Collegiate Winchester is a cool cathedral city that’s packed with family-friendly hang-outs
Sam Victoria is a mum of two and owner of mylittleexplorers.co.uk, a forest-based kindergarten in Winchester.
Sunny Days vs. Rainy Days
We love walking up St Catherine’s Hill with our two dogs. Take a picnic and enjoy amazing views over the city. On a rainy day, go and see King Arthur’s round table in the Great Hall at The Castle or the National Trust City Mill – a working watermill in the heart of Winchester.
The Cathedral zone for boutiques, and don’t miss the Christmas Market (from 20 November) for gorgeous gifts and crafts.
WINCHESTER SCIENCE CENTRE AND PLANETARIUM
Go stargazing at the planetarium and learn about black holes and rocket ships, or catch a Horrible Science session at the hands-on science centre. winchestersciencecentre.org
With its Daylesford feel, this go-to lifestyle store is set within two acres of lavender fields. Seek out organically grown bath bombs, artisan crafts, toys and trinkets. longbarn.co.uk
PI WOOD FIRED
This artisan eatery draws crowds from far and wide with its seasonal pizzas featuring zucchini flowers and Old Winchester cauliflower cheese toppings just for starters. pi-pizza.co.uk
This 140-acre eco-zoo is home to more than 1,200 animals. Listen to an eco-talk or get up close feeding lizards and penguins. Opening in early 2018 is an £8m Tropical House recreating a rainforest. marwell.org.uk
WINCHESTER ICE RINK
Get your skates on at this covered ice rink for rain-free fun with stunning views of Winchester Cathedral. Blueberry mulled wine or hot chocolate await you at the bar. winchester-cathedral.org.uk
on the move
BUY: A six-bed Grade II-listed detached house in the historic heart of Winchester starts at £1.6m, or go contemporary with a three-bed eco-home on the outskirts from £650k.
SCHOOLS: The Pilgrims’ School (boys 4–13) and St Swithun’s (boys 3–7, girls 3–11). Or Winchester College (boys 13–18) is well-known.