School Holiday Relief

There will be plenty of family activities on offer around Winchester this summer. Take a look below at just some of the ways in which you can keep the kids entertained during the summer holidays.

Hidden Heroes Trail at the Great Hall
Daily during the summer holidays

Visit the Great Hall to discover heroes from the past that you have - most probably - never heard of. Children can follow the fun trail to find these lesser-known heroes for themselves.

Entry to the Great Hall is free, trail packs 50p each with a prize for each one completed.

A Home for Heroes Exhibition
Daily during the summer holidays

For those interested in Winchester's military history, the Guardroom and Rifles Museums are hosting a joint exhibition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the association of the King's Royal Rifle Corps with Winchester and in particular, the occupation of Peninsula Barracks.

An exhibition recording the development and occupation of the barracks will be mounted in the Guardroom Museum whilst the exhibition in the Rifles Museum will focus on heroes who have links to the site.

Saxon Shields and Brooches Workshop
Saturday 26 July

Drop in to the City Museum and have a go at making bright and colourful saxon shields and brooches, which can be taken home.

Family Fun Weekend at Winchester Cathedral
Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 July

Supporting the summer exhibition, Danger, Decay and the Diver (see below), this is two days of fun activities for all the family; including creative workshops, face-painting, a giant model railway, a steam organ, a market selling a variety of interesting goodies and a chance to ride on a 1912 traction engine.

Danger Decay and the Diver
Daily during the summer holidays

Interactive exhibition telling the amazing story of the diver - William Walker - who, between 1905 - 1912, spent seven hours a day under water shoring up the foundations of Winchester Cathedral. See the equipment he relied upon and compare with suggestions of how the job might be approached using modern methods.

Winchester City Mill
Saturday 26 July to Friday 29 August

Visit Winchester's working watermill, where there will be plenty of activities for children, including quizzes, hands-on activities and a drawing competition. Contact the mill for details of the bread making demonstrations and salt-dough sculpture sessions.

Meon Valley Holiday Club
Daily during the summer holidays

Keep the children busy this summer at the holiday club, which offers an exciting range of activities to suit all tastes, from art to archery, cookery to circus skills, teambuilding to drama and dance to computing.

The club is set within Swanmore College's first class community facilities, including a sports hall, gymnasium, dance studio, astro turf, media centre, art studios, huge playing fields and a fully operational canteen.

Sunday Guided Tours at Twyford Waterworks
Sundays during the summer holidays

Visit the Edwardian pumping station to discover how water used to be purified. One Sunday every month the machinery is put into operation, along with the narrow gauge railway. While you are there, take the newly extended nature trail, listen to the band, watch the falconry display and see a range of classic tractors.

The site includes diesel, gas, petrol and water engines, the narrow gauge railway and the unique water softening plant.

The tea room and gift shop will be open and there is plenty of free parking.

Activate Summer Holiday Performing Arts Workshops
Saturday 26 July to Friday 29 August

The Theatre Royal Winchester has put together an exciting programme of activity workshops for children of all ages and abilities. Learn how to make masks and puppets, have a go at African drumming or spend a week at a musical theatre school.

Summer Holiday Sessions at Winchester Discovery Centre
Saturday 26 July to Friday 15

There's more fun to be had at the Winchester Discovery Centre: Learn how to play the piano, make your own book, join in the mini Olympics or make your own film trailer.

Summer Fun at Marwell Zoological Park
Monday 4 to Friday 22 August

Visit Marwell's education centre this summer for a variety of fun sessions for 5-9 year-olds. Each week, a different theme is covered. Morning and afternoon sessions are available. Pre-booking required.