Festiv-al Spirit in Winchester
What’s that we hear? The sound of jingle bells seems to be right around the corner already, especially after the Halloween madness and oh-so-satisfying smell of those fireworks and bonfires. In advance of the Christmas period and to ensure you get the most out of your stay in Winchester this November, we’ve prepared a list of Winchesters upcoming local festivals and activities which we can’t let you miss out on!
- Winchester Film Festival
“Winchester’s window into the global zeitgeist!”... with reviews like this you don’t want to miss out on one of Winchesters favourite events! Watch award-winning films from around the world at various venues across the city, including the Theatre Royal, Planetarium, The Eclipse Inn and this year’s mystery venue! With it being the festivals 10th anniversary this year, some of the most remarkable short films that are going to be screened are as follows: Hostel Eden, Whoever Was Using This Bed, Mimicry, Calamity and Nicole’s Cage - get your tickets now!
- Christmas at Hinton Ampner
Discover the magic of Christmas at Hinton Ampner this year as they celebrate the Christmases of Hinton’s past! Commencing from mid/late November, take a walk around the beautiful garden at Hinton Ampner, decked out in festive finery for Christmas and delight in surprising pops of winter colour around the garden. The traditional style pop-up sweet shop is even returning to the courtyard! You’ll definitely see us there... discover traditional tales and family fables in the mansion house as they revisit some of our favourite scenes from Christmases of Hinton Ampner’s past, and explore the house like never before as different rooms revisit some of Hinton’s most loved scenes and stories as they are brought to life. Don’t forget to book soon!
- Steam Illuminations at the Watercress Line
The Watercress Line heritage railway is set to sparkle and shine with the return of the spectacular Steam Illuminations for the festive season! And this year... it will be even brighter. The unique festive light show will feature thrilling rides on a digital LED passenger steam train, illuminated inside and out with thousands of fully controllable colour-mixing lights creating flashing patterns. All the family will have fun with their LED wristbands that flash in time with the train lights, as they travel the 10-mile return journey through the Hampshire countryside - and let’s not forget the festive music all the way through the journey of course! Truly magical!
Make your wishes come true for Christmas 2021 with a spellbinding production of Aladdin! Will our hero be able to find the magic lamp and marry the girl of his dreams - Princess Jasmine? Or will Aladdin’s plans be thwarted by the villainous Abanazar, who wants the lamp - and the princess - for himself? You’ll have to find out for yourself... magic, mirth and mayhem abound in this timeless rags to riches tale, brought to you by the same team behind 2019s panto, Dick Whittington and 2020s Four Dames in Search of a Panto. With original songs, a great cast and a hilarious script, there’s no doubt this years’ family show will be pure Genie-us!
- Winchester Christmas Light Switch On
Be sure to pop the 18th November in your diaries for this years annual Christmas Light Switch On in Winchester! For one night and one night only, this magical event is truly one you wouldn’t want to miss. Returning this year, in addition to the main stage, Santa’s Sleigh and the big screen in The Broadway, the Giant Inflatable Snow Globe will be installed in The Square! The Snow Globe is part of a fundraising initiative for Spare Change for Lasting Change and 100% of donations will go directly to two local charities working together to support people experiencing homelessness in Winchester: these charities being The Winchester Beacon (formerly Winchester Churches Nightshelter) and Trinity Winchester. Bring your friends and family along this November - and don’t forget your big warm coat, hat, gloves and scarf!
So how are you going to get into the festiv-al spirit this year? Whether it’s by going and laughing your socks off watching Aladdin or whether it’s tearing up at the beauty of the annual Christmas Light Switch On, there’s something for everyone here at Winchester this Winter.
Don’t miss out, book your festive Winter getaway here with us at South Winchester Lodges today.