Motherhoods: Winchester

Collegiate Winchester is a cool cathedral city that’s packed with family-friendly hang-outs

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Sam Victoria is a mum of two and owner of mylittleexplorers.co.uk, a forest-based kindergarten in Winchester.

SAM LOVES

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.

Eating
Loch Fyne for its amazing food and The Old Vine, a Grade II-listed inn with a roaring log fire and great family atmosphere.

Shopping
The Cathedral zone for boutiques, and don’t miss the Christmas Market (from 20 November) for gorgeous gifts and crafts.

visit

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

shop

LONG BARN
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

eat

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

see

MARWELL ZOO
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

play

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.

 

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