Junior Football Final

5:00 – 5:15pm Raffle Prize Draw

Flower show
Flower show

If you’re competing in the Flower show, don’t forget to bring your exhibits between 8am – 9.30am in the morning.  Viewing is open from 2pm.  The heart and soul of the show has always been the competitions for gardners, artists and cooks. This year’s competitions include classes for Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers, Pot Plants, Floral Art, Photography, Art. Handwork, Cookery and Preserves. For children and young people, there are classes for all of these and also handwriting and fashion design. There is also the Women’s Institute competition in which the ladies compete to produce the best display on a given theme.

Meanwhile, if you fancy staying in the evening, from 7pm there will be a race night with the 1st Winchester Scout Group. Tickets will be £5 and will include a cold buffet supper. Race goers should bring their own drinks.

King Alfred buses will be running a local service for free, although donations are welcomed.  Alternatively, car parking is free. Cyclists welcome too, but remember to lock up your bike and take it easy on the way home after partaking in the Running Horse bar, Blackers BBQ, Tennis Club Teas, ice creams and cakes.

Jams and Jerusalem, here we come! For a full guide, visit the show website here.