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Spooktacular family fun and live entertainment this October

Pop up play sessions, art and crafts workshops, live music and a spooky Halloween trail are just some of the activities on offer in the town centre this month.

Throughout October, Love Basingstoke is working with local venues and organisations on a bumper programme of live music, the return of the Borough Basket Street Market and family fun during the half term break.

Head to the town centre every weekend for the return of live music and live performances at The Haymarket, The Anvil and Proteus Theatre Company.

During half term, enjoy pop up play sessions, Rangoli arts workshops with Kala The Arts and Mandala making and chalk art with local artists Rachel Davis and Jacky Purtill.

Children running in Halloween costumes

Unleash your child’s inner detective with a closer look at fingerprints with Stemmed Zine and let them channel their inner musician at The Musication Station.

Musication Station

For adults, the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s team will be on hand to answer your questions during a free bike security event where you will be able to get your bike marked for free on Wednesday 27 at the Top of the Town.

Getting in the Halloween spirit, there is plenty of spooktacular fun for children of all ages with make and take with Junk Jodie and local artist Louise Hight, lantern making with Sarah Thomas Lane and Becky Kitter and a ghoulish Halloween trail around the town centre.

Junk Jodie holding Halloween craft against orange background

Junk Jodie

At The Malls, activities include arts and crafts such as pumpkin wands, jack o-laterns creations and pine cone characters and a special walkabout from Frankenstein and his bride on Halloween.

The Malls at Halloween poster

And why not join Festival Place for a fa-boo-lous weekend of family fun on 30 and 31 October including perking up a pumpkin at the no-carve craft station, striking a post in a dedicated pumpkin patch and the chance to meet Pumpkin Pete and his friends.

The Borough Basket Street Market October

The popular Borough Basket Street Market returns to the Top of the Town on Friday 29 October. While there, shoppers will get another opportunity to see the sea giant Eko, as part of a performance by Autin Dance Theatre inspired by the themes of the climate emergency and the biodiversity crisis, this time illuminated. Workshops to make a mini Eko out of waste and recyclable materials will take place during the day, before joining in on lighting the way for Eko as he passes through the Top of the Town at 5pm.  

Autin Dance Theatre

Sea giant Eko from Autin Dance Theatre

The programme of activities is supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, the government’s Welcome Back Fund, Arts Council England, Without Walls and Hampshire Cultural Trust who are working in partnership with Basingstoke Units Against Racism to highlight 21 portraits projected onto the Willis Museum as part of Black History Month in a project working with local sixth form students.

Cabinet Member for Communities, Planning and Infrastructure Cllr Simon Bound said: “We are delighted to bring residents and visitors a spooktacular range of free activities to enjoy this half term as well as a host of more entertainment for all ages across the town centre.

“Please come along and join in the fun as there really is something for everyone, from arts and crafts, workshops and much more to get in the Halloween spirit as well as a fantastic range of community-led events to celebrate the diversity of the borough during Black History Month and Diwali.”

With so much to see and do, see the full Love Basingstoke presents programme and borough wide activities to plan your October. For the most up-to-date information on times and activities, visit www.lovebasingstoke.co.uk or follow @LoveBasingstoke on Facebook and Instagram and @LoveBstoke on Twitter. The website will be regularly updated as more activities are confirmed.

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