Things To Do In Hampshire In The Summer

We love summer in our city; the days are long and lazy, the sun is shining (hopefully) 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!

Winchester! The First 100,000,000 Years (21-22 June 2018)

The renowned Winchester-based Blue Apple Theatre company will be presenting its annual summer production at the Theatre Royal, Winchester. This year’s show features a whistle-stop exploration of the history of the city that the company calls home. Through Blue Apple’s unique style of uplifting theatre that includes drama, dance, puppetry and multimedia effects, the new show promises to throw the spotlight on well-known and more obscure historical facts, as well as sometimes playing with the truth for comedic effect. More information here.

Tricks with Bricks at Winchester Science Centre (23-24 June 2018)

Build your own LEGO bricks plane here at the Science Centre this weekend! The Centre’s Inspirers will be delivering live LEGO brick plane building shows on Saturday & Sunday at 10:30, 11:30, 13:30 and 14:30. These will cost just £1 per child with General Admission, which includes a 26-piece LEGO bricks plane to take home. There will also be free LEGO-based activities in the Invention Studio for the whole family to enjoy! Information here.

St Cross Fete (30 June 2018)

This traditional Summer Fete, which this year is celebrating its 150th anniversary, is held in the beautiful surrounds of the water meadows at St Cross. A wide range of stalls and games, as well as train rides and entertainment provided by the Winchester Morris Men, 1st Chandlers Ford Boys’ Brigade Band and Punch & Judy. Teas, home made cakes and ice cream will be available. Funds raised will go to the church at St Cross, the Winchester Hospice and Winchester Community First Volunteers. More information here.

Winchester Festival 2018 (6-14 July 2018)

Returning in 2018 for its 21st year, and one of the oldest festivals in Winchester, Winchester Festival has grown into an established week-long celebration of the arts, featuring music, talks, drama, visual arts and guided walks in venues across the city. This year’s programme includes an opening concert in Winchester Cathedral on Friday 6th July with local chamber choir, Southern Voices, alongside singers from the Choir of St Katharine’s Church, Braunschweig, Germany, performing JS Bach’s ‘Magnificat’, as well as a talk from veteran broadcaster Jeremy Paxman in conversation with ITN anchor, Alastair Stewart, about his memoir, A Life in Questions, on Sunday 8th July. For full details of events taking place, please visit the festival website.

Flamenco Live from Barcelona! (13 July 2018)

Jero Ferec returns with a brand new show full of high-energy Spanish Flamenco direct from the streets of Barcelona. Young guitarist Jero Ferec returns to the Winchester Discovery Centre with a new high-energy flamenco show featuring singer Angel Marquez and dancer Violeta Barrio- both highly popular artists on the Barcelona flamenco scene. “Forbidden Colours” (based on the music from Jero’s 2016 album “Color Prohibido”) infuses both traditional and modern elements of flamenco; rich with flavours of Barcelona’s nightlife. Information here.

Swing Time at Theatre Royal (22 July 2018)

Swing-along with songs from Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Jazz & Blues. Featuring Simone from the Ivy Benson Orchestra, Chris Smith Jnr – composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band and Herb Miller Big Band (Glenn’s brother)! Visit the website for more information.

Sherlock Holmes Summer Family Trail at Hinton Ampner (21 July-2 September 2018)

This pretty garden, with its different levels, winding paths and quirky topiary, is a great place for kids to explore. Our fun family summer trail can only be solved by detectives; do you have what it takes? The famous detective Sherlock Holmes needs help solving his case: The Hound of the Baskervilles. Can you help? See if you can identify and guess the vital clues. With activities to complete along the way, bring all the family along to take part in the trail. The trails are aimed at all the family, the smaller members of the group can have fun spotting magnifying glasses whilst older kids (and big kids too) can work together to solve the clues. Suitable for all ages with grown-up helpers! For details visit the website

Cheese and Chilli Festival (18-19 August 2018)

A fun family event in Winchester, with something for everyone! Approximately 100 trade stands selling cheese and chilli associated products as well as craft and retail goods. Entertainments include pig racing, falconry displays, Punch & Judy, balloon modelling, magic shows, a treasure hunt, free garden games, children’s rides and inflatables, live music from local bands, cooking demonstrations, and a chilli-eating competition. There is plenty to eat and drink with local food stalls and bars. More details at www.alresfordmusicalfestival.com

The Exploded Circus (7-8 September 2018)

A breath-taking mix of acrobatics, surprising aerial feats and masterful juggling at Winchester’s Theatre Royal. Six female performers have to come together to seek order in the chaos and create a new normal. With striking imagery and subtle humour, the show explores themes around change, hope and belonging.
 Mimbre is a female-led contemporary circus company. They use their unique blend of physicality and narrative to tell intimate stories about human connections. ​Find out more here.

Winchester Poetry Festival (5-7 October 2018)

The programme of the third Winchester Poetry Festival draws from the deep well of contemporary writing and performance and features poets from across the UK, Ireland, the USA, Syria, Macedonia, and the Caribbean. Whatever their debt to poets who have gone before, whatever the culture, language or style from which their work springs, these poets are connected by similar concerns of identity and place. Poets include Hollie NcNish, Ian McMillan, Vahni Capildeo, Ishion Hutchinson, Luke Kennard, Clare Pollard, J O Morgan, Pascale Petit, Karen McCarthy Woolf and many more.  More information here.

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