Festival Spotlights

Variety is the spice of life

And unsurprisingly I guess for a heritage festival we will have plenty of variety here in Winchester in September. Everything from storytelling to guided tours of historical buildings, from arty fun and cider tasting to back-stage tours.

Today I thought I’d take part in Six Word Saturday with a continuation of our festival countdown. Not sure how many of the 6WS bloggers will be able to join us in September, but I am hoping the eclectic mix of entries 33 to 41 might whet their appetite or at least draw their attention away from the fact yet again I have shared more than six words in the body of my text!

Event Description
Storytelling at Winchester City Mill Join  Pedlars  and  Petticoats on Sunday 10th at 11:30am and then again at 2:30pm for their interactive story telling for all ages beside the beautiful River Itchen in the mill’s secret garden. Listen to tales of local legends and learn about witches and dragons. If you are brave enough there may be a spooky story or two as well.
The Chesil Rectory & more On the morning of Friday 9th and the afternoon of Saturday 10th you can step inside the ancient doorway of the Chesil Rectory and discover a quirky gem of a restaurant brimming with original features. From here an hour’s guided walk will take you to some of the other highlights of the area, including St John’s church and the Chesil Theatre. To book click here
The Colour Factory Studios Come along for a colourful Sunday afternoon packed full of arty fun and other activities for all the family. Using exciting techniques and traditional printing presses learn how to paint and print patterns found in Winchester’s unique heritage. Visit the artists’ gallery, meet Mrs Heritage and enjoy homemade cakes in the vintage tea gardens.
The Great Hall Explore the history and legend of The Great Hall every day or if you prefer join our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides with 2 tours on offer and storytelling for children. Visitors will have a rare chance to see the 18th century Former Grand Jury room and discover Charles II’s vision of a King’s House in Winchester. To book on the daily tours click here
The Guildhall tour The Guildhall, an ornate Victorian building, also houses Civic silver and an interesting collection of paintings. On the Sunday tours with Winchester Tourist Guides will take a closer look at the building and its contents and offer a chance to see the site of the city’s previous guildhalls in the High Street. Unsuitable for children under 7yrs. To book click here
The Hospital of St Cross Founded in 1132 by William the Conqueror’s grandson, the Hospital today remains a Christian almshouse for elderly men. On Friday 7th spend time exploring the beautiful medieval buildings and fine gardens and take tea in the Hundred Men’s Hall. Visit an exhibition of archaeology by WARG and call in at the Porter’s Lodge before leaving to receive the Wayfarers Dole.
The Stable: Cider Tasting & Talk

Strictly for over 18s only

Cider has a long and fascinating history in the UK, which probably explains why this event is already booked out! Those who have already booked will be finding out more about cider’s heritage, how it is made and enjoy some tipple tasting along the way! There is a possibility The Stable may run a second session, to enquire click here
The Tree Line: Poetry at Pilgrims Hall On Saturday 9th there will be readings from The Tree Line: poems for Trees, Woods and People, celebrating all that trees mean to us on the 800th anniversary of the Charter for Forests. With Maura Dooley, Michael McKimm, Rachel Curzon and Stephen Boyce. To book click here
Theatre Royal: behind the scenes tour Also on Saturday you can take a guided tour of Winchester’s historic Theatre Royal and learn about the history of the building and what goes on ‘behind the scenes’. The building began as a cine-variety hall in 1915 and, after major refurbishment, it re-opened as a full-time professional theatre in 1985. To book on to the 12noon tour (only one with spaces as of 11th August) click here

The Hospital of St Cross

Please note that when this post was prepared there were still places on all but one of the pre-booked events listed in this post. We are aware though some of the talks and tours were being booked up fast, and that not all times were available. So if you haven’t already we highly recommend booking sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

3 thoughts on “Variety is the spice of life”

  1. Debs will probably link it for you. She’s good like that. 🙂 You’ve got me doing my tap routine… ‘there’s no business like show business’… with jazz hands. 🙂 🙂 And I’m seriously sick that I’m going to miss all this!

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