The BBC History Magazine Weekend in Winchester boasts a diverse programme of lectures, interactive Q&As, book signings and tours with some of the world’s top historians – all held in a magnificent historical setting.



The Great Hall in Winchester is a beautiful backdrop for the festival, and will be home to many of our talks and book signings. The 13th-century building is all that is left of Winchester Castle and contains a medieval replica of King Arthur’s Round Table. It is situated at the top of Winchester High Street, just beyond the old Westgate, and is easily accessible by several modes of transport.

Some talks will also be taking place in Ashburton Hall, located just a short stroll from the Great Hall in the Elizabeth II Court complex (home to the Hampshire County Council offices). Our main information desk will be situated in the foyer, so if you have any queries or would like to buy extra tickets (cash payment only), please come and visit us there.

Speaker programme

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History Fringe

As well as our main lectures series, festival visitors can also enjoy our exciting History Fringe sessions. Taking place at Elizabeth II Court throughout Saturday and Sunday, these free 15-minute sessions are guaranteed to keep you occupied and informed between talks. Hosted by scholars from the University of Winchester, these educational taster sessions will cover a broad range of fascinating topics. Please note that seats for History Fringe sessions are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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Festival hub and WHSmith book store

Located in Elizabeth II Court, our festival hub includes ticket information and sales, limited edition BBC History Magazine merchandise, the WHSmith Book Store (stocked with current speaker books as well as general interest titles), a cafe, the History Fringe sessions, and the BBC History Magazine stand – so please pop by for a browse and a chat with the team.

Winchester History Weekend 2017.
Winchester History Weekend festival hub, 2017.

Food and drink

There will be a festival cafe located within the Elizabeth II Court building, which will be serve hot and cold drinks, cakes, sandwiches and light snacks during the weekend. Outside the Great Hall, there will also be a coffee cart serving hot drinks, cakes and sandwiches.

As both venues are located within the beautiful historic town centre of Winchester, there are many food, drink and retail options right on the festival’s doorstep.

Please note that, for evening lectures starting after 5pm, the cafe and coffee cart will not be open.


The Great Hall (postcode: SO23 8UJ) can be found at the top of Winchester High Street just beyond the old Westgate. Our second lecture venue, Ashburton Hall, is a 2-minute walk away, located inside Elizabeth II Court complex (postcode: SO23 8BH). Event signage will guide you between the venues.

Winchester is on a main train line; both venues are a short 10-minute walk from the station. Alternatively, Tower Street car park (postcode: SO23 8TA) is a 5-minute walk from both venues.

Both venues have full disabled access and a hearing loop. If you have any special access requirements please email in advance of the event.

Winchester History Weekend map.


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