All news items in 'Winchester'


Council backs Winchester Walking Strategy

A plan to encourage more walking in Winchester has won the support of the City Council. The Winchester Walking Strategy has been produced by a cross-party group of councillors and representatives of local organisations interested in residents’ quality of life, the environment, economic vitality and the attractiveness of the city. The City Council agreed to […]



Tourism in Winchester hits record high and defies national trends

Winchester City Council and Tourism South East, founding members of the local Destination Management Partnership, have released the latest figures relating to tourism performance in Winchester and the results show that the value of tourism has risen by 42% in five years, adding £100m to the local economy. Over the last five years Winchester’s performance […]



New cultural network for creative Winchester

Winchester City Council is inviting local artists and creative businesses to the inaugural meeting of a new Cultural Network for the District hosted by Mayor of Winchester Cllr Eileen Berry. The meeting takes place on Monday 15 September at 6:30pm at Abbey House. The creation of a local network was a key recommendation in the […]



Wickham Square prepares to give you a taste

A group of eager volunteers is gearing up for the first ever Taste of Wickham festival to be held in Wickham’s famous medieval square on Sunday 14 September from 10am-4pm. Local produce, barbecues, tasters and cookery demonstrations are all on the menu for this free showcase of Wickham wonders. And that’s just for starters. The […]



Winchester’s long-serving Head of Museums retires

Dr Geoff Denford has retired as Winchester City Council’s Head of Museums after more than 30 years spent caring for the city’s historic collections. Geoff’s retirement marks the end of an era for Winchester Museums – although his colleagues are well-used to marking historical eras, with collections spanning the prehistoric through to the contemporary life […]



Winchester trials ‘park and cycle’

You’ve heard of park and ride, but how about park and cycle? With the restoration of Hockley Viaduct and completion of National Cycle Network Route 23, Winchester City Council is set to offer people the chance to leave their cars at South Winchester Park and Ride and cycle into the city along Viaduct Way. The […]



Winchester Poetry Festival Programme Announced

The south of England’s first major poetry festival, Winchester Poetry Festival, is set to make its mark on the literary landscape with the announcement of its full festival programme, which will bring world class voices as well as emerging talents to an exciting three day event in September. The inaugural festival will feature a mixture […]



Sparsholt College’s Paper Chase wins Gold medal and Best Discovery Exhibit at RHS Chelsea 2014

From a disposable cup of tea to a Gold medal and Best Discovery Exhibit, Sparsholt College closes the recycling loop with their sustainable cup-themed garden The Paper Chase at 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The top medal winning garden, designed and built by Horticulture students at the College, demonstrates the full circle of the re-cycling process – […]



Work starts on new skatepark in Winchester

Skateboarders, BMX bikers, roller-bladers and scooter-riders can look forward to a new state-of-the-art skatepark in Winchester at the end of August. Work starts on the landmark £270,000 skatepark at North Walls on Monday 7 April, with funding of £170,000 from Town Forum open space funds; £100,000 from the Veolia Environmental Trust, made through the Landfill […]



Iconic painting returns to Winchester’s Guildhall

One of the most striking paintings in Winchester’s historic Guildhall has gone back on display this month after major restoration. The Children of the Thirteenth Marquess of Winchester was painted by Thomas Stewardson around 1812. The large (1.89m x 2.34m) oil-on-canvas shows the seven children of the 13th Marquess and his wife Anne – John, […]