Quatuor Stomp at Hat Fair 2017

Hat Fair celebrates 45 Years!

This year’s Hat Fair, the UK’s longest continually running Outdoor Arts Festival, takes place in Winchester from Friday 5 July to Sunday 7 July 2019.

Celebrating 45 years this year and taking its name from its busking heritage, the free three-day festival brings the very best in international street performance, theatre, dance and circus-inspired events to the city.

Hat Fair will run throughout the city centre on Friday and Saturday with Sunday’s festivities taking place at the North Walls Recreation Ground, a short walk from the High Street.

Highlights for Hat Fair 2019 include:
Motionhouse return with Wild, a brand new show co-commissioned by Hat Fair. Expect a daring dance/circus performance based in and on a forest of poles!

Congregation an immersive, sound art procession from multi-award winning composer and artist Ray Lee.

Tickertape Parade’s Fantabulosa! a glitter-filled world of drag and queer performance, created for 3-8-year olds but fabulous for all ages!

Wild N Beets’ Buck A Brenda, a playful ‘end-of-the-pier’ disability politics twist on the classic family favourite game Buck A Roo.

Thingumajig Theatre’s Ghost Caribou a nighttime street procession of giant illuminated creatures.

– and much more.

The festival kicks off in style at noon on Friday 5 July as hundreds of school children parade through the streets in the Hat Fair Carnival, so come along to join in the fun!

Local acts will pop up throughout the city centre on Saturday and will take to the People’s Stage at the North Walls Recreation Ground on Sunday.

Performing companies from the University of Winchester will battle it out in the Top Hat Competition to win mentoring with Andrew Loretto, Hat Fair Director, and a prized slot in the programme of Hat Fair 2020!

Last year’s winner Martin Jakeman will be performing this year – so keep an eye out for him!

The lawns of St Johns Almshouses will provide an oasis, where festival-goers can enjoy free cups of tea and cake whilst enjoying acts in a calmer environment.

The festival is FREE to attend and takes place from Friday 5 July to Sunday 7 July 2019.

Further details of the line-up will be announced in June.

Photo by Adrienne Photography (Quatuor Stomp at Hat Fair 2017)