What’s on in Winchester this Autumn: Festivals, Poetry & Coffee

Summer may be over soon, but the fun has just begun. The city of Winchester is hosting dozens of events this autumn to charm and entertain visitors. Now that the kids are back to school, here's what you can do with your free time in the UK's ancient capital.

Winchester Jazz Festival

Enjoy four days of amazing jazz performances in several venues across the city centre. A fantastic array of musical acts from the jazz world will show the rest of the UK what Winchester has to offer as a destination for the arts.

When: 20 – 23 September
Where: Venues across the city.
Go to the website for more information.

Winchester Coffee Festival

Calling all coffee lovers! Winchester Guild Hall, in collaboration with Flat White and Cabinet Rooms, is launching the region's first ever coffee festival. 30 independent coffee shops and coffee cultural experiences will come together for you to enjoy.

Sample a variety of speciality coffee. Watch live demonstrations. Learn about the local coffee scene. Grab lunch at the street food village and dance the day away to a live DJ. The Coffee Festival aims to be disposable free with 100% of recycling going to festival goers for composting.

When: 29 September
Where: Guildhall Winchester, The Broadway, SO23 9GH
Session times:11 am and 7 pm

Winchester Comedy Festival  

The Winchester Comedy Festival showcases the talent of a variety of comedians in several venues around the city. Laugh out loud to more than 10 acts on this year’s line-up. With this many jokes, you’re sure to find the funny!

When: 4 – 7 October
Where: Several venues across the city.
Times vary depending on venue and artist.
Prices vary depending on venue and artist.
Check the website for more information.

Winchester Poetry Festival

Don’t miss this three-day celebration of poetry drawing from the work of contemporary and modern poets from the UK, Ireland USA, Syria, Macedonia and the Caribbean. The first day of the festival features readings, workshops and talks. The second day will have readings by international poets from morning until late in the evening. And the third day buzzes with even more talks, walks and great readings. Winners of the Winchester Poetry Prize 2018 will be announced on Sat, 6 October.

When: 5 – 7 October
Where: Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, SO23 8SB
Tickets: Some events are free but spaces are limited. Get your tickets in person or by telephone (01962 840440) from the Theatre Royal Winchester Box office. You can also book online by clicking the links below.

Friday 5 October – events and times
Saturday 6 October – events and times
Sunday 7 October – events and times

BBC History Weekend

Discover the Anglo-Saxon and medieval history of Winchester as BBC History Weekend returns to the ancient capital of Wessex for its third year. Featuring 30 engaging talks, interactive Q&A’s and book signings from the world’s leading historians and authors, it’s an event you don’t want to miss.

When: 5 – 7 October
Where: Two fantastic venues in the centre of the city. The stunning 13th-century Great Hall, which houses a famous replica of King Arthur’s round table, and Ashburton Hall at nearby Elizabeth II Court.
See the website for times and prices.

Keats’ Walk

Follow the footsteps of English Romantic poet John Keats. This self-guided walk follows Keats’ daily stroll during his stay in Winchester in late summer and early autumn 1891. The area has changed little since. You’ll walk through the Cathedral Close and water meadows to St Cross, passing the landscape that inspired Keats to write, ‘To Autumn’. Snack and drinks are available on the way, and there are plenty of picnic spots to take in the view. Approx. 2-mile round trip.

Where: Tourist Information Centre, Winchester Guildhall, High Street, SO23 9GH

ARTIST ROOMS: Agnes Martin

Be inspired by the works of Agnes Martin (1912 – 2004), whose career spanned nearly five decades. During this time, she became one of America’s foremost abstract painters. Her style reflected her deep belief in the emotive power of art. This exhibition draws from the ARTISTS ROOMS' touring collection of over 16,000 works of contemporary and modern art.

When: Exhibition open until 7 October
Where: The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, SO23 8SB
Tickets: FREE

See www.visitwinchester.co.uk to plan your visit.

About Discover Winchester

A city steeped in history, Winchester is England's ancient capital and former seat of King Alfred the Great.

Today Winchester combines the best of city life with the freshness of the surrounding countryside. One hour from London, this is England as it used to be.

With world class attractions and architecture including a magnificent Cathedral, award-winning pubs and restaurants and a tempting array of independent shops. This culturally rich medieval city is surrounded by idyllic Hampshire villages and the fabulous rolling countryside of the South Downs National Park.

Discover Winchester
Tourist Information Centre
Winchester Guildhall
High Street
SO23 9GH