Keats’ Treats

Press Release: 02/11/2009

See ‘Bright Star’ at the Screen after walking in the poet’s footsteps

Bright Star is a new film based on the three-year romance between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne. It will be on show at Winchester’s Screen cinema from 6 to 19 November and, during that time, residents can take advantage of a special Keats’ Treats offer at the cinema (subject to availability).

To qualify for the offer, pop into the Tourist Information Centre and pick up your free copy of the new Keats leaflet which has all the details of the self-guided walk. As the autumn mists roll in, trace Keats’ daily route around Winchester, including Cathedral Close, Water Meadows and St Cross. Complete the experience by presenting the leaflet at the Screen cinema (Southgate St) and for £23 you’ll receive two tickets to see “Bright Star”, plus a bottle of di Giorno red or white wine.

If you can’t make it to the tourist information centre, you can download the leaflet at:

Keats visited Winchester during 1819. Letters he wrote at the time show he spent a happy period here, taking a daily walk along the river to St Cross. One Sunday in 1819, he was so inspired by one of these walks that he composed his famous ode ‘To Autumn’.

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