What’s On

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

Win Guide to October

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

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Win Guide to September

September is here, the summer holidays for some have come to an end but fear not, for Winchester is offering plenty to amuse and entertain us all this month.

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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…

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Win Guide to July

It’s summer in the city.  Let’s see some of the highlights on offer this month:

It’s the Winchester Festival, 7 to 15 July.  Celebrating its twentieth year, this is one of the city’s oldest festivals. Read more

 

Win Guide to June

Summer is here at last, and Winchester will not disappoint.  Hold on to your summer hats, it’s going to be a busy June:

WheatusRemember 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.

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Win Guide to May

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

 

Win Guide to April

April is going to be a great month in Winchester.  Easter is upon us, and the city is gloriously decorated with vibrant spring flowers.  Here’s our Win Guide to some of the events to enjoy this month

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Win Guide to March

We're going on a bear huntSpring is springing! March is here and hopefully the sun will start to make an appearance to warm up the flowers that have started to bloom.

Let’s see how Winchester will be entertaining and amusing this month: Read more

Win Guide to February

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.

Seven SantasLamenting 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

 

Win Guide to January

platform-4It’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

Win Guide to December

twilight-tower-tour-2015It’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

Win Guide to November

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.

wot-no-fishThere’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

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

Win Guide to October

Winchester Cathedral Harvest FestivalAutumn 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

Culinary Cocktails in Winchester

ginchester-forte-2016-adrienne-photography-10039Following 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

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

Win Guide to September

Winchester Heritage Open Days 2016 Programme coverA Win Guide to September in Winchester

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

Hampshire Open Studios

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

Saturday 20 – Monday 29 August 2016

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Heritage Open Days

Winchester Bindery 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

Win Guide to August

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:

wickham-festival-2016The 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

Win Guide to July

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:

Stonemasons-Festival-Have you ever experienced live stone masonry?  Winchester Cathedral will be hosting a Festival taking place in the Inner Close Read more

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.

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Win Guide to June

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:

AirplaneHijack 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

Win Guide to May

hamlet-sattfPosted 4 May 2016: In May’s gone by Machiavelli was born, the Renaissance came to an end, England and Scotland formed Read more

Spiritual Matters

Lauda Pic 1 BWPosted 28 April 2016:  WinGuide editor Donald Hutera speaks to Yolande Yorke-Edgell, head of Yorke Dance Project

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Win Guide to April

Dr Who WeekendPosted 4 April 2016: Welcome to April, Wintonians.  Here’s our guide to what’s on this month…

Don’t be alarmed but the Daleks are coming. Read more

Of Books and Men

shhhWinGuide editor Donald Hutera WinGuide editor Donald Hutera interviews the makers of a brace of shows presented by Theatre Royal Winchester
 

A Glimpse Inside Creative Cow

Posted 24 March 2016: by WinGuide editor  Donald Hutera

Travels with my AuntCreative Cow is a theatre company that specialises in fresh stagings of classic  plays or literary adaptations Read more

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” Read more

Win Guide to March

Vintage ParadePosted 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.

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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 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.

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Win Guide to February

Winchester Cocktail Week
Winchester Cocktail Week

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

Win Guide to January

Cirque du GlowJanuary – the month of belt tightening and post-festive blues. Here are a few suggestions from the Win Guide to brighten the month:

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Win Guide to December

Cathedral Christmas Carols
Cathedral Christmas Carols

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:

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Wine  Utopia Winter Tasting

Wine Utopia: Winchester Winter Wine Tasting
Wine Utopia: Winchester Winter Wine Tasting 20th November 6-9pm

Posed 18th November 2015 It’s winter, it’s windy, but worry not, for Winchester’s finest Wine Utopia is offering a Winter Tasting at The Great Hall on Friday November 20th from 6pm to 9pm.

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Win Guide to November

Winchester Christmas Lights
Winchester Christmas Lights

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 Film Fest

Footsteps in the Fog
Footsteps in the Fog

Posted  13th October 2015 Attention film fans – it’s the sixth edition of The Winchester Film Festival from 15 to 25 October 2015 – Read more

Win Guide to October

Ballet Black
Ballet Black

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:

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Win Guide to September

'One for the Road' at the Chesil Theatre
‘One for the Road’ at the Chesil Theatre

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.

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Littleton and Harestock Show

Flower show
Flower show

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

Cabinet Meeting

Cabinet Meetings
Cabinet Meetings

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, NyetimberRead More

Win Guide to August

Dino Fest 2015
Dino Fest 2015

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

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 many other Read more

Just Dance – Hitting the Moment

JUST DANCE ©Joe Smith
JUST DANCE ©Joe Smith

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 Read more

Win Guide to June

Criterium Cycle Festival
Criterium Cycle Festival

Posted: 2nd June 2015 It’s Festival fever in Winchester this June, with the Winchester Writer’s Festival, the Flower Festival, the Criterium Cycle Fest and the Guitar Festival. Here’s our guide:

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