Things To Do In Winchester In The Summer

Entertainment in Winchester, Hampshire

Morris dancers in the Square

We love Summer in our city; long, lazy days spent relaxing in some of our fabulous green open spaces, and loads of festivals to keep us all entertained!

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.

For details of local events visit


Winchester Writers’ Festival (16-18 June)

A festival organised by the University of Winchester. Workshops, masterclasses and access to literary agents, editors and industry experts, supporting writers on the path to publication.

Winchestival (17 June)

The inaugural year for a family-friendly day of “beats, eats and comedy treats”, coming to one of Winchester lovely city centre parks.

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Hat Fair (30 June-2 July)

The UK’s longest running festival of outdoor arts. Performances in the past have ranged from hidden gypsy fairgrounds to theatrical hatters! Find out more here.

Hampshire Food Festival (throughout July)

Tuck into over 60 foodie events taking place throughout the county this July:

The Grange Festival (7 June-9 July)

World-class opera performances in the heart of Hampshire. Find out more here.

Winchester Festival (7 July-15 July)

Nine days of music, talks, drama and visual arts in the heart of the city, with a special focus on Jane Austen in the year that marks the 200th anniversary of her death.

Hambledon Wine Festival (6 August)

Enjoy wines from all over the world at England’s oldest commercial vineyard. Find out more here.

Cream teas at the Old Vine (3-6pm daily throughout the summer months)

Take a seat outside the Old Vine and watch the world go by while enjoying one of our lovely cream teas. Fluffy scone, jam, tea or coffee £4.50 Add a glass of bubbly at a promotional price!

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