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Tour And Tea: Jane Austen

Tour and Tea: Jane Austen. 10am

Jane Austen died in Winchester in 1817, in rented rooms in College Street. She was buried in the north aisle of the Cathedral. This tour offers visitors an intimate and often amusing insight into her life and connections with the Cathedral. The tour will include a walk through the Cathedral's historic Inner Close to the house on College Street where Jane and Cassandra stayed during their time in Winchester.

Tours will be taking place on the first Saturday of the month from February to November 2018.

Tickets: £12.50 (plus 75p per ticket booking fee, capped at £5) Includes tea or coffee and cake taken in the Cathedral Refectory after the tour, available online or by phone on 01962 857 275. Tour last approx 1 hour.


03/02/2018 to 03/11/2018
Winchester Speakers Festival - Festival Pass
Includes all events for all dates
24/02/2018 10:00
Winchester Speakers Festival - 1 Day Pass
1-Day Festival Pass: £45 - available for either the 24th or the 25th February 2018
24/02/2018 to 25/02/2018
Winchester Speakers Festival - Luke Harding - Collusion, How Russia Helped Trump Win The White House

Saturday 25 February 2018 - 10am
Winchester Discovery Centre

MOSCOW, July 1987. Real-estate tycoon Donald Trump visits Soviet Russia for the first time at the invitation of the government. LONDON, December 2016. Luke Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the president-elect’s connections with Russia. Harding follows two leads; money and sex. WASHINGTON, January 2017. Steele’s explosive dossier alleges that the Kremlin has been 'cultivating, supporting, and assisting' Trump for years and that they have compromising information about him. Trump responds on twitter, 'FAKE NEWS.'

​In this talk, award-winning journalist Luke Harding reveals the true nature of Trump’s decades-long relationship with Russia and presents the gripping inside story of the dossier. It features exclusive new material and draws on sources from the intelligence community.  Harding tells an astonishing story of offshore money, sketchy real-estate deals, a Miss Universe Pageant, mobsters, money laundering, hacking and Kremlin espionage. The special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, has already indicted several of the American protagonists, including Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort. More charges are likely as the crisis engulfs Trump’s administration.  The book is a #1 New York Times best-seller and John Le Carre has hailed it as "a brilliant piece of work".

Luke Harding is a foreign correspondent for The Guardian and was posted in Russia from 2007 until 2011 when he was officially refused re-entry.

A Q&A Session will follow.

24/02/2018 10:00
Winchester Speakers Festival - Professor Martin Kemp Mona Lisa: The People and the Painting

Saturday 24th February, 11.45am at Winchester Discovery Centre.

One of the world’s leading experts on Leonardo da Vinci, Professor Martin Kemp, sheds new light on the iconic painting ‘Mona Lisa’ through previously undiscovered revelations about the life of the artist and the people behind the paintings. He reveals, for example, that Leonardo’s mother was a poor and vulnerable orphan called Caterina di Meo Lippi; the husband of the portrait’s sitter, Lisa del Giocondo, was a trader in sugar, leather, property, money and slaves; and details of Lisa’s life as wife and mother, her association with sex scandals, and her later life in a convent. We come to understand how Leonardo's sciences of optics, psychology, anatomy and geology are embraced in his poetic science of art. Kemp cuts through the myths to explain that the portrait grew out of real lives in a real place at a real time.

Professor Martin Kemp is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at Trinity College, Oxford. He has written extensively on the life and work of Leonardo including Leonardo da Vinci: The Marvellous Works of Nature and Man and Leonardo. He is also author of Christ to Coke: How Image Becomes Icon.

A Q&A Session will follow.

24/02/2018 11:45
Winchester Speakers Festival - Richard English Does Terrorism Work? A History

Saturday 24th February, 1.30pm at Winchester Discovery Centre.

Terrorism is one of the most significant security threats that we face in the twenty-first century. Not surprisingly, there is now a mass of information on the subject, offering definitions of what terrorism is and offering advice on what causes it and how states should react to it.
But one of the most important questions about terrorism has, until now, been left remarkably under-scrutinized: does it work? Richard English now brings thirty years of expertise studying terrorism to the task of answering this complex - and controversial - question. Focusing principally on four of the most significant terrorist organizations of the last fifty years (al-Qaida, the Provisional IRA, Hamas, and ETA), and using a wealth of interview material with former terrorists as well as those involved in counter-terrorism, he argues that we need a far more honest understanding of the degree to which terrorism actually works - as well as a more nuanced insight into the precise ways in which it does so.

Richard English is Professor of Politics at Queen's University Belfast, where he is also Distinguished Professorial Fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.

 A Q&A Session will follow.

24/02/2018 13:30
Winchester Speakers Festival - Polly Toynbee & David Walker Dismembered: How the attack on the state harms us all

Saturday 24th February, 3.15pm at Winchester Discovery Centre.

The state houses us, educates us, employs us and protects us on the street and in the wider world. It is the country we created together, and a part of our national identity. However, in recent years there has been a systematic and covert attack on the state that has turned us all against it – the government have depleted funding and resources, and mounted an ideological assault on the public sector through the media. Toynbee and Walker report on this having travelled around Great Britain gathering the voices of the people who make up the state: nurses and patients, teachers and parents, policemen and civilians.
The story they tell is one of dismemberment across our nation state: a fragmented NHS, a reduced police force, divided schools and a vulnerable military. This talk lays bare the deliberate dismantling of the public sector and its consequences. Our post-Brexit well-being and prosperity are now at stake.

Polly Toynbee is a columnist for the Guardian. She was formerly BBC social affairs editor, columnist and associate editor of the Independent, co-editor of the Washington Monthly and a reporter and feature writer for the Observer.

David Walker is contributing editor to the Public Leaders Network and former director of public reporting at the Audit Commission.

A Q&A session will follow

24/02/2018 15:15
Winchester Speakers Festival - Oliver Letwin Hearts and Minds

Saturday 24th February, 5pm at Winchester Discovery Centre.
This talk is part memoir, part political history and part history of ideas. In it, former Cabinet minister Oliver Letwin explains how the central ideas and policies of the modern Conservative party came into being, how they have played out over the period from Mrs Thatcher to Mrs May, and what needs to happen next in order to make the country a better place to live. Far from being a sugar-coated version of events, Letwin tells a story that he hopes will persuade listeners that politicians are capable of recognising their mistakes and learning from them and will show that social and economic liberalism, if correctly conceived, is capable of addressing the issues that confront us today.

The talk also describes Letwin’s own journey from a remarkable childhood with American academic parents, via Margaret Thatcher's policy unit, into the very centre of first the Conservative Liberal Democrat coalition, and then the Cameron government, where, as Minister for Government Policy and then Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, every piece of government policy crossed his desk. It includes Letwin's personal reflections on two devastating electoral events: the EU referendum and the general election of June 2017.

The Rt Hon. Sir Oliver Letwin is the Member of Parliament for West Dorset. He became a privy councillor in 2002 and was knighted in 2016.

A Q & A Session will follow.

24/02/2018 17:00
Winchester Speakers Festival - Coline Covington Everyday Evils


Saturday 24th February, 6.45pm at Winchester Discovery Centre.
In this talk Covington takes a psychoanalytic look at the evils committed by "ordinary" people in different contexts – from the Nazi concentration camps to Stockholm Syndrome to the atrocities publicized by Islamic State – and presents new perspectives on how such evil deeds come about as well as the extreme ways in which we deny the existence of evil.
Group behaviour, morality and forgiveness are considered. She explains how we demonize the "other" and how violent actions become normalized within communities, such as during the Rwandan genocide and Polish pogroms. The recent attraction of the Islamic State also highlights our fascination with violence and death.
This presentation blends psychoanalysis with sociology, history, and other studies of violence in order to develop a richer understanding of evil. Intending to make the unthinkable thinkable, this will appeal anyone who has ever asked the question: "How could anyone do something like that?

Dr Coline Covington is a senior Jungian analyst and psychotherapist with over 25 years of clinical experiences. She is former Chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council and Supervisor of the Society of Analytical Psychology, the British Association of Psychotherapists, and the London Centre of Psychotherapy.

A Q & A Session will follow.



24/02/2018 18:45
Hampshire Music Service - String Fest
Saturday 24 February 2018 - 7.30pm
Winchester Cathedral Nave

A celebration of the very best of string playing in Hampshire. Over 300 young players representing every corner of the county coming together to perform a varied and challenging programme which will include Marriage of Figaro Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Solfeggio by Arvo Part and Fiddler's Hill by Jeff Moore.
Performed by Hampshire County Youth Chamber Orchestra.
Hampshire County Youth String Orchestra
With their guests, 300 young string players from Hampshire Music Service Area Ensembles

Tickets £8 & £6, Concessions £5 & £3 + 75p per ticket booking fee
Available from The Box Office 01962 857275
24/02/2018 19:30
Winchester Speakers Festival - Damien Lewis SAS Ghost Patrol: The Ultra-Secret Unit That Posed As Nazi Stormtroopers

Saturday 24th February, 8.30pm at Winchester Discovery Centre. 

SAS Ghost Patrol is the explosive true story of the day in 1942 when the SAS donned Nazi uniforms to perpetrate the most audacious and daring mission of the war. Beyond top secret, deniable in the extreme (and of course enjoying Churchill's enthusiastic blessing), this is one of the most remarkable stories of wartime lawlessness, eccentricity and raw courage in the face of impossible odds - a thoroughly British undertaking.

What unfolded - the longest mission ever undertaken by Allied special forces - was an epic of daring, courage, tragedy and survival that remains unrivalled to this day, and which rightly became a foundation stone of Special Forces legend.

Damien Lewis is a former war reporter and one of the nation's "twenty favourite authors" (World Book Day). He is a prolific writer, penning over a dozen books and topping bestseller lists worldwide. Many of his books are being made into movies or TV series, and he scripts his own work as films. His military books include the No. 1 bestseller Zero Six Bravo, and his man-and-dog at war true stories include the phenomenally successful War Dog (The Dog Who Could Fly in the USA), both of which are being developed as films. 

A Q & A Session will follow.

24/02/2018 20:30
Winchester Speakers Festival - Nicholas Rankin - Defending The Rock

Sunday 25th February 2018 - 10am
Winchester Discovery Centre

Nicholas Rankin

Defending the Rock 

Sunday 25th February 10.00 - 11.15


​Two months before he shot himself, Adolf Hitler saw where it had all gone wrong. By failing to seize Gibraltar in the summer of 1940, he lost the war.

The Rock of Gibraltar, a pillar of British sea-power since 1704, looked formidable but was extraordinarily vulnerable. Though menaced on all sides by Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Vichy France and Francoist Spain, every day Gibraltar had to let thousands of people cross its frontier to work. Among them came spies and saboteurs, eager to blow up its 25 miles of secret tunnels. In 1942, Gibraltar became US General Eisenhower's HQ for the invasion of North Africa, the campaign that led to Allied victory in the Mediterranean.

Rankin's talk, whose cast of characters includes Haile Selassie, Anthony Burgess and General Sikorski, sets Gibraltar in the wider context of the struggle against fascism and chronicles the end of empire and the rise to independence of the Gibraltarian people.

Nicholas Rankin spent 20 years broadcasting for BBC World Service where he was Chief Producer and won two UN awards. He is the author of the bestselling ‘Churchill's Wizards’, the story of British intelligence in the two World Wars.


A Q&A Session will follow.

25/02/2018 10:00
Winchester Speakers Festival - Donald Macintyre - Gaza, Preparing for Dawn

Sunday 25th February 2018 - 11.45am
Winchester Discovery Centre

A coastal civilisation open to the world. A flourishing port on a major international trading route. This was Gaza’s past. Can it be its future? Today, Gaza is home to a uniquely imprisoned people, most unable to travel to the West Bank, let alone Israel, where tens of thousands once worked, and unable to flee in wartime. Trapped inside a crucible of conflict, the surprise is that so many of them remain courageous, outspoken and steadfast.​

From refugee camps to factories struggling under economic stranglehold and bombardment, Macintyre reveals Gaza’s human tragedy through the stories of the ordinary people who live and work there. He portrays the suffering through siege and war, the failings – including those of the international community – that have seen opportunities for peace pass by and the fragile, lingering hope that Gaza, with its creativity and resilience, can be a part of a better future for the Middle East.

​Donald Macintyre was the Independent’s Jerusalem bureau chief for eight years between 2004 and 2012, and before that its political editor and chief political commentator. He is a former presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster. He won the Next Century Foundation’s Peace through Media Award in 2011 and has previously been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Journalism and for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism

A Q & A Session will follow.

25/02/2018 11:45
Winchester Speakers Festival - Theodore Dalrymple - The Knife That Went In

Sunday 25th February 2018 - 3.15pm
Winchester Discovery Centre

More than half a century ago, George Orwell wrote an essay about the decline of the English murder. Since the 1990s, Theodore Dalrymple has witnessed its modern variety in real life. For over a quarter of a century he has treated and examined many more murderers than most as a prison doctor, psychiatrist, and court expert in some of Britain's most deprived areas. Here, he delves deep into his life of personal encounters with the murderous ‘underclass’ to determine what has changed over time and what has not. His unique portrait of modern criminals is at the same time a parable of dysfunction in our own culture. Through his experiences, he exposes today's vicious cult of denial, blaming and psychobabble that hides behind a corrosive sentiment of caring. Illustrated with scores of eye-opening, true-life vignettes, this talk is in turn hilariously funny, chillingly horrifying, and always unexpectedly revealing. Taken together, this lifetime of experience is a clear and unsentimental mirror in which we view modern progress without its varnish.

Theodore Dalrymple is a retired physician who practiced in a British inner-city hospital and prison. Dalrymple has written a column for The Spectator for many years and writes regularly for National Review. Denis Dutton, Editor of Arts & Letters Daily, called Dalrymple the “Orwell of our time.”

​A Q&A Session will follow.

25/02/2018 15:15
Winchester Speakers Festival - Andrew Monaghan - Power in Modern Russia

Sunday 25th February 2018 - 5pm
Winchester Discovery Centre

Monaghan returns to Lewes to explain the Russian leadership's strategic agenda and to illuminate the range of problems it faces in implementing it. Given these difficulties and the Russian government’s concerns about an unstable and increasingly competitive world, the Russian official and expert community often use the term 'mobilisation' to describe the measures that Moscow is increasingly resorting to in order to implement its ideas. He explores what this means, and concludes that many of the terms used in the Western debate about Russia both misdiagnose the nature of the challenge and misrepresent the situation in Russia. At a time when many of the books about Russia are focused specifically on the war in Ukraine and the deterioration in relations between the Euro-Atlantic community and Russia, or are biographies of Vladimir Putin, this talk offers a new and unique lens through which to understand how Russia works and how Russian domestic and foreign politics are intimately linked.

Dr Andrew Monaghan is the Director of Research on Russia and Northern European Defence and Security at the Oxford Changing Character of War Centre at Pembroke College, Oxford. He has also served as an expert witness to several parliamentary committees including the UK’s National Security Strategy Committee, the House of Commons Defence and Foreign Affairs Select Committees, and NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly.

A Q&A Session will follow.

25/02/2018 17:00
Winchester Speakers Festival - Denis McShane - Brexit, No Exit

Sunday 25th February 2018 - 6.45pm
Winchester Discovery Centre

The UK's Brexit vote on 23rd June 2016 provided perhaps the most dramatic proof that the era of political and economic globalization has ended. Populism, nationalism and xenophobia are surging across Europe and Brexit adds to the problems facing the established political order. This book shows how we reached this stage and what needs to be done now. As a former MP and Europe minister under Tony Blair, and latterly as a commentator and writer on European issues, MacShane has a unique insider perspective on the events that led to Brexit and the behind-the-scenes discussions that followed. He argues that Brexit will not mean full rupture with Europe and that British capitalism will overcome the ultra-right-wing forces of the Conservative back-bench and UKIP. Although the path to Article 50 and beyond will be fraught and tensely-negotiated, Britain cannot and will not divorce itself from the continent of Europe and the European question will continue to be a defining feature of politics into the future.

Denis MacShane was a Labour MP serving in Tony Blair's government as Minister for Europe. He was first elected as MP for Rotherham in 1994 and served until his resignation in 2012.

A Q&A Session will follow.

25/02/2018 18:45
Winchester Speakers Festival - John Andrews - The World in Conflict

Sunday 25th February 2018 - 8.30pm
Winchester Discovery Centre

An update from John Andrews. So far in the 21st Century, the USA and its allies have invaded Afghanistan; Russia has waged war with Georgia; the brutal Islamic State has emerged in the Middle East; and a constant contest for precious minerals in Africa has provoked - and financed - war and carnage. Other conflicts are less bloody, but still dangerous - the nervous stand-off between India and Pakistan in Kashmir, for instance, or the continuing stalemate between North and South Korea. Whether explosive or simmering, the number of violent conflicts in the world is high enough to surprise, intrigue and sober any reader. Andrews tackles head-on the reasons why global conflict is ever-present in our lives. He analyses the causes, contexts, participants, impacts and likely outcomes of each conflict. and, crucially, he considers where, why and how new conflicts might erupt. 

John Andrews was The Economist's most experienced foreign correspondent, with postings in Europe, Asia and America. Before joining The Economist, he wrote from and about north Africa and the Middle East for the Guardian and NBC News.

A Q&A Session will follow.

25/02/2018 20:30
Bach's St Matthew Passion
7.15pm, Saturday 3rd March 2018, Winchester Cathedral Nave

The Southampton Philharmonic Choir and the Southampton University Philharmonic Choir are joined by the Hanover Band orchestra conducted by David Gibson.

Tickets £12-£32 (booking fee applies) available from Winchester Cathedral Box Office, 01962 857275
03/03/2018 19:15
Bryanston Choral Society and Combined Choir - Spring Choral Concert
Bryanston Choral Society and Combined Choir - Spring Choral Concert
Accompanied by a Professional Orchestra
Friday 9th March 2018 - 7.30pm
Winchester Cathedral Nave

Duncan Emerson: A Symphonic Prayer
Edward Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

Conductor: Duncan Emerson

Tickets £20, £15 & £10 + 75p per ticket booking fee (capped at £5 per transaction)
Available from The Box Office 01962 857275, Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 11am - 3pm, Closed Sunday and Bank Holidays.
09/03/2018 19:30
Tour and Tea - Modern Art

Tour and Tea: Modern Art. 10am

14 March, 12 May, 9 June, 14 July, 11 August, 10 November 2018

Modern art has been commissioned for the Cathedral since the Middle Ages and can be seen throughout this great building. Join one of our guides to discover the Cathedral's works of art and how they came to be here. After the tour enjoy a coffee or hot drink with a homemade cake in the Refectory and discuss and ask questions about what you have seen and experienced in the Cathedral.

Tickets: £12.50 (plus 75p per ticket booking fee, capped at £5) Includes tea or coffee and cake to be taken in the Cathedral Refectory after the tour, available online or by phone on 01962 857 275. Tour last approx 1 hour. Tours must be booked in advance and have limited spaces available.


10/03/2018 to 10/11/2018
Saturday 24th March 2018 - 7pm
Levellers Concert
Winchester Cathedral

With Special Guest Star Ginger Wildheart

On-Sale Friday 20 October 2017

Tickets £28, £25 & £15 + 75p per ticket booking fee (£1 if booking by telephone) capped at £5 per transaction. Available from The Box Office 01962 857275 - 10am - 4pm Monday - Saturday, 11am - 3pm Saturday, Closed Sunday's and Bank Holidays
24/03/2018 19:00
Tour and Tea - This Royal House of Saxon Kings and Saints

Tour & Tea: This Royal House of Saxon Kings and Saints.
28th April, 30th June, 25th August, 29th September 2018 
Tour at 10 am followed by Coffee/Tea & Cake at 11.15 am in the Cathedral Refectory.

The Anglo Saxon Minster and its role in the birth of the English nation, the personalities who inhabited it and the traces which are still visible today.  Part of this tour is outside on slightly uneven ground, suitable clothing and footwear should be worn.

Tickets: £12.50 (plus 75p per ticket booking fee, capped at £5). Includes tea or coffee and cake taken in the Cathedral Refectory after the tour, available online or by phone on 01962 857 275. Tour lasts approx. 1 hour, please check in at the Cathedral entrance desk on arrival to be introduced to your guide..


28/04/2018 to 29/09/2018
Tour and Tea - First World War - In my end is my beginning

Tour and Tea: First World War – In the end is my beginning - 2pm.

25th May, 29th June, 27th July, 31st August, 28th September, 26th October, 9th November 2018.

As the commemorations for the centenary of the First World War draw to a close, we revisit all the places we have seen since 2014 - taking you down into the Crypt, along the Nave and up onto the roof. Music and poetry will be included. The tour lasts one and a half hours with cream tea afterwards.
Be prepared - 129 steps to climb! The tour will last 90 mins with a cream tea afterwards and time to talk.

Tickets: £12.50 (plus 75p per ticket booking fee, capped at £5) Includes cream tea taken in the Cathedral Refectory after the tour, available online or by phone on
01962 857275.

25/05/2018 to 09/11/2018
Britten's 'War Requiem'
7.30pm, Saturday 9th June 2018, Winchester Cathedral Nave

Book before December 31st and SAVE £3 on full price tickets!

As commemorations of the First World War move towards a close, Winchester Cathedral welcomes a performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, which interleaves the war poetry of Wilfred Owen with the traditional Latin words of the Requiem Mass. Written for the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral in 1962, this deeply moving work calls for an adult mixed choir, boys’ choir, full orchestra, chamber orchestra, three soloists, and organ. It is performed here by fully professional English Arts Orchestra with the English Arts Chorale and Burford Singers, and the boys choir of Bristol Cathedral. Conductors are Leslie Olive and Brian Kay.

Tickets £20-£35 (booking fee applies) available from Winchester Cathedral Box Office, 01962 857275

09/06/2018 19:30
Tour and Tea - Magnificence Revealed

Tour & Tea: Magnificence Revealed.
Saturday 16th June & Saturday 18th August 2018, 
Tour at 10 am followed by Coffee/Tea & Cake at 11.15 am in the Cathedral Refectory.

The dedicated restorers have completed their work and the Presbytery is now returned to the glory of former years. The tour concentrates on this area providing the historical background, as well as details of the conservation where possible, looking at the mortuary chests, Presbytery wooden vault, bosses, great screen and the great east window. Most of the original work was by Bishop Fox (1501-1528), including his chantry chapel which was completed 500 years ago this year.

Tickets: £12.50 (plus 75p per ticket booking fee, capped at £5). Includes tea or coffee and cake taken in the Cathedral Refectory after the tour, available online or by phone on 01962 857 275. Tour lasts approx. 1 hour, please check in at the Cathedral entrance desk on arrival to be introduced to your guide.

16/06/2018 to 18/08/2018
Tour And Tea: Stained Glass

Tour and Tea: Stained Glass. Saturday 21st July and Saturday 27 October 2018 - 10am

The Cathedral has glass spanning a period of nearly 700 years. The earliest dates from 1330, and the most modern dates to the current century.On this tour, visitors will learn about different techniques for producing coloured glass, stained, painted and pot metal, and will be shown examples of windows from several Victorian makers in addition to the mediaeval and contemporary glass.

The tours will be followed by a hot drink and cake in the Cathedral Refectory.

Tickets: £12.50 plus 75p per ticket booking fee, capped at £5 available from the Cathedral Box Office call 01962 857 275 or book online. Monday - Friday 10.30am - 4pm, Saturdays 11am - 3pm, closed Sundays and bank holidays.

21/07/2018 to 27/10/2018