The new £10 bank note features Jane Austen on one side and Winchester Cathedral as part of the watermark feature showing on both sides. What could be nicer than having our own money? Other than perhaps having our own bank.
2017 is the 200th anniversary of novelist Jane Austen's death in Winchester in 1817 just after the end of the Napoleonic Wars. In recognition of her great contribution to our literary heritage, there are events and exhibitions around Hampshire during the course of the year. Most will continue on into the autumn. You can find out more at www.janeausten200.co.uk.
Jane's last resting place can be seen in Winchester Cathedral and the house where she spent her last days is in College Street. Both are within a five-minute walk of the Park House Apartments and Pilgrims Way Cottage.
Within 3-4 minutes walk of our Park House apartments, New Energy have opened their new Yoga Centre with a range of classes in different styles and at base price of £15 per session. Click here for the New Energy website and booking information. The New Energy Fitness Centre is only 150m Park House and offers full gym and fitness classes.
June 17th - North Walls Park - A family-friendly festival of music and comedy. Featuring music from Eliza & The Bear, Josh Savage, Richard Morris and the Daughters of Davis, and more. Comedy shows include Hal Cruttenden, Rob Deering, Tom Deacon, Jen Brister, and Rachel Parris. Tickets from £18.00 - Winchestival website here.
Winchester Hat Fair - The Art of the Unexpected
30th June-2nd July - One the longest established and best known street entertainment events with individual performers and troupes of artistes to be found bringing merriment all around the city centre. More info from the Hat Fair website here.
7th-15th July - Celebrating its 20th year with nine days of music, talks, drama, and the visual arts. Headliners include: Ben Macintyre speaking about the history of the SAS, Joanna Trollope talks about Jane Austen's life in what in 2017 is the 200th anniversary of her death, John Simpson in interview with Alastair Stewart. Other notable presenters include Stella Rimington, Tristram Hunt, and Michael Wood. Meanwhile many musical highlights include Tamsin Little with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Hampshire County Youth Chamber Orchestra and Dance Company performing Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Full listing here.