Accommodation, Dinners and FAQ


Overnight accommodation with breakfast is available at the University of Winchester in basic student rooms in the West Downs Student Village and in Beech Glade on the main King Alfred campus.  A free shuttle bus service will run between West Downs and the Festival venues on the main King Alfred campus at key times over the weekend.

En suite and Standard (shared bathroom) accommodation is available at very reasonable prices.  You may book accommodation when you register for the Festival.

En suite: £40 per night
Standard:  £35 per night

All of the rooms are single, with a hand basin, toilet and shower (if En suite).  For Standard accommodation, the showers and toilets are shared between 4 or 5 bedrooms. Bed linen and a medium sized towel are provided, as well as tea/coffee making facilities in the shared kitchenette areas, where you will also find a microwave and fridge.  Please remember, the halls are student accommodation and are very basic.  It is recommended that you bring hangers and additional towels.  With both types of accommodation, please note that televisions, radios, alarm clocks, hairdryers and shaver adaptors are not provided.  There are a few rooms that are accessible to wheelchair users at West Downs and can be booked on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please also advise us of any accommodation preferences (ground floor for example) when booking.

Free, but limited, parking is available at West Downs, further parking is available in the main car park and Medecroft car park on the main campus (directions will be sent with your Delegates’ Pack).

Alternatively, the Winchester Tourist Information website has a list of local hotels and Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Winchester, as well as restaurants.


Dinners are not included in the package costs.  This gives you the freedom to join us in the Dining Hall for the Friday Opening Dinner and/or Saturday Festival Dinner or stroll into Winchester to enjoy a wide number of excellent restaurants and pubs.

You may book dinner tickets when registering online.
Friday Opening Dinner:  £17
Saturday Festival Dinner:  £28, including a glass of wine

For a list of restaurants in Winchester:


Frequently Asked Questions:

Is there WiFi on campus?
Free WiFi is available throughout both the main King Alfred and West Downs campuses.

May I bring a guest to the Dinners?
Yes, you can.  A limited number of dinner tickets will be available for purchase at the Festival Reception desk during the Festival.  Please stop by to purchase any extra tickets when you arrive.  Cash and cheque only, please!

How should I dress for the Saturday Festival Dinner?
There is no set dress-code for the Festival Dinner.  Some choose to dress up and some wear their festival attire.  It’s up to you!

I am not attending the Festival on Saturday.  Can I buy a ticket to hear Lemn Sissay’s Keynote Address?
There are a few tickets available to hear the Keynote Address on Saturday morning at 9:00 am, 17 June.  The cost is £12 per ticket and includes coffee.  Lemn will be available to sign books following his talk.  To purchase a ticket, please click HERE.

Are there any Free activities that are open to the public?
Yes there are!  Friday night activities are free and open to the public:
19:45 – 20:45    Choose between a Literary Talk with Vanessa Amberleigh or a celebration of the launch of Litmus 2017, the anthology of writing by students in the University of Winchester MA Writing for Children and MA Creative and Critical Writing programmes.

19:45 – 21:15    Meet the Editors with Mslexia – The Stripe Auditorium
21:15 – 23:30    Open Mic – University Centre, Terrace Bar Lounge.  Sign up when you arrive!
Please refer to the programme for details and locations.

Also, on Saturday evening, the Writers’ Awards Ceremony in the Terrace Bar Lounge in the University Centre is free and open to the public.

Is the conference wheelchair accessible?
The University of Winchester is located on a steep hill with a beautiful view of St. Catherine’s Hill, an Iron Age settlement.  However, it can be strenuous to walk and tricky if you’re in a wheelchair.  The campus is terraced with a number of steps, but there are lifts in all buildings that will be used during the Festival.  Every effort is made to accommodate special needs.  Please indicate on your registration form if you have special needs and introduce yourself at the registration desk so that we can help.  To discuss your concerns, or pre-arrange assistance, please call the Festival Event Manager: Sara Gangai, at 01962 826367.

If you will be staying in the student accommodation at West Downs, we can reserve a ground floor room for you.

I would like to arrive on Thursday.  Is accommodation available?
Yes!  Accommodation with breakfast is available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  Please indicate which nights you would like to stay when booking.


Notes and Key Dates
April 7 – 
Deadline for Festival Scholarship applications
April 14 – Deadline for Bursary application
May 15 – Deadline for all Writing Competitions
May 24 – Deadline to submit work for One-to-One appointments.  If you book your One-to-One appointment after this date, you will need to bring a copy of your submissions with you. Your submission will not be previewed by the speaker before your appointment.
May 26 – Deadline for refunds to the Winchester Writers’ Festival (less 20% of total package price fee.)  No refunds after this point. (Full refunds given if cancellation within one week of booking until 26 May)
June 9      Deadline for registrations for the Winchester Writers’ Festival