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Streets Alive trail launches

Explore an exciting new outdoor art gallery in Basingstoke’s Top of the Town with the Streets Alive walking trail. 

Basingstoke Festival has been transforming street planters, telecoms boxes and benches with work from local artists including:

Artists Liam Kelleher, Corinne Marsh and ArtWell, Kev Munday, Sian Storey, Rachel Davis, Neil Jepson, Joanne Morse, Rachel O’Connell, Jacky Purtill, Laura Messin and Willow The Wispa.   

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Take a seat on one of the newly decorated benches which have been brought to life with poems and illustrations about the town’s history and notable people.  Words have been created by Josh Dixon, Rebecca Lyon and Lydia Thomson and illustrations by Laura Fisher and Fatima Pantoja. 

You can download the free TrailTale app to follow the walking trail and discover more information about the pieces and the artists behind them. Paper copies of the trail map can be picked up from several businesses at the Top of the Town including The Willis Museum, Willows Coffee House, Gabardine, The Dice Tower and Royal Exchange. The trail takes approximately one hour to complete.

Along the way there are plenty of places to enjoy a coffee stop including Gabardine, The Tea Bar, Duck & Tipple, Willows Coffee House and The Willis Museum.  And if you want to enjoy more art after the trail take a trip to THAT Gallery in Festival Place. 

If art isn’t your thing, there’s also the Heritage Trail available here, on TrailTale or you can pick up a printed version in many businesses in the top of the town. 

The Streets Alive project has been made possible with support from the government’s Welcome Back Fund, the European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England.

For more information about the project, visit 

August 2022

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