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A permanent exhibition in the South Transept.
Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation will unlock Winchester Cathedral's captivating stories and reveal some of the nation's greatest treasures.
Be one of the first to explore a spectacular three-level exhibition space in the South Transept which will take visitors on a journey through over 1,000 years of history, whilst offering awe-inspiring views of the Cathedral.
Walk the Inner Close of Winchester Cathedral and discover over 1,000 years of history from monastic times to the present day.
This tour is now sold out.
Co-operation and conflict between Britain and Europe as reflected in Winchester Cathedral During this tour we will review how England and Britain’s fluctuating relationships with Europe during the last 1000 years has brought benefits to art and architecture in Winchester Cathedral and is reflected in the lives of Saints, Bishops, Royalty and citizens connected with the Cathedral.
A special opportunity to meet our team of Cathedral Scribes as they celebrate their 30th anniversary. Have a go at calligraphy under their expert guidance, try writing with a quill and get creative with hands-on activities for all the family!
All are welcome. This is a free event with donations welcome.
Part of Heritage Open Days 2019.
Join us in the wonderful setting of the Quire for a recital from the Cathedral Organists, Andrew Lumsden, George Castle and Claudia Grinnell. The recital is entitled Organ fun with a programme full of light-hearted and well known musical favourites.
Lunchtime recitals are free to attend. A retiring collection will be taken to help defray costs.
This is a rare opportunity to view the Bishops' portraits and chapel at Wolvesey, the Bishop's residence. The tour will be followed by tea and cake.
Event is for Friends of the Cathedral only.
Visit our sublime venues, meet our experienced team and over fifteen local exhibitors at this ‘secret garden’ themed Wedding Fair. Free entry, with an arrival drink.
Join us in the wonderful setting of the Quire for a recital with David Juritz (Violin) & Chamber Organ.
An insight into the Cathedral's many royal connections from the Norman conquest to the present day.
Jane Austen died in Winchester in 1817, in rented rooms in College Street. She was buried in the north aisle of the Cathedral. This tour offers visitors an intimate and often amusing insight into her life and connections with the Cathedral.
A fun-packed weekend celebrating Harvest and exploring the current environmental issues facing farmers, Hampshire and the country as a whole.
Dean Garnier Garden
Join the Winchester Cathedral Stillness Group in twenty minutes silence to appreciate the food on our table and produce in the fields, and to thank God for the farmers and their hard work.
Followed by bring your own picnic lunch for attendees (weather dependent).
Join us in the wonderful setting of the Quire for a recital by the Winchester College Music Scholars.
The Wessex Learning Centre
This talk maps Mary Sumner’s activism against geographical locations in her life. It explores her Shropshire childhood, early married life at Farnham Castle, parochial philanthropy at Old Alresford and a visit to the Holy Land, to place Mary’s ideas on motherhood, marriage and the education of children in relation to contemporary issues in religion, society and education.
Voices for Hospices Choir are passionate about enabling singers to join together and raise their voices to help those with end of life and life limiting illnesses. Join them for a concert at Winchester Cathedral in 2019!
Join us in the Undercroft from 10.30am for coffee.
Event is for Friends' of the Cathedral only.
Learn about the architecture of this great cathedral and how it was built Winchester Cathedral contains fine examples of all the main styles of ecclesiastical architecture which will all be seen and explained in some detail. In addition, the tour will describe the construction methods used in Medieval times and how Bishop Walklin achieved the amazing feat of completing most of the original building in just 14 years.
Tea and fellowship, especially for the elderly or lonely.
This year’s Annual Lecture will feature the Dean of Winchester, The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Vice-Dean Canon Roland Riem, Receiver General Annabelle Boyes, Cathedral Archaeologist John Crook and Cathedral Architect Nick Cox. Hear the behind-the-scenes story of the recent restoration and conservation work in the Cathedral and the launch of the spectacular new National Lottery Funded exhibition Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation.
Join us in the wonderful setting of the Quire for a recital from organist, Ben Sheen.
An informal opportunity for members of the community roll to meet and talk with Chapter members.
Open Chapter dates 2019
Wednesday 23 October
Wednesday 4 December
Join us in the wonderful setting of the Quire for a recital with Michael Christian Durrant and Samuel Moore (Classical Guitar)
Pick up a free trail from the Entrance Desk and follow it around the Cathedral. End the trail at the craft table for crafts, colouring and fun worksheets. Suitable for children aged 4 to 11 years.
Learn the art of calligraphy under the expert tuition of the Cathedral Scribes. Beginners welcome!
Wessex Learning Centre
Bill Lucas will draw on psychology, theology and the learning sciences to explain where the concept of tenacity comes from and how we can all cultivate it in ourselves and in those around us.
Professor Bill Lucas is Director at the Centre for Real-World learning, University of Winchester.
Join us at the Paul Woodhouse Suite where Head Virger, Daren Gibb, will talk about a day in the life of "Custos" at Winchester Cathedral.
David Thomas, Musical Director, will conduct Winchester Music Club Choir and Orchestra together with Winchester College Glee Club and Quiristers in a programme of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Duruflé’s Requiem at Winchester Cathedral.
Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting. Expect to hear timeless classics such as When A Child is Born, Silent Night and All I Want For Christmas, as well as delightful medleys to evoke the Christmas spirit, all delivered exquisitely in Winchester Cathedral.
Enjoy festive, rain-free skating at the heart of Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market! Skate around a fabulous Christmas Tree in the centre of the Ice Rink and then warm up with a cup of hot chocolate in the Ice Rink café.
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Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe because of its unique location, high-quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance, with a delightful Food Court, British Crafts Village, and over 100 chalets to explore.
Join us for the official opening of the Christmas Market and Ice Rink and enjoy professional ice skating displays and music along with the blessing of the tree. Be one of the first to skate on the ice and explore this year's Christmas Market!
Teach your little one how to skate with our exclusive Parent and Toddler sessions at 10am from Monday to Friday until 19 December. Tickets cost just £11.50 for one adult and a toddler and include access to skate aids.
Escape from the office and enjoy a 30 minute skate and a delicious sandwich in the Ice Cafe during your lunch break for just £10.
Available from Monday - Friday between 12noon - 3.00pm, until 19 December.
Experience the best views over Winchester and the Cathedral Christmas Market and Ice Rink from the top of the Cathedral Tower.
Experience the best views of Winchester and the Christmas Market and Ice Rink from the top of the Cathedral Tower at Twilight.
Calling all students! Get your skates on and enjoy 2 for 1 skating sessions on Tuesdays until 17 December at 5.45pm, 7.00pm and 8.00pm.
The lantern parade is back for 2019, but bigger and better than ever!
A service of seasonal readings and music by candlelight, moving from darkness to light.
The final Open Chapter this year will be on Wednesday 4 December.
Under the baton of Andrew Lumsden, with a stellar array of soloists, Sir Edward Elgar's mighty oratorio presents a moving portrait in sound of Jesus's disciples and the life of the early church.
Join us for family-friendly afternoon carol services and enjoy cheerful carol singing in the magnificent Nave of the Cathedral. Visitors to the Christmas Market and Ice Rink are especially welcome.
Also on Sunday 15 December at 3.30pm.
Join us for an evening of music, laughter and delight at Winchester Cathedral. This year, we are thrilled to welcome award-winning comedian, Hugh Dennis, star of BBC One's Outnumbered, Radio 4’s The Now Show and BBC Two's Mock the Week, who will offer amusing observations on the ups and downs of family life at Christmas time.
Join us in the Undercroft from 10.30am for a special Christmas event.
The world’s most prolific performers of The Snowman film with live orchestra, Carrot Productions are delighted to be bringing their enchanting Christmas show to Winchester Cathedral.
Also on Sunday 8 December at 3.30pm.
Wonderful services filled with beautiful music sung by the Cathedral Choir.
Event dates: 17th December, 18th December & 20th December.
Priority booking for the Cathedral Community.
One of Winchester's more recent Christmas traditions is the annual Advent concert given by the Cathedral Chamber Choir.
The Choristers of Winchester Cathedral perform Benjamin Britten’s inimitable A Ceremony of Carols.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
Various celebrations throughout the day.
CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES
Various celebrations throughout the day.