Winchester children are painted purple to celebrate a family night out

Press Release: 17/09/2012

Purple Flag Week

It's Purple Flag Week in Winchester from Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 September where the City of Winchester will be celebrating the benefits that the evening and night time economy bring to residents, visitors and businesses.

The action-packed Purple Flag Week, is part of the Purple Flag accreditation scheme, a town and city centre award – similar to the Blue Flag for beaches –

backed by the Government, police and businesses, and sponsored by Diageo GB. Events taking place will highlight the contribution the night-time economy makes to Winchester.

The week long celebrations include a variety of events to appeal to all tastes and ages from live music through to photographic exhibitions. On Saturday 22 September there will be a face painter, located in the Guildhall Winchester café, eighteen71, from 2pm to 5pm who will be painting children’s faces purple to celebrate the fact that Winchester offers a great family-friendly night out. Face painted children can then be photographed at the launch event on the same day at 5pm on the steps of Guildhall Winchester.

Cllr Robert Humby, Winchester City Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Strategic Planning and Economic Development, said,

The Council is committed to ensuring Winchester’s City Centre remains lively, vibrant and economically viable by day and by night. Purple Flag week is just one example of how we work in partnership with other local organisations and the community, from the thriving business and arts community through to the University of Winchester.”

For a full list of events visit or pick up a flyer from Winchester’s award-winning Tourist Information Centre located located on the ground floor of Guildhall Winchester at the bottom of Winchester High Street.