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
Last autumn, the University of Winchester’s Faculty of Arts teamed up with Winchester’s St James Tavern to launch Tavern Talks, a new series of public conversations aimed at bringing people together to engage in lively discussions about the arts, culture and contemporary discourse. The organisers have now announced the new programme of Tavern Talks for early 2019. Read more
On Thursday evening (24 January) Professor Tim Prentki will be speaking in the latest in the University of Winchester monthly series of Tavern Talks – held upstairs at the St James Tavern at the bottom of the Romsey Road. Read more
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 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
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
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.
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
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
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.
It’s sizzling out there. Here’s our Win Guide to a chilled out hot summer in the city of Winchester:
The Winchester Guildhall is running a Summer Film Fest, with a great programme of family films.
March started with the Beast from the East and an Amber weather warning. We hope our fellow Wintonians managed to stay warm and dry in the snow. A big thank you to Trinity Winchester, local carers, emergency services, public sector staff and neighbours who cared for the vulnerable during an unexpected freeze. Read more
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
Autumn is upon us, a time for knitwear, leafy walks in vibrant reds and burnt orange or perhaps a time to head indoors and visit some of Winchester’s cosy city hosts. Here’s the Win Guide to what’s on
Cult Screens are back this summer…
Summer is here at last, and Winchester will not disappoint. Hold on to your summer hats, it’s going to be a busy June:
Remember the band Wheatus? Take a trip into some nineties nostalgia at the start of the month on 1 June with a chance to see them live at the Winchester Guildhall. Tickets are available to book online.
Welcome to May, one and all. Here’s our guide to what’s on in Winchester this month:
For photography fans, look no further than the Discovery Centre for the opportunity to view this year’s finalists for the Winchester Photographic Societies Annual Exhibition, at the City Space. Read more
Let’s see how Winchester will be entertaining and amusing this month: Read more
February is here and whilst it may be grey, spring is not so far away now. It’s a short month this one, so let’s make it count.
Lamenting the loss of Christmas? It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Well fear not, for Gallows Theatre will be treating us to Seven Santas by Jeff Goode at the Discovery Centre, 3 – 4 February at 7.30pm. Read more
It’s a new year in the UK’s number one city. Here’s our guide to starting your 2017 in the finest Wintonian style:
The Railway Inn has a weird and wonderful selection of events on offer to tempt city folk out this month. The weekly free Poetry Platform runs on the first Tuesday of every month, Winchester’s longest serving poetry open mic. Read more
It’s beginning to feel a lot like December, and you can’t fail to notice the lights in the city or the selection boxes and crackers that are lining the supermarket aisles. ‘Tis certainly the season, so let’s see what our fine city has to offer in the lead up to Christmas. Read more
The city is treating us to a display of fiery reds and golden browns so dig out your knitwear, wrap up warm and read about what Winchester has to offer this month.
There’s a chance to see some great story telling at the Theatre Royal on the 4 November in the form of Wot? No Fish! In 1926 shoemaker Ab Solomons drew a doodle on the wage-packet he gave to his wife Celie. Throughout their marriage, right up until 1982, Ab developed his art, drawing a wage-packet picture every week for Celie. One of Lyn Gardener’s top ten shows of 2014, this is a great night at the theatre. We saw it a the BAC and can thoroughly recommend! Read more
Jasmin Vardimon’s Pinocchio comes to Winchester
by Donald Hutera
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
Autumn has arrived in Winchester. Crisp mornings, chilly evenings and vibrant colour contrasts. Once more our fine city has a lot to offer this October. Here’s our Win Guide:
The tractors are twitching, the pumpkins are plump – it’s harvest time. Winchester Cathedral will be holding their annual free weekend of Harvest celebrations, 1-2 October from 10am – 5pm. Expect vintage tractors, falconry displays, farm animals Read more
Following the success of the first Kitchen Cabinet event in July, Winchester’s Forte Kitchen will be opening its doors after-hours again for two further events designed for gastronomes and cocktail enthusiasts alike. Cabinet Rooms and Forte Kitchen are working together to offer a menu of sharing plates and complementary cocktails influenced by the new seasons’ flavours. Read more
Live jazz, live poetry, great food and delicious cocktails.
So September has crept up on us. And there are new beginnings on the Winchester horizon. The Autumn equinox is almost here and a new school term of course. As nature moves from green to reds and browns, it seems like no time since summer began. But fear not, Winchester as always will provide a range of events and treats to delight and distract this September. Read more
Saturday 20 – Monday 29 August 2016
Posted 5 August 2016: Every September, an army of dedicated volunteers get together to champion local treasures through Heritage Open Days. Between 8 – 11 September, some 40,000 people across England have organised 5,000 free events to celebrate our fantastic history, architecture and culture. Read more
Posted 29 July 2016: There are plenty of curated outdoor activities for summer on offer in our fine city and its surrounding areas this month. Here’s our Win Guide to them:
The Wickham Festival 4th to 7th August boasts an impressive music line-up and has been rated as one of ‘Britain’s best boutique and family friendly festivals’, The Guardian. Acts include The SAS Band – Spike’s All-Stars, founded by Spike Edney and described as the “Ultimate All-Star Band” with world class musicians and Rock artists. Read more
Posted 5 July 2016: July is here and Winchester will not fail to deliver its share of weird and wonderful events to brighten what has been a temperamental summer thus far:
Posted 6 June 2016: We’re not going to mention the weather for fear of scaring it off, but June is most certainly here and Winchester has a lot to offer this month:
Hijack Cinema will be taking over North Walls Recreation ground with an exciting programme of outdoor screenings, including Airplane on 10 June. Cinephiles are advised to bring a blanket and some warm Read more
Posted 28 April 2016: WinGuide editor Donald Hutera speaks to Yolande Yorke-Edgell, head of Yorke Dance Project
Don’t be alarmed but the Daleks are coming. Read more
Posted 24 March 2016: by WinGuide editor Donald Hutera
Easter 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” Read more
Posted 7th March 2016: March is here signalling the welcome departure of winter and the eagerly anticipated arrival of spring. Expect festivities aplenty in the lead up to Easter in Winchester this month.
by Winchester Guide editor Donald Hutera
Interview by Winchester Guide editor Donald Hutera
Posted 3 February 2016: Peta Lily is one of my favourite performers, but also one whom I’ve known personally as both colleague and friend for thirty years.
Get ready, Winchester, for there are 29 days in February 2016 meaning we are in a leap year. Ladies, traditionally this extra day is an opportunity to propose to your significant other Read more
It’s officially time to get festive. December is here, and Winchester is already embracing its identity as the “perfect” city for Christmas. Here’s the Win Guide to what’s on offer:
Posted 1st November 2015 November, november, remember november? What a fine time for Wintonians. It may be getting chilly out there, but Winchester is certainly showing off its seasonal sensations. Here’s a taste of what’s on offer in our fine city this month: Read more
Winchester is fizzing with Autumnal fun and entertainment this month. Here’s a flavour of what’s on offer in October from the Win Guide:
Posted 12th September 2015 September is well on its way, school terms have started and so we must look to the city to provide some entertainment to end those post-summer-blues.
Posted 3rd September 2015 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. Read more
Posted 28th August 2015 An Historic Day for Winchester’s First Cabinet Meeting by Gary Whiter
At approximately 17:30 on Wednesday 9 September, Queen Elizabeth II will officially become the longest reigning monarch in British history. To mark this historic day, Winchester food and drink bloggers, Cabinet Rooms, will be hosting a very special wine tasting evening in collaboration with leading English winemaker, Nyetimber. Read More
Posted: 11th August 2015 Don’t be alarmed but the Dinosaurs are back and they have chosen to base themselves in Hampshire. It’s Dino Fest 2015, a monumental year of “roarsome” events for budding palaeontologists, eager explorers and their parents who may be looking for rain-proof indoor fun. Winchester is offering Dinosaurium at the City space, Winchester Discovery Centre for free. It’s an opportunity to see local artists create creatures from paper, card and other materials. There will be an Edwardian specimen jar with a ‘real-life’ dinosaur to examine. If you fancy going further afield, there are plenty of events happening across the county Read more
Posted: 23rd July 2015 GOlive Winchester 2015: Friday, July 24 By Donald Hutera
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 Read more
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