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Take part in Spooky Winch this October – 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 around the city.

The Spooky Winch Word Hunt will run from Saturday 14th October to Tuesday 31st October 2023. Enjoy taking part in the trail and once completed enter a prize draw to win a Halloween-inspired hamper.

Before heading out across the city, collect a copy of the Spooky Winch trail sheet from The Visitor Information CentreThe Arc or Winchester City Museum, or click here to download a trail sheet at home. Hard copies of the trail sheets will be available to collect at these venues from Saturday 14 October 2023.

The city centre will be split into nine areas and each area will have its own coloured pumpkin sign. Using the map on the trail sheet, explore 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.

Once you’ve found all nine words, return your completed trail sheet to either of these three locations – The Visitor Information Centre, The Arc or Winchester City Museum, to collect a Halloween-themed treat and be entered into the prize draw to win a Halloween-inspired hamper, filled with lots of great gifts, kindly donated by local businesses.

Suzy Dierckx, Marketing and Social Media Manager at Winchester BID said: 

“We are delighted to be hosting Spooky Winch again, with many more 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.

My family love to take part and enjoy exploring the different areas of the city. It is a fun activity, which fills the lungs with lots of fresh air, gets your step-count up and is centred around the heart of our beautiful heritage city. Every year we find something new to explore on the route too.”

The Spooky Winch Word Hunt is open to all ages and 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 and adventures, so we can keep up with all the spooktacular fun. The trail is open to all, kids and big kids alike.

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

For more information please follow #SpookyWinch and Winchester BID on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

*T&Cs apply – To be entered into the prize draw to win a Halloween-inspired hamper, your trail sheet must be fully completed and returned to either the Visitor Information Centre, The Arc or Winchester City Museum. Winners will be drawn after 31 October 2023 and will be contacted accordingly. Please check the latest opening times for the Visitor Information Centre, The Arc and Winchester City Museum before travelling. Winners will be contacted using the details on the trail sheet, please make sure these are clear.

Thank you to all the local businesses which have contributed prizes to the Halloween-inspired hamper so far: Angus Podiatry, Ballet PointeButters Skate Shop, Co-operative Food, Cornflowers, Kuoni, Marks and Spencer, ME Collective, Pizza Express, South Downs Social, Strutt and Parker, Trethowans, Waterstones and Winchester Pilates

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