Wogan’s Winchester

Broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan gets a taste of Winchester in an episode of his new BBC2 television series due to be shown next week (Wednesday 23 September).

Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip sees Sir Terry and London cabbie Mason McQueen travelling the country to explore the food and social history of 20 UK locations, including Winchester.

The pair explored stalls displaying Hampshire Fare set up specially in Abbey Gardens during filming in July and also visited other sites in and around Winchester.

Winchester City Council’s Visit Winchester tourism team helped to co-ordinate the itinerary organised by Hampshire Fare and put the film crew in touch with members of the local destination management partnership. The Council’s Landscape and Open Spaces team gave permission for use of Abbey Gardens while the parking team arranged for Mason to park his black cab outside the Guildhall. The Council’s Communications team managed the filming permission.

Martin O’Neill, the City Council’s Head of Corporate Communications, said:

Winchester is popular with film-makers and the City Council works hard to make sure the district benefits from the kudos, visitor interest and economic benefits that filming can bring.

Catriona Morley, from the Hospital of St Cross, a local attraction that was filmed for the programme due to the tradition of handing out ‘Wayfarer’s Dole’, said:

The sun shone, Sir Terry and Mason were charming and everyone had a great time. We’ll now wait to see the results.

Miff Kayum, local restaurant entrepreneur who welcomed the film crew to Kyoto Kitchen, added:

We had a lot of fun making sushi with Sir Terry and Mason. Well done to Winchester City Council’s tourism team for such an excellent job promoting our culinary capital.