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In Winchester… This October… 

Take part in Spooky Winch – A city-wide Halloween-themed Spooky Word Hunt!

This October and during the school half-term week, Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) are organising a free and fun-filled, Halloween-themed trail activity, for kids and big kids alike. The Spooky Winch Word Hunt will run from Saturday 16 October to Sunday 31 October 2021.

Walk around the mysterious and eerie cobbled streets of Winchester and seek out all nine Halloween-themed words hidden in pumpkin signs displayed in the windows of local businesses. Each area of the city will have its own coloured pumpkin sign. Complete and return a trail sheet from either the Visitor Information Centre or Winchester Discovery Centre.  Once you have found all nine words, you can hand back your trail sheet to either of these two locations to then collect a Halloween-themed goody bag, and be entered into a prize draw to win a Halloween-inspired hamper, filled with lots of great gifts, kindly donated by local businesses.

Thania Miah, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Winchester BID said:

“We are delighted to be hosting Spooky Winch again, with many local businesses getting involved in this Halloween-themed seasonal activity. This is a great opportunity for us to work with local businesses and other local partner organisations to help promote everything that Winchester has to offer this October.

The Spooky Winch Word Hunt is a great way of introducing people to all the different areas of the city and is a fun familiarisation activity centred around the heart of our beautiful heritage city of Winchester.”

The Word Hunt is open to all ages and the Halloween-inspired hamper prize is a very attractive incentive to all. Winchester BID invites you to make a day of it and enjoy some of Winchester’s shops, cafes, restaurants and other local businesses along the way. You can get involved in fancy dress if you would like to and don’t forget to tag @WinchesterBID and use #SpookyWinch on social media with your spooky selfies, so we can keep up with all the fun.

Download your Spooky Winch activity sheet or collect a copy from the Visitor Information Centre or Winchester Discovery Centre from Saturday 16 October.

Good luck and we hope you enjoy visiting Winchester this Halloween.

For more information please follow #SpookyWinch and Winchester BID on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

*T&Cs apply – To be entered into the prize draw to win the Halloween-inspired hamper, your trail sheet must be fully completed and returned to either the Visitor Information Centre or Winchester Discovery Centre. A winner will be drawn week commencing 1 November 2021 and be contacted accordingly. Please check the latest opening times for the Visitor Information Centre and Winchester Discovery Centre before travelling.

Thank you to all the local businesses which have contributed prizes to the Halloween-inspired hamper: Strutt & Parker Winchester Estate Agents, Samurai, The Independent Holiday Shop, Vita Skin Spa, Cornflowers Gift Shop, H&B Style, Earthian Zero Waste Shop, Warren & Son, Angus Podiatry, Hugo Barbers, The Body Shop, 99 Vintage, WHSmith, Waterstones High Street, Waterstones The Brooks, Guy Kremer Salon, The Nutshell Winchester, Kyoto Kitchen, Bangkok Bistro, The Eclipse Inn and Toscanaccio.

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