Bored with the World Cup?Rather hear about metopes than metatarsals? Prefer flying buttresses to flying tackles? National Architecture Week is celebrating its tenth anniversary this June and to mark the occasion Winchester City Council's cultural services division is offering a selection of guided walks on an architectural theme aimed at adults, families and anyone interested in finding out more about the buildings they pass every day.
Facing Forward Looking Back: 10 Façades of Winchester's High Street is a tour led by Graham Scobie of Winchester City Council's museums service, which looks at the many influences that have shaped the High Street through the centuries - including Alfred the Great and William the Conqueror. This is also a chance to learn about medieval skyscrapers and the houses frequented by Jane Austen's social set. Graham will be running these tours on two consecutive Sundays - 18 and 25 - at 10.30am and 3pm both days, meeting at the Westgate at the top of the High Street in Winchester.
The second offering is a short half hour walk looking more generally at Winchester's rich architecture entitled From King to Crown and will be led by Hazel Brushett, from the council's conservation and design team. The walk, departing from the tourist information centre, will be available on Saturday 24 June at 10.30am and 2pm and is suitable for both adults and children - those aged between 8 and 11 years will be offered a short quiz to complete. Both these walks are FREE of charge.
In addition to the above walks, Winchester's official tourist guides are also offering a family tour with an architectural emphasis. An Introduction to Winchester's History is especially suitable for 8 to 14 years and links with the national curriculum. The family walk, departing from the City Museum at 2.30pm on Sunday 25 June, costs just £4 for adults and £1 for accompanied children.
Places are limited for all tours so it is advisable to pre-book at Winchester's award-winning tourist information centre on tel 01962 840 500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . The centre is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sundays.
To find out more about events and activities happening elsewhere for Architecture Week, log on to the dedicated website at www.architectureweek.org.uk . Alternatively call in to the tourist information centre where a free booklet is available.