The streets of Winchester will come to life for three fantastic days of performance, from the weird to the truly wonderful as the Winchester Hat Fair sets about transforming the everyday into the extraordinary.
The event brings theatre, dance and circus-inspired events to surprise you on every corner, Hat Fair celebrates the unexpected, rewards the curious and delights all those who come out to play.
This year there will be premiers of new shows from homegrown talent like Wet Picnic, dazzling dance from festival favourites Stopgap, a specially designed Children’s Area in Cathedral Inner Close, hatting pitches galore, and family fun at Sunday’s Oram’s Arbour Picnic, and much much more.
There will also be opportunities to get involved such as turning your hand (or foot?!) to swing-dance for the citywide flashmob event Swingtime.
Winchester's Hat Fair began in 1974 as a busker's festival, taking its name from the tradition of putting money in the buskers hats, and is now Britain's longest running celebration of outdoor arts.