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Basingstoke Milestones Museum Willis Museum Basing House WHAT’S ON MAY TO AUGUST 2017

Milestones Museum

Willis Museum

Basing House


MILESTONES MUSEUM L EISURE PARK, CHURCHILL WAY WEST, BASINGSTOKE, RG22 6PG 01256 639550 Time Maze Adventure 4 July to 29 October There is a rift in time and only you can heal it! Travel from the age of the dinosaurs through to the Victorian era and present day to solve our incredible indoor and outdoor time mazes. Your task is to collect crystals from each zone to heal time - or there will be dinosaurs roaming the streets of Milestones! Have fun come rain or shine with this family maze adventure. Take a look at our website for further details. Cost: included in normal admission charge 20% off when you pre-book online! Pre-booking opens 2 May


SAINSBURY GALLERY EXHIBITIONS Angie Lewin: A Printmaker’s Journey 6 May to 19 July Angie Lewin’s highly recognisable works reflect the time she spends sketching native flora and fauna. Curated by the artist, this exhibition illustrates her journey as an artist and printmaker, with inspiring and influential artists such as Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden featuring alongside work from various stages of Angie’s career. FREE

Shoreline © Angie Lewin

A pair of ladies’ shoes c. 1795

Jane Austen 200 Retail and Romance: Jane goes to the Ball 29 July to 7 October Visitors to this exhibition may be surprised to learn that Jane Austen knew the town of Basingstoke well and attended dances in its Assembly Rooms. Austen wrote about the world she knew, and that most definitely included how one behaved at a ball, what one wore and what one ate. Her novels include little detail on fashion and furbelows, but she was an avid consumer and her letters evoke the period with descriptions of what she wore and when. The fine gradations of society helped to govern the rules of behaviour, and Austen described the consequences of not adhering to that code most entertainingly in her novels. Visitors will likewise be entertained by the gentry, the gowns and the gossip. Find out more about events to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death at FREE, donations welcome

BASINGSTOKE GALLERY EXHIBITIONS Hampshire Open Art 29 April to 3 June Showcasing the art of accredited Open Studios artists in North Hampshire, this exhibition displays a selection of some of the best contemporary art from the northernmost reaches of the county. FREE

Express 10 June to 8 July Corinne Marsh led a group through an intensive, multidisciplinary creative arts project in Basingstoke. This exhibition celebrates some of the results! FREE

Roll up, Roll up! 15 July to 12 August Hampshire-based artists Graeme Farragher, Rachel Davis, Fatima Pantoja and friends are delighted to present Cirque Exotique. This exhibition is a vibrant expression of the colour, movement and energy of this amazing show. Incorporating dynamic palette knife strokes and dancing with scissors, you are in for a visual feast. FREE

Basingstoke Art Club 19 August to 16 September Our annual exhibition by Basingstoke’s very own local art club. FREE


Half Term Fun! 26 May to 2 June Half-term activities, trails and make-and-takes inspired by the Angie Lewin: A Printmaker’s Journey exhibition during our normal opening hours. Keep an eye on our website for more details. FREE

Summer Holidays 26 July to 31 August Summer events and activities inspired by our Jane Austen 200 exhibition, Retail and Romance: Jane goes to the Ball. Keep an eye on our website for more details. FREE


Basing House is open 11:00am - 4:00pm 1 March to 31 October 2017, Monday to Thursday and at weekends. NEW for this season! Children’s Basing Mouse trail available on arrival, plus our free, downloadable tour of the site.

EVENTS Meet Basing Mouse! 27 May to 4 June Stretch your legs and mind and learn about Basing House’s fascinating Tudor and Civil War history with our new children’s Basing Mouse trail. Pick one up on arrival! Cost: included in admission charge

Jane Austen 200 Jane Austen Weekend


the rise and fall of

basing house with

William Pawlet

Created by Basing House Youth Group

15 and 16 July Join us for a Jane Austen and Regency themed weekend to mark the 200th anniversary of the author’s death. Enjoy children’s donkey rides, a performance from Hampshire Regency Dancers on 15 July, a display by Whitchurch Silk Mill and more! Please see our website for more details. Cost: included in admission charge, although some additional charges may apply

Tudor Tunnel Tuesdays

1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 August, 2:00pm – 3:00pm Do you dare to venture into our Tudor tunnel? The tunnel will be open every Tuesday in August from 2:00pm 3:00pm subject to weather conditions. Cost: included in admission charge

Kids Archaeological Dig Pits 5, 12, 19 and 26 August 11:30am and 2:30pm Children will love to become an amateur archaeologist during these guided, one hour dig pit sessions. Cost is £5.00 per child, which includes entry to Basing House, the dig session, a goody bag and certificate. Pre-booking essential, suitable for children aged five and over. Cost: £5.00 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult (usual admission charges apply).

Jane Austen 200 Pride and Prejudice Performed by Chapter House Theatre Company 20 August Gates to the Walled Garden open at 5:00pm Performance starts at 6:00pm Bring your picnics, chairs and rugs and enjoy a summer evening performance of Pride and Prejudice by the renowned Chapter House Theatre Company in our picturesque Walled Garden. Cost: Adult £15.00/Child £10.00/Family £44.00 (two adults and two children). 10% discount for parties of ten or more. Please pre-book with See Tickets on 0871 220 0260 or at Pride and Prejudice © Chapterhouse Theatre Company

Wenceslaus Hollar, The Siege of Basing House

Naked Basing House Tour Every Thursday, 1:30pm, Visitor Centre This is not what you might think it is! Every Thursday throughout the season until 26 October, our Naked Basing House Tour will encourage you to imagine what the ‘palace’ of Basing House was like in all its Tudor pomp. These fascinating tours will provide you with a much deeper understanding of how Basing House may have looked, and will help you to develop an appreciation of the scale and construction of both the old and new houses. Cost: included in admission charge

WORKSHOPS Willow Weaving 25 May and 22 June, 10:00am – 4:00pm Cost: adult £40.00/over 60s £30.00/in receipt of benefits £20.00

Natural Plant Dyeing 21 June, 10:30am – 4:00pm Cost: adult £35.00/over 60s £26.25/in receipt of benefits £17.50

Basket Making – Next Steps 22 June, 10:00am – 4:00pm Cost: adult £40.00/over 60s £30.00/in receipt of benefits £20

Pottery Planter 8 July, 10:30am – 4:00pm Cost: adult £40.00/over 60s £30.00/in receipt of benefits £20.00 To find out further details and to book your place, please visit our website or call 01256 463965.


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Large print version available on request

Hampshire Cultural Trust manages 23 venues working in partnership with local authorities and communities in Hampshire and Dorset. We are a registered charity (no. 1158583) and rely on charitable donations. We hope you enjoy your visit, please donate to help us give the past a future. To find out more, visit: Details correct at time of going to press but subject to change.

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