Festivals in Winchester   



Hat Fair

Winchester Hat Fair is Britain's longest running festival of street theatre and outdoor arts. 

Taking place in July every year, Winchesters ancient streets host the Fair offering three fun-filled days jam-packed with hundreds of breathtaking performances from many national and international companies.

Hat Fair, which was named after the tradition of throwing donations into performance hats, appeared in Winchester in 1974 as a busker’s festival. It has since developed a strong reputation and following, providing a weekend filled with hundreds of colourful and exciting performances.

Hat Fair doesn’t charge the audience a penny for most performances but you can show your appreciation by putting coins (or notes!) in the artists’ hats after the performance. 

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Welcome to the magic that is CarFest... A dream of cars, music, food and masses of family fun - a dream conjured up by Chris Evans and brought to reality in Cheshire and Hampshire. Last year CarFest raised £1.5 million for BBC Children in Need. With fun for all the family its a great day out.

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Boomtown Festival 

Boomtown Fair is a music, arts and family festival that takes place at Matterley Bowl, near Winchester, Hampshire, and is Located within walking distance of the hotel!

The main stage line-up will consist of ska and party bands from around the world, with the other live music stages offering cabaret, gipsy, folk, reggae, dub and country and western. Plus loads of cabaret, comedy, spoken word, a range of stages, an anarchist theatre, lots of site art and many areas to explore with plenty of catering options, all the normal facilities you'd expect at a festival and a massive emphasis on eco-friendly initiatives. All attendees are encouraged to dress up in fancy dress, the fancier the better!

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British Motocross Grand Prix 

The British Motorcross Grand Prox returns to the award-winning circuit of Matterley Basin, set in the beautiful South Downs National Park. 

On Saturday, you will see the riders take part in practice and qualification races for of all the classes. Without a doubt, you’ll see spectacular whips as the top riders enjoy showing off in front of an energetic crowd - something the English are famous for! On Sunday you will be thrilled by some incredible high octane action, with hard-fought battles taking place throughout the day - but who will emerge the victor?  

Great value for money and really give an amazing experience at a price affordable for the whole family, including evening entertainment as well as spectacular funfair rides.

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