COWfest 2023 – What's on offer?

This year, COWfest takes place on Saturday 11 February and the festival will have a hub at the ARC on Jewry Street with additional free activities offered at several venues across the city centre. There's plenty to do, so take a look at what's on offer, below.

We are most grateful for the support of Winchester BID, which has made this year's event possible and means we can continue to offer all COWfest activities for FREE to local children.


PLEASE REMEMBER – if you book a free ticket for an activity session and you can't make it, please let the venue know so they can release it for someone else!



Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB

9.45-10.30 Relax Kids: 3–5 years PRE-BOOK HERE

10.45-11.30 Relax Kids: 6–10 years PRE-BOOK HERE

What to expect in a Relax Kids session – music and movement, fun mindfulness games, stretches, self and peer massage, child friendly breathing techniques, positive self-talk and affirmations, story visualisations, LOTS OF FUN and tips to relax :-) To be held in the ARC Performance Hall.

10.00-10.45 Moo Music: 18 months–4 years PRE-BOOK HERE

Moosical fun involving action songs with instruments, props and puppets. Moo Music is a creative and interactive music and movement session with over 100 fantastic songs written for it by professional children's song writer, Craig McLeish, who has also worked on hit West End shows like Les Miserables and Miss Saigon as well as many television favourites. Each class is cleverly designed to develop vital language, memory and co-ordination skills. Because Moo Music has been developed with the help of teachers and child development specialists, parents can be sure that their children are benefitting from a first-rate educational experience while they are moving and grooving! To be held in the ARC Learning Room.

10.00-12.00 Mimosa Montessori art and craft: all ages DROP IN

Crafty creations! Children and parents are welcome to drop in and make a paper creation together – will it be an animal, a robot, a dancer, or something abstract? All materials are provided to create your own artworks to take home. Just bring your ideas and get ready to be creative! To be held in the ARC Community Space.

10.00-13.00 Community Connections: all ages DROP IN

To be held in the study space behind adult fiction. Open to all sanctuary seekers for a chat, helpful information and signposting.

11.00 Storytime: ages under 5 DROP IN

To be held in the Children’s Library area. Parents/carers must remain with their child during this session.

11.30-12.30 Baby Massage: 6 weeks–6 months PRE-BOOK HERE

A calming session for babies, with Little Buds Nurture Hub. This session is a fantastic way to experience what it is like bonding with baby doing some gorgeous baby massage! It's the perfect way to help soothe and settle baby, to help with trapped wind and colic, and just to have some time to rest, relax and reset. The session will be calm and relaxed – and of course there will be lots of time to have some cuddles with baby, too! To be held in the ARC Learning Room.

12.00-14.00 District Sports inclusive and gentle sports: all ages DROP IN

Have a go at Boccia and New Age Kurling – both are easy to learn and play, for anyone of any age or mobility! The friendly coaches from District Sports will show you the ropes at this relaxed drop-in session. Turn up any time between 12pm and 2pm. To be held in the ARC Performance Hall.

12.00-16.00 Construction Club: ages 4+ DROP IN

To be held in the Children’s Library area. Come along any time between 12pm and 4pm, to play and build with lego! Parents/carers to remain in the library.

14.30-15.10 Treasure Gymnastics toddler gym: 2–3 years (with parent/carer assistance) PRE-BOOK HERE

15.15-16.00 Treasure Gymnastics toddler gym: 3–4 years (with parent/carer observation) PRE-BOOK HERE

Whether you see your little one as a future gymnast, rugby player or academic, the skills developed in Preschool gymnastics are invaluable! The ABC of movement (Agility, Balance and Co-ordination) once developed can be transferred to many other areas of life. We encourage our Little Treasures to take controlled risks to challenge their physical abilities and develop. Climbing, jumping, movement patterns and falling safely are all key elements of our programmes – with traditional handstands and cartwheels, too! Give it all a try at a free taster session as part of COWfest 2023. To be held in the ARC Performance Hall.

15.00-16.00 DoDo Dramatics puppet-making: 7–11 years PRE-BOOK HERE

DoDo Dramatics 'Heroes of the Sea': in this craft workshop suitable for children aged 7 to 11, participants will be able to make their very own sea creature puppet. This is a zero-waste craft session, meaning everything we use to create these magical ocean dwellers will be entirely pre-used materials, such as plastic bags, cardboard and bottle caps. To be held in the ARC Learning Room.

ALL DAY in the City Space gallery on the ARC mezzanine. 

Exhibition – ‘From One Place to Another’: all ages DROP IN

This exhibition is a collection of work created with the Winchester City of Sanctuary community including families, young people and partners. The work draws on a number of themes explored in Chagall’s ‘A Farewell To Art’ exhibition including journeys, families, love and loss. This exhibition provides an opportunity for people within the community to share their experience through their own narratives, visual and symbolic art, as well as connecting with historical collections. It hopes to provide a calm space for people to reflect and to build up a new community collective narrative.

Origami making – boats and cranes: all ages DROP IN

Inspired by local artist Hiromi Mangano’s ‘1602 Origami Peace Cranes’ created with people all over Winchester and exhibited in the ARC as part of ‘From One Place to Another’. Have a go at making your own origami boat or crane, and add it to the ARC community display. Origami paper and instructions provided (in English, Ukrainian, Pashto and Arabic).



P&G Wells – 11 College Street, Winchester SO23 9LZ

P&G Wells are planning an exciting day of free author events for children as part of this year’s COWfest. All events can be booked via Ticketsource here and will take place upstairs in our shop at 11 College Street on Saturday 11th February. Please note, all children attending need to have a responsible adult (parent/carer) remain on site throughout the event.

**SPECIAL COWFEST DISCOUNT**  Get 10% off children's, teen and YA books bought in the P&G Wells shop on 11th February if you mention the code 'COWfest'.

10.00-11.00 Creative writing workshop with Jo Clarke: ages 8-12 years PRE-BOOK HERE

Jo Clarke is the author of The Travelling School Mysteries series, Libby and the Parisian Puzzle and Libby and the Highland Heist. If you want to learn how to plot the perfect crime, create your own detective characters and understand how you can use clues to help your reader solve the mystery, then join Jo in this fun and interactive writing workshop. Numbers are limited for this workshop, and booking is essential.

The workshop will last 1 hour and afterwards Jo Clarke will be signing her books, Libby and the Parisian Puzzle and Libby and the Highland Heist. Contact P&G Wells if you want to pre-order your copies.

13.30 Reading and drawing activity with Zosienka: ages 3-7 years PRE-BOOK HERE

Author and illustrator Zosienka will give a reading and lead a drawing activity based around her beautiful picture book The Moon Keeper (as read by Christine and the Queens as the CBeebies Bedtime Story on New Year’s Day).

15.00 Reading and collage activity with Margaret Sturton: ages 5-8 years PRE-BOOK HERE

Author and illustrator Margaret Sturton will read from her books, A Fox Called Herbert and Two Can Play, and encourage children to get hands-on and make a collage.


AGC Museum – Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester SO23 8TS

ALL DAY from 10.00 to 17.00 (last entry 16.15). All ages. FREE museum entry and children's trail with a special craft activity between 10.30 and 15.00. Addy the Lion is lonely visiting the AGC Museum by himself! Help Addy by making your own handprint lion and find Addy hidden around the museum in our trail.


City Museum – The Square, Winchester SO23 9ES

ALL DAY from 10.00 to 17.00. All ages. FREE museum entry for children on the day of COWfest, along with a children's trail and craft activities.


Westgate Museum – High Street, Winchester SO23 9AP

ALL DAY from 10.00 to 16.00. All ages. FREE museum entry for children on the day of COWfest – and have a go at brass rubbing.


Winchester Sports and Leisure Park – Bar End Road, Winchester SO23 9NR 

All free COWfest activities to be booked at the reception from Saturday 4 February onwards (in person or via 01962 848700) – with drop-in available on the day if space allows.

10.15-11.00 and 11.15-12.00 Active Antz: Under 5 years

Designed to give you and your child time to play and learn from each other, Active Antz encourages you and your child to try a variety of activities. Wear suitable clothing but shoes are not needed! The session is supervised but not led, and parents are required to take part and supervise their child.

15.00-15.45 and 16.00-16.45 Top Rock Climbing: Ages 4 to 18

We have 16 colourful walls with multiple routes to their peaks. All routes use an auto-belay, meaning climbers just need to harness up, clip on and climb! Climbers must be at least 4 years old and weigh 10kg.


Winchester Baptist Church, City Road, Winchester SO23 8SD

14.00-14.45 Jiggy Wrigglers: ages up to 5 years PRE-BOOK HERE

Jiggy Wrigglers' dance and movement classes offer an engaging combination of music, dance and creative activities to stimulate and entertain both you and your children! You won't be able to resist shaking your legs and having the time of your life with your little one.


Abbey Gardens, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9BE

ALL DAY Enchanted Light Garden: All ages – this opens on the day of COWfest, so after your day of activities head down to Abbey Gardens as night falls for some magical displays!

Abbey Gardens will become a magical Enchanted Light Garden from 11 February until 5 March, with displays of light-up tunnels, fairytale creatures and flowery delights. Access to see the lights is free of charge. The best time to see the lights will be as night falls, but daytime visitors will still be able to enjoy the displays enhancing the natural beauty of their surroundings.



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COWfest 2023 – HOLD THE DATE!

The Children of Winchester Festival is back again for 2023!

This year, the festival hub will be at the ARC on Jewry Street in the heart of Winchester. We have a range of FREE activities planned for children aged 0 to teen throughout the day on Saturday 11th February – so HOLD THE DATE and don't miss out!

There will also be FREE activities and special offers at several other venues across the city centre. 

The full COWfest 2023 programme will be released in the New Year – so come back in January to find out more...


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COWfest 2022 – What's on offer?

This year, COWfest takes place on Saturday 19 February and the festival will be dispersed across the city centre in "takeover" style! There's plenty to do – including free activity sessions and competitions, and free entry to local attractions – as well as special offers and discounts, so take a look at what's on offer, below.

We are most grateful for the support of Winchester BID, which has made this year's COWfest possible.


PLEASE REMEMBER – if you book a free ticket for an activity session and you can't make it, please let the venue know so they can release it for someone else!

ARE YOU LOST? Take a look at our map showing COWfest 2022 activity locations here.

FORGOT TO BOOK? Don't worry! There are lots of drop-in activities throughout the day. Download a summary here.




FREE dance workshops with Move Momentum

2pm-3pm: Wheelchair Dance ages 11–18
3pm-4pm: Street Dance ages 11–13
4pm-5pm: Street Dance ages 14–16

Street dance workshops for young people: come and learn some Hip Hop dance in a relaxed atmosphere, where you can also hang out with friends and have fun! We will go over some basic moves and teach a short dance sequence. The workshops will be led by one of our highly experienced teachers who will make sure all students feel welcome, supported and able to express themselves. We are well-equipped to support young people experiencing challenges, such as with their mental health, low confidence/self-esteem and social difficulties such as bullying. We are also an LGBTQ+ friendly organisation. No previous dance experience is required! Please book onto a workshop for FREE via Eventbrite hereWe will accept drop-ins; however, we MUST have written parent/guardian permission prior to any young person participating in these workshops.



FREE gymnastics sessions with Treasure Gymnastics for ages 5–12

Book a session here. Sessions at 12.30pm-1.30pm; 1.30pm-2.30pm; and 2.30pm-3.30pm – click "select students" on the booking page to add your details and choose a session.

Come along and try Treasure's gymnastics classes for FREE in their full-time equipped gym (behind Homebase off Easton Lane). Use the trampoline and the bars, and jump in the pit! See what it is like to be a gymnast and make new friends. These sessions are one hour long. Parents can wait in the waiting area where the gym is visible but cannot move around the apparatus with their children. All classes are run by qualified and DBS checked coaches, and groups are limited to 8. Gymnasts should wear sports clothes (shorts/t-shirt/leggings/tracksuit bottoms) and should have long hair tied back and jewellery/watches removed. All gymnasts should bring a pair of socks and a drink! Please only book one free session per child, so that lots of children get a chance to have a go! All children must be secured, and we cannot allow extras on the day as we have to stick to strict health and safety ratios – so pre-booking is essential. 



FREE experience: “Be a bookseller” for a day! Do you love books? Why not try your hand at bookselling in (arguably) the longest-surviving bookshop in the world. The Guinness Book of Records cites a bookshop in Lisbon dating back to 1734, though it has moved premises twice. P&G Wells has roots traced back to 1729, certainly on College Street and quite possibly on the same site. Bookselling experience open to students in school Years 10 and 11, for half a day or all day (shop is open 9am-5.30pm). Please email [email protected] with the subject 'COWfest 2022 Be a bookseller'.



FREE create your own bookmark activity in store on Saturday 19 February. Pop into the Waterstones store in the Brooks shopping centre any time between 9am and 5.30pm on the day of COWfest to design your own bookmark, which you can keep and use when you read. (You can also take the activity home, if you prefer.) Suitable for all ages.



Relax Kids ages 3–6 The Arc Performance Hall, 10-10:45am

FREE tickets: book here

Relax Kids ages 7–11 The Arc Performance Hall, 11am-12pm

FREE tickets: book here

Relax Kids classes with Jules begin with fun, high energy activities such as music and movement and active mindfulness games with parachutes and props. These aim to get the heart beating and release endorphins and energy. Children are then encouraged to wind down using a range of relaxation techniques including yoga stretches, self-massage, child friendly belly breathing techniques, affirmations, and story visualisations.  


Cardboard Creations – inspired by the art of Ravilious The Arc Community Space, 10am-12pm

FREE tickets: book here

Inspired by the paintings of Ravilious, come along to this making workshop where you can create your own 3D cardboard artwork.  All materials will be provided to enable you to design, cut, stick, and paint a mini sculpture to take home.  All keen makers, creators and parent helpers are welcome, and no prior experience is needed.  Parents are asked to stay so that participants can get the best out of the workshop. ​If you have any specific access needs you would like to discuss beforehand, please email Anna on [email protected]  



Winchester City Museum, The Square – 10am-5pm

FREE entry all day on Saturday 19 February for children and their families! This museum is in the heart of the city and tells the story of England’s ancient capital, the seat of Alfred the Great. The model of 1870 Winchester is a hit with children and adults alike. Check out their website!


Westgate Museum, Upper High Street – 10am-4pm

FREE entry all day on Saturday 19 February for children and their families! Check out their website!


Winchester City Mill, Bridge Street – 11am-4pm

FREE entry – plus milling demonstrations, interactive activity stations and ‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ activities designed for ages 5-12. Check out their website!


The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, Peninsula Barracks – 10am-4pm

FREE entry for children under 16 – PLUS half-price entry for all adults in the family on Saturday 19 February. No 1 of 64 things to do in Winchester on Tripadvisor, this museum has been described as an "under-appreciated gem", with its diorama of the Battle of Waterloo a particular highlight. Check out the museum website!


The Rifles Museum, Peninsula Barracks – 10am-4pm

FREE entry for children and the rest of the family. This museum focuses on the largest regiment in the Army and offers dressing up and other activities for youngsters. Check out their website!


The Adjutant General’s Corps Museum, Peninsula Barracks – 10am-4pm

FREE entry for children and the rest of the family, plus a museum trail for youngsters. Check out their website!



Frieda’s Tearoom, 6a Parchment Street – 10am-5pm

FREE cakes for kids, when parents/carers eat or drink at Frieda’s. Check out their website!



Ballet Pointe, The Brooks Shopping CentreInspired by Dance competition

Do you love to dance? Express yourself through a dance or ballet inspired poem or picture, for a chance to waltz away with some prizes! Get writing or drawing, and drop your creation into Ballet Pointe at their new location on the lower shopping level of the Brooks centre (opposite the soft play area), no later than 5pm on the day of COWfest, Saturday 19 February. Prizes will be awarded during half-term week. (PS. You'll need to put your first name, age and a parent/carer contact number on the back of your poem or drawing so you can be contacted if you win.)


Three Joes, 9 Great Minster Streetpizza colouring competition

Pop into Three Joes on Saturday 19 February to take part in their special COWfest colouring competition, which is FREE to enter (no need to dine – you can collect a colouring sheet from 12 February onwards but it must be returned to the restaurant by close on 20 February). Draw on 21 February. The winner will be invited back to the restaurant during half-term to hone their pizza-making skills with the Chef! They will, of course, be able to eat their pizza creation – and their parent/carer will get free pizza and a drink, too. For ages up to 8


Bellacrafts, Kings Walk – Eat like a Queen competition

Drop into Bellacrafts any time between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 19 February. Children aged 2-12 years can have fun getting creative in this completely FREE craft activity and competition. Simply turn up, take a seat and enjoy using Bellacrafts' paints, sequins, sparkles, stickers and your own imagination to create a crown inspired by Queen Elizabeth, our longest reigning Monarch. Plus feel free to join in with any other Bellacraft activities or order something yummy from their tea rooms while you visit (charges apply). Have your royal portrait captured, before being entered into a competition for a Royal Lunch for 4 – including an Afternoon Tea for adults and one of Bellacrafts' themed Yummy Treat Plates for the children. Your finished creation will be yours to take home with you. Good luck – there can only be one winner!


Lark kids, 6 St Thomas Street – Design a Boot competition

Design your own 'Zig + Star' boot, for a chance to win great prizes! Open to all ages 0-18. Be as creative as you like! You can use paints, crayons, pencils, fabrics ... any materials you wish. Drop your finished design to Lark kids' city centre store, or ask a parent/carer to get in touch with them via email or Instagram. Check out their website for contact details. PDF entry sheet here. Closes 19 February 2022.


Lark kids, 6 St Thomas Street – 10am-5.30pm

10% off children’s shoes on Saturday 19 February 2022 when you mention COWfest. Check out their website!

P&G Wells, 11 College Street – 9am-5.30pm

10% off children’s books on Saturday 19 February 2022 when you mention COWfest. Check out their website!



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COWfest 2022

This year's Children of Winchester Festival (COWfest) will take place on Saturday 19 February 2022.

We are planning a new in-person format this year, to take account of our COVID-affected environment, but also to try something new!

COWfest 2022 is offering a one-day kids’ takeover of Winchester city centre, with a wide range of FREE activities on offer in diverse spaces – from cultural venues and community facilities to shops and other businesses. 

One of the objectives is to showcase Winchester city organisations and businesses – particularly those that are youth-oriented – and to enable them to reach new audiences. We hope the event will bring children and their parents and carers into buildings and businesses that they wouldn’t normally visit, in order to take part in free activities offered specifically for COWfest.

If your venue, organisation or business would like to take part, please email us on [email protected] for more information and to discuss what you'd like to offer!

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COWfest 'lite' in 2021

Sadly, we cannot hold a full Children of Winchester Festival (COWfest) this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

However, you don't have to miss out – we have lined up some FREE family fun for half-term in our 2021 online COWfest-lite!

There are live and pre-recorded activities available, for all ages. With a big thank you to the Hampshire Cultural Trust, Treasure Gymnastics, Salsa y Sol, Mimosa Montessori and Little Blossom Yoga.

Check out the programme below:



10:30 to 11.15am

Marine life craft – with Lindsey from Hampshire Cultural Trust. Let’s go and see the Sea! Create your own sea creatures at home. 🐬

FREE! Suitable for ages 4 to 10. Book here (only one ticket needed per family). 🎨

Class will be held on Zoom. Parent/carer will be emailed a link.

All you will need is… Paper/card; Scissors; Sticky tape; Sharpie Pens or colouring pencils; Crayons or paint; Silver foil; Paper plates; Toilet roll tube.

11.00 to 11.30am


Dancing Fun – with Salsa y Sol. Dance your heart out to dance tracks you love! 💛

DONATION (pay what you wish; class is usually £7 per family). Suitable for the whole family. Book by email to s[email protected] with name/age(s). Donation by BACS: Salsa y Sol 30-99-71 00026608 ☀

Class will be held on Zoom. Parent/carer will be emailed a link.

11.45am to 12.15pm


Yoga – with Salsa y Sol. Do you know how much Super Power you have inside of you? Wake up your Inner Super Power with our Hatha Flow Yoga for Youngsters! 🧘‍♂️

DONATION (pay what you wish; class is usually £7 per family). Suitable for the whole family. Book by email to s[email protected] with name/age(s). Donation by BACS: Salsa y Sol 30-99-71 00026608 ☀

Class will be held on Zoom. Parent/carer will be emailed a link.

1.30 to 2.15pm


Mask making – with Lindsey from Hampshire Cultural Trust. Join in the COWfest creative fun by making some colourful paper masks. 🎭

FREE! Suitable for ages 4 to 10. Book here (only one ticket needed per family). 🎨

Class will be held on Zoom. Parent/carer will be emailed a link.

All you will need is… Paper/card; Felt tips/paint/crayons., anything to add colour! Scissors; Glue/sticky tape; String; Templates provided by download.

2.00 to 2.45pm


Give gymnastics a go – with Jess from Treasure Gymnastics 🤸‍♂️

FREE! Suitable for ages 5 to 11. Book here🤸‍♀️

Class will be held on Zoom. Parent/carer will be emailed a link.

All you will need is… Space to move; loose clothing; water to drink.

3.00 to 3.45pm


Paper puppets – with Lindsey from Hampshire Cultural Trust. Do you love making up stories and putting on a performance? Have fun making paper puppets and a woodland stage backdrop and put on a puppet show! 🎨

FREE! Suitable for ages 4 to 10. Book here (only one ticket needed per family). 🎨

Class will be held on Zoom. Parent/carer will be emailed a link.

All you will need is… A3 card or box to make your theatre; Split pins; Paint/pens/ crayons; Tissue paper and glue; Scissors; Sticky tape; Wooden skewers (parent supervision on the pointy bit) or lollypop sticks; Templates provided by download.



Yoga for toddlers

The Snail and the Whale – with Little Blossom Yoga 🧘

A yoga story for all the family to enjoy, inspired by Julia Donaldson's 'The Snail and the Whale' – listen along and enjoy yoga postures, breathing activities, bonding fun and relaxation to try at home with your little ones! 🐌🐳

Watch here 

Find out more about Little Blossom Yoga at or on Instagram @littleblossomyoga 

Painting workshop


Painting workshop inspired by Alma Thomas – with Mimosa Montessori 🎨

For children age 6+. Create your own circular painting in the style of Alma Thomas, and learn about her life and how she uses colour to create impact in her art. 🎨

Watch here

Find out more about Mimosa Montessori on Facebook @MimosaMontessori or Instagram @mimosa_montessori



For lots of great kids' activities and other resources, check out Hampshire Cultural Trust's 'Culture on Call' website, with its Kidzone here

Here are some of our favourite activities:

  • Learn to make a bird feeder out of pine cones here
  • Find some beautiful Winchester Cathedral and King Alfred's statue colouring sheets here
  • Create your own piece of history by making a family time capsule here

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2020 festival programme

At this year's COWfest, we have a fantastic range of drop-in and bookable activities on offer at our new venue – the Winchester Discovery Centre!

Best of all, thanks to the support of the Winchester BID and Waitrose, all children can take part for FREE!

Take a look at this year's festival programme:


Arts and Crafts – 10am to 4pm

Art Stars – Pirate themed creativity for ages 7-11

deBuriart Workshops – Abstract printmaking for ages 4+

Mimosa Montessori – Eric Carle inspired collage for ages 3+

University of Southampton arts and crafts – Weaving, Lollystick people and Valentine’s inspired craft for ages 3+; origami for ages 7+

Winchester Embroiderers’ Guild – embroidery for ages 6-10

All day – Winchester Embroiderers’ Guild annual exhibition in the City Space gallery

Children’s Library

10am: Rhymetime – ages 0-3

11am: Storytime: A Very Hungry Caterpillar – ages 3-7

12.30-3.30pm: Wannabe Street: Role play zones

2pm-4pm: Lego Club – ages 4+


2.30-3pm: Salsa y Sol – Zumba – ages 7-11



Relax Kids – Relaxation and mindfulness

9.30-10.15: ages 3-5 BOOK HERE 

10.30-11.15: ages 6-10 BOOK HERE 

Playmakers Young Producers – Drama

10am-11 am: Be your own Superhero! – ages 4-7 BOOK HERE 

11:30am-12:30pm: No Stupid Questions – ages 8-11 BOOK HERE 

Creative Palaver – Circus skills

11.45-12.45: ages 4-7 BOOK HERE 

1-2pm: ages 8-12 BOOK HERE 

Noisy Oyster – The Odd Bods puppetry for ages 6-12

Workshop 1: 12-1pm BOOK HERE 

Workshop 2: 1.30-2.30pm BOOK HERE 

Workshop 3: 3-4pm BOOK HERE 

Winnall Rock School  Songwriting

1.30-4.30pm: ages 7-13 BOOK HERE 

Little Blossom Yoga

2.30-3.00pm: parent and baby BOOK HERE 

3.15-3.45pm: parent and toddler 18 months-4 years BOOK HERE 

4-4.45pm: ages 5-11 BOOK HERE 

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Support COWfest 2020!

PLEASE help us get 2020 off to a good start by supporting the Children of Winchester Festival (COWfest) with your green coins in Waitrose during January!


COWfest 2020 will be held on Saturday 15th February at the Winchester Discovery Centre – so hold the date for FREE fun and creativity for children of all ages!

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COWfest 2020


The 5th Children of Winchester Festival (COWfest) will take place on Saturday 15th February 2020 – at a new venue, the Discovery Centre!


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Thank you...

THANK YOU to all those involved in COWfest 2019!

This year's festival was busy, noisy, messy and great fun!

Particular thanks go to:
- all our COWfest volunteers from the University of Winchester and Westgate School; you were all brilliant!
- all our COWfest workshop and activity providers; you put smiles on lots of children's faces!
- the community centre team at Kings' School; you stepped in to help at key moments and kept everything running smoothly!
- our fabulous sponsors, the Alresford Music Festival and Cass Art; your raffle prizes were much appreciated as were all the art supplies!
- our funders, Winchester Round Table; without you, we couldn't have offered such a varied festival programme for FREE to so many children and young people.

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Tickets for COWfest 2019 are going quickly – so book yours now to be sure of having a FREE place.

Want to know what you can do at COWfest?


We have two activities that are open to all ages:

Mimosa Montessori junk modelling and texture wall, all ages, 10.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 15.00

Winchester School of Art stencilling, all ages, 10.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 15.00


Some are aimed at babies and pre-schoolers:

9.30 – 10.15 Relax Kids ‘Little Stars’ ages 2-5

13.15 – 13.55 Caterpillar Music ages 0-18 mths

14.10 – 14.50 Caterpillar Music ages 18 mths-4 years


Lots of our workshops cater for children at primary school:

9.30 – 10.30 Saints Foundation football ages 5-7

Elka textiles weaving, ages 6+, 10.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 15.00 

Georgia de Buriatte printmaking, ages 6+, 10.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 15.00

10.30 – 11.30 Relax Kids ‘Magical Adventures’ ages 5-9

10.45 – 11.45 Saints Foundation football ages 5-11

10.00 – 13.00 Winchester Hub Youth Theatre drama workshop ages 6-13

12.45 –13.45 District Sports dodgeball ages 7+

14.00 – 17.00 Winnall Rock School songwriting workshop ages 7-16, followed by performance showcase

14.00 – 15.00 District Sports basketball ages 7-11

15.00 – 16.00 District Sports basketball ages 7+

16.15 – 17.15 District Sports dodgeball ages 7+

15.30 – 17.30 Let's Dance ages 7+ 


And there are activities for older children and teens as well:

Elka textiles weaving, ages 6+, 10.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 15.00 

Georgia de Buriatte printmaking, ages 6+, 10.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 15.00

10.00 – 13.00 Winchester Hub Youth Theatre drama workshop ages 6-13

14.00 – 17.00 Winnall Rock School songwriting workshop ages 7-16, followed by performance showcase

15.00 – 16.00 District Sports basketball ages 7+

16.15 – 17.15 District Sports dodgeball ages 7+

15.30 – 17.30 Let's Dance ages 7+ 


So there really is something for everyone!


In addition to the pre-booked sessions above, there will be several 'drop in and try' activities available, as well as a cafe for parents and carers to relax in throughout the day.

The cafe will also be offering raffle tickets to parents and carers, for two fantastic prizes – a family ticket to this year's Alresford Music Festival, and a fantastic bundle of arts supplies from Cass Art (which has a lovely new shop on the Winchester School of Art campus).

The COWfest team is very grateful to the support of the Alresford Music Festival and Cass Art for our festival this year! THANK YOU.

And, of course, we wouldn't be able to offer all the fantastic COWfest activities for FREE without the help of Winchester Round Table. Another big THANK YOU to them...

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