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Contents Welcome to Winchester

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Where to stay

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Character cottages, country house hotels, imposing town houses and converted barns – Winchester’s accommodation portfolio has it all. Choose from the following categories and rest assured – we require all properties listed to be quality assessed for your peace of mind.

Practical advice on visiting Winchester

England’s ancient capital Your guide to discovering the city’s heritage

Children at heart

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Family attractions and things to do

A spot of shopping

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Where to shop and what to buy

A feast of food

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Local produce and eating out

Maps

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Find your way around Winchester and the district

South Downs Visitor Guide

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City en fête!

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Arts, events, entertainment and details of Winchester’s celebrations around the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Explore the heart of Hampshire

South Downs Visitor Guide

Hotels

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City guest accommodation

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Countryside guest accommodation

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Self-catering

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Camping and caravan parks

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Campus accommodation

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Our Winchester life

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A day in the life of The Chesil Rectory owners

Best of British Festival Special events to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic and Paralympic Games

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Countryside, market towns, National Parks and Hampshire’s coastline

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Welcome toWinchester An unspoilt cathedral city on the edge of the South Downs National Park, Winchester is England’s ancient capital and former seat of King Alfred the Great. Today, Winchester combines the best of city life with the freshness of the surrounding countryside. One hour from London, this is England as it used to be. But don’t take our word for it. Read on, be inspired, come and see for yourself.

How to find us Location: Winchester is near to the maritime cities of Southampton (13 miles) and Portsmouth (30 miles) to the south, and the New Forest (18 miles) to the west. Rail: Winchester is just under an hour by direct train from London Waterloo. Ferry: Winchester is a 40-minute drive from Portsmouth’s ferry port. Air: Winchester is just 15 minutes by road or rail from Southampton Airport. London Heathrow is 50 miles away and London Gatwick 72 miles away. Coach: There are regular coach services from London, Heathrow and Oxford. Megabus: Stops at St Catherine’s P&R.

Winchester 2012: To find out how we will be celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Winchester take a look at page 41 for full details.

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Meet a Visit Winchester Greeter: The Visit Winchester team has introduced an American-style ‘greeters’ scheme to give a personal welcome to Winchester’s visitors - for free! You can now book a ‘Visit Winchester’ volunteer greeter who will share their passion for the city and introduce you to ‘their Winchester’. To find out more see www.visitwinchester.co.uk/site/winchester-greeters or call 01962 840 500.

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Tourist Information Centre (TIC), Winchester Guildhall, High Street, Winchester SO23 9GH

Southampton Airport 0844 481 7777 www.baa.com

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(an answering service operates at busy times and out of hours) Fax 01962 850 348 Email tourism@winchester.gov.uk Web www.visitwinchester.co.uk

Opening times May to September Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am to 4pm October to April Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm Closed between Christmas and New Year Group Travel desk Tel 01962 840 500 Email groups@winchester.gov.uk

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National Rail 08457 484 950 www.nationalrail.co.uk National Express 08717 818 181 www.nationalexpress.com National Traveline 0871 200 22 33 www.traveline.info Winchester City Council Parking Office 01962 848 346 www.winchester.gov.uk Local buses 0845 121 0180 www.stagecoachbus.com

Why not call in during your visit? The TIC is on the ground floor of Winchester Guildhall (shown right) just a stone’s throw from King Alfred’s statue at the bottom of the High Street.

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No one knows more about Winchester: Winchester’s tourist information centre has been awarded a gold award in the ‘Tourist Information Centre of the Year’ category at the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2010 and the national EnjoyEngland Awards for Excellence. As an EnjoyEngland Official Partner, it is one of around 230 tourist information centres identified by a new quality marque sign alongside the existing logo. Official Partner status reflects the TIC’s exceptional standard of customer service, and knowledgeable staff who will help you enjoy your holiday to the full. www.visitwinchester.co.uk 09, ter

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Parking made easy Winchester is an historic city which was not built with the motor car in mind. But if you follow our recommendations, parking is easy and inexpensive. Look out for seasonal discounts and extended P&R services during holidays seasons. Park & Ride (P&R) There are extensive P&R facilities located just off M3 J10. The P&R sites are fully accessible and signed from M3 junctions 9, 10 and 11. Buses run at least every 15 minutes from 7am to 9.30pm. £3 per day, new off-peak charge of just £2 per day will be available to visitors arriving after 10.30am, includes unlimited free travel on P&R buses for all car passengers. No service on Sundays or public holidays when parking is free in some areas of Winchester city centre. Car parks Long stay car parks in Chesil Street, Worthy Lane and Tower Street. Central car parks limited to four hours and frequently busy with shoppers. Most car parks are pay and display. Parking for visitors with disabilities Special bays in all city car parks, although parking charges apply in some. Disabled blue badge holders may also park in residents’ parking bays. See page 69 for more information for visitors with disabilities.

Hoppa service For a small charge, P&R buses also provide a Hoppa Service following a circular route around the city. Consult Access and parking map on page 33 for main stops. Bike loan Unlimited cycle loan (for 24 hours at a time) available from Winchester’s ‘Bikeabout’ scheme. One-off registration fee £20 (joint membership £35), including free cycle helmet and reflective jacket. The scheme operates from Winchester Tourist Information Centre and Shopmobility in The Brooks Shopping Centre. Shopmobility Manual and powered wheelchairs and battery-powered scooters are available for hire by anyone with mobility difficulties. Book in advance on 01962 842 626, email winchestershopmobility@waca.org.uk or go to www.waca.org.uk/html/ shopmobility.html Parking for larger vehicles Spaces for coaches, large camper vehicles and motorhomes at St Catherine’s P&R site. Caravans, coaches and longer vehicles can be parked during the day at Worthy Lane Car Park.

Consult the Access and parking map on page 33 in this guide for further information or call the Winchester City Council Parking Office on the number given on the opposite page. I

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VisitWinchesteronline Planning your trip to Winchester is just a click away – shape your visit with the help of even more information online... Visit Winchester’s multiple award-winning tourism website – www.visitwinchester.co.uk – is the official online source of tourist and accommodation information for the Winchester district. But the website is only the half of it – we have special interest websites, iPhone Apps, films and social networking sites to make it even easier to find out more about what Winchester and the surrounding area has to offer you. Our special interest websites will provide you with all the information you need about themed breaks, festivals and seasonal activities… www.festivalsinwinchester.co.uk Details of festival dates and programme information. www.christmasinwinchester.co.uk Events, seasonal menus, winter breaks and special offers. Details of the internationally renowned Christmas market and ice rink. www.bestofbritishfestival.com Winchester celebrations, Best of British menus, special offers and lots more to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee between 25 May - 26 July 2012. And we have special interest campaign websites too… www.winchesteraustentrail.co.uk News, events and a downloadable itinerary to help plan your visit to the destinations that featured in Jane Austen’s life. Also lists Jane Austen societies and links to the cricketing trail below. www.cricketingwinchester.co.uk Trace the history of the sport across Hampshire with the help of our map which also highlights good quality restaurants along the way. For enthusiasts wishing to catch a game, the website also features a list of local cricket clubs.

Befriend King Alf on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KingAlfWinchester Follow King Alf for the latest events: www.twitter.com/king_alf

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See our films on www.youtube.com/visitwinchester Visit Winchester: Attractions A stunning showcase of some of the unmissable attractions that the Winchester district has to offer visitors. Festivals in Winchester A snapshot of what you can enjoy by visiting one or more of Winchester's many festivals, includes footage from John Tavener's concert ‘Towards Silence’ in Winchester Cathedral. Winchester Festival Highlights from the Winchester Festival 2009, featuring a diverse programme of arts events with Julian Fellowes, Lord Patten, Michael Wood, Sian Phillips, and Frank Gardner. Winchester Writers’ Conference Sir Terry Pratchett and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy give us their personal take on the art of writing in this in-depth look at the hugely successful Writers’ Conference held annually by the University of Winchester. Visit Winchester: Museums Take a tour of City Museum, Westgate and City Space gallery and see re-enactors in action (including a brief cameo from Ruth Goodman from the BBC's ‘Victorian Farm’ and ‘Victorian Pharmacy’ series). Visit Winchester: Christmas is here See why 350,000 people come to the cityabout for a spot of atmospheric retail therapy, ice skating and the legendary concerts and services in the Cathedral.

New for 2012: www.visitwinchester.co.uk now has a special section on the Hampshire area of the South Downs National Park which includes information on walks, places to eat, accommodation and attractions. See www.visitwinchester.co.uk/site/south-downs www.winchester2012.co.uk features all you need to know about what is going on in the Winchester district in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Did you know? You can now check availability and book your accommodation online - go to www.visitwinchester.co.uk/site/where-to-stay


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Getmoreoutofyourstay Ready-made trails and itineraries The leaflets below are available from Winchester tourist information centre or you can request copies or download them from www.visitwinchester.co.uk – so when stocks of various publications above run low, online versions remain available. Why not base yourself in Winchester and get exploring?

Take in the city’s main sights

Explore the Heart of Hampshire

Winchester Explorer Map Ideas for places to visit, walking trails and places to eat in and around Winchester. Includes city map and area map.

Start your explanation of the countryside surrounding Winchester with the following pocket guides for details of places to visit, country pubs, tea rooms, NEW SSFFO NE RD BISHOP’S BISHOP’S REE OR shopping and beautiful walks: ALLR A M WALTHAM WALTHA

City Walk Trace the footsteps of King Alfred from his famous statue in the Broadway to his last known resting place beneath Hyde Abbey Garden.

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Don’t forget! There’s lots of information on individual attractions too… The tourist information centre is also the place to pick up information on our key attractions, popular walks, family activities, postcards, souvenirs and books on the area.

The following publications are also available as downloadable publications: • Meon Valley Churches Trail • Itchen Valley Churches Trail • The Cheriton Battlefield Walk • Winchester Watercress Tour (also available to buy from the tourist information centre) • Eye-openers (guide to public art in Winchester) • Speciality Shopping

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Austen: the author’s life in Hampshire Follow our trail to discover more about Austen’s life in Hampshire and its legacy. www.winchesteraustentrail.co.uk Cricket: its evolution in Winchester and Hampshire’s countryside Embark upon a full itinerary tracking the evolution of cricket across Hampshire and unravel the fascinating history of this sport from its early origins in Hambledon and Alresford. www.cricketingwinchester.co.uk Alresford Millennium and Alre Valley Trails Links together footpaths around the town with illustrated boards detailing the town’s history, its inhabitants, wildlife and countryside setting. Explore a little further and add on the optional loop known as the Alre Valley Trail. Defence of the Realm: explore Hampshire’s military history Handy guide to a superb collection of over 30 castles, museums, great ships, parks, gardens and stately homes. Good Food Hampshire: ideas for foodie days out Dine in our pick of award-winning eateries, take part in foodie events and enjoy special offers and competitions. Leaflet coming soon in 2012. www.goodfoodhampshire.com

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England’s ancientcapital A city steeped in history Winchester is packed with historic buildings, monuments and museums – all within a short walking distance of each other and just waiting to be explored. If you’re not sure where to begin, take the short climb up St Giles Hill for a real overview of the city’s fascinating heritage. From the top you can trace the sweep of medieval and Georgian buildings, laid out according to the original Saxon street plan, and steal a bird’s-eye view of some of the city’s most notable landmarks, from the gothic turrets of the Victorian Guildhall to the perpendicular lines of the renowned cathedral. Also visible from the hill is Hamo Thornycroft’s imposing bronze statue of Winchester’s most significant royal visitor, King Alfred the Great. Scholar, soldier and statesman, this Saxon king rebuilt the city after the Dark Ages and made it his capital. His last known resting place is commemorated at Hyde Abbey Garden, a public space designed by leading landscape architect and former pupil of Winchester College, Kim Wilkie.

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World-famous cathedral A place of worship for over 900 years, Winchester’s imposing cathedral is as remarkable for its hidden treasures as it is for its spectacular architecture (see page 8). Here, in the longest medieval nave in Europe, you will find outstanding works of art alongside the tombs of Jane Austen, Izaak Walton and the early English kings. The Winchester Bible – incredibly created by a single scribe – is on view in the library, and Antony Gormley’s powerful statue,

King Alfred invites you … to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Winchester. From the 25 May - 26 July 2012 the Winchester district will host the Best of British Festival to showcase all those things that Britain does best, from literature and the arts to food and events for all the family. Join us as we welcome a line up of celebrities in an eclectic programme highlighting the role that the perfoming arts has played in British Culture. Watch out for special offers and deals on accommodation during this period – visit www.bestofbritishfestival.com for more details including a full list of events.


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Walk this way: If you're keen to explore Winchester but don’t know where to begin, why not discover the city highlights with one of our qualified tourist guides? Their regular guided walking tours cost £4.50 per adult (accompanied children under 16 free) and depart from the tourist information centre. Private or group tours can also be arranged for any number, catering for special interests and foreign languages. Prices start from £50 per group for a standard 90-minute tour. Each year, the guides offer a series of special themed tours including Jane Austen, Historic Pub Tours and Ghastly Goings-on. For more details, contact the TIC or go to www.winchestertouristguides.com

Myview “Winchester Cathedral has been a part of my life for fifty years since I became a chorister there in 1956. Despite my travels and reporting life, it remains one of the most inspiring and spectacular buildings on earth.” Jon Snow Sound II (shown above left) is hidden away in the evocative setting of the cathedral crypt. Don’t miss evensong (5.30pm every day in term time except Wednesday) for an opportunity to hear the choir, widely regarded as one of the best in Britain.

Arthurian legend Winchester is also famous for its legendary Arthurian Round Table. A striking sight, the table has been housed for over 700 years in the Great Hall – the only remaining part of Winchester Castle and once the centre of court and government life (see page 10). According to myth, the original table was created by the wizard Merlin, although this version is believed to have been made for Edward I, a king known for his interest in the Arthurian legend.

See Winchester’s traditions, events and landscapes through the eyes of four locals in our new ‘A Winchester life’ feature at www.visitwinchester.co.uk which includes an exclusive interview with a Winchester choirboy.

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For over a thousand years, people have come to seek inspiration in this magnificent Cathedral. There’s so much to discover: glorious church architecture and tiny crafted details, priceless treasures and great works of art, historic events and famous people. We hope you will visit. The Cathedral Refectory, with its pretty walled terrace and Cathedral views, offers homemade cakes, lunches and afternoon tea. Find souvenirs, gifts and CDs featuring the Cathedral Choir in the Cathedral Gift Shop. Open to visitors every day from 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday and 12.30pm – 3pm Sunday (admission fees apply). Occasionally times may vary for services and events so please visit the website if making a special visit. Services are held daily and all are welcome. www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk 01962 857 200

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Coming soon: iPhone App for Winchester Look out for the new Visit Winchester iPhone App which will provide visitors with interactive access to detailed information from the Visit Winchester website when in location. Information on accommodation, things to do, events and places to eat will be available on your iPhone at the touch of a button – for free! This application has been funded by local businesses and Winchester City Council through the Visit Winchester and the Heart of Hampshire Destination Management Partnership.

Myview “Winchester, the Westminster of Anglo-Saxon England, is one of the leading archaeological cities of the world, and home to some of the greatest medieval buildings in Europe. Visit them!” Martin Biddle, Professor of Medieval Archaeology, Oxford University Originally the table was undecorated but a later monarch had it painted to depict himself as the mythical king’s descendent: see how closely the painted Arthur figure resembles the young Henry VIII... Close to The Great Hall is the medieval Westgate (see page 13), a fortified gateway which served as a debtors’ prison for 150 years. Here you can read the prisoners’ graffiti, see the interesting collection of weights and measures and take in the excellent views from the roof. The splendid painted ceiling is thought to commemorate Mary Tudor’s lavish wedding to Philip II of Spain which took place at Winchester Cathedral in 1554 amid great pomp and ceremony. Mary’s legacy doesn’t stop there; she also bestowed a series of gifts on the people of Winchester including the City Mill, which she granted to the city by royal charter in 1554. The mill still grinds flour today; see page 12 for more details.

The bishops’ legacy Almost two hundred years before Mary’s nuptials, Bishop William of Wykeham founded what is now believed to be the oldest continuously-running school in the country, Winchester College (pictured, left. See page 12). One of the greatest architectural and artistic patrons of his day, Wykeham also established New College, Oxford. Both colleges were on a scale previously undreamt of in English education and became the model for Eton and King’s College, Cambridge. Join a guided tour for an intriguing glimpse of the medieval buildings, the 14th century gothic chapel with its unusual wooden vaulted roof (shown below) and the 17th century red-brick schoolroom, believed to have been designed by Sir Christopher Wren.

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Telephone: 01962 846 476 www.hants.gov.uk/greathall Email: the.great.hall@hants.gov.uk The Great Hall

Open: All year, daily except Christmas and Boxing Day and occassionally closed for civic events. Please see our website for details. Guided tours available upon request. Group booking advised. Nearest parking at Tower Street Car Park. Admission: Suggested donation of £2.00 or £1.00 per head for groups.

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Situated at the top of the High Street just to the left of The Westgate, The Great Hall and Sally Port are the only surviving parts of Winchester Castle and are owned and maintained by Hampshire County Council. The Great Hall was one of the largest and finest in England, and is certainly the finest of that period to have survived today. Its many features include stained-glass windows, a judges’ bench and wrought steel gates that were installed in 1983 to commemorate the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer.

The Hall is home to the legendary Arthurian Round Table, which has hung there since 1348. The Table has been dated to the 13th or early 14th century and was probably constructed within the Hall. The names of 24 of the Knights of the Round Table are written around the edge of the table, surmounted by King Arthur on his throne.

Queen Eleanor’s Garden Situated just outside the south door of The Great Hall is a recreation of a medieval herbarium named after Queen Eleanor of Provence, wife of Henry III, and her daughterin-law Queen Eleanor of Castile, wife of Edward I. It was opened by Her Majesty The Queen Mother in 1986 as part of the Domesday celebrations. Turf seats and bay hedges surround a herb garden and features include a fountain, camomile lawn, tunnel arbour and stone seats – so one can sit and admire! Map E8

Winchesterisgreatforgroups! Group travel advice Our group travel experts in the Tourist Information Centre have extensive knowledge of the local area and will be happy to help with all aspects of your group visit, including: • providing tailored itineraries; • advising on group-friendly accommodation and eateries; • organising familiarisation visits; • supplying multiple copies of maps and guides. Email groups@winchester.gov.uk, call 01962 840 500 or go to www.visitwinchester.co.uk/groups-and-travel-trade

Guided tours for groups Winchester’s tourist guides offer private tours for groups of any size, catering for specialist interests and foreign languages. To book a tour, call 01962 840 500 or go to www.winchestertouristguides.com for further information. 10

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Old school tie: Winchester College boasts some illustrious alumni. Some of the more famous Wykehamists include Hugh Gaitskell, Douglas Jardine, Lord Howe, Viscount Whitelaw, George Mallory, Viscount Younger, Richard Noble, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Anthony Trollope and Kenneth Clark. Take a tour to find out more – see www.winchestercollege.org

Wykeham was not the only bishop to make his mark on Winchester. Politician, patron of art and brother of King Stephen, Henry of Blois was a highly powerful figure in 12th century England who used his considerable wealth to finance the building of Wolvesey Castle and nearby Bishop’s Waltham Palace. Both are now in ruins, the latter a victim of the Civil War, the former of a later bishop’s desire for a more ‘comfortable’ residence. From the college, a short walk south through the idyllic water meadows will lead you to another reminder of Bishop Henry’s legacy. The Hospital of St Cross (see page 10) is a medieval almshouse that has provided sheltered accommodation for elderly gentlemen since its foundation in 1136. Request the Wayfarer’s Dole – a morsel of bread and beaker of ale – at the Porter’s Lodge and you will be taking part in a 900-year-old tradition. Souvenir bottled ale is now available.

Southwick Park, General Eisenhower’s operational headquarters during the Second World War and still home to the preserved D-day wall map. Also on site are the Royal Military Police and the Royal Navy Regulators museums. If your exploration of Winchester’s past leaves you hungry for more, why not drop into the award-winning City Museum – the UK’s first purpose-built museum outside London – to follow the story of the city from prehistoric and Roman times to the present day (see page 13). Alternatively, book yourself on a tour with a qualified tourist guide: see the top of page 7 for more details. You can also check out the range of historical guides stocked by the tourist information centre, or take a look at the history pages of www.visitwinchester.co.uk I

Military might Back in the city centre, the elegant red-brick buildings of Peninsula Barracks are now home to one of the most sizeable collections of regimental history outside London, in the form of five military museums (see page 12). Call in to the visitor centre for an introduction to the museums and to discover more about the history of the site, the one-time location of Winchester Castle and Charles II’s extravagant palace. This construction, designed by Wren, was intended to be a copy of Versailles – its grand façade facing the west front of the cathedral. The king died before its completion. Budding military historians shouldn’t miss the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson, Fareham (see page 18), for an outstanding array of cannon artillery and daily midday firings of the big guns. You can even experience a gun-firing personally by arranging a gift voucher! Close by is 11


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England’sancientcapital Rebuilt in 1744 on an earlier medieval site, the working watermill spans the River Itchen. Flour Milling demonstrations given on Saturdays and Sundays (subject to volunteer availability). There is a delightful island garden and impressive mill races. The video, exhibition, inner city otter watch, children’s quizzes (and special activities in school holidays) will keep all ages entertained and informed. Baking demonstrations as advertised. The shop offers a wide range of NT and local fresh produce including stoneground, wholemeal flour.

WINCHESTER CITY MILL & SHOP Bridge Street Telephone: 01962 870 057 www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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Founded in 1382,Winchester College has the longest unbroken history of any English school. Guided tours concentrate on the medieval heart of the College and include Chamber Court, the 14th century Gothic Chapel, College Hall, School, the 17th century red brick school room and the medieval cloisters. Standby tours are available at the following times (except between Christmas and New Year) and start at the Porters' Lodge in College Street. Monday,Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 10.45 am 12.00 noon 2.15 pm 3.30pm Tuesday & Thursday: 10.45 am 12.00 noon Sunday: 2.15 pm 3.30 pm Charges: Adults £6.00 Students / Seniors £5.00 Group tours for parties of 10 or more should be pre-booked.

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THE GURKHA MUSEUM Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, WINCHESTER. SO23 8TS Tel: 01962 842832 The Gurkha Museum has something to interest people of all ages and is very suitable for a family outing. Besides tableaux, dioramas and showcases it has visual and voice descriptions of the history of Gurkha Regiments and a display commemorating the winners of 26 Victoria Crosses. Emphasis is also given to the culture of the Gurkhas and their homeland. A souvenir shop is well stocked with items which relate to Gurkhas as well as genuine hand made Nepalese products.

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Have fun stepping into Winchester’s past and imagine what life was like in Britain’s first royal capital. Explore two unique venues each telling the story of 2,000 years of the city’s fantastic history. There’s lots to see, lots to do for all the family and it’s all absolutely free.

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Children at heart Science, steam and snow leopards The Winchester district offers a host of exciting and stimulating activities for all the family. Famous attractions such as the cathedral and the Great Hall appeal to every age, and many offer children’s activities. There are numerous parks, open spaces and nature reserves in or near the city and further afield are other attractions which children love. Here are some ideas for the young and the young at heart. For a nostalgic day out, take a ride on the restored steam trains at the Mid Hants Steam Railway – otherwise known as the Watercress Line – operating for 10 miles between Alresford and Alton (see page 17). Time your visit to coincide with the popular Santa Specials when

Boing! Calling all kids – Winchester Bunny Hop your way to an Easter treat. Every year Winchester’s Easter bunny hides colourful clues around the city and invites families to help find them to crack a puzzling code to win a treat! This year’s Winchester Bunny Hop takes place from 31 March - 15 April 2012. Download the quiz sheet from www.visitwinchester.co.uk or pick one up from the Tourist Information Centre and hop into the shops along the numbered trail along the map to collect your egg-shaped clues. Brought to you by Winchester Business Improvement District. 14


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Free day out for all the family … new-look Fort Nelson is unveiled The Royal Armouries’ unique Victorian Fort Nelson (page 18) - home to the big guns - has undergone a £3.5m redevelopment, supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The new glass-sided Voice of the Guns gallery has guaranteed “wow factor” and showcases 14 of the most famous exhibits, including two sections of the infamous Iraqi Super Gun. Other highlights include social history galleries, exciting new interactives, a 19-acre fort to explore and a brand new visitor centre – including Café 1871 – plus all the old favourites such as underground tunnels and ramparts with panoramic views over Portsmouth and the Meon Valley. www.royalarmouries.org

there are presents for all the children. Don’t miss ‘Day Out With Thomas’ or ‘Ivor the Engine’ when the much-loved characters run along the tracks (pictured, left). You can happily lose the family in the tunnels and underground rooms at the now extensively renovated Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson (above) as they discover the fine collection of firearms on display. And there are regular free performances based on famous battles, firings of the big guns at noon each day, a Playmobil play area and a friendly welcome at Café 1871. Float through the cosmos at the UK’s largest planetarium at Intech family science centre (see page 16). With 80 hands-on exhibits, children can gain a memorable insight into the world of science and planetarium.

My view “Winchester was a wonderful place to grow up and remains a lovely place to visit. There is always something new to see or old to revisit, from the beautiful water meadows to the Round Table, from the surrounding countryside to the city itself. I have always been very proud to be from Winchester.” Phillipa Forrester Bringing history to life Back in the city, have a go at milling some flour at Winchester City Mill, a National Trust property perched over the fastflowing River Itchen (see page 12). Rebuilt in 1744, it has a delightful island garden, impressive mill race, regular milling demonstrations, children’s quizzes and an interactive exhibition. Keep your eyes peeled for the resident family of otters often seen by the bridge at dusk. The cathedral has plenty for its younger visitors. Take a tower tour, or test your powers of observation with one of the nine trails specially designed for children. Alternatively, you can try your hand at gravestone rubbings or gargoyle modelling at one of the cathedral’s workshops (see page 8). At the family-friendly City Museum the many hands-on activities help to put you in touch with the past (see page 13). There

are children’s quizzes and colouring-in sheets, and you can try on Edwardian and Anglo-Saxon costumes. Look out for visits by re-enactors that bring the history of Winchester to life. And don’t miss the medieval Westgate, with activities for children including brass rubbing, sorting artefacts and replica Tudor and Stuart armour to try on. Call 01962 840 500 for opening times.

For lots more ideas for family fun pick up a free copy of the Winchester Explorer Map from the tourist information centre. You can also download discount vouchers for some attractions from www.visitwinchester.co.uk/ site/special-offers

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Step into Africa and meet some of the most fascinating animals on earth at Marwell Wildlife. Watch elegant gazelles, ostrich, zebra and giraffe as they explore Marwell’s new African Valley while you refuel at Café Graze. A visit to Marwell Wildlife is a chance to get close to the wonders of the natural world – and play a big part in helping to save them. From ringtailed coatis to red-eyed tree frogs, laughing kookaburra to frilled lizards, giraffe-nosed catfishes to snow leopards, Marwell’s 140-acre park is home to over 250 exotic and endangered species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings. Just by visiting Marwell Wildlife, you’ll be making a big contribution to their projects to conserve species and habitats, both here in Hampshire and around the world. Their work is a lot more widespread and influential than you might realise. I 17


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Family friendly getaways If planning a family holiday feels like preparing for a military campaign, then help is at hand – Winchester is a very family friendly destination. You’ll find plenty of accommodation that is well equipped for families – take a look at pages 50-67 for some ideas. Winchester’s Holiday Inn (see page 56), next door to Intech Science Centre and Planetarium, is particularly geared up for families. Children stay for free if sharing with their parents. The hotel has six family rooms and 25 rooms with an additional z bed to cater for two adults and one child, travel cots can also be provided on request. If you fancy eating in the main restaurant, children aged 12 years and under can choose a free meal from the children’s menu. If your children need to let off steam they can enjoy the outside terrace and play giant Jenga and giant Connect 4. All children receive a welcome pack on arrival with colourings and puzzles. The hotel is also offering a Marwell Package that includes dinner, bed and breakfast for a family plus entrance to the park for two adults and two children. Call 0871 942 9188 or see www.hiwinchester.co.uk for more details and to book.

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Special offers for families You can still have plenty of fun in Winchester without having to pay full price - look out for special offers and downloadable vouchers on our website: www.visitwinchester.co.uk/site/special-offers. Unmissable deals include one free child admitted with a full paying adult at Intech (offer excludes Planetarium which is an optional extra of £2.20 per person), the Watercress Line and Winchester City Mill, and 20% off the Gift Shop at Marwell Wildlife (see website for full terms and conditions). Many of Winchester's attractions, such as the City Museum, offer free entry, and at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens SAVE children under 16 go free (see page 47).

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Keep the children entertained: During the school holidays there are always plenty of activities and events to keep the children occupied – from craft making to Halloween surprises. Keep an eye on www.visitwinchester.co.uk for more details.

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A spot of shopping Where to shop... and what to buy A paradise for shopping connoisseurs, Winchester and its surrounding market towns boast a tempting array of independent shops, boutiques and art galleries in scenic settings. Soak up the lively atmosphere of street entertainment, historic buildings, café culture and intriguing backstreets that make Winchester a delightful shopping experience worthy of a lazy day’s wandering. Once the Romans’ east to west route through the city, the High Street is now lined with a mix of traditional and nationallyknown stores. Right at the top you will find Walcote Place, an attractively pedestrianised side street which is home to elegant clothing stores and contemporary jewellers. Just a stone’s throw from the historic Hyde Abbey and the northern gate to the city, unusual restaurants and a range of quality shops offer an exciting mix for shoppers in an area known as ‘Hyde Vale’. Parchment Street is a hotspot for unusual boutiques, galleries and stylish hair salons. Look out for the Kite Flyer – a sculptural commission which is in keeping with the street’s history and its artistic atmosphere.

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In The Square specialist shops selling everything from cooking utensils to handsome stationery jostle for attention with quaint pubs, delis and restaurants on what was once the site of a cattle market. Boutique style shops sell well-cut clothing and accessories. Nearby, a collective of equally historic, interconnected side streets between Great Minster Street and Southgate Street – known together as ‘the Constabulary’ – offers jewellery, antiques, gifts, home furnishings and fine wines. Wander a little further and tucked away between the cathedral and Winchester College, you’ll come across Kingsgate Street and College Street, holding some of the city’s best shopping secrets. These include Winchester’s oldest bookshop, a rather special gift retailer and a treasuretrove of antique maps and prints. Out of the city, there are a number of charming market towns to explore, also full of specialist shops and attractions.

Shop ‘til you drop with our guide to Winchester’s shopping and dining secrets. The guide includes an easy-to-use map and directory to make sure you don’t miss a thing on your shopping list. Pick up your copy from the tourist information centre. You can now search for local businesses online using our interactive map of Winchester. Simply go to www.winchesterbid.co.uk/winchester-business-directory to find information about the business, contact details, a website link and even opening hours.


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To market, to market: Time your shopping trip to coincide with the bustling city markets on the High Street and Middle Brook Street which take place every Wednesday through to Saturday, selling everything from local food and produce to flowers and second-hand books (see page 23). Or visit the country’s largest farmers’ market on the second and last Sunday in the month for a feast of the finest local produce. Specialist markets regularly feature in Winchester Cathedral’s event programme, from fine food fairs and craft markets to the Bavarian-style Christmas chalets trading in conjunction with the ice rink during December.

Crafty shopping ideas: On the first and third Sunday Guildhall of every month (March – December) the High Street and Middle Winchester Brook Street are transformed into a creative wonderland – with everything from jewellery and illustrations to vintage clothes and antiques (see page 23). The Guildhall Winchester also hosts a varied programme of fairs throughout the year including the Winchester Food and Produce Show (29 July). The Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Show (16-18 November) – firmly established as the ‘must visit’ event for its stunning collection and unrivalled choice of contemporary jewellery and stylish silverware – and the Charity Festive Market and Making Merry (25 November) offer the perfect chance to buy that special Christmas gift direct from the makers. See page 8 or visit www.guildhallwinchester.co.uk AN H IST

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A spot of shopping The Colour Factory Artists Studios, Gallery & Shop opposite the River Park Leisure Centre - plenty of parking! The Colour Factory Is a working artists’ studio with a delightful adjoining gallery shop selling an exciting range of artworks by award winning artists: Jenny Muncaster Linda Miller Rachael Alexander Jill Maguire Emma Davies Explore our beautiful shop for unique artist made gifts and cards, textiles, prints, jewellery and paintings. The artists also work to personal commission. Art classes and creative parties for children and adults held in The Lightbox, our beach garden workshop. Open Mon to Sat 10am-5pm. Come and see us!

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T H E S TAT I O N E R S Founded in the City in 1835 as a printing and publishing business, Warren & Son can rightly lay claim to the title of the longest established commercial business still in operation in Winchester’s High Street. Located at the top of the High Street and close to the Westgate arch and the ‘man on the horse’, the stationers and gift shop boasts a wide array of unusual and original gift ideas for all the family, making it a firm favourite for those shopping for birthday presents for all ages. Offering a well stocked selection of fountain pens and other writing instruments from Parker, Lamy, Cross and Waterman, Warrens – as it is known locally – also provides the locals with the most original range of greetings cards to be found in the city.

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A feast of food Straight to the source Drawing on its rural resources, the ancient capital of England enjoys a growing reputation for quality local produce, endorsed by the size and popularity of its thriving twice-monthly farmers’ market and weekly food and produce market (see page 23). With more pubs, restaurants and cafés than ever before serving up delicious Hampshire fare, you won’t have to wander very far to sample the freshest seasonal flavours. Winchester Farmers’ Market

Watercress: Winchester’s local leaf

Go straight to the source and visit Winchester Farmers’ Market (second and last Sunday in the month) – the largest in the country – with over 100 local producers showcasing the range and quality of food available from Hampshire. You can taste, try and buy everything from fresh trout and home-baked bread to water buffalo and watercress scones. Trading starts at 9am, so get there early as some of the tastiest produce sells out quickly. Visit www.hampshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk or call 01420 588 671 for more details.

Watercress has well and truly made its mark on the Winchester district with acres of watercress beds spanning the Itchen and Meon Valleys. As well as supplying the major supermarket chains, watercress is a regular feature on local menus and can be bought in farm shops around the area. The local leaf is also celebrated at the annual Watercress Festival held each year in May in the town of Alresford, the hub of the UK’s watercress industry. You can even ride the Watercress Line – also

Foodie fiesta: Real food-lovers should make a date with the Hampshire Food Festival, an annual celebration of the county’s culinary delights from 1 to 31 July, packed with more than 100 delicious foodie events. Join in farm, brewery and vineyard tours, cookery demonstrations, special open days, farm visits and tasting events. Activities are held at numerous times and venues across Hampshire – with plenty of opportunities to eat, enjoy and buy! Full programme and special festival offers available from May; visit www.hampshirefare.co.uk 24


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Hampshire’s finest: Don’t despair if your visit doesn’t quite

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coincide with Winchester’s fabulous farmers’ market. You can still sample the best of Hampshire’s finest local produce by calling into numerous farm shops, delicatessens and restaurants across the district such as Twyford Stores, Cheriton Post Office and Village Stores and The Thomas Lord pub in West Meon. Hampshire Fare’s free guide to local producers of food, drink and craft in the county will help you seek out the best the region has to offer, and includes details of foodie events throughout the year. Simply call 01962 845 435 or visit www.hampshirefare.co.uk to request your copy.

My view “Winchester’s farmers’ market is one of the finest in the country.” Rick Stein known as the Mid Hants Steam Railway – which runs real ale and dining trains throughout the year (see page 17).

Food from the chalk streams The River Itchen, which runs through the heart of the Winchester District, and the River Test to the south west of Winchester are famous for the wild brown trout and rainbow trout which thrive in their ‘ginclear’ fast-flowing waters. You can sample these delicious fish at numerous pubs and restaurants in the area but at none more aptly named than The Trout Inn at Itchen Abbas.

Take home a taste of Hampshire: Hampshire Hampers make a memorable gift – visit www.hampshirehampers.co.uk for more information.

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Great Country Pubs: South East England has its share of quintessential country inns providing visitors with excellent accommodation, seriously great seasonal food, local ales, picture-postcard locations and unique character in abundance. So next time you're looking for that special place to rest your head or get out and about in the South East, check out www.greatcountrypubs.com for Tourism South East’s pick of the greatest country pubs. Tourism South East is a founding partner of the new Visit Winchester and the Heart of Hampshire Destination Management Partnership – helping promote Winchester and the South Downs with local businesses. Top tipples If liquid local produce is more your thing, don’t miss a visit to Wickham Vineyard at Shedfield – supplier of wines to the House of Commons – where you can enjoy audio tours and wine tastings and eat at Atul Kochhar’s restaurant, Vatika. A local tipple of a different kind can be sampled at Southwick Brewhouse, a Victorian domestic brewery and scheduled ancient monument turned museum and shop. Here, you can learn all about the brewing process before browsing the enormous range of beers and ciders in stock, including locally made Suthwyk Ales. I

Coming soon: Download the Visit Winchester iPhone App to find places to eat when you’re in Winchester.

Festive food: www.christmasinwinchester.co.uk is the place to go each year to view Christmas menus from some of the district’s most celebrated eateries. Whether you’re planning the annual office celebration, lunch with a friend or a seasonal family gathering, there’s bound to be a festive menu to suit.

National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme: Winchester City Council in partnership with the Food Standards Agency has introduced the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. The scheme helps consumers choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving them information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, cafés, takeaways, hotels and food shops. You can search for information about hygiene standards at eating establishments in the Winchester district by searching for Winchester at food.gov.uk/ratings. We only promote eateries in this guide that have scored a 3 or above in the rating scheme.* *Please be aware that the assessment process is continuous so ratings may change during the year.

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Hampshire Hospitality Award-winners 2012

Quality on a plate The Hampshire Hospitality Award is a quality marque for restaurants, pubs, tea rooms, cafés, fast food outlets and other ‘eateries’ in the county. Look out for three categories of excellence...

Quality Assured Award: Takes all aspects of its business seriously – customer service, welcome, cleanliness and a commitment to good cooking.

Superior Quality Assured Award: Commitment to high quality cooking, ingredients chosen with care and a genuine enthusiasm for food.

Local Produce Award: Dedicated to using and promoting ingredients produced in Hampshire (or within 10 miles of the county boundary).

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18 Jewry Street SO23 8RZ 01962 872 930

50 West Street, Alresford SO24 9AU 01962 734 394

Mercure Wessex Hotel

The Shoe Inn

Paternoster Row SO23 9LQ 01962 861 611

Shoe Lane, Exton, SO32 3NT 01489 877 526

33 Jewry Street, SO23 8RY 01962 869 966

Brasserie Blanc 19-20 Jewry Street SO23 8RZ 01962 810 870

The Running Horse Morn Hill Brasserie

The Chesil Rectory 1 Chesil Street SO23 0HU 01962 851 555

Holiday Inn, Morn Hill, SO21 1HZ 0871 942 9188

The Dove Inn The Old Vine (pub)

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El-Sabio Tapas Bar & Restaurant 60 Eastgate Street SO23 8DZ 01962 820 233

Gandhi Indian Cuisine 163 High Street SO23 9BA 01962 863 940

The Golden Lion 99 Alresford Road SO23 0JZ 01962 865 512

88 Main Road, Littleton SO22 6QS 01962 880 218

8 Great Minister Street SO23 9HA 01962 854 616

Andover Road, Micheldever Station, SO21 3AU 01962 774 288

Lainston House Hotel Rimjhim 1-3 City Road, SO23 8SD 01962 868 352

Woodman Lane, Sparsholt SO21 2LT 01962 776 088

Terracotta Chinese Restaurant

The Thomas Lord (pub)

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High Street, West Meon GU32 1LN 01730 829 244

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Greens Restaurant & Bar

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The Square, Wickham PO17 5JQ 01329 833 197

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12 West Street, Alresford SO24 9AT 01962 732 429

Wheelchair accessible Wheelchair accessible toilet Not wheelchair accessible Toilet not wheelchair accessible

Visit our Hampshire Hospitality Awards page on www.visitwinchester.co.uk for downloadable menus and to see what the assessor had to say about our 2012 winners.

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Hampshire Hospitality Superior Quality Assured

The Old Vine A warm welcome awaits... Opposite the cathedral this traditional British inn in the heart of historic Winchester is the perfect place to meet for lunch, supper or just a drink. Award-winning restaurant with quality gastropub food and drink in pleasant surroundings, plus superior guest accommodation Fine wines, real ales (we’re in the Good Beer Guide) Oak beams and a roaring log fire for winter; an airy glazed courtyard for summer; and friendly, helpful staff Hampshire Hospitality Award-holders since 2006. Proud supporters of local food producers through Hampshire Fare

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BOOK A TABLE 01962 820 233 Now you can enjoy excellent food and wine in delightful surroundings. At El Sabio we offer you the opportunity to experience authentic Spanish tapas and other dishes, along with a good glass of wine in our riverside restaurant in Eastgate, Winchester. This is a family-run bar and restaurant owned and run by a chef from Hungary! At lunch-time you can enjoy 3 tapas for £8.99 which are always freshly prepared in our kitchen using the best possible ingredients from Spain. For more information and bookings you can call us on 01962 820233 or visit our website www.elsabio.co.uk 60 Eastgate Street, Winchester SO23 8DZ Map F8

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Perfect for celebrations or intimate dinners... Experience dining in a contemporary and relaxed environment at the Holiday Inn, Winchester. Our award winning Morn Hill Brasserie restaurant offers the perfect setting for large family celebrations or small intimate dinners, and using locally sourced produce our talented Head Chef has created a sumptuous menu that’s suitable for lunches, dinners and for every possible occasion. For more information or to book your table please call 0871 942 9188

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Located on the corner of the Broadway and Abbey Passage, eighteen71 is a superb new eatery that overlooks the Broadway, Abbey Gardens and the Nunnaminster. It's light, cool and relaxing interior offers a choice of lounge style seating or comfortable dining tables and chairs, while the outside seating area gives you the chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Broadway.

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A feast of food

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7 DAYS A WEEK Rimjhim at Colden Common and Winchester welcomes you to the ultimate experience in Indian dining. Welcome to a new innovative way of sampling the finest in contemporary Indian cuisine.

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Our restaurants boasts of a calm modern and very spacious settings. Rimjhim simply creates wonderful food, served in stunning surroundings. WINCHESTER: 1-3 CITY ROAD, SO23 8SD COLDEN COMMON : 26 MAIN ROAD, SO21 1RR

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City en fete! Discovering the arts in Winchester Culture lovers will find plenty to occupy them in Winchester. The city is home to a wealth of accomplished artists, designers and craftspeople. The University of Southampton’s renowned School of Art thrives in Winchester, as do a host of festivals and a range of popular live performance venues including the Theatre Royal and the Discovery Centre in Jewry Street. Modern art and striking architecture sit side-byside with historic buildings, monuments and museums in the ancient capital of England.

Vibrant venues Expand your cultural horizons in one of Winchester’s venues, each housed in a building of architectural interest. The Theatre Royal Winchester, an Edwardian gem, has been sensitively restored with a modern twist to provide an elegant setting for classic plays, children’s theatre, music, dance and stand-up comedy. You can enjoy an eclectic mix of off-the-wall acts at the Tower Arts, so called because it once served as the city’s water tower. Not to be outdone, the Chesil Theatre Company stages dramatic productions in www.festivalsinwinchester.co.uk Music festivals grace the Winchester district in the summer: Between 29 June-1 July 2012 you can catch Blissfields: a laid back music festival located on Vicarage Farm in Woodmancott. It features excellent local acts, local produce and arts and crafts stalls. The music varies in genre so there's something for everyone, including families. See www.blissfields.co.uk. The Boomtown Fair will return to the Matterley Estate for its second year (9-12 August). Based on an entire mock city the heavily themed family-orientated festival plays host to hundreds of artists from around 37 the world performing in over 30 completely outrageous themed venues and stages: www.boomtownfair.co.uk


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My view “Winchester meets, pretty well, all the needs of my demanding family. For evening entertainment we all relax and recharge our cultural batteries in both The Screen and the Theatre Royal, while our older children spend time in the kaleidoscope of bars and pubs.” ALASTAIR STEWART

a 12th century church, while the Everyman Cinema occupies a converted military chapel: with state-of-the-art projection and sound and luxurious Parisian-style seating, it’s a far cry from your average multiplex. But perhaps the most awe-inspiring auditorium for an evening’s entertainment is the cathedral itself, where you can hear classical music concerts throughout the year, some of them free.

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a programme of heritage, and art exhibitions drawing on local themes, collections and artists. Taking pride of

place in the foyer is a huge stitched wall hanging by Winchester resident Alice Kettle – Textile Artist of the Year 2006. Heliosphere perform outside Winchester Guildhall during Hat Fair, July 2009

Awaiting your discovery Winchester’s Discovery Centre opened in 2007 on the site of the old lending library in Jewry Street, forming part of the city’s emerging cultural quarter. The centre contains first-floor exhibition space called The Gallery, showcasing exhibitions of national and regional interest, while a ground-floor gallery, City Space, hosts 38

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City en fete! Festivals in Winchester Throughout spring and summer, the city’s streets throng with festivalgoers as Winchester welcomes exciting arts celebrations of all kinds. Visit www.festivalsinwinchester.co.uk or see page 40 for more details – here are just some of the highlights:

Visit our Gallery, City Space, Library, Café and Shop. Don’t miss our fantastic range of exhibitions, events and courses.

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Hat Fair (July) Britain’s longest-running festival of street theatre. Expect a vibrant mix of breathtaking performance, stunts, circus, clowning and music.

Internet & Wifi

Winchester Festival (July) Enjoy some of the greatest names in 21st century theatre, literature, visual arts and music. Winchester Film Festival (May) Catch a great movie classic or cult favourite in venues across the city. Winchester Writers’ Conference (June) Lectures and workshops headlined by celebrated authors, literary agents and commissioning editors. Winchester Fashion Week (June) A fashion frenzy of catwalk shows, workshops, talks, exhibitions and a frock swap.

Come and discover discover our award-winning award-winning building on Jewry Jewry Street, Street, in the heart heart of Winchester

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Best of British Festival 25 May-26 July

Events at a glance February 12 Civil War Muster, The Westgate 13-17 February Postman Pat Special Mission, Watercress Line 17 An evening with Michael Bublé, Holiday Inn 25 TLC Salsa Ball, Guildhall Winchester

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16-18 Winchester Beer & Cider Festival, Guildhall Winchester 23-13 May Jane Bown: Exposures, The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre 23-25 The Great Spring Steam Gala, Watercress Line

3 Round Table Bonfire and Fireworks Display 4 All Woman Show, Guildhall Winchester 23-24 Dec Christmas at Marwell, Marwell Wildlife 1-31 Hampshire Food Festival 25 Charity Festive Market & Making Merry, 6-8 Hat Fair Guildhall Winchester 11 London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay 22-23 Dec Christmas Market, Winchester Cathedral 21-30 Sept International Garden Photographer of the Year, The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre 22-6 Jan Ice Rink, Winchester Cathedral December 22 Open Air Theatre – The Importance of Being Earnest, Avington Park Watercress Line Santa Specials 22-24 Winchester Writers’ Conference Christmas services at Winchester Cathedral 29 Food & Produce Show, Guildhall Winchester

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August

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5-6 Day out with Thomas, Watercress Line 7-9 Winchester Film Festival 8 Guided Tours, Twyford Waterworks 19-22 Winchester Chamber Music Festival

May 4-7 Winchester Cathedral Fine Food and Wine Festival 6 Spring Rally, Twyford Waterworks 7-19 Winchester Film Festival 20 Alresford Watercress Festival 20 Winchester Sports Festival 25-26 MAYfest, Winchester City Centre 25-26 Jul Best of British Festival

June 9 Alresford Music Festival, Alrebury Park, New Alresford 9-10 War on the Line, Watercress Line 9-16 Winchester Fashion Week

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See back cover for full details of events and activities throughout the

July

4-2 Sept Gurkha Museum Temporary Summer Exhibition 5 The Edwardian Waterworks, Twyford Waterworks 9-12 Boomtown, Matterley Estate 18-27 Day out with Thomas, Watercress Line

September 7-9 Autumn Steam Spectacular, Watercress Line

October 4-7 Winchester Comedy Festival 7 Autumn Rally, Twyford Waterworks 6-7 Hampshire Harvest Weekend, Winchester Cathedral 12-28 Chronicles of Light, Winchester Cathedral 29-2 Peppa Pig, Watercress Line 30-2 Wessex Children’s Book Festival, Winchester Discovery Centre

This list has been compiled from information given in good faith by event organisers. Winchester City Council cannot accept any responsibility for inaccuracies and advises anybody wishing to attend an event to confirm details with the tourist information centre before making a special journey.

For a snapshot of what you can enjoy throughout the year watch our films at www.youtube.com/visitwinchester

For more event details:

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www.facebook.com/KingAlfWinchester

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Intech gets sporty Making the most of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Winchester To mark the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Winchester and the surrounding district will be hosting events, activities and parish celebrations to capture people’s imagination and inspire them to get involved. You can read more about just some of the FREE events below. Winchester Sports Festival 20 May, Winchester Sports Stadium, SO23 0QA Action packed day for all the family. Take part in over 40 sports and fun activities. Meet the London 2012 Olympic Mascots and sporting celebrities.

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay 11 July, Winchester and Kings Worthy The London 2012 Olympic Torch will be making its way through Kings Worthy and Winchester on Wednesday 11 July 2012. Details of the routes and the route timings will be released in the spring.

Sporting Heroes 7 July - 26 August, City Space, Winchester Discovery Centre, SO23 8SB An exhibition celebrating local sporting personalities past, present and future, (including Louise Damen, Ben Ainslie and Caroline Brownlie pictured, left).

INTECH Science Centre is on track to open its new area of hands-on activities about sport on the 21 March. Before watching the spectacle of the London Olympics, families can come and have fun learning about the science behind such sports as rowing, sailing, running and even wheelchair basketball. You will find out how muscles work, the winning skill of concentration, how to bend a shot like Beckham and how satellites will beam the images of the Olympics around the world. You don’t have to be a super-athlete to take part. This permanent learning zone is for everyone, children and adults. See www.intech-uk.com for more details. Decathlete Ben Hazell from Hook is currently ranked 3rd in the UK, pictured at the Great Hall in Winchester

London 2012 Community Live Site 27 July - 12 August & 29 August - 9 September, Outer Cathedral Close, Winchester, SO23 9LS Watch the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games live, in the centre of Winchester this summer. Bring the family, have a picnic and try out some Olympic sports.

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For more details on events, including news about the plans for Parish Celebrations, profiles of our current and future local Olympians, training camps and further tourism information see www.winchester2012.co.uk – look out for Chester on the website (pictured, right).

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Explore the heart of Hampshire ‘England as it used to be’ The Winchester district is located in the heart of rural Hampshire – stretching down as far as Portsdown Hill in the South, it nestles between Test Valley to the West and the South Downs to the East. Soft rolling hills, woodlands, rivers market towns and villages (see page 43-46) all conspire to give the visitor a lasting impression of experiencing ‘England as it used to be’.

City of fresh air Many first time visitors to Winchester are often surprised by its closeness to the countryside, and the floral parks and tranquil waterways. Within the city itself you will find gardens and parks which provide the perfect opportunity for some time out from the city. Abbey Gardens, on the site of a nunnaminster founded by King Alfred the Great’s queen, Ealhswith, are a riot of colour in the summer. Just beyond, the Weirs Walk takes you alongside the fast-flowing Itchen, past Wolvesey Castle and on towards the enchanting water meadows. It was this idyllic landscape that inspired Keats to write his ode ‘To Autumn’; during a stay in Winchester 1819. Pick up a copy of Keats: a Winchester walk in the poet’s footsteps from the tourist information centre (see page 5) to follow his daily route to St Cross, ‘where the air is worth sixpence a pint’.

Approximately one mile from the city centre, to the east of St Cross, is the Iron Age fort of St Catherine’s Hill. This is the site of the first settlement in the Winchester area and of one of the earliest recorded cricket matches, played by Winchester College boys in 1647 – if you want to find out more about the origins of cricket in Hampshire, pick up a copy of Cricket: its evolution in Winchester and Hampshire’s countryside (see page 3). A great spot for picnics, you can enjoy fabulous views back towards the city, or contemplate the twisting miz-maze cut into the surface of the hill. And if you like a little fauna with your flora, take a walk through the Winnall Moors nature reserve and Yew Hill Farm Butterfly Reserve. For leafy tranquility try the lime-shaded outer close Breathtaking: of the cathedral or the Follow the self-guided Dean Garnier Garden Sunset Walk from the tourist (through the archway to information centre up St Giles Hill to be the right of the cathedral). rewarded with a sweeping vista of the city. Another secret corner of greenery is Queen Eleanor’s Garden behind the Great Hall. A reconstructed medieval herbarium based on records of royal gardens of the 13th century, it is named in honour of Eleanor of Provence and Eleanor of Castille, both of whom spent time at Winchester Castle. Hyde Abbey Garden traces the shape of the abbey that was the resting place of Alfred the Great, his wife and their son – three engraved ledger stones show the locations of their graves.

Unlock the secrets of the rural heart of the county: We’ve created several ready-made trails and itineraries to help you get more from your visit. Whether you are an Austen enthusiast, a cricket buff or a dedicated fan of a circular walk that encompasses historical landmarks and quirky churches, there is something for you. See page 5 for the full range of trail leaflets available and find out why 69% of prospective guests extend their stay in Winchester having looked into what the possibilities are in and around the district. www.winchesteraustentrail.co.uk www.cricketingwinchester.co.uk 42


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Explore the heart of Hampshire Market towns and rural villages If you’re looking to explore further afield, it’s easy to stumble across picturesque towns and villages dotted across the Heart of Hampshire. And wherever you go, you’ll find country pubs and cosy tea rooms to fuel your exploration. Why not extend your stay and explore some of the beautiful countryside around the city. Use the Touring map on page 36 to locate the towns and villages.

Alresford Eight miles to the east of Winchester, Alresford is a handsome town of painted Georgian houses that rose from the ashes of the great fires of the 17th century. As well as specialist shops, there’s a surprising number of eateries – traditional and gastro pubs, smart bistros and award-winning tea rooms. Hop on board a powerful locomotive for an unforgettable 10-mile trip to Alton on the Mid Hants Steam Railway, or simply step back in time at the superbly restored station. In 2012 The Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ will be celebrating 35 years since it was restored from Alresford to Ropley and re-opened to the public in 1977. Extra steam train services will be running alongside an exciting programme of events to mark this special anniversary – see www.watercressline.co.uk or page 17. The town’s annual Watercress Festival in May celebrates its status as the UK capital of watercress farming. Enchanting riverside walks offer a detour past the watercress

beds so (when stocks allow) you can pick up a souvenir bunch using the honesty box provided. Learn about Alresford’s fascinating history by picking up a free copy of the Alresford Millennium & Alre Valley Trails, detailing two self-guided walks linked in with illustrated boards around the town. And NEW EW plan your trip with The New Alresford ALLR REESSFFO ORD Pocket Guide, free from Winchester Tourist Information Centre and many of Alresford’s shops. An A n histo h i s t o ric r i c Geo G e o rgia rgia

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A stroll along the river: The Alresford Millennium Trail links together footpaths around the town and attractive riverside with illustrated boards which give information on the history of Alresford, its inhabitants, wildlife and countryside setting. If you would like to explore a little further then add on the optional loop known as the Alre Valley Trail for an opportunity to see at closer hand some of the beautiful countryside that surrounds Alresford. Download the trails from www.visitwinchester.co.uk or pick one up from the tourist information centre. 43


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Bishop’s Waltham Twelve miles south east of Winchester lies the medieval town of Bishop’s Waltham. The bishop of the title was Henry of Blois, brother of King Stephen, who founded Bishop’s Waltham Palace in the 12th century. An important residence of the powerful Winchester bishops, the palace hosted many royal visitors including Mary Tudor while she waited for the arrival of her future husband, Philip II of Spain, prior to their marriage. The palace was destroyed in 1644 under Cromwell’s orders but the extensive ruins are worth a visit today. The town itself has a fine Norman church, and a host of boutiques and award-winning restaurants housed in attractive period buildings.

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Rural acropolis: For a taste of ancient Greece in the quiet Hampshire countryside, seek out The Grange in the tiny village of Northington. Widely considered as one of the finest Neo-Classical buildings in Britain, although perhaps one of the least known, this 17th century house was entirely refashioned into a Greek temple in 1804 by William Wilkins, architect of the National Gallery. Set in acres of parkland beside a lake fed by a tributary of the Itchen, the result is an astonishing sight but it proved to be an impractical place to live and the house was abandoned. Today, The Grange stands empty, coming to life once a year for the critically-acclaimed Grange Park Opera festival. See www.alresford.org for more pictures and information.

Twyford and Shawford If you travel out of Winchester on the B3335 you will pass through Twyford (pictured, left), where the Edwardian waterworks is open to the public on selected Sundays during the year. There are also themed open days throughout the summer. Attractions include the original pumping buildings and equipment, a set of lime kilns and water softening process together with a working industrial railway, a model boat pond and a nature trail. Call 01962 714 716 for details. Shawford sits on the other side of the river from Twyford and is probably best known today for being the spot chosen to film where Victor Meldrew – the grumpy old man from the television series One Foot in the Grave – was hit by a car and died. There are pleasant walks here along the river or up onto Shawford Down.

Wickham and Hambledon Just four miles away from Bishop’s Waltham is the picturesque village of Wickham. Set around a striking medieval square surrounded by graceful period buildings, it has its own water meadows and is a good place for a stroll. Alternatively you can browse the interesting shops, including

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Coastal Hampshire and the Isle of Wight: Hampshire’s sea-faring past has given way to a bustling coastal present, and there is every reason to extend your stay in Winchester to encompass a trip to Southampton, Portsmouth (see left, HMS Victory) or the Isle of Wight. If you are a history lover then there is a rich variety of world-class naval heritage attractions to choose from. There are plenty of large scale family-friendly attractions on the mainland and on the Isle of Wight to keep the children happy too. And regular ferry and hovercraft crossings with excellent links to buses and trains mean that it’s possible to have a really exhilarating day out at the coast and still be back in Winchester in time for tea.

Beyond the heart of Hampshire Discover ancient forests, rolling green hills and modern cities as well as the Solent coastline, the UK's premier destination for sailing – perfect for a day trip from your base in Winchester.

National Parks – a double take from a single base Winchester is the gateway to the newly designated South Downs National Park (see the South Downs Visitor Guide 2012 pull-out brochure in the centre of this guide), and only a stone’s throw from the popular tourist destination, the New Forest (pictured, right). So why not make Winchester your base and explore the varied landscapes these two areas have to offer? Whether it’s staggering views of the Meon Valley from Old Winchester Hill, or privileged glimpses of rare native wildlife, this is the English countryside at its very best. I

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Coming soon: In 2012 we will be launching a collection of special edition vintage-style posters for Winchester cityscape, the South Downs National Park, the New Forest National Park, coastal Hampshire and the Heart of Hampshire. The posters will retail at £6.99 each or two for £10.00 or five for £25.00. So pre-order now from the tourist information centre by calling 01962 840 500 or email tourism@winchester.gov.uk


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Explore the heart of Hampshire Cycling Holidays

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Star quality All the accommodation featured in this guide has been quality assessed by either VisitEngland, the AA or the Visit Winchester and the Heart of Hampshire Approved Accommodation scheme (see opposite page, top right). All the national bodies (VisitEngland, VisitScotland, VisitWales and the AA) assess hotels and guest accommodation to the same criteria and award one to five stars. The star ratings reflect the overall quality of the experience. By choosing to stay in quality-assessed accommodation, you can be confident that it has been checked out before you check in.* Qualified assessors visit each property regularly, carrying out a routine day visit or an overnight stay. On these occasions, they book in as a regular guest like you, and test all the facilities and services anonymously. A quality score is awarded for every aspect of the experience including the comfort of the bed, the quality of the breakfast and dinner and, most importantly, the cleanliness. They also score the warmth of welcome. Places that ‘go the extra mile’ to make your stay a special one will be awarded a high star rating and hotels and guest accommodation may achieve a gold or silver award from VisitEngland. Similarly,

the AA awards red stars to hotels offering exceptional standards of quality and customer care and yellow stars to the very best guest accommodation within the three, four and five star rating levels. For serviced accommodation, there are two separate schemes – one for hotels and one for guest accommodation: • Hotels have to be licensed, offer dinner at least five nights a week (unless categorised as a Metro Hotel) and have all rooms en suite or with private bathrooms. • Guest accommodation tends to be personally run by the owners. Certain additional facilities and services are provided at the higher star levels.

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Other types of assessed accommodation that feature in this guide are as follows: • Self-catering accommodation is assessed on the layout and design of the accommodation and the range and quality of the kitchen equipment, as well as the quality and comfort of the bedrooms and bathrooms and most importantly, the cleanliness. • Campus accommodation covers the universities and colleges that are able to accommodate visitors during the vacation periods on a bed and breakfast basis. Generally the rooms are en suite and there will be plenty of single rooms, so large groups will not present a problem. • Holiday, touring and camping parks VisitEngland awards star ratings reflecting the overall quality of the park from one to five stars. The AA also classifies parks on a five-point scale according to their style and range of facilities but awards a pennant rating rather than stars. For more information on the VisitEngland and AA assessment schemes, go to www.enjoyengland.com/Where-to-stay and www.theaa.com/travel/ accommodation_restaurants_grading.html


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Key to symbols New for 2012 – Visit Winchester and the Heart of Hampshire Approved Accommodation scheme: We have introduced a new ‘entry level’ assessment which ensures a basic level of hygiene, safety, welcome, comfort and cleanliness. Created by VisitEngland and licensed for inspection by Quality in Tourism, the new local scheme offers small businesses an alternative assessment process to the star rating system. Establishments who already have a star rating automatically qualify to carry the logo of this scheme (see above, left, and the key to symbols on pages 54 and 62). Find out more at www.visitwinchester.co.uk/site/where-to-stay

Finding your accommodation The ‘Where to stay’ section is subdivided into accommodation types: hotels (p.55-58), guest accommodation (p.59-63), selfcatering (p.64-66), camping and caravan parks (p.67), and campus accommodation (p.67). Each section begins with properties in Winchester city centre and follows with properties in the surrounding countryside, listed alphabetically by town or village. Within each city, town or village, properties are listed in rating order. Due to the large number of B&Bs in the Winchester district, guest accommodation has been divided into two sub-sections: city (p.59-61) and countryside (p.62-63). You can find more countryside accommodation in the South Downs Visitor Guide located in the centre of this guide.

To make a booking You can contact establishments direct or, if you need more help to make your choice, the tourist information centre’s reservation service can assist you. You can either telephone 01962 840 500 or email tourism@winchester.gov.uk. The service costs £5, payable by credit card, and a deposit is also taken – deducted from your final bill – of 10% of the cost of the first night only. Alternatively, go to the

accommodation pages of our website www.visitwinchester.co.uk to check ‘real-time’ availability. You can also book your accommodation on our website. Please mention the Winchester visitor guide when booking direct. If you visit the tourist information centre in person, we can arrange accommodation in the city and surrounding area. The service costs £4 and a deposit is also taken – deducted from your final bill – of 10% of the cost of the first night only. However, to secure accommodation that best suits your requirements, we suggest you book in advance, particularly to avoid disappointment during busy periods. Sometimes offers and other promotions are available - see the ‘Special offers’ page on our website. If you are travelling on to another destination, we can Book a Bed Ahead for you. This service costs £4, plus refundable deposit of 10% (or £5 in total, depending on the area booked).

double room rates, including VAT and breakfast, are shown. Prices for double rooms are based on two people sharing the room. Single supplements for one person occupying a twin or double will often apply. Where single rooms are available they will generally be cheaper than single occupancy of a twin or double room. Some establishments also offer family rooms (for two adults and two children unless otherwise stated). Short break prices are per person per night and include bed, breakfast and evening meal.

Cancellation Prices Prices quoted are an indication only and are subject to change. You are advised to check prices and facilities when making your booking and also to ask if there are any special offers available. Single and

If you book but subsequently fail to take up accommodation, or if you cancel your booking, the proprietor may be entitled to a cancellation fee. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you organise your own travel insurance cover.

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Accessible accommodation The tourist information centre maintains a detailed description of accommodation facilities and access for visitors with disabilities. Please contact us for advice. You can also use our online search facility to check access information. Some properties in this guide feature symbols denoting ground-floor bedrooms and/or lifts. Please check before making a booking that the establishment of your choice can cater for your requirements. Access information has been supplied by the accommodation providers themselves

and has been offered in good faith. Winchester City Council accepts no responsibility for inaccuracies or subsequent changes to facilities.

We hope you enjoy your stay However, in the unlikely event that you find cause for complaint, we strongly advise you to take it up with the accommodation provider at the time of your stay while they have the opportunity to put things right. You can also write to the relevant assessment agency:

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For VisitEngland ratings Quality in Tourism Security House, Alexandra Way Ashchurch, Tewkesbury Gloucestershire GL20 8NB 0845 300 6996 qualityintourism@gslglobal.com

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Where to stay Want to see this view? Pick up a copy of the self-guided Keats Walk from the tourist information centre or download it from www.visitwinchester.co.uk to trace the poet’s steps through the water meadows.

Top ten tips for a greener stay Help us to preserve the special character of the Winchester district by following these few simple steps: 1. Look for the leaf

7. Use pedal power

When choosing accommodation or attractions look for members of our Green Leaf Tourism Scheme, indicated in this guide by the green leaf symbol.

dishes which make use of fresh, seasonal Hampshire produce and help contribute to the sustainability of the countryside by supporting local farmers and small businesses.

2. Bag a Winchester bag

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Pick up a Winchester bag for £2.99 from the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) to use during your stay.

Hampshire Fare offers an excellent free guide to producers of local food, drink and craft. Call 01962 845 435 or visit www.hampshirefare.co.uk

Buses to most places mentioned in this guide operate from Winchester’s bus station, conveniently situated opposite the TIC at the bottom of the High Street. Pop into the TIC for advice on routes and timetables or go to www.traveline.info

3. Leave your car at home Winchester is a pedestrian-friendly city perfect for exploring on foot. And with excellent coach and rail links, London Waterloo is just an hour away by train so there’s no need to bring your car.

4. Eat local Look out for our Hampshire Hospitality Award-winners with the ‘local produce award’ (see page 27). Choose from an abundance of

6. Go local With so much to see on the doorstep stretch your legs and get to know the area: the city has plenty to keep you entertained for days, while the district is criss-crossed by walking paths and trails. See page 3 and the South Downs Visitor Guide in the centre of this guide for ideas or ask the TIC for information on local walks.

At the gateway to the South Downs National Park, the gently rolling countryside is ideal for cyclists of all abilities. Or hire a bike from Bikeabout to explore the city – just ask the TIC.

9. Switch off Remember to turn the lights and TV off when you leave and participate in towel-saving schemes.

10. Recycle, recycle, recycle If there isn’t a separate recycling bin in your room ask your host to dispose of your recyclable waste in their own recycling bin.

Going the extra mile: One organisation making impressive headway with their green agenda is Marwell Wildlife Park, winner of the 2010 Winchester Business Excellence Award for Green Innovation for the second time. Duncan East, Sustainability Manager at Marwell Wildlife Park (pictured, right) and his team have achieved a real sense of a cultural shift amongst staff and visitors. The new Café Graze Restaurant is a sustainably constructed building and also uses various environmentally friendly practices such as rainwater capture. 53


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Hotels ★★★★

Mercure Wessex Hotel

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the 900 year old Cathedral. Perfect for both business and leisure, many of our tastefully decorated ensuite bedrooms each with 32 inch flat screen TVs enjoy unrivalled views of this famous landmark. Traditional English fayre made with the best of British produce may be enjoyed in the Wessex Restaurant and Kings Lounge both of which overlook the Cathedral and its grounds.

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The Winchester Hotel is a sparkling boutique style property ideally situated in the heart of the historic city of Winchester. Our 98 bedrooms are stylishly decorated and your stay includes complete use of our stunning Health Club with a gym, pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and a spacious poolside for relaxing lounging. The hotel also features our AA Rosette award winning Hutton’s Brasserie and also Gershwin’s Café Bar and Terrace. These all

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Hotels ★★★★

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service being present in all 141 bedrooms. The award-winning restaurant offers a wide range of dining options, from excellent breakfast buffet and lunch menu to three course dining. Our menu is based on locally sourced produce, including our children’s options. Why not dine alfresco on our outside terrace. Our stunning location and countryside makes Holiday Inn ideal for a wedding venue or private event catering up to 180 guests.

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Norton Park is situated in 54 acres of rolling Hampshire parkland offering you tranquillity, calm and an inspirational outdoor lifestyle. Relax in the beautiful gardens, unwind in the luxurious spa, indulge in Scene Restaurant and Bar. The 175 superbly finished spacious bedrooms all offer the luxury you expect. Everything is to hand – LCD television, en suite bathroom and shower rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, Sealy beds,

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Hotels ★★★★

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Just two miles north-west of the ancient cathedral city of Winchester, Lainston House is a beautiful 17th Century William and Mary country house nestling in 63 acres of stunning Hampshire countryside. Offering 50 luxurious and individually designed bedrooms and suites it is a tranquil haven of quintessential Englishness. Andy MacKenzie and his talented brigade of chefs have been awarded three AA rosettes for their creative,

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and a firm favourite for both business and pleasure. 68 bedrooms are split between four lodges, connected by open, airy corridors from which you can admire the beautiful surrounding grounds. Dip into the indoor pool, relax in the sauna, chill out with a drink in our lounge bar and treat yourself to the very best local and seasonal produce in The Dining Room.

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“It is so important to focus on green initiatives and think about our carbon footprint whenever we look to improve or change something at the hotel. The challenge is ensuring that quality is not compromised in any way, shape or form in the process.” Cliff Hasler (pictured, centre), General Manager of Lainston House receives Gold Award for Small Hotel/Townhouse of the Year at Tourism ExSEllence Awards 2009.

Green getaway Lainston House Hotel is Winchester’s flagship ‘green’ hotel. It offers Fairtrade, environmentally and ethically sourced fine foods using locally sourced, quality ingredients. And as they have added their very own kitchen garden, food miles are now kept to an absolute minimum. Chefs can be seen picking the produce just before service in the restaurant. It doesn’t get much fresher than that… Six Gloucester Old Spot pigs live a grand

old life in the woodland within the grounds, feeding on organic apples and vegetables. A number of beehives produce Lainston Honey and even the apples from the orchard are being used to make Lainston’s own apple juice and jams. Other green initiatives at the hotel include full recycling of paper/card/glass/ cartridges, composting, solar panels and the use of energy efficient bulbs in bedrooms and public spaces. And all residential guests have an option of

receiving a ‘Green Turndown’. With three rosettes, only awarded to outstanding restaurants demanding recognition well beyond the local area, you can expect the highest quality ingredients, excellent and intelligent service and a well chosen wine list. Lainston House is also one of the AA Inspectors’ Choice hotels – as identified by four red stars, standing out as the very best in the UK and the republic of Ireland. If you would like to find out more, check out www.exclusivehotels.co.uk

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The independently owned Harestock Lodge Hotel is situated just 2.5 miles north from the city centre. The Hotel offers a variety of rooms including a ground floor room with disabled facilities. There is ample free parking and a large secluded garden. VisitEngland Breakfast Award. See website and hotel review sites for further information.

Grade II Listed hotel. A free house offering great food. The restaurant offers freshly prepared food using local suppliers. Open daily for both residents and non residents. Private parties can be catered for in our private function rooms. Close to Watercress Line and 15 minutes from Winchester.

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City guest accommodation

Giffard House

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Completely restored to a luxurious standard to create the atmosphere of a prosperous Victorian family house in this leafy part of the city.

All 13 rooms en-suite with telephone, flat screen TV, hairdryer and beverage making facilities. Guests have use of residents’ lounge and large garden Ample parking within the grounds Prices include full English breakfast B&B: Single from £73; Double from £95 Fully licensed Free WiFi Free Sky Sports Totally non-smoking

50 Christchurch Road, Winchester, SO23 9SU Tel: 01962 852 628 Fax: 01962 856 722 email: giffardhotel@aol.com Web: www.giffardhotel.co.uk

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Elegant, comfortable and clean accommodation with free parking permit supplied, close to city centre, cathedral, law courts, Winchester College, Winchester University, hospital and station. All three rooms have TV, Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryer. Breakfast served in the dining room with local free range eggs and homemade preserves. Special diets catered for.

Quiet, comfortable and spacious luxury accommodation with private parking in cul-de-sac location at the heart of St Cross. Within walking distance of city centre, cathedral, station, Winchester College and beautiful water meadows. Business people, walkers and cyclists welcome. Easy access to M3 and M27.

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Selected by The Sunday Times Travel Magazine as one of the 100 finest places to stay in England, Clifton Terrace has been described as the most distinguished terrace in Winchester offering elegant and privately arranged Georgian accommodation only minutes’ walk from the cathedral, city centre and railway station. Look forward to a great breakfast overlooking the city, wireless internet and city parking together with a very warm welcome to Winchester. 2D/T £69-£79 (£59 SO)|1F £110 (£59 SO)|2PB

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The King Alfred is over 100 years old and situated in Hyde near to all local amenities. Within walking distance of Winchester station and close to M3/A34. Our rooms were renovated in March 2008 to a high standard offering comfortable B & B in a lovely area of Winchester at value for money prices. Room only rates and long stay discounts available. 1S £75|2D/1T £95 (£85 SO)|3ES

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City guest accommodation

The Old Vine Traditional British inn with beautifully presented guest rooms and a cosy oak-beamed bar and restaurant. AA four star rating “Highly Commended” for 2012; Hampshire Hospitality Award holders since 2006. With views of the cathedral and a short stroll from the High Street. For information or to book please telephone or visit www.oldvinewinchester.com 8 Great Minster Street Winchester SO23 9HA Tel: 01962 854 616 www.oldvinewinchester.com

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If you're looking for quality and comfort in a warm inviting setting then look no further than the Wykeham Arms. Situated between Winchester Cathedral and the famous 14th Century college the inn retains its 18th Century charm with modern facilities, luxurious and stylish furnishings and a level of service that is second to none. Dining at the award-winning Wykeham Arms you will be treated to

a range of top quality dishes using locally sourced Hampshire ingredients. Our extensive wine list offers handpicked wines from around the world and of course we have a range of fine local ales available too. Our delightful Wykeham function room can seat up to 25 people and is perfect for buffet or sit down meals and small business meetings. If your visit extends beyond a fantastic meal and you'd like somewhere to rest your head, any of our 14 bedrooms will provide you with a real home from home experience. With fine linen, luxurious beds and

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An old inn facing the ancient Westgate to the city. Newly furnished and decorated bedrooms above a traditional pub serving local produce. Rooms are named after people who visited or stayed in the city – Anthony Trollope, Sir Walter Raleigh to name but two. Friendly staff and lively banter from regulars in the bar. Great steaks and local produce for lunch or dinner.

Our pretty Victorian house overlooks Orams Arbour. Our home is quiet and clean. We serve your choice of breakfast with local produce and home-made preserves. Easy walking to city centre, station, university, law courts and hospital. Private bathroom and sitting room with television. Off road parking. A warm welcome.

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Our family home offers high standards of comfort, cleanliness and cuisine. Non-smoking house, situated on Winchester’s northern outskirts, 2 miles from city centre, close to beautiful countryside. Pleasant 25 minute walk into town or regular bus services. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast menu in rooms. Home-made preserves. Free-range eggs. Off-road parking. Closed: 15.12.2012 – 4.1.2013

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Countryside guest accommodation ★★★★

The Angel Gosport Road, ALTON GU34 3NN

27 Tel: 01730 828 111 / 07795 482 014 Email: alton@citylodge.co.uk Web: www.citylodge.co.uk

Map G2 have Hypnos beds, flat screen televisions with 40 Freeview channels and free Wi-Fi internet access. The Angel has a great bar, restaurant and terrace serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ample free parking and for your convenience it has a 24/7 reception.

The Angel is situated in the heart of Hampshire surrounded by beautiful countryside with fabulous views. 40 newly refurbished bedrooms all featuring en-suite bathrooms with bath and power shower. All rooms

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Tel: 01962 714 710 / 07554 882 131 Map E3 Email: thedellguesthouse@googlemail.com Web: www.thedellbedandbreakfast.com

A pleasant welcome awaits visitors to Haygarth. Located close to town centre and beautiful countryside. Convenient for Winchester, New Forest, Watercress Line and the Wayfarers’ Walk. Relax and unwind in the heart of Hampshire. Guest annexe has separate entrance, lounge, kitchen, en suite bedrooms.

The Dell is a beautifully restored 15th Century Grade II listed cottage set in a delightful two acre woodland garden. We offer two bedrooms – both ensuite – The Cottage Room and The Garden Room which is large enough to accommodate a young family as well as a cosy lounge/dining room with wood burning stove.

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Countryside guest accommodation The Kings Head

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Main Road, HURSLEY, SO21 2JW

The Running Horse

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88 Main Road, LITTLETON, Winchester SO22 6QS

The Dove Inn

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Andover Road, MICHELDEVER STATION, Winchester SO21 3AU

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The Kings Head free house is a traditional Georgian coaching inn situated in the historic downland village of Hursley. We offer a warm welcome with freshly cooked food and traditional rural hospitality. All of our recently restored 4 star rooms are different and maintain their Georgian charm but with today’s comforts. 4SU £100|2T from £100-£110 (from £75-£85 SO)|2D from £85-£90 (from £70-£80 SO)|1S £65|8ES

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The Running Horse is full of local atmosphere, fab food and charming accommodation. Offering contemporary style double or twin bedded rooms around a courtyard, all with en-suite bath/shower rooms. All rooms have flat screen TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee. Ideal for business travellers or those looking for casual breaks.

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Situated at Micheldever Station, the Dove Inn is tastefully furnished providing a welcoming, informal atmosphere. Our modern en-suite rooms have bath or shower. The Dove is ideal for conferences, meetings, funerals, christenings, private parties, weddings and short breaks. Ample parking and train services to and from Winchester, Basingstoke and London. 3D 2T £70-£90 (£67.50 SO) 1F £120 5ES

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Ranvilles Farm House ★★★★★

Little Mead

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16th century listed Grade II* house in 5 acres of peaceful gardens and fields. Large elegant rooms with extra large beds. One mile from the pretty market town of Romsey. Equidistant from Southampton and the cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury. Adjacent to the New Forest. 1S £30-£45|1D 1T £60-£75 (£40 SO) 1F £70-£85 (£40 SO)|4ES

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Quietly situated, five minutes’ drive from Winchester. Self-contained accommodation in barn-style annexe with own sitting room/kitchen. The barn makes a comfortable base for tourists or business people. Evening meals at local pubs. Good bus and train links to Winchester. and London. Convenient stop-over for Southampton Airport and ferries. Self catering also available – see website.

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Our accommodation comprises three recently refurbished, light, airy rooms. We have two double rooms and one twin. All rooms have en suite facilities, breakfast table and chairs, TV and tea and coffee making facilities. In addition we have free wireless internet access. 2D 1T £70 (£50 SO)|3ES

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Self-catering ★★★★★

South Winchester Lodges The Green, South Winchester Golf Course, WINCHESTER SO22 5SW

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Mews House

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Mews Lane, WINCHESTER SO22 4PS

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Accommodation: log cabin Capacity: 6 and 4

Award-winning, five star, Norwegian log cabins beautifully set in the centre of South Winchester Golf Club. The two and three bedroom, two bathroom lodges are located in a peaceful situation, only two miles from the city of Winchester. Each lodge has a well-equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine. A large open-plan living area opens out onto a spacious decked balcony. The lodges are luxuriously furnished with flatscreen TVs in the living area and master bedroom, DVD player and CD sound system. Some lodges offer the added luxury of a hot tub on the balcony. Contact: L Ross, address as above

Tel: 01962 853 002 / 07754 616 117 Map F8 Email: bookings@mallardcottage.co.uk Web: www.mallardcottage.co.uk Accommodation: cottage annexe Capacity: 4+cot

Two double bedrooms, two shower rooms in fully-equipped Georgian cottage annexe. Peaceful riverside garden in conservation area overlooking historic heart of city. Off-street parking. On-line booking. Wi-Fi enabled. Telephone. Credit cards accepted. Organic/local welcome hamper. Nonsmoking. Excellent touring base for Wessex region. Central London 55 minutes by train. Contact: Tricia Simpkin, as above

Weekly Rate: £475-£965

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44 Chesil Street, WINCHESTER SO23 0HX

Beechcroft, Crabwood, Sarum Road, WINCHESTER SO22 5QS

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Delightful modern cottage with patio and two car carport in peaceful, yet very central Winchester location. Two double bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchen, open-plan living area, linen and towels. Short walk to city centre amenities and rail station. An ideal base for city, countryside and coast. Non-smoking establishment. Contact: Linda Westaway, 34 New Road, Digswell, Welwyn, Herts AL6 0AH Weekly rate: £500-£650

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A two-bedroom, architect-designed apartment built in 2005 which is unique in providing detached first-floor accommodation conveniently situated in a secluded location. Minimum two nights stay from £105 per night all inclusive. Contact: Richard Wetherill, Sylvatica, Park Road, Winchester SO23 7BE

Located on a working farm in a stunning setting with extensive views, this delightful former dairy offers one en suite double bedroom (5ft bed), one twin and one room with bunk beds. Lounge/dining/kitchen and shower room. Winchester is 10 minutes away. Nearby walks in Farley Mount Country Park and on the Clarendon Way. Contact: Mrs Joy Waldron, address as above

15th Century, Grade II Listed building just 5 mins walk from city centre. Swan Cottage is unique; full of charm and character, fully equipped and tastefully furnished. Bedrooms: one twin, one double. Stunning views of the Cathedral, Wolvesey Palace and Winchester College to rear of property. The River Itchen runs along the bottom of the terraced garden. Contact: Angela Clark, as above

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Modern, spacious ground-floor flat in quiet area. Self-contained, attached to owner’s bungalow. Twin beds, optional folding bed in lounge. Shower, bath, separate WC. Fully-equipped kitchen, decked garden. Two miles from Winchester, within walking distance of shops. Bus stop opposite, buses every 15 mins into city. Free Wi-Fi available. Closed: Christmas Contact: Carole Wilkins, address as above Weekly rate: £290-£310

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Self-catering The Gatekeeper’s Lodge ★★★★

Park Farm Cottages ★★★★★

Lavender Cottage

Arlebury Park, ALRESFORD SO24 9EA

AVINGTON, Winchester SO21 1BZ

CHILWORTH OLD VILLAGE, Southampton SO16 7JP

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Map E2 Tel: 01962 779 955 Email: robert@avingtonholidays.co.uk Web: www.avingtonholidays.co.uk Accommodation: cottages Capacity: 2/3 and 7/8

A beautifully refurbished two-bedroom 19th century gatekeeper’s lodge. Set within the walls of Arlebury Park Estate, bordering Alresford, one of England’s most elegant Georgian towns. Only a short walk along a magnificent avenue into town. Perfect for strolling along the clear waters of the River Arle, or visiting nearby Winchester. Contact: Mrs M Hide, Martlets, Haig Road, Alresford SO24 9LX

Newly-built architect-designed ‘ecobuild’ in peaceful location. East Cottage sleeps 7/8 and West Cottage 2/3. Single storey accommodation. Each bedroom has own bathroom. Open-plan living/kitchen area. Woodburning heating and log burners. Guest membership to nearby 9 hole parkland golf course. Adjacent to famous Avington Trout Lakes. Contact: Robert Stent, as above

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Delightful 17th century thatched cottage quietly situated in conservation village. South-facing garden. Ample parking. Accommodation for four adults in three bedrooms. Walking distance of local pub and golf course. Winchester 10 minutes. Easy access to south coast, Southampton and New Forest. Supervised by owner. Closed: January & February Contact: Sue Barnes, Holbrook House, Long Lawford, Rugby CV23 9BD Weekly rate: £350-£550

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Want to see this view? Pick up a copy of the self-guided Sunset Walk from the tourist information centre or download it from www.visitwinchester.co.uk. You can also buy a limitededition vintage-style poster of this view at Winchester Tourist Information Centre.

Tel: 023 9226 6345 Map G4 Email: flint.cottage@btconnect.com Web: www.flintcottage.org Accommodation: cottage Capacity: 2

Come to this delightful cottage situated in a peaceful close a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Denmead and close to the South Downs National Park. It is an ideal base for visiting the historic cities of Winchester, Chichester, Portsmouth and Salisbury, the lovely Meon Valley and nearby coastal resorts. Contact: Sheila Knight, High Trees, Ashling Close, Denmead, Waterlooville PO7 6NQ Weekly rate: £265-£280

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Great base for exploring Winchester and Hampshire’s South Downs, escape to the country and relax in this cosy retreat. Ideal for couples and young families. Based on a small farm with panoramic views. Fresh garden produce and eggs from our flock of bantams. Excellent local pubs. Small dog by arrangement. WiFi. Contact: Sarah Darch, Barford Farm House, address as above

Map E3 Tel: 01962 777 297 Email: dianadellcroft@hotmail.co.uk Accommodation: chalet Capacity: 4

Delightful purpose built chalet, set in rural grounds on the edge of the beautiful south downs, but only 5 miles from historical Winchester. Ideal for couples and families looking for a peaceful holiday to explore local countryside or visit local attractions. Horseriding, cycling, walking, and birdwatching all available locally. Friendly pubs and good restaurants also nearby. Closed: 11 January-11 February Contact: Diana Carter, address as above

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Delightful period annexe in peaceful rural location on the Hampshire/Wiltshire border. Large, pretty private garden. Village pub, shop and post office within easy walking distance. Excellent local walks and ideal touring base for Winchester, Salisbury, Romsey and New Forest. Short stay bookings accepted (minimum three nights). Closed: 22 Dec 2012 to 5 Jan 2013 Contact: Mrs B E Wilks, as above

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Camping & caravan parks

Campus accommodation ★★★★

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Set in 11 acres of beautiful Hampshire countryside on the edge of the New Forest, we are within easy reach of Winchester and close to Romsey, Salisbury, Southampton and the sandy south coast beaches. Our family-run site provides modern toilet and shower blocks and all pitches have electric hook up and water. Local activities include horse riding, walking, fly and coarse fishing and golf. We also have our own 9-hole pitch and putt course. Our well-appointed static caravans have their own patio area, colour television, DVD players and digiboxes. Fully equipped for up to six people, these vans are privately situated away from the main touring and camping parks. Closed: touring & camping Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb, static caravans Jan Pitches from £16 per pitch per night Static caravans £220-£480 per week

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For parties of 10 or more. Countryside location 10 mins from Winchester. Ideal for ramblers, cyclists, training and residential conferences. En-suite showers, fresh linen, free parking, onsite dining and licensed bar. DDA compliant. Well suited for Test Way, Itchen Way, Wayfarers Walk, St Swithun’s Way and Three Downs link. Closed: Jan, Feb, May, and Oct-Dec.

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Two Hoots Campsite Sutton Wood Lane, Bighton, ALRESFORD, SO24 9SG

Winchester Cathedral inside front cover tl; Kin Ho inside front cover tr, 38br; Paul Carter 1bl, 2br, 7tr, 37tr; Jing Wei 6cr, Nouvel Amour Photography 7br, 14tl; Winchester College 9cl, 11tr; Fort Nelson 11br, 15tr; Tony Storey 14cr; Dennis Huteson 15bl, 37br; Exclusive Hotels 24br, 50tl, 51cr, 52tl; Dennis Bright 26cr; Marwell Wildlife 17cr, 53br; Hampshire Fare 24cr, 25tr; Jon Banfield 24tl, 25cl, 38tl; Hampshire County Council 38c; Josephine Chisholm 40tl; Steve Strussler 40tr, 43tr; Nigel Riches 41tr; Roy Gentry 43cl, 46tl; www.sharebritain.com 44br; Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 48tl; New Forest District Council 48cr; Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust 62br The remaining photos come from Winchester City Council’s own library and were taken by Bob Eaton, Alex Ratcliffe, Jon Banfield, Joe Low and Paul Carter. 56

Tel: 01962 772 242 / 07599 837 880 Map G2 Email: info@twohootscampsite.co.uk Web: www.twohootscampsite.co.uk Capacity: 3 eco friendly camping pods, 5 touring pitches, limited tent pitches

Two Hoots is a quiet, adult only, one and a half acre grass site in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, wonderful views, walks, ideal base, lots to do. First Eco Friendly Camping Pods in Hampshire. Near the famous Watercress Steam Railway, the Georgian town of Alresford and Winchester. A great base for exploring Hampshire. Booking essential. Touring pitches £10-£12.50 per night Eco Friendly camping pods: £45-£55 per night

Published by the Visit Winchester and the Heart of Hampshire Destination Management Partnership, Winchester City Council, Colebrook Street, Winchester SO23 9LJ. Tel: 01962 840 500 Fax: 01962 848 427 E-mail: tourism@winchester.gov.uk Web: www.visitwinchester.co.uk © Copyright Winchester City Council, January 2012. With many thanks to Professor Martin Biddle, Rory Bremner, Philippa Forrester, Amanda Holden, Jon Snow, Alastair Stewart and Rick Stein for supplying quotes for this publication. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information, details are liable to change and responsibility cannot be accepted for errors, omissions or subsequent alterations. The contents of this guide are copyrighted and no part may be reproduced without the prior, written permission of the owner. Adverts and editorial designed by Cradduck Design Co. Ltd., Tel: 023 8064 9669 www.cradduck.com Printed by Advent Colour, Andover on FSC Mixed Source paper

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Our Winchester life Built between 1420 and 1450, The Chesil Rectory is one of the oldest buildings in Winchester and one of the city’s most photographed landmarks. In 2008 Mark and Eleanor Dodd became owners of the long-established restaurant the building houses. Always renowned for fine dining, under their management the restaurant has become a thriving ‘foodie’ hotspot for locals and visitors alike. And in recognition of their efforts to network with other businesses and champion local producers, Mark and Eleanor Dodd were awarded BID Member of the Year in 2011 by the Winchester Business Improvement District (pictured, below right with Chris Turner, Executive Director of the BID). We spoke to Mark Dodd about their daily life… Our day begins when our two sons, aged eight and five bound into the bedroom around 6.30am, pull back the curtains and jump onto our bed to give us their daily weather report. They start begging for homemade drop scones and hot chocolate for breakfast but this we save for a weekend treat. As Eleanor walks the boys five minutes down the road to their school, emails, tweets and texts start pinging in for me.

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We usually grab a coffee at the kitchen table before heading into one of the sites to talk through any business issues. Despite working together our days are very different. My hours are erratic as you never know quite what will happen during the day, whereas Eleanor’s day is split between home and work so involves more multi-tasking. The restaurant is busiest in

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Our Winchester life

“Sampling fine wine at any time of day is quite a good coping strategy - all in the name of research of course.” One thing that sets us apart from other businesses is the way we established the company and our shared values. Executive Chef Damian Brown and our right-hand man Iain Longhorn have been long standing friends and stakeholders in the business from the outset. We all share a genuine passion for food and wine and we really think our team pedigree and personal customer service set us apart from bigger chains. We’re all passionate about supporting local suppliers and love the Farmers’ Market. I’m also a director of local food group Hampshire Fare which champions local producers. Making local produce more commercially viable is a challenge for the industry and Damian’s menu is inspired by local countryside and all the fantastic produce this county has to offer. The Chesil Rectory’s core values are ‘fresh, delicious, local’. Being awarded two AA Rosettes and Hampshire Hospitality Awards for superior quality and use of local produce is a great endorsement of our commitment to serving excellent food and giving great service. When we launched the restaurant we identified a gap in the market in Winchester: we believed customers wanted locally-sourced honest, simple food that is good value for

money. We’ve moved away from exclusive fine dining towards a more relaxed, accessible offering and it seems to be hitting the spot. A good restaurant is as much about people and atmosphere as it is about the food. We make the most of the all the fantastic perks of the restaurant business and often have Sunday lunch at either the Chesil Rectory or at our sister pub, The Three Tuns in Romsey. Sampling fine wine at any time of day (there’s never a bad time) is quite a good coping strategy when things get heavy – all in the name of research of course. When you step inside the Chesil it’s like discovering a different world. Although a medieval building has its challenges – occasional mid-shift power cuts being one – the unique setting and historic building makes it a gem of a restaurant. Before a busy evening the kitchen is a frenzy of activity and the atmosphere is intense. Front of house is a flurry of polishing and preparation and the phone never stops ringing. Just before the doors open there’s a moment of calm before the storm. And then there’s the warm buzz of a full restaurant, glasses clinking and happy chatter. We are immensely privileged to work in such an amazing building and feel part of its history.

Working together and working unsociable hours mean that Eleanor and I are never quite ‘off duty’. But when we’re both at home in the evening, we like to catch up with current affairs and news programmes. You can get into a bit of a ‘bubble’ in this industry so it’s important to keep on top of the world around you. After a day of sampling and serving fine food and wine, it’s sometimes great to switch off with Match of the Day, a packet of Mini Cheddars and a pint of Guinness. To book a table at the Chesil Rectory Call: 01962 851 555 Email: enquiries@chesilrectory.co.uk www.chesilrectory.co.uk For reservations at The Three Tuns Call: 01794 512 639 Email: manager@the3tunsromsey.co.uk www.the3tunsromsey.co.uk The Chesil Rectory is taking part in Winchester’s Best of British Festival between 25th May - 26th July this year, see www.bestofbritishfestival.com for the latest information.

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best of british festival Winchester is proud to be marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with a series of special events showcasing everything that makes Britain great. The whole district will be celebrating with a spectacular nine-week Best of British Festival. So visit King Alfred's ancient capital during the run up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to catch an array of events starring some of the greatest names in British theatre, broadcasting, literature, politics and the military. There will be music, dancing, children's activities and, of course, a street party 'fit for a queen'. Just some of the highlights are below... 26 Roald Dahl’s The Twits Outdoor theatre by Illyria, Winchester Cathedral 27 County Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Winchester Cathedral 27 Just William – Live! BBC recording with Martin Jarvis Theatre Royal Winchester 28 (TBC) For Queen and Country with Field Marshal Lord Vincent Guildhall Winchester 31 The Churchill Letters – Robert Hardy and Celia Sandys Guildhall Winchester

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25 May-26 July www.bestofbritishfestival.com Patron: Dame Judi Dench CH Artistic Director: John Miller

May 25-26 MAYfest Winchester City Centre 25-26 Jul Jubilation Exhibition Guildhall Winchester 26 Claire Tomalin on Charles Dickens Guildhall Winchester 26 (TBC) BBC Any Questions Guildhall Winchester 26-1 Jul Creative Force Exhibition City Space Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre

1 PD James and Ruth Rendell – Queens of Crime Guildhall Winchester 2 Diamond Jubilee Concert Winchester Cathedral 2-10 Marwell’s 40th Birthday – traditional events and exhibition Marwell Wildlife 2-10 Winchester’s Royal History Winchester City Mill 2 Jubilate: local music, performance, dance, arts and comedy Guildhall Winchester 3 Jubilate: a Street Party Fit for a Queen Guildhall Winchester & Broadway 3 One Big Table/Festival of Volunteering Winchester Cathedral 4 Jubilee 21 Gun Salute Royal Armouries Museum, Fort Nelson 4 Robert Quinney Organ Recital Winchester Cathedral 4-10 A Right Royal Time – Half-term fun Royal Armouries Museum, Fort Nelson 6-8 The Victoria Cross Children’s activities, The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum 6-9 Mary Shelley Shared Experience production Theatre Royal Winchester 8 Gurkha Museum Lecture/Curry Lunch Gurkha Museum, Winchester Military Museums 9 Alresford Music Festival Alrebury Park, New Alresford 9-10 War on the Line Watercress Line

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9-16 Winchester Fashion Week Various venues 10 Railway Gala Twyford Waterworks 11-15 The Great British Tea Week Holiday Inn Winchester 12 The Mysterious Death of Jane Austen – tour plus talk by Lindsay Ashford Hampshire Writers’ Society, Chawton House Library & Study Centre 16-24 Winchester Bike Week Various locations 17 Avington Park Fête Avington Park 23 The Chesil Rectory Cheese and Wine Tasting with special guests The Chesil Rectory 29 H.M.S. Pinafore Outdoor theatre by Illyria, Winchester Cathedral 22-29 Big 32nd Winchester Writers’ Conference Festival and Bookfair, University of Winchester 29-1 Jul Blissfields Music Festival Vicarage Farm, Winchester 30 Armed Forces Day Royal Armouries Museum, Fort Nelson

July

1 Winchester’s Military Museums Armed Forces Fun Day Peninsula Barracks 1-31 The Hampshire Food Festival Winchester City Centre 6-8 Hat Fair 2012 Held in and around Winchester City Centre 6 Bach B Minor Mass, Winchester Festival Opening Concert Winchester Cathedral 6-15 Winchester Festival Various venues 8 Miniature Steam Power Twyford Waterworks 8 Long Nose Puppets present – Penguin Winchester Discovery Centre 13 Best of British Tasting Menu Evening Marwell Hotel 21 Shakespeare’s Henry V Outdoor theatre by Illyria, Winchester Cathedral 22 The Importance of Being Earnest Performance by The Pantaloons, Avington Park

The details given events listed above are correct at time of going to press in January 2012 but are subject to change. To avoid disappointment please visit www.bestofbritishfestival.com for the most up-to-date details.

Winchester Tourist Information Centre, Guildhall Winchester, High Street, Winchester, SO23 9GH Tel: 01962 840 500 Email: tourism@winchester.gov.uk Web: www.visitwinchester.co.uk


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