COVID-19 update: The cathedral is not currently open for general visits or tours but remains open for private prayer and reflection 11-3pm (1pm-3pm on Sundays). All services are now online only and everyone is welcome to join.

Friends Events

The Friends’ face-to-face events remain on hold in 2021 but we have an exciting programme of Zoom talks.

Please email the Friends’ Office to book onto these events (

These talks are free but donations to the Friends are welcome via this link

Programme of Zoom Events – March – May 2021

Tom Watson, Friends’ Trustee – Thursday 18 March, 7pm by Zoom

“Edward the Martyr: the murder mystery king”

The Right Reverend Dr Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester – Wednesday 21 April, 3pm by Zoom

“Cathedral of the Highlands”

Bruce Parker, Nick Braddock, Margaret Braddock and others – Wednesday 28 April, 7pm by Zoom

“The raising of the Mary Rose by individuals who were involved in the story”

Jean Berridge, Cathedral Guide – Wednesday 19th May, 7pm by Zoom

“The Great Screen –  Magnificence, Mayhem and Mystery”

Friends’ Coffee Mornings

The Friends’ Coffee mornings are now being held on Zoom.  Please contact the office for the details to join by Zoom.  The 2021 dates are 19th March, 23rd April, 21st May, 18th June and 16th July at 10.30am.


Helen McGarry: “Cathedral Flowers – a demonstration” – Thursday 26 March, 2.30pm – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

At this event, Helen McGarry who leads the cathedral flower arrangers will talk about their role and the work they do.  There will also be a practical demonstration where Helen and another member of the flower team will demonstrate their skills.

Tom Burden: “Headmaster, The Pilgrims’ school” – Tuesday 19 May, 7 for 7.30pm  – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Tom Burden is Headmaster of The Pilgrims’ School, the choir school of Winchester Cathedral, and therefore responsible for 270 boys, including 22 Choristers.  What is it like to lead such a school?  Tom will talk about the opportunities and challenges of his role, and what it is like to work with Choristers and Cathedral.

David Jewell: “Curator, Hillier Gardens” – Tuesday 16 June, 7 for 7.30pm – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

An overview of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens through the year. This talk will include a brief history and a look at key areas across the gardens, including trees, shrubs and perennials, providing thoughts, ideas and inspiration.