30 June – 2 July 2017
As the UK’s longest running festival of outdoor arts, Hat Fair has gained a reputation for delivering incredible entertainment across the first weekend of July. The event has something for everyone and it is completely free to attend. We are proud to be sponsoring this year's Hat Fair and we are hosting the opening party. The exciting weekend of arts and culture starts with two days of arts and culture in the city centre.
Haitfair has so many exciting individual events, choosing which events to feature in our article was not easy. However, a few of the events did particularly catch our attention.
The Actual Reality Arcade – Pilgrims School Lawn
The Actual Reality Arcade is set to delight visitors with its life size interactive game zone. It is inspired by classic arcade games so expect a game zone that suits all ages. You will need to use your mind, body and imagination as you tackle the 12 games including Marble Badness, Defender Run and the Space Invaders gallery.
Claudio Mutazzi – Cathedral Outer Close, High Street, The Square, Oram’s Arbour
Expect street theatre at its best with Claudio Muzzai. This performance uses the postures, actions and behaviours of people in the street to create a truly interactive series of stories. You will be amazed by the improvisation and gags that emerge from this fast moving and interactive theatre.
The Felicity Footloose Show – The Square, High Street, Oram’s Arbour
For those of you who want to be whisked back into the 80s, this show is certainly for you. Felicity Footloose very much lives in the 80s and she loves to dance. In her show you will be stunned by fun frolics and daredevil antics. Felicity will juggle, dance and perform daredevil acrobatics.
MiniGolf – Catherdral Outer Close, Oram’s Arbour
Calling all golfers! You can enjoy a nine hole round of mini-golf at Hat Fair. In this wacky game only the true golfing pros will keep below par and hit a hole-in-one.
7th - 15th July 2017
Tickets are now available for Winchester Festival, now in its 20th year. The annual festival features a variety of talks, performing arts and visual arts, including music composed by the likes of Mozart and Vivaldi.
There are a number of exciting and fascinating events taking place at Winchester Festival this year, including a talk from BBC foreign correspondent John Simpson. Here are some of the events we’re most looking forward to.
John Simpson in Conversation with Alistair Stewart – Guildhall, Saturday 8th July, 6pm
Well-known as BBC foreign correspondent, John Simpson gives a fascinating account of his daring, and often dangerous, career covering events from across the world.
Michael Wood, The Story of China – Guildhall, Monday 10th July, 6pm
For those interested in learning about how China came to be, historian Michael Wood explores the history of China over four thousand years. This talk will cover the major themes and events in the history of China, including the emergence of Chinese civilisation on the Yellow River.
Primavera – Cathedral Quire, Thursday 13th July, 8pm
This ensemble features a number of instruments, including violins, cellos and a clarinet expertly played by David Campbell. The group will perform a number of pieces, including one of Mozart’s best-known works.
Winchester Science Festival
28th July – 30th July 2017
Winchester Science Festival is operated by Winchester Science Foundation, which aims to promote and celebrate science among the public. It offers a weekend of scientific discovery for all ages. Visitors to The Winchester Science Festival can expect talks and demonstrations from a number of scientists covering the three branches of science: physics, chemistry and biology.
Talks and demonstrations include:
Dr Maria Salta: Mimicking Nature to Find Solutions Against Biomarine Fouling – Sunday 30th July, 12:30pm
Dr Salta will give a talk on the technological advancements aimed at combatting damage to ships’ hulls caused by marine organisms such as barnacles and seaweed.
Prof Lucie Green: Our Brilliant Sun – Saturday 29th July, 02:30pm
The “Solar Orbiter” is a sun-observing satellite currently being developed by the ESA and due to launch in 2019. Professor Green gives festival attendees an update of the mission to study the Sun.
Dr Sadie Jones: A Mysterious Supermassive Black Hole – Friday 28th July, 11:15am
Dr Jones presents her research into why one particular black hole acts in such a strange way.
Hampshire Food Festival
1st July - 31st July 2017
Hampshire Food Festival is a month-long food extravaganza, celebrating and promoting Hampshire produce. There are a number of events happening throughout the month, with plenty of opportunities to discover new foods and flavours.
The events that we are most looking forward to include:
Cherry Orchard Tours and Cherry Market – Blackmoor Estate, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July, 10am-4:30pm
This is a guided tour of Hampshire’s largest cherry orchard, where you can learn how cherries are grown and harvested. Alongside the guided tour, there is a nature trail to explore and picnics are welcome. This event is free and there is no need to book.
Riverford Farm Tour and Master Veg Cooking Class – Riverford Organic Farm, Monday 3rd, Thursday 6th, Monday 10th and Friday 14th July, 10am – 2:30pm
This event features a cookery class, where you will learn how to make the most of seasonal organic vegetables in your cooking. Following this, you will be taken on a tour of the farm. This event is just £25 including lunch, a cookbook and veg box to be delivered to your house. Booking essential.
Berry Bros. & Rudd Warehouse Shop Gin Masterclass – Berry Bros. & Rudd, Saturday 8th July, 2pm-3pm
Wine expert Ben Dunne will guide you through six different gins, including the Berry Bros. & Rudd Np.3 London Dry Gin. Adults 18+ only. This event is free, but booking is essential.
2nd August 2017, 10am-12pm and 2nd August, 1pm-3pm - Winchester Cathedral
This family event offers a mini trail before making a musical instrument of your own to take home. This event does not require booking, but children must be accompanied by an adult. The normal entrance fee applies to adults.
Winchester Comedy Night
3rd August 2017, 8pm - Winchester Guildhall
Winchester Comedy Night promises a night of hilarious comedy, from stand-up to musical comedy, by budding comedians. This is a regular event hosted every first Thursday of the month, and it is just a 5-minute walk from our restaurant, No.5 Bridge Street.
The Cheese & Chilli Festival
19th - 20th August - North Walls Recreation Ground
This event focuses on cheeses and chillies from around the world. Visitors can try and buy a variety of different products, and there are a number of other trade stands and demonstrations present, including rides, wine tasting, live music, falconry displays and magic shows. This is a fantastic family event, and children go free!
Visit No.5 Bridge Street During The Summer Events
Why not visit us at No.5 Bridge Street before, during or after any of our favourite summer events. No.5 Bridge Street is regarded as one of the Best Restaurants In Winchester and we are conveniently located in the heart of the city centre.
We serve a range of British influenced dishes and an eclectic range of drinks. View Our menu and drinks list.
At No.5 Bridge Street, we have a range of offers and events throughout the summer events. Visit our What’s On & Special Offers page for further details.