Winchfield Festival postponed until 2021

It is with great regret that we have decided to postpone the 2020 Winchfield Festival because of the risks posed by the Coronavirus pandemic. We are very sorry for the disruption that this will cause to all our suppliers, performers and audience members.

Nobody yet knows how long it will be before we can safely resume our normal lives, but our current plan is to postpone the Festival by a year and provisionally hold it from 19th to 26th June 2021, using as much  of the 2020 programme as possible. All the tickets that were bought for this year’s June Festival have now been fully refunded.  

Depending on the progress of the virus and subject to Government guidance, we may be able to stage one or two concerts later this year.  We will endeavour to do this so that the 2020 season is not entirely lost.

We are all very sorry to bring you this disappointing news, but trust you understand our decision in the circumstances and we look forward to resuming normal service as soon as it is safe to do so.

Many thanks for your patience and continuing support.

Tristram Cary, Chairman, Winchfield Festival


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The following press release will no longer apply this year but may do in 2021: 

PRESS RELEASE, 14 February 2020

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Hart District in North East Hampshire will be home to a month of fantastic live music across June and July 2020, with two festivals, over 30 live performances and a wide range of music styles from classical to jazz, and country to rock.

By working together, Winchfield Festival and Lowde Fest, are able to deliver an amazing array of live music and entertainment that appeals to the widest demographic, making Hart one of the most dynamic regions of the UK for live music this summer.

Talking about the project, Martin Lowde, Founder of Lowde Fest explained, “Lowde Fest and Winchfield have for many years been working with the same objective…to bring great live music to this part of Hampshire. We share a genuine desire to support new musicians, celebrate established artists, and promote live entertainment, while at the same time generating funds for important charity work. It made total sense to join forces and help spread the word about this unique summer season of music. ”

The Live Music summer season kicks off on 13th June with the fabulous Tim Kliphuis and David Newton Jazz Quartet in the Winchfield Festival Marquee and ends on 11th July with Toyah, T’Pau, Altered Images and Sonia on the main stage at Lowde Fest. Or you can enjoy the British vocal ensemble VOCES8, hear Martin James Bartlett, winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014, or rock out to the stunning new band The Resets that formed at Robert Mays School last year.

Talking about the new partnership, Tristram Cary, Chairman of Winchfield Festival said, “Working together with Lowde Fest is a great opportunity to promote both Festivals to a wider audience. It is very exciting to be part of this surge in world-class live music in Hart district, and we are looking forward to a great summer of music.”

If you love live music and want to find out more about Live Music in the Hart of Hampshire, go to our What's On page or go straight to


If you have never been to one of our music festivals before, you may like to know what to expect: Eight nights of ‘live’ music take place in the heart of beautiful Winchfield countryside, four nights of classical chamber music in St Mary’s Church and four nights in the Festival Marquee, situated beside the Church, featuring a range of live concerts including jazz, rock and classical.

We celebrate the informality of our rural setting where the appreciative audience enjoys not only amazing music performed by world class musicians but also freshly prepared food and the Festival Bar. On the practical side there is ample parking, disabled access, toilet facilities and volunteers to help festival-goers in any way. Bring your friends for a wonderful music festival experience.

Just some of the musicians who performed at our 2018 Festival