Hat Fair 2022
Fri 1 – Sun 3 Jul, Winchester
Full line-up to be announced soon.
Sunday tickets on sale from Tue 26 April, 10am
Friday & Saturday
- FREE to attend (no booking required).
- Outdoor theatre, dance, comedy, music - and of course our specially-invited Hatters perform throughout the City Centre.
- Ticketed event (day ticket required).
- Exclusive brand new shows, outdoor immersive game adventures and explosive gig theatre - not featured elsewhere during the festival.
- A relaxed, family friendly funday combining entertainment, food and drink in an enclosed environment at North Walls Recreation Ground.
Sunday acts will not pass the hat around after their performances - instead they will be paid a fee from the ticket money raised.
Are there any age restrictions?
Hat Fair is a family-friendly festival that welcomes all ages.
Any shows that have age recommendation will be clearly highlighted on the website and at the performance location.
Do children under 2 need a Sunday ticket?
Children under 24 months (babe in arms) do not require a ticket and can attend the festival for free.
Will there be food and drink stalls on Sunday?
Yes, there will be a small number of food stalls and a bar at North Walls Recreation Ground.
Are the venues/locations accessible?
For those with additional access needs there will be an accessible viewing area at the front of each stage area.
An allocation of tickets will be held back for Wheelchair users, additional tickets can be purchased at 50% discount for an essential companion accompanying a wheelchair user. If you require these places please call Box Office on 01962 840 440 as currently these cannot be booked online.
Full access information for performance venues and locations coming soon.
Can I bring my dog?
Well behaved dogs are most welcome at Hat Fair but must be kept on the lead at all times.
What happens if the festival can not go ahead?
If for any reason the festival is cancelled you will be eligible for a full ticket refund.
Why is the festival ticketed, I thought it was free?
Hat Fair festival has previously been free to attend, it originated as a Busker's festival with audiences traditionally throwing money in to a hat after a hatters performance.
Last year, due to the Covid restrictions that were in place at the time, we ticketed the whole festival. The audience feedback was hugely positive towards the ticketed, enclosed festival site.
Audiences felt the format created a safe and relaxed environment for their families to enjoy the festival plus it created a terrific buzz and atmosphere.
Building on this success, we've decided to make the Sunday of Hat Fair 2022 a ticketed event, making it ideal for those who want to enjoy the festival in a calmer environment than that of the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
Importantly also, ticketing the Sunday means that we can continue to afford to co-commission and invite top quality and diverse outdoor arts to Winchester.
Friday and Saturday events within the city centre remain free to attend with Hatters asking for donations after their performances.