Cathedral Connections - The Directory Group

Cathedral connections

Learn of Winchester’s fascinating past and cultural heritage in a series of tours and special events hosted by Winchester Cathedral this autumn…

On Friday 30th September, join a Cathedral guide on a tour looking back at World War 1, particularly 1916, and how it relates to Winchester Cathedral. This will be followed by cream tea in the Cathedral Refectory.

‘Remembering the Somme: from Hell to Eternity’ - The tour, focusing on 1916, includes a visit to the Crypt to hear the story of the cross that came back from the Battle of the Somme, a lament sung by a Cathedral guide and a walk along the Nave roof to visit the bell ringing chamber.

The following day, discover Winchester’s connections to iconic author Jane Austen, who is buried in the north aisle of the Cathedral.

This tour offers visitors an intimate and often amusing insight into her life and connections with the
Cathedral. The tour will include a walk through the Cathedral’s historic Inner Close to the house on College Street where Jane and Cassandra stayed during their time in Winchester.

And while you’re at the Cathedral, why not join in the events and activities taking place during Harvest Weekend – offering food and farming fun in the Cathedral Close.

There will be plenty to do for all ages, from buying and trying the delights of the Hampshire Fare members produce from within the county, to meeting animals at the on-site farm experience.

A wealth of attractions include horse-drawn carriage rides, falconry displays, a display of vintage tractors and children’s activities alongside live music and Morris dancing.

Families, groups and individuals are also invited to make their own scarecrow at home and bring it to the festival to enter a scarecrow competition, taking place throughout the weekend.

A special Hampshire Sunday lunch (tickets required) will be served in the Cathedral Refectory, with a thanksgiving service for invited guests in the Cathedral at 3.30pm (all welcome).

To find out more about these events, including ticket prices and booking details, call 01962 857200 or visit

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