Festival Site Updates
April 13, 2018
Join our Winchester Facebook group!
The beautiful cathedral town of Winchester in southern England will be the site for the 2018 Feast of Tabernacles in the United Kingdom. We expect between 40 and 120 people in attendance.
Winchester is a historically rich city, and was once the capital of medieval England and the royal seat of the Saxon King Alfred the Great over 1,100 years ago. Because of its popularity with local and European visitors, we encourage those interested to book early to ensure preferred accommodations. Accommodation, including hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and self-caterings, and parking are available a few minutes’ walk from the hall.
We have obtained a discounted group booking cost at the Premier Inn—a 15 minutes’ walk from the hall and a 5-minute drive. Reservations at discounted rates will be coordinated through the Church. Costs will be published shortly. An upmarket hotel closer to the hall is the 4-star Mercure Wessex Hotel, which is only metres away from the hall. Budget accommodations in the area may also be found through Airbnb. The Holiday Inn in Winchester is about 2.5 miles away.
Festival services will be held in the Victorian-built Guildhall Winchester, either in the Walton Suite (up to 80 people) or the King Alfred Chamber (from 80 to 120 people). It is located in the downtown area of this architecturally beautiful and unspoiled English city. We are planning catered lunches for each holy day and Sabbath, and there is a variety of cafés and restaurants in easy walking distance of the hall.
Winchester is a small and well-looked after city with much of the city center designated as a pedestrian area. This makes it easy to enjoy the popular shopping streets and access to the parks and Cathedral grounds.
The Norman-era Winchester Cathedral, over 550 feet long, is just five minutes away from the meeting hall. Queen Mary Tudor was married to Philip II of Spain there 450 years ago.
The medieval banqueting hall called King Arthur’s Hall is famous for its round table dating to pre-Tudor times. Popular sites like the Beauleigh National Motor Museum, Jane Austen's home in Chawton, Stonehenge, Southampton and the naval port of Portsmouth (home of Nelson’s flagship, the Victory, and remains of Henry VIII’s warship, the Mary Rose) are all within short distances by car or bus. Also within striking distance by car or bus are the 3,000-year old fortress site of Old Sarum, Salisbury Cathedral, Bath with its Roman baths, Windsor Castle and the New Forest.
A few bus tours will be arranged throughout the Feast to a number of the area’s tourist attractions mentioned above. For more information, please keep checking british-isles.cogwa.org/feast-of-tabernacles as we will be adding details in the next few weeks.
Transportation and Reservations
Train and coach services are available from London Heathrow airport.
Please register with the Church of God, a Worldwide Association—British Isles by providing your details using our registration form by clicking here. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We look forward to welcoming you at this cozy Feast site! You can obtain further information about Winchester by visiting the Tourist Information Centre website at visitwinchester.co.uk/tourist-information-centre, phoning them at +44 (0)1962 840500 or e-mailing them at email@example.com.