Things To Do In Winchester In The Spring


We love Springtime in our city; the sun comes out, daffodils and crocuses start to pop up in the Cathedral grounds and, most importantly, our festival season well and truly starts!
We’ve rounded up our favourite Winchester events, whether you’re a local or just visiting, to make sure you don’t miss a thing:

Jane Austen’s 200th Anniversary

The writer spent most of her life in Hampshire, and throughout 2017 – the 200th anniversary of her death – there’s a packed schedule of events in Winchester and across the county celebrating her life and work.

The Old Vine is the perfect base from which to explore Winchester and the surrounding area – and we’re opposite Winchester Cathedral, where Jane Austen is buried. Also close by is the house where she lived and died.

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Spring wedding fair (12 March)

Both the Marwell Hotel and Winchester Royal Hotel are hosting wedding fairs on this date. And if you are looking for the perfect wedding night venue, look no further than the Old Vine!

Winchester Beer & Cider Festival (17-18 March)

The annual jamboree for real ale enthusiasts – organised by CAMRA members – takes place in Winchester Guildhall, with many local brewers in attendance. You may well see one of the Old Vine crew in attendance – on official research business, naturally!

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Winchester Easter Bunny Hop (25 March-3 April)

A wonderful family event! Starting at the Tourist Information Office, follow the clues around the city for the chance to win goody bags and sweet treats. Find out more here.


Winchester Chamber Music Festival (28 April-1 May)

First-class performances at venues throughout the city –

Winchester Mayfest (20 May)

A folk festival for all the family. If you’re a fan of morris dancing then you will have the perfect vantage point from our bar, as the main performances take place in the Square outside the Old Vine. Later on the afternoon a lively ceilidh will take place in the Guildhall. Find out more here.


Alresford Watercress Festival (21 May)

Family-friendly street festival incorporating live music, dance, food stalls and of course lots of locally produced watercress!

The Ginchester Fete (10 June)

Winchester’s Great Hall is the fabulous venue for a quintessentially English summer fete with a heady whiff of juniper and other fine botanicals. Find out more here.

Winchester Criterium & Cyclefest (11 June)

For one day only Winchester city centre is transformed into a giant race track! The day kicks off with a family cycle ride, followed by a packed schedule of competitive road racing.


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