Winchester Guide

Winchester Guide


Winchester College is a public school with a pre-sixth form, which consistently achieves among the highest examination results in England. It was founded in 1382 by William of Wykeham and provides free education for twelve boys who are admitted at the age of eight, and remain until they are eighteen. It moved to its present site in the Tudor period and now provides boarding and day education to approximately 450 boys aged from 13 to 18 years.

The academic year consists of three terms of eight and one of seven weeks, divided into morning and afternoon sessions, with regular school hours of 9am -12, Hampshire List (hampshire-list.co.uk). 15pm, Mondays to Fridays. Time is also set aside each day for religion and First Aid classes. A Private school in the county of Hampshire in England, it opened in 1869. The school is well known for producing students who gain places at Oxford and Cambridge as well as achieving good GCSE and A level results.

It has three separate sites - Stanmore (Years 3-6), Edgware (Years 7-11) and More Hurst (Lower School). In 2007, the Dr Challoner's Schools were one of only two schools selected to pilot the UK Government's flagship scheme entitled "Building Schools for the future. ". Winchester is a major secondary education centre. The two main 11-16 educational facilities in the town are King Edward's School, founded c. 910, and The William of Wykeham Collegiate School, previously Winchester County School for Boys and Winchester County Grammar School for Girls.


Winchester is also home to both a successful triathlon club and the famous 'Winchester Swimming Club'which was started in 1909 and competes in friendly rivalry with 'Winchester Rowing Club'who was founded eight years earlier. Rugby Union is played at the 1st XV level by 'Winchester RFC', who have teams playing at all junior age groups from under-7s up to under-19s as well as a Women's XV team, the 'Épines'whose colours are dark green and gold.

The club moved to their current location, St Peter's School's Twyford Road site, in 1971 after many years spent in the grounds of Winchester College. Sport. Winchester has had a number of successful sports clubs in the past, notably semi-professional football club Winchester City who became champions of the Southern League South and West Division Two in the 2003–04 season. They were promoted into the Football Conference, but due to step 4 football ground capacity requirements could not be met at their Winchester City Stadium.

The club resigned from the league at the end of the 2005–06 season and dropped into level 8 of the non-league pyramid, where they remain. Sport in Winchester is dominated by a number of sports played in the local schools. Rugby is played in most boys'secondary schools and, with the exception of the cathedral school, is not usually taken up by girls. Winchester College and St Swithun's School are notable exceptions to this rule, where both sexes play the game.

Football is also very popular in schools, and again these two schools are notable for having their girls'teams playing against the boys. The first recorded local football club was Winchester Rovers who were formed in 1868. They joined the Hampshire League in 1896 and played at the Antelope Ground until the First World War when the ground was taken over by the Army as a storage depot. The club disbanded c. 1920. After a short time called Pegasus FC, the Winchester Football Club was formed c.

1921 and folded in 1959. The city has one of the most successful athletics clubs in England and Wales with notable athletes such as Steve Backley, Sophie Hitchon, multi world record holder in the Triple Jump Jonathan Edwards, Hayley McLean who won Gold at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg and Chris Tomlinson. There is also a local cricket team Castle Cricket Club who play at the castle and was established in 1975. There are also Winchester Hockey Club, Winchester Tennis, Archery and Squash clubs listed on the club section of the website.


The A34 runs directly through the city, and access is provided via slip roads at St Catherine's Hill, Junction 4 and 5. It then joins the M3 motorway to London to the north and Bournemouth to the south. The A31 links Southampton and Reading with Winchester, passing through settlements to the south of the city including Micheldever, Medstead, Chalton, and Burnt Common. The A272 links Winchester south-eastwards to Alresford (and hence to Lewes in East Sussex) and north-westwards to Petersfield and Portsmouth.

The £6 million M275 motorway link opened in 1983 as a single carriageway road. In 2001 it was upgraded to dual. Winchester's local station is on the West Coastway Line between Brighton and Basingstoke, just south of the city centre. Direct trains run to London Waterloo. There are also a number of other stations within a 30-mile (50 km) radius including Alton, Romsey, Stockbridge, Eastleigh, Fareham and Southampton Airport Parkway. All of the above provide national services with speeds up to 125 mph (200 km/h).

Daily trains operate from London Waterloo to Winchester, calling at Clapham Junction, Woking, Basingstoke and Farnborough North (near Botley). Services then continue to Southampton Central or Portsmouth and Southsea via Alton. Services from Bournemouth run via Southampton. Winchester has a main line service to London Waterloo (every half hour on weekdays, hourly on Saturday/Sunday) with its own Platform 1 - Platform 6, and eastbound services to Southampton Central where some trains terminate (roughly every hour).

The A272, the former coach road to Southampton and Portsmouth, runs through the middle of the city. The A34 forms part of the ring road around Southampton. The A303 connects the city to Bournemouth and London. There is a park and ride site on the eastern side of the city. The station to Birmingham New Street takes 45 minutes and costs just over £3. 00 return. Sport is also provided by schools and colleges.

Media and culture

The Winchester Hat Fair takes place in early May. The festival is an array of costumes and music, as well as a recent inclusion of modern-day theatre performances. The Winchester Hat Fair started life as a celebration of the Midsummer Day Parades that were held in the summer at St Bartholomew's Fair in Smithfield, London until 1567, when Protestant rulers banned the festivities for their "popish" elements such as the Virgin Mary.  Over time it developed into a celebration of individuality, creativity and free speech.

Hat makers created the costumes for which their clients then ordered hats to complete the ensemble. Winchester was also home to the South Downs Free Festival which held its first event in 1970 and resulted in the arrest of 1500 festival-goers; a protest march from Winchester to London, England was followed by the subsequent release of those arrested. < The last event took place on 24 May 1985 and drew 10,000 participants to the city for music and performance art at more than 30 venues.

For nearly forty years Winchester's Hat Fair has been the start to Winchester's street theatre season. It takes place in the last week of July, and involves performances from a variety of small street theatre companies, as well as workshops in the 'Hat Fair Venue', usually The New Theatre Royal, which is also hosting in the same building many of thematic medieval-themed concerts. ……the first Hat Fair in October 1974 focused on the theme of nappies – the subject of a popular local song – and is commemorated by a plaque on the Hat Fair Memorial Garden.

More than 20,000 hats were sold that year. Winchester formerly hosted the long-held Wyre Music Festival, and is home to the Festival of the White Hart, a medieval arts festival that takes place each July and August on the August Bank Holiday. Other schools include:. Winchester's secondary education is served by five state secondaries: Two academies (the John Mansfield and Purbrook 11-18 schools) and three comprehensive schools (Aldridge school, Chiltern Edge School and King's School).


Unusually for most of the UK, Winchester experiences very little rain between April and September each year. In addition, Winchester receives on average less than 1 cm of rain per month in summer. The city's proximity to the sea and its position in the south-east of England means that it is the seventh driest city in the UK. Winchester experiences the highest diurnal temperature range in the UK, peaking at over 5. 5 C when temperatures soar to 30 °C in summer.

In comparison, annual daily averages range from a low of 2. 6 C in February to a high of 16. 7 C in July; July also features around 17 days a year where temperatures exceed 30 °C (86 °F). Winchester differs from the rest of the UK in that its winters are colder and its summers are drier. This is due to its sheltered location from the prevailing south-westerly winds combined with its inland position, resulting in 'marine'air not being cooled by the sea before it reaches Winchester.

City museum

The City Museum is situated on the south side of Great Minster Street, next door to Winchester Guildhall and opposite the west front of Winchester Cathedral. The museum consists of a series of linked buildings that include the historic Church House, which now houses the Winchester Discovery Centre; the Wick House industrial building, which provides space for exhibitions; and two medieval tithe barns which are still in use by farmers to store their hay and straw each winter.

The City Museum is a museum dedicated to the history of Winchester, England. It was officially opened on 11 September 1933 by HM King George V and designed by architects Brierley and Bindon. Its origins lie with the Winchester Society, founded in 1840, to which collections were presented from 1843 onwards. The museum has been enlarged twice since it opened, with the latest addition allowing it to become one of the largest local authority museums in England.

State-funded schools

In England, sixth form education is normally provided by a further education college or a secondary school. In 2009/10, there were five state-funded schools with sixth forms in Winchester. City of Winchester School has around 600 students and nearly 50 full-time teachers. It also offers sixth-formers the opportunity to take part in annual expeditions. ". St. Bartholomew's School is the state secondary school and was formed in 2009 by the merger of Ridgeway School, Sudbourne House School and Newmans Manor School.

The area also has a public Aided Catholic secondary school, St Marys CofE High School, which serves the whole of Eastleigh. In the state sector, most pupils attend Longmeadow Primary School, Orchard Park Middle School and Riddlesdown Collegiate. Longmeadow was judged as Good in overall effectiveness by Ofsted in 2014, with 'Outstanding'being awarded to its early years provision. St Andrews C. P and Nursery School was judged Good by Ofsted in March 2013, an improvement on the previous grade of Satisfactory.

Special schools

Winchester has three independent special schools. Heath Mount School is a mixed sex secondary school for ages 11 to 18, located in Bedhampton. St Swithun's School is an independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 19 years old. Coming together in 2007 these two schools formed St Swithun's Heath Mount Academy. It is situated in Owslebury on the former site of Connaught Hospital. The Abbey School is a coeducational independent day and boarding primary school for children aged 2 to 13, situated on Calleford Lane (B3022).

It was founded in 1920 by Ernest and Catherine Holt and their daughter Vera, for whom Vera Holt Lodge was named. There are several specialist schools within a short distance of the city. There are 3 secondary schools; The Priory School, a private fee paying school with is only open to 11-18's, and free to attend (with places allocated based on IQ rather than financial means) which is located adjacent to Havant. Oaklands College, a private non-fee paying school which is located near Bedhampton.

And Barton Peveril College in nearby Eastleigh, which opened as a mixed gender school and has since become an 11-18 school for boys in 2017. All other Learning Support services are provided on a non-maintained basis and cater for children aged 4 to 19 with mild learning difficulties. These schools are located in the surrounding counties of Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Berkshire (Hannington School, Lytchett Minster School, Stedham School, Stroud Court School) and some are known as Community Special Schools funded by Hampshire County Council.

Education in Winchester is provided by five state secondary schools and more than a dozen primary schools, together with a city academy. Secondary schools in the county include Bishops Waltham, Barton Peveril College, Chandlers Ford, The Kings School, St Swithuns (Wyck), St John's New Forest and The Enchanted Manor. These schools are located in the neighbouring town of Winchester, but the 6th form college is a state funded specialist college for year 10 upwards.


The nearest railway stations are Twyford, on the main line from London to Bournemouth and Weymouth, about 1 mile (1. 5 km) away to the north; and Bransgore, part of the Wessex Main Line that serves local towns including Newbury, Southampton and Portsmouth to the east. There are less frequent services than in the past: after their predecessors were closed owing to the Beeching Axe in 1967, the original Wolverhampton & Stour Valley Railway route from Wolverhampton to Alton was reopened as far as Twyford in 1977.

From there an infrequent service operated by South West Trains was extended southwards to serve various intermediate stations before terminating at Eastleigh in Hampshire. It is a major hub of the rail network, being the site of two main line railway stations, and four of the six major railway routes in Hampshire converge here. The West Coastway Line runs from Weymouth to Brighton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth, via Southampton Central, Southampton Airport Parkway, Eastleigh and Romsey.

There are local services to Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Weymouth. The northern section of the A34 (the so-called "Winchester Bypass") was constructed in the late 1960s, and links Winchester to the M3 motorway which runs just to the west of Winchester. This section has a number of unusually large roundabouts, to reduce traffic weaving through the city. The southern part of the A34 starts from that southern bypass. The city has an inner ring road system.

To the north and east are ring roads Industrial Road and Beech Hill, which serve as extensions to the A34 and A34(M) motorways respectively. Between them they connect to the A31 to Basingstoke, and to the A272 to Eastleigh and Fareham, via a grade separated junction known locally as The Tails. There is a disused entry slip road onto the A3090 from the M3 running adjacent to the Winklebury roundabout. This traffic management was part of an abortive M3/M4 link road proposal made in the 1990s, which would have seen the A34 replaced by a dual carriageway leading south from just west of Winchester.

Primary schools

There are also various non-religious, state primary schools located throughout the city, such as Portswood primary and Barton Primary School. For secondary education, most pupils move on to The City of Winchester School or The Chandos Academy – two large comprehensive schools which make up the vast majority of the secondary school provision in the city. A new  sixth form centre was opened in September 2008 at The Chandos, after having received funding from central government.

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City of Winchester College is the main provider for secondary education in the area. The college also provides adult education.  It has been at its site since 1906, and was known as 'City of Winchester Training College'until April 2012. It is a public (fee-paying) school, as opposed to a maintained school (state-funded). . Primary schools. Winchester has a variety of Church of England primary schools, including both state and private provision schools.

St Peters Catholic Primary School had the highest SATS results, after achieving a perfect score of 300 in 2011. There are two motorways that run close to Winchester. The M3 runs west to east which connects Southampton, the M4 and London. The M27 runs south towards Southampton and then east to the coast. centerthumb300pxWinchester's location in central southern England gives it a moderately warm, temperate climate. Colourful natural reserve surrounded by the sea and lovely fields.

Roman road

The Salisbury to Winchester road, known as the Old London Road, was constructed by the Romans around two thousand years ago. The Old London Road runs for 40 miles through the whole of the county from Salisbury to Winchester with a bypass in place for those who find its potholes too troublesome. Although it was once a busy Roman thoroughfare, today traffic on the road is non-existent thanks to now being classified as a bridleway.

The Old London Road is one atypical feature of this county, however there are many other attractions which I will mention below and hopefully help to convince you that Wiltshire is worthy of your attention. Passing through the Thames Valley, the route of the Fosse Way crosses the river at Lechlade, before entering Wiltshire. The gradients are steeper as it makes its way towards Dorset through Cirencester and Chippenham. At Calleva (Silchester), the Fosse Way meets Watling Street which comes up from Dorchester and then follows alongside it into Hampshire where they converge about two miles (3 km) east of Winchester.

Here, in the Romano-British city that was Roman Winchester, another important fork went west to Corinium (Cirencester). A major north-south artery is the A30 which passes through Newbury, Marlborough, Hungerford and Devizes on its 110-mile route from Honiton in Devon to Southampton. The A34 connects Newbury with Basingstoke, the A303 connects it with Taunton and Exeter. Other roads are mostly rural but together they make up a road network of 4,874 miles (7,800 km).

Bus services

Public transport in the city is provided by Wessex Bus, which holds the local bus franchise. Local buses provide routes within the city, and connect Winchester with other towns around Hampshire such as Portsmouth. There are also inter-urban routes connecting Winchester with towns and villages to the north of Hampshire, including Alton, Andover and Basingstoke. There are regular bus services throughout Basingstoke. They run from Basingstoke bus station to a number of locations, including Aldershot, Andover, Blackwater, Bordon and Reading.

Many of these bus services are subsidised by Hampshire County Council. Community transport schemes are also available for areas without a regular bus service. Bus services are subsidized by Hampshire County Council and operated by Stagecoach. The majority of services are provided to Eastleigh, Southampton and Portsmouth with some routes stopping at Winchester along the way. Community schemes are available in areas where the service is not available, such as Yateley. The South Hampshire Bus Group, which provides a free bus service for disabled and elderly people within the borough of Fareham, also crosses the county border into the neighbouring New Milton district in Hampshire.

Events in Winchester

Winchester is a city steeped in history and culture, attracting millions of visitors each year. Unique festivals, fairs and annual events are hosted throughout the City and County. This blog will be all about getting stuck into the best (and worst) that Winchester has to offer. Winchester has a busy calendar of events year round, from food festivals to arts & crafts fairs and markets. The West Hampshire Tourist Information Centre stocks a complete list, so go there first.

In the meantime, we've listed the biggest and best events below. Winchester is a thriving city with a long history and culture. It has also developed as a modern, vibrant place to live and visit. Winchester is home to more than 50,000 residents and 250,000 students and we’re proud to say we have plenty going on all year round. With all that is on offer, there are plenty of opportunities for foodies, adrenaline junkies and culture vultures to get their fix.

To help you plan your trip to Winchester, here is a list of what's happening in the city during 2016. The group is run by volunteers from local charities. There is only one Roman road that ends in Winchester. That's the A3054 - a Roman road linking Winchester to Salisbury. The length of this Roman road is 2. 5km / 1. 6 miles which gives us an average speed of 8 km/h by modern standards or 3 mph (much slower than the A303 but still passable for basic transport).

Accommodation in Winchester

When it comes to finding accommodation in Winchester, whether youre on holiday, a business trip or a weekend getaway there are plenty of options. From hotels in and around the city, to boutique self-catering options and cosy holiday cottages dotted around the countryside nearby, youll be spoilt for choice. There are well over 100 hotels and inns in Winchester itself, with many offering attractive packages should you be looking for a special occasion or just a romantic weekend getaway.

A number of these also offer special rates to guests attending one of the many events held at the citys major attractions like the International Musical Eisteddfod and Global Gastronomy festival. Whether youre planning a family holiday, city break or romantic weekend away, theres a wide range of accommodation to suit your needs. Youll find hotels ideally located close to top attractions including the world famous cathedral, arts and historic buildings as well as restaurants and shops.

The acclaimed English Touring Opera regularly perform in the city, adding to Winchesters reputation as an arts hub. And with so much to see and do in the surrounding area (including some of our beautiful countryside), youll be spoilt for choice. Accommodation in Winchester. You'll find an array of accommodation in the heart of Winchester and the surrounding area. Choose from country house or boutique city centre hotels to unique self-catering properties and cosy pub accommodation.

On the outskirts of Winchester amongst the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park you'll find a number of beautiful campsites and glamping sites. Winchester is an ancient city in Hampshire famous for its connections to the Knights Templar, King Arthur and the Round Table. Visitors can explore the ancient streets of the medieval city and enjoy shopping and dining in stunning historical settings. The city has so much to see and do it's positively bursting with atmosphere and history.

Food and Drink in Winchester

Youll find a variety of fantastic local produce, all made in the surrounding area. You wont find too many chain cafes and restaurants but there are plenty of independent places that prepare their produce with thought and care. It is for this reason that the best restaurants in Winchester have a better range on menu and generally better quality produce than youll find in chain establishments. Foodies from all over Hampshire, the surrounding counties and beyond flock to Winchester to eat out.

Youll find dozens of restaurants in central Winchester alone with the Roux brothers Waterside Inn right on the riverbank one of Winchester most popular eateries and Rick Stein's signature restaurant The Waterside. Winchester is known locally as Hampshires foodie capital. You’ll find an abundance of restaurants, cafés, bars, foodie markets and foodie themed events. A number of famous names have chosen Winchester to open their restaurants including Rick Stein's Winchesterand The Ivy Brasserie Winchester.

Whether you prefer tapas, burgers, hotdogs, pizza or a gourmet feast, youll find well over 100 places to eat and drink in Winchester. Not to mention numerous food stalls at the Farmers Market Winchester on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Hire a car in Winchester  and explore the great outdoors, with fantastic golf courses, majestic castles and natural sights all close to hand. So what are you waiting for? Book your favourite type of accommodation in Winchester online today!.

Winchester restaurants serve up on the MICHELIN Plate

What does it take to get the MICHELIN Plate? A simple criteria, all you need is good cooking. The plate that denotes the award has been around since 1933 and has been awarded to restaurants worldwide, but in Winchesters case it's our first time on the plate. The Michelin Guide to Great Britain & Ireland awards both Bib Gourmand and Star accolades in recognition of the hard work and culinary skill behind a kitchens creations.

Congratulations goes out to all three restaurants involved – keep up the good work!. Black Rat, Chesil Rectory and Kyoto Kitchen have all been awarded The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking in this years Michelin Guide. The Michelin Plate award is given to restaurants that achieve the 2 star rating under the prestigious guides (the highest of its 5 categories). Owner of Black Rat, Rhys Cogin, said "To win a Michelin star is such an honour and I am delighted that this has been acknowledged with us receiving our first ever award from the guide.

Book with confidence in Winchester

“It’s business as usual and we will open as usual – just better organised. We want to make it easy for people to visit the cathedral, and if that means staying a night extra in Winchester, or changing their plans so they can take in the sites of the city on the way to Yorkshire, that’s great! It will also give more flexibility for visitors from abroad who were planning to travel to Europe but have found flights are cancelled.

This site is a guide for families, residents and visitors to the beautiful Winchester district of Hampshire. With so much to see and do in this area it's easy to feel overwhelmed, so I have split my guides into categories; Destinations, Places of Interest and Eating Out. Within each you will find some of the best restaurants, pubs, cafes, hotels and B&Bs that the area has to offer. Book with confidence in Winchester. With traditional holiday accommodation providers it's difficult to plan your visit because of a lack of flexibility in their booking terms.

But there's help at hand with a new alternative - self-catering. Faced with the prospect of a persistent and unpredictable force, visitors are being urged to plan their visits with confidence and book accommodation in Winchester. Accommodation providers in the Winchester district are offering flexibility with bookings to allow visitors to plan their visit with more confidence. ". It's one of the most prestigious awards any restaurant can be awarded as it is voted by a group of anonymous food critics.

Stay local to stay safe

Many places of interest and businesses across the Winchester District are now closed, as a result of the new counter-terrorism measures brought in following the recent attacks across the country. And some sites have been evacuated. But there is still plenty to enjoy in Winchester with our online experiences, services and offers. Just visit this site regularly to find out what’s going on. Dozens of attractions are closed today, and a lot of the shops aren’t selling anything.

It would be easy to assume that Winchester is a ghost town right now. But, luckily, our excellent local businesses are still open for business. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of all the services in the city which still exist! We will keep this updated daily. Many of England’s major attractions and museums have been forced to close their doors in the light of new terror attack measures. This includes attractions such as the Winchester Cathedral, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and even the Winchester Discovery Centre.

It’s important for people to stay safe in this worrying time of uncertainty. With a seven-day ban on the sale of alcohol in effect, and thousands of people reported ill in the region, Winchester District and City Council has implemented a local state of emergency. This means that many businesses all over the city centre are now closed. The county council’s emergency Local Transport Arrangements have now been placed on the website, giving information about which roads and bridges have been closed.

Support local and shop online

Today, when it is possible to shop anywhere at any time, local businesses need support more than ever. Having a thriving economy with independent retailers means a better place to live with a strong sense of community. Local retailers look after their customers every day, all year round. They understand what you need and how you want it – just like local farmers do with your fresh fruit and vegetables. In fact, as part of our unique Buy Local for Little Get More loyalty scheme, if you use Little to buy from local businesses you can collect extra points to spend in the shops on food and drink at no additional cost.

Supporting local is hugely important to us.  Whether it is the many small businesses we work with and the jobs they help to create or being able to offer delivery in person to our customers, we want as much of this business as possible. Buying local produce should be easy and enjoyable. And so we bring this choice to all of our customers, whether they live in the heart of a village or a city centre apartment.

Our online shop uses a simple address input system which allows you to purchase from your home on your computer, phone or tablet. We are a way of life, not just another store.   Our name is based on the time worn tradition of Country Sports and is at the heart of who we are as people and a business.   While we may be retailing now, the time honoured principle of supporting your local community at every opportunity still remains.

We are always asking what can we do to help local businesses and to support local communities. Well we decided to find out. We did a quick google search for “Shops in UK” and noticed that the results included some of our biggest high street names who also happen to be selling products online. Supporting local shops is a win for you and the town. Supporting ourselves is a win for us, a win for Oxfordshire and a win for the region.