Things To Do In Hampshire In The Autumn

We love autumn in our city; the days are getting shorter, there’s a crisp chill in the air 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!

Boo at the Zoo! (20-28 October 2018)

Spooky fun at Marwell Zoo! Marwell’s resident wizard is putting trainee flyers through their paces to earn their Level 3 broomstick license. Sessions last 20 minutes and take place each day in the ‘flying arena’ on the front lawn of Marwell hall on a first come first served basis. Information here.

Wizard Weekend on the Watercress Line (27-28 October 2018)

Dress up as a Halloween spook and take unlimited rides on the Wizard Express steam train in the Harry Potter style coaches, one of which featured in the films.

As well as riding on the line, there’s lots of scary family fun including meeting some familiar Harry Potter characters, walking over the famous Kings Cross footbridge from the Harry Potter films, getting close up to some hairy creepy crawlies, marveling at magic tricks, seeing hooting owls and large falcons and taking part in the fancy dress competition. More information here.

Winchester Film Festival 2018 (3-10 November 2018)

Feature film premieres and award-winning short films selected from over 50 countries, at venues across the city. More information here.

Winchester Bonfire (3 November 2018)

Welcome to the home of Winchester’s largest annual charity event. Every November, we light up the city as around 20,000 people join together to celebrate Bonfire night and to raise money for charities and good causes throughout the city of Winchester. Information here.

Christmas Lights Switch-On (15 November 2018)

Celebrate the start of the festive season with an evening of live entertainment and fun, culminating in the live switch-on of Winchester’s Christmas lights. More information here.

Winchester Wine Festival at the Guildhall (23-24 November 2018)

I’ll admit it… the ‘unlimited samples’ advertised on the website first caught my attention, but there will also be masterclasses, food, music and even a free wine glass included in the price of entry. Black Chalk, a Hampshire sparkling wine made from grapes sourced within a 10-mile radius of Winchester, will also be at the festival for the first time. More details here.

Winchester Ice Rink and Christmas Market (17 November-21 December 2018)

Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink is spectacularly situated in the centre of the Cathedral’s historic Inner Close and, until 22 December, it is surrounded by the Christmas Market. The clear roof guarantees a rain-free skate whatever the weather and fun skate aids make it an ideal rink for adults and children alike. For details visit the website

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