COWfest 2024 will take place on Saturday 10 February with FREE activities for children of all ages on offer across the city of Winchester!
Our festival hub will be at the ARC on Jewry Street. Let's take a look at what's on there...
To access booking pages for all the COWfest activities at the ARC, visit their website here.
And check this out! Local author and illustrator, Lawrence Roberts, is running a FREE reading and drawing session for ages 4 and up, at P&G Wells Bookshop on College Street, at 2pm. You can book your tickets here, but be quick – COWfest activities at P&G Wells tend to be popular!
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.
You can DROP IN ALL DAY to the Royal Green Jackets museum at Peninsula Barracks, any time from 10am to 3.30pm (last admission before the museum closes at 4pm). There will be FREE entry for families all day AND there will be a museum trail and FREE children's craft activities on offer.
You can also DROP IN to the Brooks Shopping Centre on Middle Brook Street between 12.30pm and 4pm, where the soft play area (in the heart of the centre outside Primark) will be buzzing! There will be balloon modelling and face painting with Shelley and Sharron between 1pm and 3pm, and story time led by actors from Chesil Theatre at 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm. Suggested age range 3 to 8 years.
ALSO, PLAN AHEAD to access FREE COWfest activities at the Winchester Sport & Leisure Park in Bar End. They are offering several great sessions, but you can only book from Saturday 3rd February onwards by calling 01962 848700 or visiting the WSLP reception:
Active Antz 09:15 for Under 5s – Designed to give you and your child time to learn from each other, Active Antz encourages you and your child to play and try a variety of activities. Wear suitable clothing, but shoes are not needed. The session is supervised but it is not a led session, and parents are required to take part and supervise their child.
Top Rock Climbing 16:00 for ages 4+ – Top Rock is a new type of indoor clip and climb that’s fun and thrilling in equal measure. There are 17 routes to take on that vary in difficulty, in an environment that’s full of colour, exciting shapes, and new experiences. With plenty of variations to suit new and experienced climbers.
Swimming 14:30 Free for the family – Taking place in our Learner Pool, for everyone to experience the fun, relaxing and invigorating activity that swimming is. Dip your toe in, the water’s lovely! All under 8s must attend with an adult (18+). 1 adult can be responsible for 2 under 8s.
Keep checking this page for more FREE COWfest activities on offer elsewhere across the city on Saturday 10th February! There's more to come...
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.