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Feel enchanted in Basingstoke! Make Basingstoke town centre your destination of choice this Autumn – feel enchanted by this Hampshire gem with a jam-packed events programme catering for all tastes and age groups, an exciting range of shops and restaurants and a cultural offer that’s hard to beat. Whether you’re a film or music lover, foodie, history buff, young or more distinguished in appearance, there’s something here for you this Autumn! Explore the September and October events guide to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the exciting events taking place. Returning this Autumn is Basingstoke’s Green Week, the Exit 6 Film Festival and Day of the Dead – in addition to Basingstoke’s first pride event, Pride245. And don’t forget Basingstoke comes alive after five with plenty to offer after 5pm. There is always something new to discover, with the latest arrival, Exciting Escapes, offering you and your friends and family or perhaps your workmates the chance find clues, solve puzzles and complete challenges to finish your mission and to escape in 60 minutes! Finally, get yourself Autumn-ready by exploring our Autumn in Basingstoke gift guide. Browse through the many independent shops and restaurants in Top of Town and trusted high street stores in The Malls and Festival Place. You’ll be spoilt for choice, with stores for all tastes and budgets. With events, promotions and places to visit from The Malls and Festival Place through to Top of Town, Basingstoke town centre is your must visit location this Autumn! Keep up to date with all events and promotions by visiting www.inbasingstoke. org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @inbasingstoke


Alive After 5


Basingstoke comes alive after five with plenty to offer after 5pm, with everything from the latest theatre productions, grabbing a bite to eat, through to partying the night away in the many venues in Top of Town. Shopping Head to Festival Place with over 140 big brand stores including Debenhams, Next, Marks & Spencer, Apple, H&M, Zara and New Look and enjoy late night shopping (Monday–Wednesday & Saturday until 7pm and Thursday–Friday until 8pm). Explore The Malls with Primark, open Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 8pm.

DrinKING AND Dining From a hearty steak or burger to Japanese or South American cuisine, check out the great choice of restaurants in Festival Square at Festival Place. Or why not head to Top of Town and visit one of the many independent restaurants, including The Lime Leaf, Number 12 and Mayflower Chinese. The Lime Leaf offers authentic Thai food in a vibrant setting. Open from 5.30pm Monday to Saturday. Extensive à la carte menu with dishes bursting with flavour, fine wines, cocktails and a full bar. Dine early to save: Early Bird Menu £14.95 for 2 courses up to 6.45pm daily. 01256 355272




The White Hart, London Road isVersion back to 1 2016 its best! Refurbished inside and out, this community pub provides Live Music Nights, Jam Sessions, Poker & Comedy Nights. On site pool table, dartboard, enclosed garden and a simple bar snacks menu will keep you and your friends entertained for hours!




Escaping Basingstoke’s first ever escape room experience has officially opened! Exciting Escapes are thrilled to announce that “The Most Fun Thing to do in Hampshire” (Over 600 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor) has been brought to the town. An escape room is a 60-minute real-life adventure with your friends, family or workmates.

Discovering In the heart of Basingstoke, The Anvil, The Haymarket and The Forge offer a great variety of live performances throughout the year. Managed by The Anvil Trust, an independent educational charity, enjoy stunning concerts by well-known names and international artists – all right on your doorstep.



on-the-go lifestyle. With your membership, you can workout when it’s best for you, day or night! Our clubs are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Basingstoke Sports Centre is a 7-storey health and fitness club in the heart of Festival Place. Inside boasts a mixed gym, ladies gym, pools, four studios, spa, squash and badminton courts, PlayDen, café and more. Non-contract memberships starting from £23/pm – sign up now in the club or at


Watch a movie at the 10 screen Vue Cinema in Festival Place – whether it’s the newest blockbuster or you’re discovering one of the many live concerts, operas or plays, there is something for everyone.

Party the night away in Top of Town. In London Street, you will find Tonic Bar, which is a great place to relax and enjoy a drink with friends. Across the road you will find Rhu Bar and the Sanctuary Bar, Basingstoke’s only dedicated live music/ alternative venue. Along Winchester Street, you will find Basingstoke’s latest addition, Fever & Boutique, the triple level venue with fantastic booths to reserve.




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Enjoy parking at Festival Place for only £1* after 5pm, just make sure you skedaddle by 2am the following morning. Great for a late movie! *Applies only to vehicles parking after 5pm and exiting before 2am, otherwise standard hourly charges apply.


SEPTEMBER EVENTS Thursday 14th September

Jan Jack’s Laughter-House Comedy Club Red Lion Hotel

Ongoing throughout the Autumn 9am–4pm every Wednesday and Saturday

Basingstoke Market

Market Place, Top of the Town Rediscover the taste of truly fresh produce! Delicious fruit and vegetables, meat, seafood, artisan breads, cakes and fine flowers are all part of the big changes at Basingstoke market. With awardwinning cooked food from around the world available all day, why shop out of town when the best value is in the historic heart of Basingstoke? Friday 8th September, Live from 8.30pm


The Tea Bar, London Street This extraordinary 11 piece funk and soul band will squeeze together on to The Tea Bar stage. More used to the big stage of Basingstoke Live and other festivals, this intimate gig is always a toe tapping affair, where dancing shoes will be required. FREE Entry Sunday 10th September, 3pm–5pm

September Showcase Tasting

Majestic Wine, New Road, Basingstoke RG21 3BY Join us for a FREE in store tasting of at least eight different wines at various price points and from all over the world. Our friendly staff


are on hand as guides to talk you through them and there will even be some suppliers showcasing their products too! RSVP required Email or phone 01256 842432


Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Jan Jack’s Laughter-House offers top stand up comedy and a friendly, buzzy atmosphere. Established in 2007 we now have a great reputation with both comedians and audiences alike (you’ll probably recognise many of our wonderful acts from TV!) Tickets £15 – with pre booking advisable. Saturday 16th September, 2pm

The Rider Route

Helping the most promising riders become the stars of world and Olympic cycling. With Mark Adams, South Regional Development Manager at British Cycling

Basingstoke Discovery Centre These 40-minute classes are especially tailored for young scientists aged 2–4 years old. Experiments – Singing – Stories – Interactive – Come along and nurture a lifelong passion for science! Places are limited so advanced booking is essential. 12-week course / £78 Monday 11th September – Monday 4th December (not Monday 23rd October), 9.40am (Ages 2–3) 10.40am (Ages 3–4) 11.40am (Ages 3–4) 0300 555 1387 10-week course / £65 Thursday 14 September – Thursday 7 December (not Thursdays 28 September, 19 & 26 October) 9.40am (Ages 3–4) 10.40am (Ages 2–3) 0300 555 1387

Follow the journey of a top-class cyclist from a young rider aged 12–15 at the Foundation stage through to the Academy and hopefully onto the pinnacle of the performance pathway – the Olympic Podium Programme.

£3.50. Places are limited so advanced booking is essential. 0300 555 1387 Saturday 16th September – Saturday 23rd September


Various locations across Basingstoke Celebrate the inaugural Pride245 festival with a line up of live entertainment throughout the week with a host of performers offering something for everyone.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS Friday 22nd September, 8pm

Maz O’Connor The Forge

Saturday 16th September, 8pm

Andy Parsons

The Haymarket As seen on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and QI, Andy Parsons is known for his distinctive rhythm and political putdowns. This new live show promises to be a riotous evening of top-drawer stand-up. TICKETS: £17 TICKET PRICE INCLUDES £2 BOOKING FEE Suitable for ages 14 and over 01256 844244

BBC Folk Award-winner Maz O’Connor’s heart-tugging melodies conjure some of the 1960s’ most revered American balladeers whilst being undoubtedly English, youthful and now. Don’t miss this appearance when she will perform songs from her new album The Longing Kind exploring the tensions and conflicts of a young woman living in London. TICKETS: £15; over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £13 TICKET PRICES INCLUDE £2 BOOKING FEE 01256 844244

Friday 22nd September, 7.45pm

An Audience with Martin Kemp The Anvil

Best known as bass guitarist with Spandau Ballet, and awardwinning actor in EastEnders, Martin Kemp shares star-studded tales about his career with a guest host, followed by a Q&A session. More recently, he was a judge on the Saturday night entertainment show Let It Shine on BBC One. His theatre credits include playing the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and legendary record producer Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet. TICKETS: £24 (Post-show meet and greet £50, includes ticket price) TICKET PRICE INCLUDES £2 BOOKING FEE 01256 844244

Sunday 24th September, music starts at 1pm

Afternoon tea and jazz with the Mike Miller trio The Tea Bar, London Street

The wonderful jazz guitarist Mike Miller and his trio will be creating a great atmosphere this Sunday afternoon. A friendly welcome awaits you in our beautiful tea rooms with over 30 varieties of tea, including Twining’s English Breakfast, benefit blends and infusions, Jackson Fair Trade tea and our speciality rituals blend for that perfect Sunday afternoon tea experience and special occasions. All our teas are served in novelty, traditional and china tea pots with beautiful tea cups, saucers and even mugs, all are the perfect accomplishment to our totally amazing handmade cakes and patisseries as well as our delicious panini and hot winter warming soup served in freshly bake rolls. If tea is not your thing, then don’t let that stop you enjoying our fantastic elegant surroundings with our fully licensed bar and a selection of cocktails, wines, international beers, fruit juices, smoothies and coffees. Friday 29th September, live from 8.30pm

No Strings Attached

The Tea Bar, London Street

Friday 22nd September, Live from 8.30pm

Basingstoke Has Talent

This amazing 5 piece show band are usually travelling around the country performing at weddings and other huge events. We just love having this local band here at The Tea Bar. They always bring a fantastic atmosphere to the room with songs covering the decades. FREE Entry Saturday 30th September, 8pm to 11.30pm

The Tea Bar, London Street

Motown and Soul Night

A chance for you to take to The Tea Bar stage and show the town your singing talents. Our Karaoke host has a huge catalogue of songs, old and new, something for everyone. Does Basingstoke Have Talent? FREE Entry

Come along to the Basingstoke Irish Centre for a evening of Motown, Club Classics, Soul & Funk. All proceeds to St. Michael’s Hospice (North Hampshire). Tickets are £5 each and available via 07909 970321 or on the door.

Basingstoke Irish Centre


A week of events, activities and special offers showcasing environmentally friendly living in Basingstoke and the surrounding areas. For more information visit Saturday 16th September, 9am–5pm

Green Market

The Malls Shopping Centre Visit Castle Square at The Malls for the chance to see and buy a variety of products and get information from community groups. This year we have Northdown Orchard with seasonal organic vegetables, Basingstoke Energy Services Co-Operative, a local vegan group, Incredible Edible, Natural Basingstoke, Population Matters, Cycle Basingstoke, award-winning local charity Inspero, South East Water, Love Food Hate Waste and a Compost Clinic. Meet the groups, learn about what they do and pick up some freebies! Saturday 16th September, 10am–12pm

Children’s Craft

Basingstoke Discovery Centre Drop in and make a bunch of flowers completely out of recycled material. Take them away to brighten up your home.

Wednesday 20th September, 6pm–9pm, £5

BIG GREEN SCIENCE NIGHT Basingstoke Discovery Centre

On this not-to-be-missed highlight of Green Week, attend a talk or workshop of your choice based on the science behind being more ‘green’ followed by a family friendly TV gameshow style interactive talk: ‘The Burger Apocalypse’. There will also be a chance to chat to others and meet volunteers from a wide range of community groups with a ‘green’ theme. Sandwiches and a drink included in the ticket price. Wednesday 20th September, 6.30pm–7.30pm

Capturing Carbon in Your Garden (& The Burger Apocalypse) Carbon is essential for life and it is mostly stored in the soil. This talk will discover how soil creatures recycle carbon and how biodiversity, composting, mulching and good gardening help them to do this work. Places are limited so advanced booking is essential. librariesandarchives/library/ events/eventdetail?id=361091

Wednesday 20th September, 6.30pm–7.30pm

Thermal Imaging (& The Burger Apocalypse) After a short introduction giving simple tips on how to reduce the amount of energy you use in your home, Adam Trickett will explain how thermal imaging can provide further information on heat loss. Using examples of previous surveys, Adam will demonstrate how and where heat escapes from your home and give guidance on how this can be prevented. Places are limited so advanced booking is essential. librariesandarchives/library/ events/eventdetail?id=361092


Wednesday 20th September, 6.30pm–7.30pm

Renewable energy – Is it all it is cracked up to be? (& The Burger Apocalypse) with Martin Heath from Basingstoke Transition Is climate change real? Does renewable energy really work? Here is a chance to find out a bit more and ask all the questions you want to about some of the biggest issues facing us and the next generation. Places are limited so advanced booking is essential. librariesandarchives/library/ events/eventdetail?id=361093

Wednesday 20th September, 6.30pm–7.30pm

Veg in the city: (& The Burger Apocalypse) with Incredible Edible North Hampshire Discover some new ways urban areas are producing food to ensure secure food supplies whilst providing local employment and a healthier environment. Places are limited so advanced booking is essential. librariesandarchives/library/ events/eventdetail?id=361095 Wednesday 20th September, 8pm–9pm

The Burger Apocalypse

Wednesday 20th September, 6.30pm–7.30pm

Upcycling Your Old Clothing (& The Burger Apocalypse)

(included in the ticket price for the above talks) The Burger Apocalypse is an entertaining and highly participative show explaining how you can cut your food carbon footprint and reduce food waste. You simply learn your A-B-C…

Thursday 21st September, 2pm

Before the Flood – Educational Film Screening

Basingstoke Discovery Centre Before the Flood features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, travelling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news. The film presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet. Seats available on first-come, first-served basis. FREE librariesandarchives/library/ events/eventdetail?id=361390

Don’t throw away your old clothing – upcycle it into something more stylish, more fashionable, more wearable. Join Sarah as she takes you through a variety of techniques and ideas to get your creativity flowing! Places are limited so advanced booking is essential. librariesandarchives/library/ events/eventdetail?id=361094


exit 6 film festival ENJOY 18th SEPTEMBER If you love film, you’re gonna love this one. A retro movie screening with a reduced ticket price screening alongside an award-winning short film, what’s not to love?

Basingstoke’s very own international short film festival returns for a second year. Filmmakers and film lovers come together to watch, celebrate and enjoy short films of all genres from all over the world. Comedy, sci-fi, drama, documentaries – we’ve got it all! 18th–23rd SEPTEMBER

CELEBRATE 19th & 22nd SEPTEMBER Why not take part in one of our two movie themed pub quizzes? Fancy the challenge with your mates? Head to The Bounty. Fancy braving it with your work lot? Take it to Tonic.

WATCH 20th SEPTEMBER Why not check out our town’s very own feature film: Get Real. Be transported back to 1990s Basingstoke with these screenings at The Discovery Centre and The Anvil.

LISTEN 21st SEPTEMBER Revel in a night of movie-flavoured live music at The White Hart as a great mix of local bands and musicians perform their favourite film tracks as well as their own material.

NETWORK 23rd SEPTEMBER Filmmakers rejoice! Exit 6 Film Festival hosts Q&As with filmmakers, followed by networking sessions and workshops all day at the Red Lion Hotel, The Vue Cinema and The Forge.

Exit 6 Film Festival main events take place on Saturday 23rd September at multiple venues in the Town Centre, including The Red Lion Hotel, The Vue cinema and The Anvil. Tickets are on sale now on the festival website. Book early to avoid disappointment.


Website: Twitter: @exit6filmfest

exit 6 film festival Monday 18th September @ The Vue, 7PM Retro Cinema Night

Tuesday 19th September @ The Bounty INN, 8.30pm, £1 to enter Movie Pub Quiz

Exit 6 Film Festival presents a Retro screening at The Vue Cinema. A special screening of a classic film preceded by our 2016 BEST FILM award-winning short film APPARITION (12A). Find out more via

As part of the 2017 Exit 6 Film Festival, we invite you to a traditional pub quiz with a movie twist. Film scores, a picture round and the all important Exit 6 Oscar for the winner awaits. Enter your team! (on a first-come first-served basis)

Tuesday 19th September @ The Discovery Centre, 2PM–4.30pm

Wednesday 20th September @ The Discovery Centre, 1pm–3.30pm Free

Short Film Screenings The team at Exit 6 Film Festival bring you their highlights from the 2016 festival in Basingstoke, including 6 internationally successful short films from a host of genres and countries – something for everyone! Tickets are free and available from

In Partnership with

Get Real: Basingstoke’s Feature Film Screening Get transported back to 90s Basingstoke with the classic British Drama, Get Real. Filmed largely in and around Basingstoke, the film deals with the taboo of homosexuality in a secondary school. Appearances from The Vyne school, The War Memorial and Town Centre will be a nostalgic treat for those who knew it at the time. Tickets are free and available from

Money will be raised during the festival to support local charities.

Website: Twitter: @exit6filmfest


exit 6 film festival

Wednesday 20th September @ The Forge, The Anvil, 6.30pm Doors Open, 7pm Start, £7 (includes a £2 booking fee). EXIT 6 and PRIDE245 present a Q&A Screening of ‘GET REAL’ The feature film that was shot largely in Basingstoke during the 1990s. Director Simon Shore and Writer Patrick Wilde, plus local star of the film Stacy Hart, will take questions Thursday 21 September @ Tonic Bar, from the audience about the making of 6pm–late Get Real. Tickets are £7 and available from or call The Anvil Box BIG Charity Film Quiz Office on 01256 844244. Thursday 21 September @ The White Hart, London Road, 7.30PM Live Music from the Movies Local bands and musicians, including Sugarman Sam & The Voodoo Men, Wherewithal and more will be performing their favourite, specially-rehearsed tracks from the movies as well as their original material. Free entry. Friday 22nd September @ The Discovery Centre, 2PM–4PM JUDGES 6: REVISITED Six films were selected from the submissions of 2016 and were in contest to win the Best Film of the Festival. The selected six films of 2016 will be shown at The Discovery Centre, ending with the Festival Winner.

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Do you have a great work team. Are you and your friends a fountain of film knowledge? Enter a team into Exit 6 Film Festival’s Charity Film Quiz at Tonic. An evening of brain-busting film trivia to test your cinematic prowess, all while raising money for a hugely deserving charity.

Tickets from Book early to avoid disappointment. Get in touch with the team if you need help navigating the festival – theteam@exit6filmfestival, or on the day you can find us at every venue, look out for our TEAM 6 t-shirts.

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Website: Twitter: @exit6filmfest

exit 6 film festival Saturday 23rd september Block 1 @ The Red Lion, 11.15AM–12.45PM Iranian animation, Belgian drama, British comedy, drama and documentary kick off our screening programme with host Rob Hayes and Q&As with filmmakers. Block 2 @ The Vue, 1.15pm–2.45pm Join our screening host Buffy for giant cockroaches, psychotic alter-egos, pathological liars, love-lorn fools and spooky goings-on along with filmmaker Q&As. Block 3 @ The Red Lion, 1.15pm–2.45pm Forbidden love, frightening filmmaking, the life of an undertaker, a twisted pilgrimage, comedic spiritual goings-on and filmmaker Q&As await screening host Stacy Hart. Block 4 @ The Vue, 3.45pm–5.15pm Buffy returns with dystopian sci-fi, otherworldly animation, a provocative thriller, haunting dramas and religious horror along with filmmaker Q&As. Block 5 @ The Red Lion, 3.45pm–5.15pm Our final daytime screening block features augmented reality, stunning sci-fi, comedies from the countryside and the big city, alongside filmmaker Q&As with host Claire Clark.

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Judges 6 @ The Forge 6.30PM–9PM Rob Hayes hosts the Judges 6 – the six films shortlisted for our Best Film 2017 award. There will be Q&As with attending filmmakers and words from our special guest judges. AFTER PARTY @ THE TEA BAR 9PM–LATE All the action of the day culminates at The Tea Bar as Phunky Octopus host the Exit 6 after party, where cocktails, music and the announcement of our Audience Choice Winner awaits.

Each attendee is given a vote for the Audience Choice Award to be presented to the short film with the most votes. The Willis Museum will host a series of special guest talks for film-lovers, including the films of Al Pacino from author Mark Searby, and puppeteering in film & TV with Andrew Spooner. Each delegate will receive a lanyard and programme with a detailed programme for the day, with lots of helpful hints on how to make the most of it.

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Website: Twitter: @exit6filmfest


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OCTOBER EVENTS Sunday 1st October (11am start from Hackwood Road)

Sunday 8th October, 2pm


Basingstoke Half Marathon

The Haymarket

Race Village in War Memorial Park

Treble Clef Island is a wonderful land of music, song and dance, but there’s a problem. Calando the dastardly duck has escaped and is threatening to steal sound forever. Join Colin the Cockatoo on a quest to find the island animals and thwart Calando’s plans. With colourful characters, great puppets and catchy songs by Al Sharland and Sam Swallow of The Hoosiers. TICKETS: £10 TICKET PRICE INCLUDES £2 BOOKING FEE Suitable for ages 2 and over 01256 844244

The biggest sports participation event in Basingstoke, attracting runners from all over the country. Sponsored by Top of the Town business, Phillips Solicitors and this year welcoming Up & Running as its sports retailer partner. Entry is open online until 24th September at Thursday 5th October, 1.30pm

Hydration and the Digestive System Jane Wilkinson, The Body Mentor

Basingstoke Discovery Centre Water, as you already know, is one of the most important elements your body needs, apart from the billion or so cellular reactions that are reliant on water. We need water for the four main pathways of getting toxins out of out body. How do we know if we are dehydrated and how do we go about changing it? Drinking plain water causes bloating, suppresses thirst and thus further drinking, a poor choice where high fluid intake is required. Join Jane to discover more about your internal health and digestion. £3.75. Places are limited so advanced booking is essential. librariesandarchives/library/ events/eventdetail?id=361084

Thursday 5th October, 7.30pm


The Haymarket Direct from Kerala, Kathakali is a masterpiece of theatre that erupts on stage with striking visual images, revealing the magical world of South India. Nurtured for centuries by the remarkable people of Kerala, Kathakali features top performers, superb singers, rhythmic drummers and highly skilled make-up artists who take the audience into an entrancing world of storytelling. TICKETS: £14; over 16s and f/t students £12 TICKET PRICES INCLUDE £2 BOOKING FEE 01256 844244 Saturday 7th October


The Malls Shopping Centre BATS present songs from their next production of Footloose. Come and join BATS for this exciting Rock ’n’ Roll musical, which will be at The Haymarket in November.


Tuesday 10th October, 7.15pm

Gemma Cairney

Basingstoke Discovery Centre BBC Radio presenter, TV personality, journalist and teen ambassador Gemma Cairney opens up to talk about how magic and messed up life can be: from mental health to families to first love, and everything in between. Gemma is an important advocate for young people and between her life experiences and her personal insight from her time as BBC Radio 1’s resident agony aunt on The Surgery, she is perfectly placed to offer hope to young people questioning what life’s all about or dealing with hard times.

OCTOBER EVENTS of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for some hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there? TICKETS: £14.50 TICKET PRICE INCLUDES £2 BOOKING FEE Suitable for ages 3 and over 01256 844244

Saturday 14th October

Guide Dogs for the Blind Day The Malls Shopping Centre

Head to The Malls for the Guide Dogs for the Blind awareness & demonstration day. Wednesday 18th October, 7pm

Let’s Get Making! Basingstoke Makerspace Evening

Basingstoke Discovery Centre Think of something YOU want to make… and make it at a Makerspace – the Basingstoke Makerspace! Makerspaces are communities for people who want to build, modify and learn about things – a robot or a drone, a 3D printer or scanner, using a laser cutter, learning to solder and build electronics, programme a Raspberry Pi, make cosplay costumes, weld metal, communicate on the Internet of things, make an electric bike or wheelbarrow.... or a pair of shoes!

Hear what she has to say, pose your own questions and join in the discussion. £2.50 Places are limited so advanced booking is essential. librariesandarchives/library/ events/eventdetail?id=361648 Thursday 12th October

Friday 13th October, 7.45pm

Jan Jack’s Laughter-House Comedy Club

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra

Jan Jack’s Laughter-House offers top stand-up comedy and a friendly, buzzy atmosphere. Established in 2007 they now have a great reputation with both comedians and audiences alike (you’ll probably recognise many of their wonderful acts from TV!) Tickets £15 – with pre-booking advisable.

Vladimir Altschuler conducts the orchestra in a programme of Prokofiev’s Symphony no. 1 Classical), Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 4. TICKETS: £40, £36, £29, £22, £14; Under 16s and f/t students £10 TICKET PRICES INCLUDE £2 BOOKING FEE 01256 844244

Red Lion Hotel

Friday 13th–Sunday 15th October, Friday at 1.30pm and 4.30pm and Saturday & Sunday at 10.30am and 1.30pm

The Gruffalo

The Haymarket Based on the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler, Tall Stories presents this charming tale about Mouse’s daring adventure through the deep, dark wood. Will the story

The Anvil

Come and discuss with members of Basingstoke and other local Makerspaces what you want to build and at the same time see some of the equipment and projects they are working on. FREE librariesandarchives/library/ events/eventdetail?id=361389










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OCTOBER EVENTS Saturday 21st October

I Got Soul

Tonic Bar, London Street Tonic Bar have teamed up with I Got Soul, to bring you soulful nights with the best Soul DJs around. Tickets: Wednesday 25th October, 10.30am-12pm and 2pm-3.30pm.

Family Drop-in Turner Workshop

Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery Drop–in during these times, be inspired by the art, and re-create your own Turner! £2 per child to help cover the cost of materials. Friday 20th October, 7.45pm & Saturday 21st October , 4pm & 8pm

Thriller Live The Anvil

A spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of Michael Jackson. Experience over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco as the cast pays homage to Jackson’s incredible live performances and famous dance moves. Take a journey through 45 years with songs such as I Want You Back, ABC, Billie Jean, Dangerous and, of course, Thriller. TICKETS: £34.50, £32.50, £29.50; 4pm – £31.50, £29.50, £26.50. Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £2 off TICKET PRICES INCLUDE £2 BOOKING FEE 01256 844244



MARKET PLACE, TOP OF THE TOWN The freshest produce at the finest prices

Saturday 21st October– Saturday 16th December

Turner and The Sun Exhibition

Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery Escape to the gallery for a moment of joy! This modest exhibition celebrates J.M.W. Turner as the undisputed master of light and focuses on his lifelong fascination with the sun. Witnessing the technicolour vibrancy of sunset, Turner explored the transformative effects of sunlight, and sought to replicate its life-giving energy in paint. FREE

Every Wednesday and Friday in the historic heart of Basingstoke Basingstoke market is operated by Hughmark Ltd. 0118 9945 1799.


HALF TERM EVENTS Monday 23rd October, 2pm–4pm Wed 25th October, 2pm–4pm Friday 27th October, ADULTS ONLY, 2pm-4pm

Wednesday 25th October, 10am–12pm

Rainbow Crafts for Children & ADULTS

Learn different painting techniques on ceramic flowers with Julie Jones of Just Add Colour. All materials included. £6 per item painted, from age 6 to adult. Book in store or via www.

All Our Own Crafts

Learn to make colourful rainbows using different craft techniques with Kate Hope from Hope and Rainbows. All materials included. £5 per person, from ages 4–8. £10 per person, adults only Friday session. Book in store or via www. Saturday 21st October, 10am–12pm and 2pm–4pm

Monday 23rd October–Sunday 29th October

Learn to Crochet Flowers and Butterflies

The Kingdom Bright Bricks Lego Tour

Learn to crochet a flower and a butterfly with Kate Donohoe of Loopy Needles. All materials included. £10 per person, from age 8 to adult. Book in store or via www.

Kingdom is a touring LEGO show of sword and sorcery, a fantastical quest with dragons, castles and princesses, all created in LEGO bricks. Help Princess Orra on her quest to save the Brick Kingdom and defeat the evil Baron. Join her friends as they show you the wondrous sights in this medieval fantasy land.

All Our Own Crafts

Saturday 21st October

Nerf Vault Tour

All Our Own Crafts

Thursday 26th October, 10.30am–12pm

Take a Line for a Walk

Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Festival Place

Tuesday 24th October, 10am–12pm

Porchester Square, Festival Place

Make Button Necklaces

The Entertainer Nerf Vault Tour is coming to Festival Place on Saturday 21st October, bringing the biggest and best Nerf blasters to customers. There will be games, prizes and lots of other activities.

Learn button craft and make a necklace with Sue Crook. All materials included. £10 per person, from age 8 to adult. Book in store or via www.

All Our Own Crafts

Sunday 22nd October, 2pm–4pm

Make a Paper Hedgehog All Our Own Crafts

Learn how to make a paper hedgehog using a paperback book with Chris Mills from SLLIM Cards. All materials included. £10 per person, from age 12 to adult. Book in store or via www.


Painting Ceramic Flowers

Artist and Educator PJ Preston will be on hand to lead a fun morning of mark making and drawing. Just bring your imagination! £3.75, accompanying adults free, Ages 5–12 Places are limited so advanced booking is essential. librariesandarchives/library/ events/eventdetail?id=361180

HALF TERM EVENTS Thursday 26th October, 2pm–4pm

Saturday 28th October

Family Printing and Casting

Halloween Pumpkin Carving

Family prints and casts of hands and feet with Sherilyn Hoban from Tinytoes and Stickyfingers. Prints made into sterling silver jewellery or pictures, casts presented in a frame. All materials included. £5 deposit, prices vary on your chosen keepsake item(s) to be made. Book in store or via www.

Join Frankenstein and His Bride for Halloween Pumpkin Carving in The Malls.

All Our Own Crafts

The Malls Shopping Centre

Saturday 28th October, 10am–12pm

Make a Felted Bowl

All Our Own Crafts

Friday 27th October, 1.30pm–3pm

Make Your Own Halloween Costumes

Basingstoke Discovery Centre Get ready for Halloween in style with this super sewing and textiles workshop. Design and create your very own costume based on a simple tabard style tunic. Materials provided – although you are welcome to bring any embellishments of your own! £5, accompanying adults free, Ages 8–11 Places are limited so advanced booking is essential. librariesandarchives/library/ events/eventdetail?id=361181 Friday 27th October, 6.30pm–8pm

Own label Masterclass Tasting Majestic Wine, New Road, Basingstoke RG21 3BY

Delving into the wines that are exclusive to Majestic, are real customer favourites and great value to drink. We’ll taste our Award Winning Definition range, our new ‘Majestic Loves’ party wines and some of our fantastic parcels. £10 per person to attend & you’ll get a £10 voucher to spend. RSVP required Email: or Phone: 01256 842432

Friday 27th October, 7.30pm

Richard Thompson The Anvil

One of the country’s greatest songwriters and most distinctive guitar virtuosos, Richard Thompson brings breathtaking drama and sublime delicacy to every song he performs. For his concert, he will draw on his new double-disc album Acoustic Classics Vol 2 and Acoustic Rarities as well as his extensive back catalogue. TICKETS: £37, £32, £27 TICKET PRICES INCLUDE £2 BOOKING FEE 01256 844244

Learn wet-felting techniques and make a bowl with Karen Bell of KTB Designs. All materials included, although you may want to bring an apron because it’s a wet craft! £15 per person, age 8 to adult (under 12’s may need an adult to come along and help). Book in store or via www. Saturday 28th October, 2pm–4pm

Folded Ceramic Pots All Our Own Crafts

Learn to make folded ceramic pots using textures and slips with Llinos Gale of Beans and Bees. All materials included. £10 per person, adults only. Book in store or via www.

Friday 27th October, 8pm

Austentatious – The Improvised Jane Austen Novel on Tour The Haymarket

Austentatious is an improvised comedy play starring a cast of the country’s quickest comic performers. Every single show sees the cast conjure up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on a title suggested by the audience. TICKETS: £16; Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £14 TICKET PRICES INCLUDE £2 BOOKING FEE Suitable for ages 12 and over 01256 844244


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The Day of the Dead event returns to Basingstoke for its third year! Enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities from 12 noon

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Sugar skulls, mariachi bands and the ghosts of Basingstoke’s past come together to create this spectacular event, featuring the craziest parade you’ll ever see!


Get your face painted, create a lantern and try delicious Mexican food. watch the parade in the evening and, new for this year, join our flash mob dance spectacular!

Day of the Dead

Follow Proteus on Facebook and get a link to instructions on how to take part in our flash mob dance routine – help us make it the biggest flash mob dance spectacular in the south!

Come and join us and be part of this unique night for all the family!

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Kenzo – World EDP KENZO is bold, spontaneous, surprising. It celebrates diversity, freedom of thought & self-expression. KENZO WORLD, see the world your way. The Fragrance Shop From £44.50

FOR HER Mustard Contrast Trim Backpack New Look £18.99

Navy Hibiscus Flower Print Bardot Top Apricot £22

Floral Neckerchief Accessorize £15

Remi Ruffle Skirt River Island £28

Iona Yoga Mat Laura Ashley £50


Indigo Nights: A5 Laser Cut Notebook Paperchase £8

Skater Coat Oasis £100

Lace and Sequin Dress Laura Ashley £140

Monsoon Victoria Lace Top Monsoon £69.00

Jacket, Trousers, Shoes Primark Jacket £20, Trousers £13, Shoes £12

RJR. John Rocha Dress Debenhams £99

Looking for a new hairstyle this autumn? Visit the Hair Lab in Festival Place, whose creative stylists will create your new style. Book yours by calling 01256 700670.


Bicycle Journal Paperchase £8

FOR HIM Hammon & Co by Patrick Grant Brown Belt Debenhams £30

Scarf New Look £12.99

Stripe Backpack River Island £30

Sweater Next £25 Paco Rabanne Pure XS EDT The Fragrance Shop From £46.50

M&S Collection Shirt £25 Blue Harbour Jumper £39.50 M&S Collection Blazer £75 Limited Edition Jeans £25 M&S Collection Hat £35 Marks & Spencer Eton Office £84.99


J by Jasper Conran Tan coat Debenhams £150 Multitraining Tool Flying Tiger £15

Airfix Kits Church Street Models from £5.40

FOR THE FAMILY Mantaray Performance Parka £44 Mantaray Brushed Grindle Shirt £14 Mantaray Slim Leg Jean from £15 Debenhams

Peppa Pig Pink Sparkle Wellington Boot Shoezone £19.99

Part Time Mermaid Glitter Cup Primark £3.50

Paw Patrol Wellington Boot Shoezone £16.99

Family Framed Picture 30 x 30cm Wilko £10

Mini Lockable Bunny Ruled Notebook Paperchase £8

Ecru Floral Border Print Jacket Next £29–£31

Monsoon Storm Sabine Sequin Dress Monsoon £65

Penguin Bag Marks & Spencer £14


FOR THE HOME Home Woodland Etched Coasters Sainsbury’s £8

Payton Knitted Steel Throw Laura Ashley £85

Rustic Wire Garden Clock – Gold Rust Marks & Spencer £89

Hedgehog Jug TK Maxx £4.99

HOH Frosted Mountains Cushion £11.99, HOH Saask Floral Cushion £11.99, Slate Hudson Large Cushion £14.99, HOH Curly Cushion Soft Pink £11.99 Argos

Vegetable Dip Bowls (Set of 3) Next £14


Diverse and original Art Works, Ceramics and Sculptures by local artists. That Gallery Individually priced

J by Jasper Cushion Debenhams £36

Brass Grater Flying Tiger £3

Silver Ceramic Cut Out Lamp Wilko £20

Basingstoke Premier Retailer of Antiques, Jewellery, Militaria, Vintage Collectables. Squirrels Antiques Individually priced


Indigo Nights: Owl Corkscrew Paperchase £10

DRINKING & DINING The Lime Leaf, 25 London Street, Basingstoke RG21 7PG

Copper Effect Barware Set Wilko £10

With the nights drawing in enjoy a spicy soup or fiery Thai salad at The Lime Leaf. Special Autumn Offer: Free soup or salad with any main course. Maximum 4 per booking. Available Monday to Thursday. May not be combined with any other offer. Book online at or call 01256 355272. Quote AUTUMN1 to claim.

Ponte De Encontro Portuguese Cakes and Deserts from £1

The Tea Bar Advance bookings only 01256 353332


yobu’s wonderful range of bubble tea, frozen yogurt and food are the most amazing accompaniment for the autumn. Whether you want something refreshing and light or spicy and filling, our happy store members will point you to the perfect products. Yummy!

Coal is the perfect location, whatever the occasion. Festival Place Gift Cards accepted. Lunch menu £7.95, available daily 12pm–7pm. Selected Cocktails – 2 for £9, all day, every day. Great variety of gluten-free meals. Party bookings taken, Deliveroo available.

25% off your food bill

• Not to be used in conjunction with any offer • To claim your discount, present this voucher when asking for your bill • Only one voucher per table, valid for a maximum of 4 people • Available on the main menu only • Offer excludes steaks and fire-sticks • Not valid on bank holidays or public holidays • Valid only on food bill – drinks not included • Valid only from Sunday to Thursday

TREATS NOT TRICKS Meringue Ghosts Marks & Spencer 9 for £2

Pumpkin Pie Dish Laura Ashley £55

Large Light Up Pumpkin Sainsbury’s £13

LED Tea Light Holder, 3 pack Sainsbury’s £2.50

Halloween Adult Decorations Sainsbury’s


PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Belvoir Belvoir Basingstoke, based in New Street, is an award winning sales and lettings agency. Locally owned and managed with a team of 17 staff with a reputation for high quality no-nonsense customer service. For a no-obligation chat, ring Lettings 01256 830800 or Sales 01256 811220.

Eric Robinson Solicitors Eric Robinson Solicitors has been serving private and commercial clients for over 50 years and has recently moved to Basingstoke. The Firm offers fixed fees across all of its services and also has implemented a free membership scheme, Ask Eric, which allows its members to have any legal query answered, for free.

Gascoigne Pees Gascoigne Pees Basingstoke is an award winning office and occupies a high profile position within the town. The company was established in 1934 and has a network of local offices backed by Countrywide with 1,300 offices nationwide. We provide extensive internet marketing covering 96% of major property websites including Rightmove and Zoopla.

LAMB BROOKS Lamb Brooks Solicitors has been an established legal practice in Basingstoke & North Hampshire for over 200 years. We have seven partners and over 65 members of staff providing legal services for individuals, families and businesses. We offer a comprehensive range of legal services tailored to our clients’ needs.

Martin & Co Martin & Co in Basingstoke offers sales, lettings and investment services in the Basingstoke and surrounding areas. Voted Best Agent for Customer Service on ALLAgents, we offer a flexible, personal and professional service from fully trained staff that also includes mortgages and conveyancing. Please call us on 01256 859960.

PHILLIPS SOLICITORS Phillips are here for you whenever you need help in your personal life, such as buying a house or writing a Will, or if you’ve been made redundant or handling a difficult family matter like getting divorced. We also provide a full spectrum of services. You’ll find us good listeners and valuable partners.

ROMANS Established in 1987, Romans Basingstoke is part of the South East’s largest property group. We provide a full range of property services, so whether you are interested in buying or selling, renting or letting, surveys or mortgages, you are safe in the knowledge that whatever your requirements, we can deliver.

Simmons & Sons Simmons & Sons are trusted property specialists with expertise in residential sales and lettings, commercial, development and rural property and are members of the professional bodies ARLA, NAEA, RICS and CAAV. We operate from the historic centres of Henley-on-Thames, Basingstoke, Marlow, Sherfield-on-Loddon and the Peper Harow estate near Guildford.

WINKWORTH Meet a team of local experts who have lived, worked and relaxed in Basingstoke for years. We know our town and its surrounding villages inside and out. And that means, whatever you need to know about the area or types of home available, we can help. Telephone: 01256 811730 Email:



16–17 Paddington House, Festival Place

01256 842845


Festival Place

01256 353572


Festival Place

0344 800 8877

Hair Lab

16 Hollins Walk, Festival Place

01256 700670

Laura Ashley

53–54 Queen Annes Walk, Festival Place

0871 223 1497


16–17 Paddington House, Festival Place

01256 842845

New Look

12–14 Hampstead House, Festival Place

01256 852770


Unit 49, Festival Place

01256 476555


Unit 69, Upper Ground Floor, Festival Place

01256 351824


Unit 6, Castle Square, The Malls

01256 841491

River Island

41 Potters Walk, Festival Place

0344 826 9728

The Fragrance Shop

Unit 76, Festival Place

01256 844790

FOR HIM Church Street Models

10A Church Street

01256 358060


Festival Place

0344 800 8877

Flying Tiger

14–15 Mayfair House, Festival Place

01256 473041

Marks and Spencer

9 Paddington House, Festival Place

01256 466466


MSU1, Festival Place

0333 0055 598

New Look

12–14 Hampstead House, Festival Place

01256 852770


Festival Place

01256 812422


Unit 69, Upper Ground Floor, Festival Place

01256 351824

River Island

41 Potters Walk, Festival Place

0344 826 9728

The Fragrance Shop

Unit 76, Festival Place

01256 844790




Festival Place

0344 800 8877

Marks and Spencer

9 Paddington House, Festival Place

01256 466466


16–17 Paddington House, Festival Place

01256 842845


MSU1, Festival Place

0333 005 5598


Unit 69, Upper Ground Floor, Festival Place

01256 351824


Unit 6, Castle Square, The Malls

01256 841491


6 Old Basing Mall, The Malls

01256 819130


Castle Square, 4 Loddon Mall, The Malls

01256 326330


1 Old Basing Mall, The Malls

0345 1657120


Festival Place

0344 800 8877

Flying Tiger

14–15 Mayfair House, Festival Place

01256 473041

Laura Ashley

53–54 Queen Annes Walk, Festival Place

0871 2231 497

Marks and Spencer

9 Paddington House, Festival Place

01256 466466


MSU1, Festival Place

0333 0055 598


1–2 Station Mall, The Malls

01256 354101

Squirrels Antiques

9A New Street

01256 464885

That Gallery

Festival Place

TK Maxx

18–20 Paddington House, Festival Place

01256 335812


Castle Square, 4 Loddon Mall, The Malls

01256 326330

drinking & DINING Coal Grill & Bar

Festival Square, Festival Place

01256 358898


Unit 69, Upper Ground Floor, Festival Place

01256 351824

Ponte De En Contro

1 Feathers Lane

07460 312612

The Lime Leaf

25/25a London Street

01256 355272

The Tea Bar

9–13 London Street

01256 353332


Castle Square, 4 Loddon Mall, The Malls

01256 326330


Upper Ground Floor, Festival Place

01256 354405

tricks not treats Laura Ashley

53–54 Queen Annes Walk, Festival Place

0871 2231 497

Marks and Spencer

9 Paddington House, Festival Place

01256 466466


1–2 Station Mall, The Malls

01256 354101

professional services Belvoir

10 New Street

01256 830800

Eric Robinson Solicitors

21 Chelsea House, Festival Place

01256 224775

Gascoigne Pees

35 Winchester Street

01256 520336

Lamb Brooks

Victoria House, 39 Winchester Street

01256 844888

Martin & Co

16 London Street

01256 859960

Phillips Solicitors

38 London Street

01256 460830


2–3 Winton Square

01256 318051

Simmons & Sons

2 Wote Street

01256 840077


10B Church Street

01256 811730

Basingstoke Together has made every effort to ensure that the information in this brochure was correct at the time of going to print, however hereby disclaim any liability to any party for any loss, damage, or disruption caused by errors or omissions.


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