Festival Spotlights

Heritage for every age

The beginning of the school year can be exciting for many families, whilst for others it is incredibly busy and for some perhaps a little bit daunting.  So we are rather pleased that we have so many family events for you this year – a chance to celebrate the beginning of a new school year or if you prefer to commemorate the end of another great summer! All of the events are FREE and most of our family events are suitable for children of all ages and you can simply turn up on the day. There are a few though where we recommend you book in advance.

You will see from the full programme that children can explore most of the venues and events this year, but we think families will particularly enjoy these. Please note that all venues and events, including the ones particularly suitable for children and their families, require children to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Event & Venue Suitable for families because you can. . . Opening Days Pre-book?
Friends Meeting House Enjoy labyrinth and croquet on the lawn of Friends Meeting House. Suitable for children over 2 years & their families. Saturday & Sunday No
HCT: Brass rubbing at The Westgate Museum Have a go at making your own brass rubbing to take away as a souvenir of your visit. You will be given an information sheet which will tell you all about the brass you have rubbed, and translate any inscription. Sunday only No
HCT: Musicians at the Westgate Museum Be serenaded with shawms and sackbuts, crumhorns and sordunes and find yourself magically transported back to the reign of Good Queen Bess. Saturday only No
Hyde 900: Medieval tile display & hourly workshops on the Chapter House Lawn in Winchester Cathedral Close Have a go at making tiles in the medieval manner– but be prepared to get your hands dirty! For a fee your tile can also be glazed and fired. Daily Yes
St Cross Meadows next to the Hospital of St Cross Join the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust for a fun afternoon of outdoor activities exploring wildlife in the meadows and streams next to The Hospital of St Cross. Discover how conservation grazing helps wildflowers, insects and wetland birds; identify wetland plants and have a go at river dipping. Particularly suitable for children & families. Friday only No
Storytelling at Winchester City Mill 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. Particularly suitable for children & families. Sunday only No
The Colour Factory Studios adjacent to River Park Leisure Centre Come along for a colourful 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. Sunday only No
The Great Hall at the top of the High Street just beyond The Westgate Museum Explore the history and legend of The Great Hall,and enjoy storytelling for children. Daily Yes
Winchester City Mill – Flour Milling Weekend Enjoy hands-on activities, displays and milling and baking demonstrations make the City Mill a lively and informative place for all the family to enjoy. Saturday & Sunday No
Winchester Lido on Worthy Lane Discover more about its history, its role during the war, which 1960s pop bands played here and what it offers today as an indoor sports facility. You can even have a go at badminton and martial arts! Saturday only No
A ClueCapers Pop-up Escape Room: Restoration Conspiracy at The Royal Oak public house in Winchester You will have just 15 minutes to work together to discover clues and solve puzzles. Suitable for children aged over 7 years as part of a family group Friday & Saturday Yes
Further Afield      
Bullington Craft Fete at St Michael & All Angels Church in Bullington Enjoy a bouncy castle, music, teas, cakes, and other stalls.   The perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon Sunday only No
Matterley Bowl near Alresford (just off A31) Discover the recent history of the Matterley Bowl and join a guided tour of this stunning natural amphitheatre within the SDNP. Learn about traditional land management and go in search of late flying butterflies. This event is not suitable for small children. Thursday only No
Romsey Signal Box Pull levers and be involved in operating the signal box. Attractive site with outdoor section of railway track, signals, and other railway items. Indoor Visitor Centre with photo display and miniature signal box in constant demonstration. Sunday only No
The Brickworks Museum, Bursledon Come and be amazed at the authentic sights, sounds and smells of the last steam-driven Victorian brickworks in the UK. Make your own brick, get close to the massive brick making machines and see how the men used to run 15 miles a day in the big drying sheds.  Thursday & Sunday No
The Granary Creative Arts Centre near Bramdean Meet local artisans and try your hand at some traditional crafts including stone carving, weaving and wood block printing. Saturday & Sunday No

PS Don’t worry if you are not in Winchester over the festival weekend as your family can still join in all the fun with our online competition to win one of the very first Winchester Edition Monopoly games.

2 thoughts on “Heritage for every age”

    1. I can’t recall the last time I did a brass rubbing and so thought I’d go along 🙂 I will send it to you!! Tile smashing?!! What have you been reading . . .yes you do need to make them first!!

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