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Glowing Galaxies to light up Winchester this February half term

Parts of the city centre will be transformed by Glowing Galaxies this February half-term. 

Building on the success of the light events in previous years such as the enchanted light garden, this year both Middle Brook Street and Kings Walk will be transformed by twinkly lights, stars, planets, swirling galaxies and even the Northern Lights. 

Open each evening from 10 - 18 February, access to see the lights is free of charge, the best time to see the lights will be after night falls, but daytime visitors will still be able to enjoy the planetary installations. 

Cllr Lucille Thompson, Cabinet Member for business and culture says: 

"The previous light events have been enjoyed by both residents and visitors, so I’m really pleased to see these events continue. It provides free activity for families to do over half term, and gives the opportunity for residents and visitors to spend more time exploring Middle Brook Street and Kings Walk, making the most of the array of independent and creative businesses in the area.’ 

Winchester has plenty of opportunities to create a whole galactic day out. Space enthusiasts or those looking to immerse themselves in all things science can visit the Winchester Science Centre, just outside the city. Once in the city, head into the Visitor Information Centre and complete a colouring-in sheet or take part in the child-friendly quiz. Visitors can also visit Hearth at the Arc, or Festival of the Moonat Winchester Cathedral. The city and district also boast exceptional outdoor spaces for stargazing. 

The event is in safe hands with Icthus Event Solutions Ltd leading the way, following the magical Enchanted Light Garden in 2023.

Christine Cook, Managing Director of Icthus Event Solutions Ltd said: 

‘Icthus, as a local specialist in lighting displays, is delighted to be working with the council to bring this exciting new event to Winchester, our home city. We hope everyone will enjoy seeing the city lit up on what can be a gloomy time of year.’ 

Winchester’s Glowing Galaxies project has been funded via the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, supporting communities and place by investing in arts and culture. Winchester City Council has allocated £45k from the fund between 2023 and 2024 to deliver free-to-access light experiences.

For more information see and to share your images of the event please use #WinchesterLights

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