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Skills development & training

Educators Forum

Our Educators Forum provides an opportunity for us to introduce you to opportunities we have coming up for you, the chance for you to meet fellow educators peers and to discuss with us how we can support the creative activities you'll be delivering this term. The Forum is open to anyone involved in any means of education - home educators, community engagement, nurseries, creative classes, schools, colleges, universities -  across the region!

Our next Forum will be on Wed 22 September, 6-7pm at Theatre Royal Winchester.

On the night we will work with you to best understand how our community engagement and creative learning programme, activities and opportunities can support the brilliant educational work you do. We will also take a moment during the forum to share our invitations to you to work with us on our Hat Fair Carnival 2022 and other projects we have coming up.

For those who can stay on after the forum, we have a limited number of tickets available free of charge to see that night’s performance of Absurd Person Singular by Alan Ayckbourn at Theatre Royal Winchester. Tickets will be assigned on a first come, first served basis when you RSVP below.

For more information, contact

To RSVP and confirm your attendance to our Educators Forum please complete the following form no later than Friday 10th September.

Educators Forum form

Internships and Placements

Playmakers offer placements to students based at the University of Winchester.

Students work directly with the Playmakers team on Hat Fair and other creative projects.

Winchester School of Art runs placements with Play to the Crowd through the Excell Internship Programme.

If you are interested in student placements or internships contact

Top Hat

Top Hat is a competition open to current students and graduates from the University of Winchester.

The competition is a place each year at Hat Fair festival and provides a platform for student performers to showcase their work.

Winners of the Top Hat competition will be mentored by Hat Fair Director Andrew Loretto to develop a brand new show that following year's Hat Fair festival.

If you would like to apply to be part of Top Hat please contact

Hat Fair Carnival: Teacher Training

Each year Hat Fair Outdoor Arts festival opens with a burst of riotous colour and costumes as hundreds of local school children celebrate down Winchester High Street in our fabulous Hat Fair Carnival.

We provide specialist training for teachers to make amazing carnival costumes so that they can inspire their pupils to make their own and join in the fun!

If your school would like to be involved in the next Hat Fair Carnival contact