Hat Fair 2022 wants you!

Be part of the team that makes the UK’s longest running festival of Outdoor Arts come to life. This years Hat Fair festival runs over the 1st-3rd July 2022. Each year we need lots of volunteers to help keep our audiences smiling and our events running smoothly.

With so many aspects covered within the creating of such a huge festival, we need enthusiastic people for various roles from site production to information point representatives, from Green Room assistants, to event stewards, and more. Everybody has a part they can play in making this Hat Fair the best one yet, and all will be placed in the heart Winchester and the action! 

This year, the Friday and Saturday festivities will see outdoor theatre, dance, comedy, music and, of course, specially invited, world class ‘hatters’ (street performers) perform in a range of locations across the historic city centre.  Performances on these days will be free to attend and promise to bring diverse voices, energy, provocation, entertainment and joy to the streets. Expect the unexpected, the glorious, the beautiful, the profound and the downright mischievous on the ancient streets and spaces of the city centre. The Sunday of the festival will once again be at the North Walls Recreation Ground – a green field site close to the city centre – and will be a ticketed event creating a relaxed, family friendly day.


  • 18 or over?
  • Sociable and friendly?
  • An interest in Winchester or the Arts?
  • Available between 1st July  - 3rd July?
  • The experience is amazing, the work is fun, the people are great!


  • Accessibility
    Site Dependent - this year's festival is spread over various locations within Winchester City Centre on Friday and Saturday and moves to North Walls Recreation Ground on Sunday. These locations consist of flat grass fields, public footpaths and pathways.
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
    Yes - Play to the Crowd, which encompasses Theatre Royal Winchester, Hat Fair and Playmakers is an equal opportunities organisation.
  • Expenses reimbursed
    This opportunity does not cover travel expenses.
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
    Yes as with Play to the Crowd & Theatre Royal Winchester.
  • Training provided
    No in depth training is required however an orientation and briefing will take place during June (this is not mandatory to attend). Over the festival the Volunteer Management, Event Management and Site Managers will be on hand for guidance and training.
  • Volunteer induction
    Yes - Volunteer Induction Workshop prior to event.
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
    Yes P.L.I. covered.
  • Written role description
    Help us out with all sorts of roles including: event set-up, the green room, fundraising, stewarding, running and more. Job descriptions and individual roles can be found within the Hat Fair Volunteer Application Form.

When can I volunteer?

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Theatre Royal Winchester
22-23 Jewry Street
SO23 8SB

North Walls Recreation Ground
53 Nuns Road
SO23 7EF

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