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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.
Join us in the wonderful setting of the Quire for a recital.
Lunchtime recitals are free to attend. A retiring collection will be taken to help defray costs.
Learn about the many illustrious and or some cases lesser-known men called William who have played significant roles in the history of the cathedral.
Tour time: 10.30AM - 11.30AM
Tour time: 1.30PM - 2.30PM
Join us in the wonderful setting of the Quire for a recital from Lucy Humphris (Trumpet)
An account of some of the distinguished men called Henry who have played significant roles in the Cathedral. Come and find out about the King who wasn’t there, and the naval Henry who saved his ship from a hurricane. The Henry who was crowned here but never reigned, and the Henry who celebrated his wedding with “crowned swans”. There was an outlaw Bishop and the man who helped save the Cathedral and build the London underground – all called Henry!
Tour times: 10.30AM - 11.30AM
Tour times: 1.30PM - 2.30PM
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.
The Anglo Saxon Minster and its role in the birth of the English nation, the personalities who inhabited it and the traces which are still visible today.
Join us in the wonderful setting of the Quire for a recital from Nadine Benjamin (Soprano).
Winchester Cathedral is rich in art objects, including works by internationally acclaimed artists, Peter Eugene Ball, Cecil Collins, Eric Gill, Antony Gormley, Barbara Hepworth and Justin Knowles, as well as local artists Sophie Hacker, Tim Harrisson, Alice Kettle, Tracey Sheppard - and many more. This Tour enables visitors to enjoy a close-up interaction with several of these works, within the context of this very special, time-honoured place.
Tour times: 1.30PM – 2.30PM
Pick up a free trail from the Entrance Desk and follow it around the Cathedral. End the trail at the craft table to make your own Norman helmet or colour in a shield. Suitable for children aged 4 to 11 years.
There are 12 icons in Winchester Cathedral. This tour aims to study each in turn; the way they are made, their roots in history and the tradition which produced their artistic style, also to explore the layers of symbolism and meaning within them.
Women have always played a part in our Cathedral life; often in a hidden or secondary role. This tour celebrates our Cathedral women, past and present - a selection of famous, self-sacrificing, dutiful and wrongly accused women. Also women who beautify the Cathedral for the Glory of God.
Pick up a free trail from the Entrance Desk and follow it around the Cathedral. End the trail at the craft table to make a beautiful Tudor Rose. Suitable for children aged 4 to 11 years.
The religious upheavals of the Reformation, the cultural revolution of the Renaissance and the powerful personalities of the Tudor monarchs have all left their mark on Winchester Cathedral. Come and see this fascinating period of history brought to life.
Join us in the wonderful setting of the Quire for a recital from the pianist, Daniel Lebhardt.
Pick up a free trail from the Entrance Desk and follow it around the Cathedral. End the trail at the craft table to make a fabulous flag. Suitable for children aged 4 to 11 years.
Join us for our final Bank Holiday Organ Recital of 2019, featuring Steven Grahl, Organist at Christ Church, Oxford.
Join us in the wonderful setting of the Quire for a recital with Joseph Ingle (Classical Guitar)
This tour explores the exceptional riches of the Cathedral's woodwork, ancient and modern. It considers the indispensable role of wood in the construction and preservation of the building and we discover wood furnishings and decoration as far back as the 12th century. The highlight of the tour is a look in some detail at one of the Cathedral's greatest treasures, the 14th century choirstalls, described as "the most beautiful in Northern Europe".
The Cathedral is famous for its chantry chapels. However as access can sometimes be difficult they are usually kept locked and can only be seen from the outside. On this tour the chapels will be open and visitors will be allowed inside to see, at close quarters what they contain.
Pick up a free trail from the Entrance Desk and follow it around the Cathedral. End the trail at the craft table to make an articulated shadow puppet. Suitable for children aged 4 to 11 years.
Join us in the wonderful setting of the Quire for a recital with organist, Timothy Easter.
Mysteries are as irksome to the human mind, as a grain of sand is to an oyster. This tour will explain some of the more curious and mysterious happenings, connected to the Cathedral and its monuments; dating from 1250, to the present day.
Tour times: 10.30AM – 11.30AM
Face the music includes background musical history and examines aspects of music with in the Cathedral. There are three types of visual clues: firstly, images in stone, wood, glass and embroidery reflecting 'heavenly harmony'; secondly memorials and graffiti referring to specific musical personalities; and thirdly, places and objects with musical functions such as organ or the Treasure.
Join novelist Tracy Chevalier for the launch of her latest novel, ‘A Single Thread’, in conversation with Alison Finch.
Tracy has written eight novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring which sold 5 million copies worldwide. Tracy’s latest novel, ‘A Single Thread’, is set in Winchester in 1932 and follows the fictional story of Violet Speedwell who joins the team of Broderers at Winchester Cathedral.
Join us in the wonderful setting of the Quire for a recital with George Cooke (Cello) & Tom Jesty (Piano)
Queen Mary I Marries Prince Philip of Spain: the most famous wedding ever to have taken place in Winchester Cathedral. Discover the intrigues and plots behind-the-scenes in these turbulent Tudor Counter-Reformation times, and eavesdrop on the sumptuous ceremony itself...
The expanse of medieval floor tiles in Winchester Cathedral are not just the largest area of medieval tiles in situ in the country but also tell a fascinating story. This tour gives an insight into how the fabric of the Cathedral changed in tune with the times.
The Sixteen return to Winchester Cathedral as part of their 2019 Choral Pilgrimage. The Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen's Choral journey over the last 40 years. Their close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on their very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony are juxtaposed with stunning music by Tavener and Eric Whitacre in the Sixteen's 40th anniversary year.
Tea and fellowship, especially for the elderly or lonely.
Join us in the wonderful setting of the Quire for a recital from Simone Tavoni (Piano)
Learn more about the Anglo Saxon Minster and its role in the birth of the English nation, the personalities who inhabited it and the traces which are still visible today. Part of this tour is outside on slightly uneven ground, suitable clothing and footwear should be worn.
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.
Walk the Inner Close of Winchester Cathedral and discover over 1,000 years of history from monastic times to the present day.
Join us for Winchester Cathedral’s annual Open Evening. Meet the staff and volunteers who work in every aspect of the day to day running of the Cathedral, from the stonemasons and flower arrangers to the Holy Dusters and the Bell Ringers.
See Winchester in a different light. Join the Wessex Cancer Trust in a 5K fundraising walk across Winchester visiting iconic landmarks, including Winchester Cathedral, and enjoy live entertainment.
Join us in the Undercroft from 10.30am for coffee.
Event is for Friends of the Cathedral only.
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.
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.
Join us for an evening of music at the Old Choristers Association concert.
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 Oliver Nelson (Violin) & Vaslisi Rakitzis (Piano).
An insight into the Cathedral's many royal connections from the Norman conquest to the present day.
A fun-packed weekend celebrating Harvest and exploring the current environmental issues facing farmers, Hampshire and the country as a whole.
Join us in the wonderful setting of the Quire for a recital by the Winchester College Music Scholars.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink is spectacularly situated in the centre of the Cathedral's historic Inner Close and until 22 December it is surrounded by the Christmas Market. The clear roof guarantees a rain-free skate whatever the weather and fun skate aids make it an ideal rink for adults and children alike. Our giant Christmas tree brings festive cheer to all our skaters.
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!
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.
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.