Ticket details announced for this year’s Hat Fair festival

May 10, 2021

Tickets for this year’s Hat Fair Outdoor Arts festival, due to take place from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 July 2021, will go on sale on Wednesday 2 June, with priority booking for Play to the Crowd members from Wednesday 26 May.  

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the annual event will take a different format to previous years with all three days taking place in the same adjacent venues – North Walls Recreation Ground and the Winchester School of Art Car Park, close to Winchester city centre.

Hat Fair festival has previously been free to attend, it originated as a Busker’s festival with audiences traditionally throwing money in to a hat after a hatters performance. However, due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, rather than audiences crowding together and throwing money (and potentially germs) in to a hat, hatters will be paid a fee from the ticket money raised.

Ticketing the event also allows organisers – the charity Play to the Crowd – to limit the audience numbers to provide a Covid safe and secure event for audiences, staff, volunteers and artists alike.

Audiences will be able to purchase tickets for a 4-hour time slot to enjoy multiple performance areas and stalls on the North Walls Recreation Ground site. On Saturday and Sunday the acts are the same in each session (with the exception of the music stage) and on Friday’s slot the festival will feature more community and local artists.  Tickets for North Walls Recreation Ground will be £8 per person (£6 for the Friday session). 

In addition to the festival site on North Walls Recreation Ground, there will be 4 double bill events in the Winchester School of Art Car Park, close to the North Walls site.  These double bill events will feature 2 different extraordinary artists and take place on Friday and Saturday and tickets will cost £5 per person.

The festival programme will be announced in the next couple of weeks.

Hat Fair runs from Friday 2 – Sunday 4 July 2021. The tickets for the festival will go on sale on Wednesday 2 June at 10am, with priority booking for Play to the Crowd members from Wednesday 26 May at 10am.

For more information visit hatfair.co.uk