Things To Do In Hampshire In The Spring

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We love spring in our city; the days are longer, the air a bit warmer and the beautiful open spaces are transformed as plants slowly but surely emerge from their winter hibernation.

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!

Great Easter Egg Hunt at Marwell Zoo (30 March-15 April 2018)

Hop on down to Marwell Zoo for this annual family favourite. Will you be lucky enough to find the giant golden egg? If you can crack the puzzle you will be in with a chance of winning a ticket to a spectacular Sunset Safari at Marwell later in the summer. More information here.

From the Jam at the Winchester Guildhall (15 April 2018)

Vintage rock and roll comes to Winchester. This tribute band features former Jam bassist Bruce Foxton.  Tickets available here.

The Sixteen at Winchester Cathedral (20 April)

An exploration of the sacred and secular works of 16th century composers William Cornysh (both father and son) and 20th century master of the voice, Benjamin Britten. More information here.

Winchester Chamber Music Festival (4-7 May)

Winchester Chamber Music Festival returns with artists playing including the Navarra Quartet and Fournier Trio.

Following a successful event at the Theatre Royal , this year’s festival returns to the venue for a special performance featuring the music of Haydn, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Mozart

Taking place at a number of venues across Winchester, the Winchester Chamber Music Festival features a range of events including live performances, talks, and a special family friendly matinee concert, allowing everyone to enjoy the festival.

For full details of events taking place, please visit the festival website.

Jane Austen Tour and Tea at Winchester Cathedral (5 May)

This tour offers visitors an intimate and often amusing insight into Jane Austen’s life and connections with the Cathedral. The tour will include a walk through the Cathedral’s historic Inner Close to the house on College Street where Jane and Cassandra stayed during their time in Winchester. Information here.

Countryside Day at Sparsholt College (12 May)

Filled with have-a-go activities, live music and lots of foodie treats, the beautiful 450-acre campus will be open for visitors to experience the great outdoors, fantastic attractions and indulge in a spot of retail therapy. Attractions for 2018 include: British Transport Police Dog Display, Sheep Dogs, Duck racing, Cattle show, Hampshire Fire and Rescue demo, Shire Horse logging, Help for Heroes, Sparsholt’s entry for The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Ferret racing, Face painting, Zorbing, Archery, Pony rides, Children’s entertainers and plenty more. Find that one-of-a-kind treasure in the craft marquee, follow the fun Children’s Trail and sample an array of tasty treats on a fun-filled day out. With Hampshire Fare help celebrate the region’s finest food and drink with local chef demos, all accompanied by the finest wine recommendations from Berry Brothers and Rudd. Visit the website for more information.

Animalphabet the Musical at Winchester Theatre Royal (27 May)

A fun family musical adventure unlike any other!

High-energy actors, colourful puppets, amazing characters and fantastic songs combine to create AnimAlphabet The Musical.

Funny, joyful, fast-paced and bursting with a soundtrack of witty songs by Al and Sam of the platinum selling pop band The Hoosiers.

AnimAlphabet The Musical will delight, excite and entertain children and their grown-ups.

For details visit the website

Alresford Music Festival (9 June)

TAlresford Music Festival is perhaps one of the most chilled, family friendly festivals of the summer. Now in its 9th year, and welcoming over 3,500 festival visitors to an astonishing, music and fun filled ‘party in the park’ it’s an established much loved festival which is a little know secret gem. With five stages of live music there’s always something to see and dance to, from bands so new and hot they are hard to touch – right through to established names so cool and chilled they’re perfect on a hot summer’s night. There’s a festival village too plus a huge dedicated family arena with loads of free activities to do, try, squash and jump on! This a festival which is loved by everyone and is perhaps Hampshire’s best kept secret yet. Free shuttle busses run between the festival and Alton and Winchester train stations. Camping & motor homes sites, and more food and drink than you will ever need!

More details at www.alresfordmusicalfestival.com

Winchestival (16 June)

Winchestival returns for 2018 – bigger and better after 2017’s debut year. The very best in music, comedy & street food as well as entertainment for festival goers of all ages. Music from Fickle Friends, The Big Moon, Laurel, Wildwood Kin & many more. Comedy from Seann Walsh, Matt Forde, Paul McCaffrey & more. Soul Intention Disco Tent, Raver Tots, Great range of drinks, including Wine Festival Winchester “Follow Your Taste” wine bar and loads more.

Find out more here.

Northanger Abbey: Jane Austen at Winchester Guildhall (16 June)

How can he say one thing and mean another? Catherine leaves home for the first time to find a world much messier than she read about. Cyphers present Jane Austen’s timeless tale of growing up and getting it wrong. Told with their accessible style of humour, multi-roling and fast-paced action. The production retains a lot of Austen’s original narration, which may be difficult for children younger than 12. More information here.

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