We have a fun-packed series of activities lined up this summer at Winchester Cathedral. From events, such as the Flower Festival, concerts, open-air theatre and art exhibitions to family trails and a series of special tours, led by the experienced Cathedral volunteers, there is something for everyone.
Advance booking is essential for ticketed events. Bookings can be made through the website.
During July, August and September we have a number of free, specialist subject tours led by our expert guides. These tours are perfect for those who want to dig deeper into the Cathedral’s thousand-year history, from literary links with some of England’s most iconic writers such as Jane Austen, to its Anglo-Saxon roots, to the hidden art and treasures that can be found within the Cathedral walls. Book a tour.
Fun family trails are available each day to enrich your visit, providing a fun and informative look at the Cathedral, its fascinating past and the characters associated with it. Ask our Visitor Services team about the trails that are on offer, from Amazing Animals, Colourful Coats of Arms, Turbulent Tudors, William Walker, Victorious Victorians and Shimmering Stained Glass! Find out more.
Kings and Scribes
As part of your visit, don’t miss the National Lottery Heritage Funded exhibition Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation, which explores 1,000 years of history. A spectacular three-level exhibition in the South Transept, visitors are taken on an interactive journey, showcasing some of the nation’s greatest treasures. Highlights of this experience include the Winchester Bible, one of the UK’s finest illuminated manuscripts, the 17th-century Morley Library and the story of the Cathedral’s mortuary chests, believed to contain the bones of Saxon royalty.
This year’s Winchester Cathedral Flower Festival is more eagerly anticipated than ever! Taking place from 15th – 19th September 2021 the Cathedral will be transformed by spectacular floral displays designed and curated by award winning floral designer Pip Bensley. Immerse yourself in colour and scent as striking and fragrant floral installations and elaborate decorative schemes bring together an experience for all the senses. Book tickets.
During the summer months, the Cathedral Cafe, which is situated behind an ancient flint wall opposite the Cathedral, is serving a menu of hot and cold drinks including iced coffees, homemade sandwiches, pastries,cakes and ice creams. Sit at a table in the cool stone courtyard and take in the best views of the Cathedral or find a spot in the peaceful walled garden. Alternatively, get a take away and enjoy a picnic on the lawns in the Outer Close – perfect for young families! Find out more.
Visiting the Cathedral
We know how important it is to feel safe during your visit. So that you can focus on enjoying your visit without the worry, here are the steps we are taking:
- Social distancing reminders are across the cathedral, gift shop and cafe to help you keep a safe distance
- We encourage everyone to wear a face covering inside the cathedral and gift shop
- Face coverings are still required within the Kings & Scribes exhibition due to the smaller spaces
- All our team members wear face coverings inside the cathedral (with the exception of tour guides who will keep a 2 metre distance), gift shop and cafe
- Hand sanitiser is provided across the site
- Shared spaces and toilets are regularly cleaned