Food and Drinks

Our Festival Bar is open every night from 6.00pm and serves local ale, wines and soft drinks before the performances and again during every interval.  You are very welcome to come early, bring a picnic or buy food and soak up the atmosphere, but please support the Festival and buy your drinks from the bar.

On the four nights of chamber music in St Mary’s Church, the Festival Bar will be open.  Freshly made sandwiches will be available during the interval and donations towards the cost of these will be much appreciated.

On the four Marquee nights freshly made hot food options will be available from 6.00pm before the performance begins and during the interval. Mouth-watering selections will include a curry night, BBQ, hot fusion street food, paella and tagines, as well as vegetarian options every night.


Marshalls in high visibility jackets will direct cars to the field adjacent to the Marquee and there will be disabled parking bays close to the Church and Marquee.

Toilet facilities

There will be a bank of ‘portaloos’ available throughout the Festival, including a disabled toilet.


Visit our GALLERY page to see who has performed at previous Festivals


Ian G BrownIan Gavin-Brown took on the Chairmanship of the Winchfield Festival in 1996 and in his 20 years at the helm he worked tirelessly to enhance its reputation as one of the most successful small music festivals in the South. In particular Ian was highly successful at marketing the Festival concerts so that most of them were packed to capacity - Ian favoured the personal touch and pretty well every morning he would accost anybody he didn't know on the platform of Winchfield station and press them to sign on to the mailing list and buy tickets for any concerts that were not already sold out. Ian and his wife, Bridget, ran the ticketing for the Festival by themselves for many years before we started online ticketing, and during the Festival itself Ian was a constant cheerful presence around the Church and the Marquee.

Unfortunately Ian had to retire from his duties due to ill health and in January 2018 Ian sadly died. We send our condolences to Bridget and hope that we shall see her at many future Festivals.

Tristram Cary has taken over as Chairman.