Winchester folk go bonkers for Bonfire night! Winchester Round Table presents a complete bonfire night spectacle that the whole city loves to get involved with proceeds going to local charities.
This isn’t just an evening event either, you can visit the Food Festival at the North Walls from 3pm and enjoy coffee and donuts, burgers and hotdogs, pizza, dessert cups, and a bit of tipple from local artisan street food vendors before the procession and displays.
The highlight of the event comes next, the torchlit procession. This annual tradition is amazing to watch and even better to be a part of, starting from Broadway at 6pm join in the procession for free. To up your game, buy a wax torch and walk along the route up the High Street and across Jewry Street before heading across to the North Walls where the bonfire and fireworks display will be held. While walking the procession, you’ll have a chance to purchase some official Bonfire merchandise, making a great memento for your time in the city and you’ll be helping a local charity.
After making it up the hill through the High Street and towards the North Walls, those with tickets will be able to enter the grounds to witness the lighting of the bonfire around 7:15pm. Watching the huge effigy go up in flames is the perfect time to grab another coffee and have a chat with your mates before the sparkling firework display starts at 7:45pm.
Feel like making this a VIP experience? You can get a ticket upgrade to Premium. You’ll be provided with free snacks and drink (yes, including alcohol), a place to relax in the VIP marquee, and front row seats for the bonfire and fireworks display. This area opens from 6:30pm, the perfect time to get settled in after the procession.
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We recommend these three hotels:
Closest? Mercure Wessex Winchester – next to the cathedral, stone’s throw from the high street
Cheapest? The King’s Head Hotel Inn – coach house style inn just outside the city centre
Feeling Fancy? Hotel du Vin Winchester – boutique high-end hotel right in the city centre
Winchester train station has great links to London Waterloo, Reading, Birmingham and Manchester in the north, and Southampton, Bournemouth and Weymouth in the south.
Drink in a bit of history and eat at The Royal Oak, one of the oldest buildings in England to house a bar over 1,000 years ago!
Those with disabilities or requiring assistance must be at the drop-off location via Nuns Road site entrance by 6.30pm for access to the viewing area. There are no parking facilities for the duration of the event at Nuns Road. The site is a field, often damp and muddy, and you should bring appropriate equipment and footwear for the short distance from the entrance to the accessible area.
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