THE Winchester Ukulele Festival will be returning for a second year following its success in 2016, writes Sam Waddington.

The all-day event on June 3, which sold out a year ago, will again see a wide variety of professional acts performing.

From well respected American blues artist Del Rey, who is headlining in her only UK festival appearance this year, to the group Opera-lele, that combine operatic singing with ukulele, there should be something for everyone. 

Andy Martin, one of the event organisers, feels it's "the sheer diversity of music" that the audience should be most excited about.

Martin also says, after the event was nominated for the Best Ukulele Festival of 2016 by the Uke Magazine: "It's nice to be recognised and good for publicity but the awards aren't what it is all about. Most important is that people have a great day out".

A new addition to the event will be the ‘Splendid Strumalong’ session encouraging the audience to get actively involved in the performances.

But like last year visitors can attend specialised ukulele workshops run by the acts and look at displays from top manufactures.

The festival will take place at the same venue of the Winchester Rugby Football Club ground and stalls serving a range of food and drinks will be present.

Tickets for the event on June 3 can be purchased online at

Proceeds will go towards three charities including Winchester Gold which provides support for those with learning difficulties.

More information on the festival can be found at