Half-term sure to be eventful in Basingstoke

An intimate pop-up venue which will host entertainment for all ages is coming to Basingstoke for a wide range of activities and performances throughout the February half term.

The Event Box is a temporary indoor venue which will be in the Market Place at the Top of Town in Basingstoke from Monday 18 February until Saturday 23 February. A full programme of free daytime activities for the family will be on offer as well as ticketed events for children and adults in the evenings.

The initiative is being run and organised by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Basingstoke Together, which is the face of the Basingstoke Business Improvement District (BID). The BID’s aim is to help Basingstoke town centre to thrive by creating destination events, engaging with consumers and supporting retailers and businesses.

Lucy Boazman, Chief Executive of Basingstoke Together, said: “We’re so excited to be hosting such a fabulous calendar of events here in Basingstoke at The Event Box. At this time of year, we’re all a little more inclined to stay at home or indoors. However, we want to encourage people to venture out and explore the fun activities which are on offer during this traditionally quieter time of the year.

“We hope that lots of people of all ages will make the most of this fun opportunity to come and join in the fun at The Event Box. We also hope that it helps to cement Basingstoke as a great destination for families as well as visitors of all ages.”

The full schedule includes:

Monday 18th February, 11am – 6pm, The Jurassic Box
Head off on a dino dig to discover T-Rex bones, train your dinosaur and find out about the world when dinosaurs used to roam. Arts, crafts and dino dress up for youngsters.

Credit: Basingstoke Together

Tuesday 19th February, Midday – 6pm, The Bricks Box
Children can indulge their imaginations in a world of LEGO®. Marvel at the amazing brick unicorn made of 37,800 individual elements, take control of the Brick Kingdom or get a selfie in the LEGO brick throne. Play tables also available for children to get creative too.

Credit: Basingstoke Together

Wednesday 20th February, 11am – 5pm, The Art Box
Get messy with Artventurers to make your own creations with glitter, paint and everything in between. Free face painting for children aged three and over.

7pm – 10pm, The Art Box After Dark
A pop-up art gallery will showcase up to 30 new works from local and visiting artists, hosted by THAT Gallery, Basingstoke. Some of the artists will also be on hand to discuss their work. Free to attend but pre-booking is required.

Credit: Basingstoke Together

Thursday 21st February, 11am – 4pm, The Circus Box
A day of circus skills workshops and demonstrations for your budding greatest showmen, as well as puppetry workshops and interactive shows.

5.30pm – 7.30pm, Film Box Kids
The Greatest Showman (PG) 1hr 40mins
£3 per ticket which must be pre-booked

8pm – 10pm, Film Box Adults
Top Gun (15) 1hr 50mins
£5 per ticket which must be pre-booked

Credit: Basingstoke Together
Credit: Basingstoke Together

Friday 22nd February, 11am – 4pm, The Games Box
Test your skills against Miss Pacman, beat your friends at Air Hockey or take yourself back to the 1980’s and try your hand at Space Invaders.

5.30pm – 7.30pm, Film Box Kids
The Lego Movie (U) 1hr 40mins
£3 per ticket which must be pre-booked

8pm – 10pm, Film Box Adults
The Wedding Singer (12) 1hr 40mins
£5 per ticket which must be pre-booked

Credit: Basingstoke Together

Saturday 23rd February, 11am – 4pm, The Tech Box
Test your skills as a drone pilot or take part in a live virtual orchestra. The drone racing is suitable for children who are able to ride a bike as hand-eye coordination is key.

5.30pm – 7.30pm, Film Box Kids
Despicable Me (U) 1hr 35mins
£3 per ticket which must be pre-booked

8pm – 10pm, Film Box Adults
Shaun of The Dead (15) 1hr 40mins
£5 per ticket which must be pre-booked

Some activities will require pre-booking due to a strict capacity restriction. All of the daytime activities will be free of charge although some evening activities incur a ticket cost. More information can be found here: www.basingstoketogether.co.uk

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Train Like a Jedi, Thursday 25th October 2018

Train Like A Jedi fun fitness class taking place at Basingstoke Sports Centre on Thursday in half term, 11.15-12.15.

Limited spaces so booking is advisable.

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Spotlight UK – October 2018 Half Term Holiday Clubs

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Cafe in the Park team up with Pots 2 Paint for May half term 2018

Cafe in the Park in Beggarwood are teaming up with Pots 2 Paint for the half term. We will have plates, mugs, coasters and fridge magnets for the kids to paint from Wednesday- Sunday next week. Will be a great idea for a Father’s Day gift!

More information can be found on Cafe in the Park’s Facebook page
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Families invited to spot the LEGO creatures as Festival Place and Bright Bricks host a fun-filled safari hunt for the Easter holidays

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Families invited to spot the LEGO creatures as Festival Place and Bright Bricks host a fun-filled safari hunt for the Easter holidays

A fun-filled safari park adventure made entirely from LEGO bricks will encourage families to go wild at Basingstoke’s Festival Place this Easter.

The shopping centre will be transformed as more than 20 colourful life-size animals made from LEGO go on display, scattered throughout the shopping and leisure destination.

The sculptures, including an intricately-designed lion, crocodile, ostrich, gorilla, and warthog, will form part of a fun jungle trail designed for families to challenge themselves to find as many creatures as they can to be in with the chance of winning prizes.

People will be invited to share their fun safari pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by tagging @festivalplace and using the hashtag #GreatBrickAdventure

Participants of all ages will be able to take selfies in an authentic safari jeep, and children will be invited to take part in “Make and Take” LEGO workshops, where they will be able to build their own tiger or lion face and take it home with them.

The experience is being brought to Festival Place by Bright Bricks, based in Bordon, Hampshire, which is the only LEGO-certified building company in the UK. The sculptures have been made using more than 1m bricks and the specialist team has spent 6,241 hours building the models.

The LEGO Bricks Safari tour begins on Thursday, March 29 and will run until Sunday, April 8. The drop-in “Make and Take” sessions will take place from 11am to 3pm in Porchester Square on Good Friday and Easter Saturday (March 30 and 31)

Steven Connolly, Centre Director at Festival Place, said: “We are really excited about bringing the LEGO safari tour to the shopping centre and it promises to be a fun few days for all the family to enjoy. Festival Place will be transformed overnight into a mini-zoo of LEGO, so we can’t wait to get it all set up for safari fun over the Easter holidays.

“LEGO appeals to all ages, so we are expecting a high level of interest. The animal sculptures are incredibly life-like and have to be seen to be believed to appreciate the amount of effort and time that has gone into building them.

“We will have animals people might expect on a safari like lions and tigers, and some more unfamiliar ones, such as parrots and spiders. It promises to be a lot of fun and there will be some great picture opportunities.

“We wanted to make it an interactive experience, rather than just a display, so we hope as many families and children as possible can take part in the jungle trail and let their creativity flow in the workshops in Porchester Square.

“With all our shops, restaurants and leisure facilities, it’s a great opportunity for a family day-out over the Easter holidays, for families who live locally and those who come from further afield.”

Children can drop in to the “Make and Take” sessions and no prior booking is required.

For further information on upcoming events at Festival Place visit www.festivalplace.co.uk/safari or find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To watch a time lapse video of the Bright Bricks team making an ostrich, which took four people 200 hours to create using 29,860 bricks, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBqdnQzGxXg

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Pay Once, Visit all year Attractions (plus a couple of free ones)

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Pay Once, Visit all year Attractions (plus a couple of free ones )

Did you know that many attractions are pay once, visit all year? This means if you keep the entrance ticket it allows you to return to the attraction for free in the following 12 months (some have additional terms and conditions such as gift aid).

A recent post on “Buy and Sell Baby/Children’s Bits in Basingstoke” by Sarah-Louise asked group members to help create a list of all the attractions that offer this. We have taken a few of these, investigated the list and added too it.

Milestones – Basingstoke

Silk Mill – Whitchurch

Living Rain Forest – Newbury

Military Museum – Aldershot

F.A.S.T – Farnborough FREE ENTRY

Jane Austens house – Chawton

Winchester Cathedral – Winchester

River & Rowing Museum – Henley on Thames

Historic Dockyard – Portsmouth

Museum of Army Flying – Stockbridge. Annual pass given free if you gift aid.

Hollycombe Steam in the Country – Liphook

Blenheim Palace – Blenheim nr Oxford. Annual pass given free if you gift aid

Oxford Universities Museum – Oxford FREE ENTRY

Natural History – London FREE ENTRY

Transport Museum – Covent Garden

Tank Museum – Bovington

Royal Collection Trust – Various palaces and royal residences. Annual pass given free if you gift aid

Additional Tip – NATIONAL TRUST MEMBERSHIP – Buy through the Scottish national trust. It’s a lot cheaper and you can still go to all the English and Welsh places

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Half Term (Feb 2018) Activities at Pots to Doodle Do

Tuesday-Saturday 10-4 pm
Pottery painting, great time for Mothers Day (11th March) present making!
ALSO
Present making with CLAY!
Wednesday 14th February 10.30-12.30
Making ‘Love Mummy’ plaques and Jewellery dish.
£14 including drink and a snack!

Daddy and children painting sessions also available to give Mummy a break and to create a lovely painted present for her!

Call Tracey on 07900 692858 at Pots to Doodle Do! www.potstodoodledo.co.uk

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Saints Foundation Football Soccer School – February 2018 Half Term

Soccer schools are a great way for children to play Football in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Children will learn a variety of new skills and have the opportunity to make new friends.

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What’s on and where to go this February 2018 Half Term

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Events

The Vyne, National Trust – The Lost Tapestries

May the Toys be with You, Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery

A very Debutots Chinese New Year

Charlie’s Storytelling Parties, Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Finkley Down Farm Half Term Fun

Cooking Classes

Tot Cross Buns – Valentines Day Class

Cookery Doodle Doo – Chinese New Year

Soft Play and Trampoline Parks

Gym Tots & Fun Tots, Basingstoke Sports Centre

JJ’s

Play Days

Jump Factory – Mini Jump

Flipout Basingstoke

Swimming

Tadley Swimming Pool

Basingstoke Aquadrome

QMC Swimming Pool

Cinemas

Vue Cinema, Basingstoke

Odeon, Basingstoke

Libraries

Rhymetime, storytime, crafts etc open during holidays, further info on their websites:

Hants.gov – library events

Holiday Clubs

Basingstoke Sports Centre:

Taster bootcamp sessions run Thursday and Friday 11.15-12.15 at Basingstoke Sports Centre. £3.80 with 10% off for members

The Popley Spotlight Centre:

In February we are holding 2 Holiday Clubs: Our OSC Holiday Club (arts and craft, games, free play, playing outside etc) and you can choose either 8am-6pm for £25 a day/£110 full week or 9am-3pm for £15 a day/£75 full week.Spaces are very limited in this club so please book soon.

Secondly is our Performing Arts Holiday Club, the theme in February is fairy tales told from the villains point of view. 9am-3.30pm. Only £50 for the full week if paid before 31st January or £60 thereafter.

Our phone lines are currently down so please email to book your child/ren on. If you wish to discuss on phone please email your number and I can ring you back.

List of days out from North Hants Mum!

http://www.northhantsmum.co.uk/important-info/outings/

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What’s on at Finkley this half term?

February Half Term Fun

Finkley Down Farm has a massive indoor play barn with different areas for different age ranges. There’s lots of outdoor play as well, with pedal go-carts, mini ride on tractors, sandpit and trampolines. Throughout the day there are animal handling and feeding activities for children to get involved in. Farmyard Crazy Golf and Reptile Encounters have now been added to make a Farm-tastic family day out. Pony rides (extra charge) take place at weekends and during school holidays between the beginning of February Half Term and end of October Half Term.

We have some great family entertainers coming along to entertain you throughout the week with shows taking place at 1130, 1300 and 1430.

https://www.finkleydownfarm.co.uk/

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