WSA: Easter Events around the City

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If you’re staying in Winchester during the Easter holidays, you’ll want some events and activities to give yourself a break. To help you out, we have scoured local events listings and looked up everything you need to know to have the Easter break you deserve. 

1. Easter Sunday Day Out – Chawton House Library

  • When?: Sunday 27th March
  • What time?: 11am-5pm
  • Where?: Chawton House Library, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SJ
  • Cost: £6 for students.

This event is perfect for a full day out if you are feeling up to an adventure a little further away from Winchester. You can take the no. 64 bus to Alton (according to Google Maps – correct at time of writing), straight into Chawton about a 15 minute walk from Chawton House Library. As well as an Easter egg hunt for the children (perfect for the Student parents among you), an Easter Sunday visit gives you the opportunity to see the ‘Emma at 200’ exhibition, a look at how Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ has gone from English village to global appeal. Expect an insightful look into the book’s publication and translations. Also, make sure you go for a walk around the library’s beautiful grounds while you’re here. Find out more here.

2. University of Winchester Digital Media Design Photography and Illustration Final Year Exhibition by Kate Mellor and Stanley Hayler-Magenis

  • When?: Thursday 3rd March – Saturday 30th April
  • What time?: 9am-5pm
  • Where?: University of Winchester, Winchester, SO22 5HT
  • Cost: Free

If you fancy looking at some art or getting some inspiration, then check out what Digital Media Design students, Kate Mellor and Stanley Hayler-Mageni at the University of Winchester have been working on. Kate is a freelance photographer, whose art is a mixture of photography and digital manipulation, with the theme of the written word becoming imagery. Stanley is an illustrator and designer who works both traditionally and digitally. The pieces follow the story of an adventurer exploring a fantasy world. Find out more here.

3. Theatre Royal Winchester – Travels with My Aunt

  • When?: Monday 28th March – Saturday 2nd April
  • What time?: Monday-Saturday 7.30pm, Matinee Thursday 1.30pm, Matinee Saturday 2.30pm
  • Where?: Theatre Royal Winchester, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB
  • Cost: £20 for concessions

There’s nothing like treating yourself to an afternoon or evening at the theatre and what better way to spend the holidays, then by seeing ‘Travels with my Aunt’. The “intoxicating entertainment” show follows the adventures of a retired bank manager after he leaves his mundane life behind to travel the world with his Aunt. Find out more here.

4. Winchester Green Parks

  • When?: All year-round
  • What time?: Anytime, but we recommend daylight!
  • Where?: All across the city. Find out more here.
  • Cost: Free

With lighter evenings and lots of leisure time, this Easter is the perfect opportunity to explore your surroundings and enjoy some of the green space that Winchester has to offer. Great for those with a tight budget, we recommend packing a picnic and bringing your friends to enjoy Winchester’s parks. With not a care in the world (except perhaps the threat of rain), this may be the best option if you prefer not to travel far, or if you have limited time. Breathe in the fresh air and play a game of rounders, frisbee or bring a pack of cards.

5. Winchester City Mill

  • When?: All week
  • What time?: 10am-5pm
  • Where?: Bridge Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9BH
  • Cost: £4 standard

With just an eight minute walk from WSA, this is a great attraction both for convenience and price. Offering you the chance to find out more about the history of the city where you study, the Mill dates back to the Saxon era. With regular baking and milling demonstrations going on throughout the year, there’s lots to see and do. But, remember to keep your eyes peeled during your visit to more than just the mill as the sight is well known for its abundant wildlife – you may even be lucky enough to see an otter! Just for the heads up, it may be worth contacting the mill in advance for visiting availability while structural repair work goes ahead. Find out more and get the contact details here.

6. Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

  • When?: All week
  • What time?:

Hampshire Term-Time:

Monday to Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays: 10am – 5pm

Hampshire Easter holidays and associated dates 

Every day Thursday 24 March to Monday 11 April 2016: 9.30am – 5pm

  • Where?: Winchester Science Centre, SO21 1HZ (Telegraph Way)
  • Cost: £8.73 students (standard, without Gift-Aid)

If you’re looking for a break from the world of art, or perhaps you want some unique inspiration, the Science Centre and Planetarium offers an interesting insight into the stars, complete with science demonstrations and planetarium films. You can get to the Science Centre using the no. 64 bus to Alresford or it takes a 45 minute walk from the city centre. According to Trip Advisor, the centre gets very busy during school visits, so pick your day to visit wisely!

Whatever you choose to do, we wish you a happy holiday! Send us your pictures via Instagram or Snapchat at @theunionwsa or via Twitter @yoursusu. Also, if you are a Student Parent, don’t forget we have theMature Student and Student Parent Network for you to offer you support and give you the chance to meet other student parents.


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