The Alresford Watercress Festival

Date: Sunday 19 May 2024

The Alresford Watercress Festival is on Sunday 19th May 2024 at Alresford, Winchester, Hampshire. This nationally acclaimed Annual festival attracts thousands of visitors to New Alresford in Hampshire to celebrate all things watercress. The streets of this Georgian town are closed to traffic to transform the town into a family-friendly FREE festival. (*parking charges apply). From street markets, food & drink stalls, cookery demonstrations with renown world class chefs, the Hampshire Farmers Market, a “Kids Zone” featuring Falcon Displays and Circus Skills, there really is something for everyone. For many the highlight of the day is Watercress Eating Championship which takes place at 15:00 on the main stage – a must see event hosted by our very own redoubtable Paul Rees keeping the participants in order and the crowd in stitches. The festival opens at 10:00 and closes at 16:00, with the streets of New Alresford being returned to normal within a few hours. Alresford Watercress Festival is a not-for-profit enterprise raising money for many local groups and charities. The festival itself is in a street location with pavements, ramps and facilities. There are easy access toilets located in the Blue Badge car park and in Station Road. The parking facilities other than Perins School are unsuitable for the infirm. Please be aware that there is very limited Blue Badge parking at Perins School. As with the last 2 years ee have secured a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter on the main stage this year. For more information, please click here.

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