The Festival Walks are presented by Winchester's official city guides.
Walk tickets can be purchased from the Tourist Information Centre, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH. Telephone 01962 840500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (except for the "Dear Cassandra" walks, which should be booked with the Cathedral box office).
Walks start at the Tourist Information Centre unless stated otherwise.
Advance booking is recommended.
A walk with Jane Austen
Monday 10 to Thursday 13 July
3.00pm (approx 90 minutes)
Winchester Tourist Guides present a walk through Regency Winchester to mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death in 1817, with quotes from her books, poems and letters read by ‘Georgian’ players along the way. Enjoy her wit and wisdom on a guided tour of a city that she knew and loved.
'Our lodgings are very comfortable. We have a neat looking drawing room overlooking Dr Gabel’s garden.' (No 8, College St, Winchester)
The walk starts outside the Tourist Information Centre.
Tickets for this event should be booked in advance through The Cathedral Box Office (not the Tourist Information Centre).
Sunday 9 July, 1.30pm
Winchester was home to one of the earliest, largest and wealthiest Jewish settlements in England in the mid-12th century. Find out more about this sad story of religious persecution and expulsion.
Tickets: Adults £6.50 Children £2 (+ £2.50 Cathedral entry - free to Cathedral Friends and children)
Wednesday 12 July, 10.30am
Discover the story of the original ‘Abbey’ of Abbey Gardens, then see inside Abbey House, the Mayor’s official residence, and find out about our city’s civic history stretching back to 1155. By special permission of the Mayor.
Tickets: £7.50. Minimum age 12 years (includes a donation to the Mayor’s Charities)
Sunday 16 July, 10.30am
A guided walk around the site of the Battle of Cheriton. Here on 29th March 1644, Royalists fought Parliamentarians for effective control of central southern England. Wear suitable footwear and clothing for a 2 hour walk.
Starts at The Hinton Arms, Hinton Ampner SO24 0NH.
Tickets: Adults £7.50 Children £3
Make lunch reservations in advance at the Hinton Arms – 01962 771252 or see their website.