Sparking the Imagination at Winchester Hat Fair

Yesterday we treated ourselves to a rather lovely day out at the annual Winchester Hat Fair. I hadn’t been since I was a little girl and now I have two of my own I thought it was time to revisit the slightly strange, weird and highly entertaining attraction which takes over Winchester, Hampshire for three days a year.



It didn’t disappoint. The weather was bright and sunny and there was just the right mixture of performance shows, hands-on interactive exhibits and stalls filled with handmade goodies and mouthwatering wares to keep the whole family entertained. Plus it was free! Hurrah for small mercies!

There was a Steampunk style ride-on flying machine which would whizz the kids around Abbey Gardens…


There was some rather haunting and eerie dresses hanging from the trees in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral…


Some rather lovely paper bunting…


And the chance to hone your circus skills (even the big kids couldn’t resist)…DSCN0661


There was also a rather marvellous tent called The Imaginarium which was the portal to an Alice in Wonderland inspired tent full of fun games and films telling the stories of some of the creatures from Lewis Carroll’s story. I wish I had taken a photo of it but unfortunately I didn’t. All I can say is that it is a big white tent in the Cathedral grounds and is well worth a visit and twenty minutes of your time.

We all came away from Winchester Hat Fair brimming with ideas of things to make inspired by things we had seen at the fair. It’s only on for the rest of the weekend so if you are looking for something to do that won’t cost the earth, this is the place to go.

Have a great weekend everyone! x


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