Summer family fun at Winchester Cathedral

July 14, 2023

Winchester Cathedral invites families to embark on a summer adventure filled with exciting activities and entertainment for all ages. From an outdoor theatre performance in historic surroundings, to creative workshops, captivating tours, an interactive trail, and welcoming-services, Winchester Cathedral offers a range of experiences that guarantee a memorable visit.

The summer starts with the children’s summer trail around the Cathedral. Families will step into history and discover medieval Queens, deep divers, pilgrims, and hidden creatures on the summer trail at Winchester Cathedral. Children will engage in a range of exciting activities while exploring the Cathedral’s magnificent surroundings. Pick up a trail from the Welcome Desk for £2.00, and leave with a sticker and pencil as part of the experience. This trail is recommended for children aged 7-11 and will be available from 22nd July to 21st August.

Next is “The Secret Garden” outdoor theatre on Saturday 29th July at 6.00pm. Taking you on a journey through the enchanting world of “The Secret Garden” presented by Chapterhouse Theatre company. Picnic in historic surroundings as you lose yourself in this tale of secrecy and curiosity. Join family and friends for what promises to be the most splendid evening of the summer. Book your tickets now to secure your spot as only limited tickets remain. Tickets start at £11.00.

Throughout August children’s summer craft workshops are available for families to get creative with fun and educational hands-on activities. From Tudors to Victorians, your child’s creativity will shine through during this hour-long crafting where they will create their own unique souvenirs to take home. At the end of the session there’s a story time, too. With a different theme each week children can keep coming back for something new! Most suitable for children aged 3-11. Pre-booking is essential to secure a spot. Workshops take place in the Cathedral’s historic Undercroft. 

Also throughout August are summer family tours where families will embark on a tailored tour of Winchester Cathedral designed especially for children and families. Learn fascinating facts and satisfy curious minds as the knowledgeable team answers questions like: Does the cathedral flood? How long did it take to build the cathedral? What treasures lie within the chests? Recommended for children aged 5 and above. Pre-booking is essential. Explore the wonders of Winchester Cathedral with your family and make lasting memories. 

Available all year round and included in your general admission ticket, the Kings and Scribes Exhibition offers a captivating journey through over 1,000 years of history. Immerse yourself in the lives of influential Anglo-Saxon kings and discover the role of Winchester’s magnificent Cathedrals. This interactive exhibition is a must-visit for all ages and a popular rainy day activity.

During your visit, make sure to take advantage of the Cathedral Cafe, open daily from 9.30am to 5.00pm. The cafe provides a calming atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating, offering a perfect pit stop to recharge. Treat yourself and your children to delicious delights, including healthy children’s specials prepared specially to fuel hours of fun and exploration!

Don’t forget to stop by the Winchester Cathedral Gift Shop, open daily from 9:30am to 5.00pm. Browse a wide range of souvenirs inspired by the rich history and treasures of Winchester Cathedral. From cuddly toys to children’s books, there’s something to take home to remind your little ones of the fun they had on their day out to the Cathedral.

Winchester Cathedral warmly welcomes families to join their services, where worship is free for all ages. Children may particularly enjoy the Evensong services, providing an opportunity to listen to the choirs singing.

Make this summer unforgettable with a visit to Winchester Cathedral. For more information and updates on events, please visit our website at

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