Winchester Discovery Centre January 2018




This season we are very happy to again be a part of Hampshire Pride (p. 14), with a whole month full of films, talks, shows and exhibitions. Comedian Zoe Lyons (p. 3) is one of the esteemed guests here as we celebrate LGBT+ History Month this February. She’s joined by singing sensation Hazel O’Connor (p. 4), best selling cookery book writer Jenny Mallin (p. 8), Flamenco Barcelona (p. 6), and much more besides. Here’s to the next ten years!


Read more by clicking on the link below:

WDC Spring What's On Guide


Kindest regards,



Winchester Discovery Centre








This season's highlight
Saturday 10 March, 8pm
An Evening with Hazel O’Connor
20 / 19 concessions

A very special evening with award-winning singer songwriter Hazel O’Connor, joined here by Clare Hirst (Bellestars, Communards, David Bowie) on sax and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards. The superb blend of the three voices and stunning musicianship adds a sweet touch of class to their vibrant performance. Hear unforgettable songs from the iconic film Breaking Glass including Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother, If Only. Though the film recently celebrated its 35th anniversary it somehow seems even more relevant in our present times.





Friday 19 January, 8pm


12.50 in advance / 14 on the door

Now in its tenth fantastic season, Barnstormers Comedy

Club returns to kick-start the weekend in the usual uproarious style. The third Friday of each month welcomes a line-up of three top acts from the London comedy circuit

and beyond, many of them Comedy Store regulars, and our lovely MC remains on hand to oversee the proceedings. The perfect tonic to end the working week.



City Space Gallery



13 January – 18 February

Soft Engineering: Textiles Taking Shape

Weavers Ann Richards and Deirdre Wood together with knitter Alison Ellen exhibit work that encourages the visitor to look at textiles and the processes of designing and making them in a wonderfully refreshing way. Eminent textile artists and teachers in their chosen fields, Ann, Deidre and Alison are longstanding friends with a shared passion for exploring the creative

potential of fibre, and a flair for producing both beautiful and ingenious results. Free entry



The Gallery



28 October - 14 January 2018
Alice Kettle: Threads
Textile artist Alice Kettle returns to Winchester Discovery Centre with a solo exhibition marking the 10 year anniversary of her stunning public artwork ‘Looking Forwards to the Past, 2007’. This immense, multilayered piece, dense in surface quality and washed in colour and light, caused a fundamental shift in practice for the artist. Our mini retrospective celebrates her journey in hand, machine and digital stitch and launches the first of a major new series of ambitious works planned for exhibition in 2018. Free entry





Wednesday 24 January

‘A Family Blown Apart’



Popular Winchester resident Danny

Habel tells the harrowing story of how

his family was affected by the Holocaust, with members fleeing Nazi Germany and ending up scattered across the globe. There will also be a month-long exhibition of personal artefacts related to the Jewish faith and information from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.



Poetry and Writing


Loose Muse
7.30pm - 9.30pm 6 on the door.



Helen Burke celebrating publication of her collected poems plus Joolz Sparkes and Hilaire with poems from their new project, 'London Undercurrents’.



Free activities for Children



Mondays and Thursdays, 9.45am
and 11am, all ages welcome

The ever popular RhymeTime will return on Monday 8th January; we can't wait to see you there and help to shake off all those Christmas cobwebs!


Homework Club

4pm-5.30pm, ages 5-11

Starts on Wednesday 24 January

Need help with your homework? Then

bring it along to our new Homework

Club, in the children’s library. Parents

will need to stay in the children’s library.

This is a pilot project with Winchester

University students.


To book a place please contact our Box Office on 01962 873603


Lego Club

Every other Friday, 3.30 - 4.30pm, ages 5+

Saturdays, 2pm, ages 5+
Do you love making things using construction bricks? All budding builders, aged 5 and above are very welcome to drop in and join in the fun!

Duplo and colouring is also available for under 5s



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