October Events in Winchester

Winchester Harvest Festival

A fun-packed family event celebrating the county’s food and farming. There will be live music, children’s have-a-go activities, vintage tractors, falconry displays, farm animals, horse-drawn wagon rides, Hampshire Fare market, local beers and ciders and an afternoon tea tent offering wonderful cakes, scones, tea and even a glass of fizz.

A special Evensong service celebrating harvest will take place in the Cathedral on Sunday afternoon. This is the perfect event for families with children.

Free. 6 - 7 October. Winchester Cathedral. Visit website here.

Winchester Poetry Festival

The Winchester Discovery Centre will be the hub of the events which make up the Winchester Poetry Festival, however there will also be events taking place at other venues and locations around Winchester, including the Theatre Royal and external settings.

The programme of the third Winchester Poetry Festival draws from the deep well of contemporary writing, performance and features poets from across the UK, Ireland, the USA, Syria, Macedonia, and the Caribbean. These poets are connected by similar concerns of identity and place drawing on their culture, language and poetry style to deliver an array of unique performances. Poets include Hollie NcNish, Ian McMillan, Vahni Capildeo, Ishion Hutchinson, Luke Kennard, Clare Pollard, J O Morgan, Pascale Petit, Karen McCarthy Woolf and many more.

Free. 5 - 7 October. Winchester Discovery Centre. Visit website here.

Wizard Weekend

Take part in a spooky weekend as The Watercress line transforms into a place of magic and mischief for Halloween on Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th October 2018.

Dress up as a Halloween spook and take unlimited rides on the Wizard Express steam train in the Harry Potter style coaches, one of which featured in the films.

As well as riding on the line, there’s lots of scary family fun including meeting some familiar Harry Potter characters, walking over the famous Kings Cross footbridge from the Harry Potter films, getting close up to some hairy creepy crawlies, marvelling at magic tricks, seeing hooting owls and large falcons and taking part in the fancy dress competition.

Adult £17. Child (aged 2-16 yrs) £9. Child under 2 Free. Family (2 adults & 2 children) £43. 27 - 28 October. Alton Station. Visit website here.

Stay Close

11 Cossack Lane House is conveniently located close to the city centre, a great central location to reach these amazing events. It's the perfect accommodation for a family sleeping up to 4 guests. No.11 Cossack Lane House has 1 double bedroom, a twin bedroom, a brand new renovated bathroom, a large open plan living area with french doors leading onto a patio garden. It also has an allocated parking space for 1 vehicle.

Just a moments walk is the Brooks shopping centre with lots of eateries inside to keep the children full and happy.