February 22, 2018 bdwebmanagement0

Basingstoke Festival 2018 is proud to bring you Shakespeares ‘The Winters Tale’ An intriguing mix of drama and comedy and tremendous entertainment for a Summer evening from this premier professional all-male company. Weather permitting, this will be in our garden. Bring your picnic to War Memorial Park on Friday 15 June 2018.

6.30pm – Picnic

7.30pm – Performance



February 22, 2018 bdwebmanagement0

As part of the Basingstoke festival 2018 the unstoppable Magic of Motown steams into town. Seen by over one million people all over the world, prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back Motown hits, glittering costumes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience all at Basingstoke’s Anvil Arts on Friday 6th July at 7.45pm.

Celebrate the sound of a generation with the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and many more.


February 22, 2018 bdwebmanagement0

The Cheese & Chilli Festival is a family show offering something for everyone.  Traders selling cheese and chilli associated products as well as craft and retail stands. Entertainments include PIG RACING, Falconry displays, children fun rides and inflatables, live music, cooking demonstrations/talks, a chilli eating competition, a chilli sauce competition and the Man v Food challenge. There is plenty to eat and drink with authentic food stalls and dedicated bars available. There is plenty to eat and drink with authentic food stalls and dedicated bars available.

Cheese & Chilli Festival at the War Memorial Gardens 23rd & 24th June

Children Free, Adults-£6 in advance, £8 on the door, Concessions-£4 in advance, £6 on the door


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February 21, 2018 bdwebmanagement0

Sitting With Jane was a unique public art trail to celebrate Jane Austen’s connections with Basingstoke and her birthplace, Steventon, and forms part of a global commemoration of her life in 2017, the 200th anniversary of her death.

Jane Austen is one of the most famous novelists in the world and anything with a link to her life attracts huge interest.

Jane Austen was born in Steventon, just a few miles from Basingstoke, and she lived there for more than half her life. The places, people and landscapes of the area had an enormous influence on her novels and she drafted Pride and Prejudice whilst living in Steventon. Basingstoke was where she went to shop – and to dance. This local heritage is not well-known, Sitting With Jane changed this.

Sitting With Jane combined the celebration of local culture and history with a creative, modern interpretation that will appeal to all. It will attract wide media attention both on and off line, making Basingstoke the unlikely unsung hero in her life story.

What is Sitting With Jane?

Sitting with Jane was a public art trail made up of 24 ‘BookBenches’ in and around Basingstoke, each uniquely designed and painted by a professional artist with their personal interpretation of a Jane Austen theme. The trail linked together locations – all with free public access and was in place in summer 2017. It was accompanied by a free to download app and a trail guide.