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  • published COWfest 2022 – What's on offer? in COWfest 2022-01-29 17:14:31 +0000

    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.

     

    ACTIVITY SESSIONS

    AT UNIT 12, WINNALL VALLEY ROAD

    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.

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    AT TREASURE GYMNASTICS CENTRE, WINNALL

    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. 

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    AT P&G WELLS BOOKSHOP, COLLEGE STREET

    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'.

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    AT WATERSTONES, THE BROOKS SHOPPING CENTRE

    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.

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    AT THE ARC, JEWRY STREET

    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.  

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    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]  

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    LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

    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!

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

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

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!

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    COWs EAT FREE

    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!

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    COWFEST COMPETITIONS

    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.)

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    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

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    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!

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    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.

    COWFEST SPECIAL OFFERS

    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!

     

     


  • published COWfest 2022 in COWfest 2022-01-08 13:17:05 +0000

    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!


  • signed WCC Open Letter 2021-08-03 20:17:12 +0100
    We need to protect our precious green spaces!

    Protect Winchester's open spaces for future generations!

     

    OPEN LETTER TO WINCHESTER CITY COUNCIL

    Open space, greenery, nature and wildlife are of vital importance to human health and happiness. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown this into sharp relief. During the UK lockdowns, parks, recreation grounds, nature reserves and other green areas provided some respite from confinement. Since then, open spaces have offered the principal means of spending time with family and friends while maintaining “social distance”. Yet, the post-COVID recovery could threaten these very spaces, with the government’s emphasis on “build build build”[1] yielding new housing targets and planning laws[2] that will make development far easier.

    The city of Winchester is surrounded by beautiful countryside, some of it protected through designation as national park or nature reserve or “site of special scientific interest”. Within the city’s settlement boundary, however, the publicly accessible open spaces are fairly small and only a few have limited forms of protection. Several sites listed in the 2016 Local Plan Open Space Strategy have since been developed (e.g. The Valley), as have some areas designated as “locally listed historic parks and gardens” (e.g. Pitt Manor).

    The city’s main public sports pitches and recreation grounds sit just outside the settlement boundary. They have remained relatively unthreatened while designated as “countryside”. However, only two sets of playing fields, King George V in Highcliffe and the neighbouring Garrison Ground, are legally protected with Fields In Trust. Community mobilisation has been essential to the process of getting these areas properly protected.

    Similar efforts to protect other key areas of recreational open space in and around the city should be considered NOW, in light of the proposed new planning laws. Sites within or just outside the current settlement boundary are particularly vulnerable to development pressure. In addition to long-term protection, some sites could be enhanced through biodiversity management, whereas others would benefit from new recreational facilities or other measures to support public access and use.


    [1] 10 Downing Street (2020) ‘Build build build’: Prime Minister announces New Deal for Britain press release, 30 June 2020, link

    [2] Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (2020) Planning for the future consultation, 6 August 2020, link


     

    54 signatures

    We are asking Winchester City Council to extend legal protection to all public recreation grounds, sports pitches and parks across the city of Winchester. As a priority, Fields In Trust designation should be sought now for the following open spaces:

    North Walls Recreation Ground (including Devil's Island)

    Stanmore Recreation Ground

    St Matthew’s Field, Weeke

    Chilcomb sports ground

    St Giles Hill

    Oram’s Arbour

    Abbey Grounds

     

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  • published COWfest 'lite' in 2021 in COWfest 2021-02-06 18:17:33 +0000

    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:

     

    LIVE SESSIONS ON SATURDAY 13th FEBRUARY

    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]k 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.

     

    PRE-RECORDED SESSIONS TO TRY WHENEVER YOU LIKE

    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 www.littleblossomyoga.co.uk 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

     

    MORE TO READ AND DO!

    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


  • published Winchester Community Sport Alliance 2018-05-24 19:53:34 +0100

    Join the Winchester Community Sport Alliance

    Winchester SALT has set up a new local network for those involved in community sport in the Winchester area: the Winchester Community Sport Alliance.

    The aim of the Winchester Community Sport Alliance is to:

    • help the community sport sector to engage in the development of new or improved sport and recreational facilities in Winchester, including the new sport and leisure park planned for Bar End
    • help community sport sector organisations to share information and resources, including through the Winchester ClubHub
    • help community sport sector organisations to get involved in local events, including the annual Children of Winchester Festival (COWfest) and the Winchester Community Games

    By "community sport sector organisations" we mean the local clubs, charities and small enterprises that provide sporting opportunities to people in the city of Winchester and surrounding area. Any such organisation can join the Alliance, as can individual supporters of the sector.

    Please check the relevant box to let us know whether you are a sports club, sports enterprise, charity or individual when you sign up – and please let us know the name of your organisation, or if you're signing up as an individual then please tell us which city/town/village you live in. Thank you!

    You can expect to receive occasional newsletters, updating you on key developments in the community sport sector and outlining opportunities for you to engage. Of course, if you no longer want to stay in touch, you can unsubscribe at any time.

     

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  • signed Tesco Open Letter 2016-01-18 18:40:46 +0000

    Tesco PLC: Give Winchester a Sporting Chance

    This campaign was successful!

    Further to the Open Letter and discussions with Tesco PLC, the company agreed to sell the Garrison Ground to Winchester City Council in December 2016. The council then committed to safeguard it for sport and leisure use, and has developed an 'urban design framework' that incorporates the Garrison Ground into a Winchester Sport and Leisure Park with sports pitches and play areas alongside new indoor facilities. 

    We have fed into the consultation process for the park, and encouraged Winchester City Council to protect all remaining playing fields at Bar End with Fields In Trust. THEY HAVE NOW AGREED TO DO SO! (as of early 2020)

    Thank you to all who supported these efforts!

     

    FAO: John Allan, Non-executive Chairman, and Dave Lewis, Group Chief Executive, Tesco PLC

    735 signatures

    Dear Sirs

    We write as concerned residents of Winchester in Hampshire, to ask for your support.

    As you may know, Tesco PLC owns land at Bar End, Winchester, which is on your asset disposal list. This land was put forward for housing development – presumably by Tesco PLC – via the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) for Winchester's Local Plan. 

    Tesco PLC's land at Bar End, known as The Garrison Ground, is a prime sport and recreational venue for our community. It is home to the Winchester City Flyers women's and girls' football club and the Winchester and District Girls Football League, as well as to Winchester Amateur Boxing Club. It supports grass training for the Winchester and District Athletics Club, and every year hosts events ranging from Cancer Research UK's 'Race for Life' to the local Fun Fair. It's also an important venue for kickabout football, informal play, and dog walking.

    The ongoing use of the Garrison Ground for sport and recreation is essential to our community. The City of Winchester has a shortfall in sports grounds of more than 11 hectares, and desperately needs new publicly accessible swimming pools, sports halls and synthetic turf pitches, to meet the requirements of a growing population and in particular increasing numbers of children and young people. Certain facilities – such as those for gymnastics – are completely absent from the local area. Bar End is the best place for any new facilities, but we will need to retain as much open space as possible there too.

    In short – we cannot afford to lose the Garrison Ground to housebuilding or to any other non-sports related development. 

    Please will Tesco PLC work with us, the residents of Winchester, to protect the Garrison Ground and to develop a community sport and recreational hub at Bar End?

    Your land could make all the difference to the future of our City and District. Please give us, and our children, a sporting chance.

    To all signatories: you can sign with your name and email address (or phone number if preferred). Upon signing, you will receive a thank you email, which includes an option to unsubscribe from further updates. Thank you for your support!

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  • published COWfest in COWfest 2015-12-21 12:05:09 +0000

    What is COWfest?

    COWfest is the Children of Winchester Festival, and it will run for the first time in 2016! It's all happening on the weekend of 13th and 14th February, at the Tower Arts Centre at Kings' School. The aim of COWfest is to showcase local talent and bring new audiences to Winchester's youth arts providers, and to give children a chance to have a go at different creative activities through workshops. We also hope for local young people to be involved in planning and marketing the festival. We are starting small in 2016, but our aim is to develop the festival over the coming years and to make it a regular feature of Winchester's festival calendar.

    Check out the details of workshops and performances as we post them here, and join in the fun!

    If you are are aged 14+, you can volunteer to help at COWfest 2016 by completing a short online form here


  • published COWfest 2015-12-21 12:02:52 +0000

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