Soak up the sights and sounds at Winchester’s ‘Continental Shifts’

Winchester city centre will be a hive of activity on Friday evenings in August, with live music and entertainment between 4.30pm and 8pm.

Continental Shifts will provide free street theatre, music and dance over the summer; offering something for everyone. The entertainment will take place around The Buttercross and The Square; offering people in the city the chance to wind down after a busy week at work and spend some quality time in the city with friends and family.

Last Friday saw live music from bands The Ashbies and Tinderbox, comedy from the the pink street theatre, and some daring acrobatic displays.


This Friday there will be more live music in The Square and there’ll be mind bending tricks from magician Alex Whitwell. There will also be some Indian and Chinese dance performances with a chance to have a go yourselves in the drop in Chinese dance workshop from 4.30pm-6pm. There will also be an evening Origami workshop for all the family, where you can learn about this ancient art, and have a go too from 6pm-8pm.

Cllr George Beckett, Leader of Winchester City Council, said:

“We are keen to boost the early evening economy in Winchester.  We met with real enthusiasm when we piloted this style of event last September.  It not only benefits our eateries and those shops who choose to stay open for a few extra hours, but it also creates a welcoming and relaxing ambiance for local residents to come out and spend time with their family and friends.”

Continental Shifts is a shared initiative between Winchester City Council and the Winchester BID, designed to create a ‘buzz’ in the centre of the town at what is often a quiet time at the end of the working day.

Richard Ryan, project manager for Continental Shifts, is keen to hear from anyone interested in taking part over the coming weeks. You can contact him at