Things To Do In Winchester In The Autumn

We love Autumn in our city; the days get shorter, the air a bit chillier and the beautiful open spaces are transformed into a riot of colour!

We’ve rounded up our favourite events in Winchester and a bit further afield – so whether you’re a local or just visiting, make sure you don’t miss a thing!

Alresford Agricultural Show (2 September)

A great day out for all the family. Events include: The Sheep Show, Pig Racing, Display of Vintage Machinery, Grand Parade of Champion Livestock, Punch & Judy, Juggling Jake, Ferret Racing, Carriage Driving, Horticultural Show, Companion Dog Show, Locally Produced Foods & Catering Stands, Poultry Show, Bees and Honey Show, 150 Trade Stands, Parade of Hounds, Beagles and Bloodhounds, Craft Tent, Heavy Horse Classes, Birds of Prey and much, much more.

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The Watercress Line Open Day (8 September)

Come and explore behind the scenes at the engineering hub at Ropley on the Watercress Line. Find out what it takes to restore and maintain steam locomotives, and get up close to these magnificent engines in our workshops.   Tours depart from outside the Viewing Gallery on Platform 2. Tours at 11.30, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 and 3.20

Winchester Oktoberfest (15 September)

The finest in Bavarian tradition returns to Winchester this year bringing premium German beer served to your table in Steins, the most authentic of German street food readily available, all whilst being entertained by the most incredible of bands, ‘Oompah Brass’.

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St Cross Hospital Michaelmas Fair (23 September)

Medieval knights will be demonstrating their skills alongside falconry displays by Falconhigh display team, plus a static display of at least 12 birds of prey. Plus 20 craft stalls to be found in and around the beautiful buildings and grounds of The Hospital of St Cross.

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Boo at the Zoo (21-29 October)

There’s something strange going on down at Marwell Zoo: dress up in your best Halloween fancy dress costume and take part in some spooky activities.

Join the scary witch for some creepy storytelling in the Haunted Hall, and get creative making your own magical wand! Meet Marwell’s resident wizard to take part in his popular broomstick flying sessions before earning your Level 2 licence. Plus, stop by the Pumpkin Patch to carve your very own special pumpkin to take home

Desire Jewellery and Craft Fair (17-18 November)

A stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing fair where visitors can purchase from an exciting range from around 70 exhibitors including both emerging British talent as well as the latest designs from more established designer makers. Find out more here.

Winchester Christmas Market (20 November to 22 December)

Recognised as one of the best in Europe with its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance. The Old Vine is perfectly located for visitors looking to make the most of their trip to Winchester – whether it’s for a well-earned rest and a bite to eat, or a stay over in one of our beautiful guest rooms. Don’t miss our stall selling the best mulled wine bar none!

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