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Skills development & training

Education Forum

Our Education Forums provide an opportunity for you to meet your peers from other schools and colleges, and to discuss how we can support your schools' activities through workshops, tours, shows and future projects.

The next forum meeting is on Thursday 4 June 2020, 5.30pm-7pm with the option of a complimentary ticket (limited availability) to see HMS Pinafore afterwards, plus drinks and nibbles.

Forums are open to anyone teaching formal education in Hampshire, from Early Years to University level.

For more information, and to book your place on the next forum contact

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