About Us

What is Basingstoke Festival?

Basingstoke Festival is a family-friendly free outdoor arts festival. From music and dance, visual art and street theatre, the festival encourages both residents of Basingstoke and visitors to the borough to be more curious about the arts, engaging those who would not normally think they were interested in cultural experiences. With the banner theme of ‘Art in Unusual Places’, we aim to surprise and delight with high-quality arts encounters and meaningful participatory events during the three weekends of the festival, each year in June and July across Basingstoke and Deane.


Basingstoke Festival champions new work created specifically for local audiences and supports the development of new art. The festival is produced by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

Getting here

Basingstoke is conveniently located just off junctions 6 and 7 of the M3 and also accessible via the A339 from Newbury and Oxford and A33 from Reading. If you are travelling by train, you can direct trains from London Waterloo, Winchester, Reading, Oxford, Southampton and Portsmouth. The train and bus stations are walking distance to the town centre ready to enjoy the festival.

For more information on getting to and around Basingstoke and Deane visit the Love Basingstoke website’s guide to getting around. AccessAble has produced an accessibility guide for arriving at Basingstoke and Deane train and bus stations.

Join in

Wondering how you can be a part of Basingstoke Festival? Volunteer to become a Festival Ambassador, looking after performers, helping with enquiries from the public and setting up events.

There are also sponsorship opportunities for businesses looking to join in. Find out more and request a sponsorship pack here.

Still have a question?

See our FAQs for more information or send us an e-mail at festival@basingstoke.gov.uk.

And finally

Be prepared! This is an outdoor arts festival and we can never predict the weather so don’t forget your sunnies, hats and suntan lotion and an umbrella!


Basingstoke Festival is part of Without Walls, a network of organisations bringing innovative outdoor arts to towns and cities across England. Find out more on withoutwalls.uk.com.

Basingstoke Festival is working in partnership with Village Hotel Basingstoke and Festival Place.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England for Basingstoke Festival 2024.

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