Hat Fair

Britain’s longest running festival of street theatre and outdoor arts

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Hat Fair is named after the tradition of throwing donations into performance hats. It is Britain’s longest running festival of street theatre and outdoor arts, first bursting onto the Winchester scene in 1974 as a busker’s festival.

Their aim is to shine a light on the city, transforming the everyday into the extraordinary.

Bringing together a historic theatre and an outdoor arts programme in creative collaboration has allowed Hat Fair to develop our artistic ambitions relishing the opportunities this presents for encouraging talent and championing quality arts.


Hat Fair

Hat Fair team

Andrew Loretto, Festival Director
Rose Slade, Festival Coordinator
Hannah Jones, Engagement Producer

What's Happening at Hat Fair

Hat Fair takes place every year, on the first weekend of July, across the historic city of Winchester.

It’s is a family-friendly festival that has developed a strong reputation and following, providing a weekend filled with hundreds of colourful and exciting performances.

With a varied programme for audiences to experience, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Jam-packed with arts and culture all around Winchester city centre.

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