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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Proteus’ Autumn/Winter 2018 Season

Thurs 4th October – Monday 24th December 2018

at PROTEUS CREATION SPACE (and other selected venues)

  • A celebration of super women, telling powerful stories made and performed by remarkable artists
  • Premiere of Proteus’ new solo satire, I’m Super, Thanks, by acclaimed writer and director Mary Swan
  • Showcasing brand-new work, by cutting-edge artists from the world of cabaret, comedy and circus, never seen before in the borough, as part of our programme of Basingstoke Firsts
  • Scratch Built Productions in association with Proteus presents two enchanting family shows, inviting families to enjoy Christmas with Proteus

Season commences Thursday 4th October.
Bar open from 7pm season introduction and performance from 7.30pm

Proteus has always celebrated remarkable women; from Hattie Jacques to Edith Cavell, Bette Davis to Jane Austen, and we felt it was high time we devoted a whole season to them. Our new programme of Basingstoke Firsts shows will bring you contemporary circus in the shape of Ellie Dubois’ brilliant and empowering all-female No Show, the experience of transgender women in the poignant comedy Hayley and Me and Proteus’ own new show I’m Super, Thanks, a satirical comedy looking at the ups and downs of life married to a superhero. Often we are told that the absence of women on and behind the stage and screen is due to a shortage of female writers, directors, or comediennes – this season seeks to prove that theory is false!

As the days get shorter and the nights darker, it seems appropriate that The Proteans, our adult community theatre workshop company, will reprise their immersive theatre experience Come With Me If You Want To Live; this time working with a revised narrative that stays true to the original inspiration of the high-concept horror movies of the 70s. The cast will include our eldest youth theatre groups, Basingstoke Youth Theatre and Proteus Young Company.

The end of November marks the start of our much-loved family work as we premiere our winter family touring show Hansel and Gretel as well as the return of our much-loved in-house Christmas show for under 5s, introducing the very youngest members of the family to the magic of theatre!

No Show cast, credit Chris Hoyle

Award-winning performer and performance maker Ellie Dubois took the Edinburgh Fringe by storm in 2017 and is now bringing No Show (20 Oct) to Basingstoke; putting female strength, power and skill centre stage. In this production, which reveals what lies hidden beneath the showmanship of circus, we [as the audience] are allowed the opportunity to see behind the flawless smiles and perfect execution to reveal the wobbles, pain, and the real cost of aiming for perfection.

Come With Me If You Want To Live

At the beginning of November, we reveal an innovative collaboration between The Proteans, Basingstoke Youth Theatre and Proteus Young Company, intriguingly titled Come With Me If You Want To Live (1&2 Nov). This immersive horror experience will appeal to fans of Buzzfeed’s Unsolved and the audience become part of the action as they are taken on an unnerving journey into darkness.

Hayley and Me

We are delighted to welcome transgender performer, activist, theatre and cabaret maker Kate O’Donnell to Basingstoke later in November with her solo show, Hayley and Me (22 Nov). This cabaret/ performance brings the classic Coronation Street character Hayley Cropper back into the limelight, as Kate explores parallels between the character’s storylines and her own journey. This performance is programmed just five days after Transgender Awareness Week and, as such, we are thrilled that Kate will also host a post-show Q&A, offering an opportunity for audiences to further discuss the themes in the show.

For 2018, winter family touring show Hansel and Gretel (30 Nov-14 Dec) will be a collaboration with Scratch Built Productions – featuring a highly original and enchanting set, magical puppets and toetapping folk songs, fused with Proteus’ thought-provoking storytelling, physical theatre and longstanding reputation for creating unique and beautiful family shows. In this wonderful retelling of a classic fairytale, Hansel and Gretel encounter not just the wicked witch but a spiteful sugar-plum fairy and singing gingerbread men to name but a few. A show aimed at children aged 6+ and their families, this is a journey into the deep dark woods that all the family can enjoy together.

Magical Christmas Toy Shop – cast of last year’s show

You know the festive season has truly arrived in when our annual in-house Christmas show The Magical Christmas Toy Shop (14-24 Dec) opens. Once again, Scratch Built Productions in association with Proteus bring their trademark mix of interactive storytelling, puppetry, music and sensory elements to this brand new show, transforming the Creation Space into an immersive walkthrough adventure. Offering something a little different from a traditional Christmas show or panto, children are encouraged to explore, play, create and interact with the colourful characters they meet along the way.

“We look forward to this every year – it has become part of our Christmas tradition.” Audience member, How Many Sleeps ‘til Christmas, 2017

No longer Basingstoke’s best-kept secret, the experience is as much of a Christmas tradition as mince pies and mulled wine for many a local family!

Tickets are available at www.proteustheatre.com/whats-on for this season of truly unique performances which invites audiences of all ages to immerse themselves and become as much a part of the theatre experience as the artists performing!

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Fireworks 2018

Here is a list of firework displays both locally and further afield.   Check out a previous post for recommendations from NHM followers.  Keep checking back for updates including the rumoured return of an old favourite!

Thank you very much to Wendy for putting this post together!!

Fireworks 2018

Sat Oct 27th

Upton Grey Autumn Festival – Hoddington Arms Pub.  From 2pm.  See link for details

Thurs Nov 1st – Sat 3rd

Longleat – Click link for details

Fri Nov 2nd

Bramley School – From 5.30pm.  Tickets on sale now

St Johns School – Cranbourne.  From 6pm.  SOLD OUT!!!!

Sat Nov 3rd

Hatch Warren – From 5.30pm Ticket on sale now, advance purchase recommended as many were turned away last year.

St Thomas’ Church -Worting – From 6pm, SOLD OUT!!!!

Hook School – From 5pm.  Tickets on sale from school offices, Trees newsagent & Harltets Cafe SOON

Loddon Valley Lions – Barlows Park Tadley.  Tickets on sale now

Baughurst Scouts & Guides – Adams Field, Baughurst.  From 6pm.

Silchester Association – Silchester House.  From 6pm.  Tickets will be on sale in October from the Calleva Arms and Pamber Stores

Overton School – Date confirmed, further information to follow.

Kingsclere School – Fieldgate Centre, Kingsclere. Gates Open 5.30pm. Display at 6.30pm. Tickets on sale soon.

Mortimer – From 5pm.  Tickets on sale from Oct 22nd.  Click link for details

Winchester Round Table – City Centre.  Tickets on sale now

Preston Candover – From 6pm.  Click link for details

Royal Victoria Country Park – Southampton.  Fireworks by the Sea.  Advance tickets only, click link for details

Sun Nov 4th

Mill House – North Warnborough.  Meal & Firework display.  SOLD OUT!!!!!

Oakley & Deane –Gates open 5pm, display starts at 6pm.  Click link for details of ticket sales

Fri Nov 9th

Sherfield School – 6.30pm.  Tickets on sale now

Sat Nov 10th

Basingstoke Memorial Park – Rumours are it’s back!!!!  Details TBC.

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Halloween 2018 at Finkley Down Farm

Freaky Down Farm in Andover

This half term Finkley down farm, turns spooky….

During the half term week, 20th – 28th October 2018, will you be brave enough to enter the SPOOKY STABLES?

Be able to find all the Monsters around the farm in a monster hunt?

There will be prizes for everyone in Halloween Fancy Dress taking part in the Fancy Dress Parade after Sheep Racing. (2pm, everyday)

Meet and greet our special Halloween guests SALLY THE SCARECROW & MAVIS FLOSSWORT THE WITCH.

We will be holding a HALLOWEEN DISCO on the 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th October, enjoying shows from SILLY SCOTT’S HALLOWEEN SHOWS on the 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 26th October, NICKY TRIX will be here with his HALLOWEEN SHOW on the 25th October.

PLUS, ALL THE everyday FUN OF THE FARM

Meet the Snakes, Little Farmers Driving School, Sheep Race, Rabbit Handling, Meerkats and more.

NOT FORGETTING…

Indoor Play, trampolines, go-carts and Farmyard Crazy Golf.

All this included in the admission price. Of £10.25 per an adult and £9.25 per a child. Please call the farm for further information on 01264 324141, or visit our website www.finkleydownfarm.co.uk

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NHM Readers Recommend: Where to go to Pick Pumpkins

Last year, an NHM Reader asked the following question, which I thought would be useful to post now: “Do you know anywhere (doesn’t have to be local, hour or so drive away) where you can pick pumpkins?”

Many thanks to the NHM Community for your responses, listed below in no particular order. 

Thank you also to Juliet for putting this post together!!

NHM Readers recommend where to go to pick pumpkins

Wendy said:

“Seen lots of people go here http://bournevalleypyo.co.uk/

This place still has some https://www.facebook.com/rogatepumpkinpatch/

“And this place still has loads https://www.facebook.com/HollamNurseries/

Kathryn said:

“Bourne valley pyo, went there Friday but they are going fast!”

Siobhan said:

Farm near Crofton Equestrian at Fareham”

Amy said:

“Pickwell Farm, Netley”

Amanda said:

I was on the road from Petersfield to Rogate on A272 today .. there are 2 farms along that road that are selling PYO pumpkins”

Sarah said:

There is somewhere in romsey near the swimming pool”

Yvette said:

Secretts garden centre near Godalming is a great pick your own place. You even get to go on a tractor to the field!”

Laura said:

Here might have some. We went in the summer for other crops and it was so quiet but good produce. http://www.durleighmarshfarmshop.co.uk/

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Hook Fireworks Spectacular – Saturday 5th November 2016

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The Hooks Schools Parents Association is holding their annual fireworks extravaganza on Saturday 5th November.

The event is held on the Junior School site, off Ravenscroft in Hook, Hampshire.

Gates open at 5pm, with plenty to enjoy before the fireworks, including fairground rides, bouncy castles, entertainment from local band Zenith PLUS lots of delicious treats such as mulled wine, hot chocolate with marshmallows, candy floss and our renowned BBQ! It promises to be another fantastic community event with lots of fun for the whole family.

Tickets are available in advance at discounted prices from school offices, Trees Newsagents and Hartletts Park café in Hook.

Advance ticket sales will end at 3pm on Saturday 5th November but you can still pay on the gate.

For up to date information please visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/HSPA.org.uk

We hope to see you there!

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Spooktacular fun at Festival Place

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Festival Place is your place for a spooktacular Halloween this year, with a week full of family fun activities.

Kicking off the spooky fun on Monday 24th October, the Basingstoke Discovery Centre will be hosting a special two-hour Witches and Broomsticks workshop from 1pm. Here, little ones will have the chance to create a mini broomstick from real sticks and twigs with willow craft expert, Judith Needham. Once the brooms are ready, children will then be able to join Basingstoke Discovery Staff to create a witch or wizard to ride it! Attendance costs just £5 (Adults free) and advanced booking at www.hants.gov.uk/bsc is essential.

On Tuesday 25th October, they’ve got the purrfect way to beat the half-term boredom, with a Cat Care Talk from 2pm for £2 (Adults free) at the Basingstoke Discovery Centre. Whether you already have a cat or kitten, are thinking of getting one in the future, or just a lover of cats, everyone is welcome to come along and find out all about responsible pet ownership and the welfare of cats. This event is recommended for children aged five plus and advanced booking is again essential.

There will be crime investigation entertainment at the centre on Friday 28th October, from 11am-1pm, with their CSI Kids event. Under the guidance of CID staff, children will work their way through a series of clues using real forensic techniques to solve a Halloween Crime. Aimed at children aged seven plus, this event is priced at £12 (Adults free) and advanced booking is required.

Rounding off the week on Saturday 29th October, there will be a spooky mad scientist’s laboratory in Porchester Square from 12pm-6pm. Full of creepy creative fun, the event will feature face painting and trick or treat bag decorating for all ages.

Customers will also have the chance to take a funny frightening fake photo of their head in a jar. Photos shared with #spookyfp on social media will then be in the running to win a spooky prize.

To keep up to date with details of Festival Place’s Halloween activities and other events at the centre visit www.festivalplace.co.uk or find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

You can also find out more details at the following facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/658868214288570/

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October 2015 Half Term

Below are some ideas for the October 2015 Half Term (some of you have Inset days today, so thought it would be useful to publish this today!)

Don’t forget to double check your regular classes as they may not be running this week.

Things to do during October Half Term

Halloween Partes and Activities for the younger age group in North Hampshire

KidsKanDance Wear What you Wish Charity event on Monday 26th October.

Visit Manydown for their awesome pumpkin carving

Visit Wellington Country Park for their Hallo”Welly”Ween events

Visit 4 Kingdoms Adventure Park for their Halloween activities

Visit Miller’s Ark for their open days.

Go to Kidsclub Cinema at Odeon and Vue 

Get ahead with Christmas gift making at Pots2Paint

Go to Sherfield Park Community Centre for their half term activities

Posts previously published on NHM

Reviews of local places

Babies: Treasure Baskets

Half Term Outing Ideas in and around Basingstoke

Winter “Bored Sticks” Jar – 40 ideas

7 More Free Rainy Day Activities

Toddler Games: Making Gloop!

Half Term Ideas

7 Cheap or Free Rainy Day Activities in Basingstoke

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Halloween Parties and Activities for the Younger Age Group in North Hampshire – 2015

Thank you to Becky for prompting me to get this post sorted in time!!! :-D.

Younger Children aged 3 and under

Tots Play Halloween Party on Wed 28th October in Hook and Friday 30th October in Sherfield Park. The parties are suitable for babies from 8 weeks up to around 3 years.

Active tots are hosting a Halloween event on Friday 30th October. You need to book in advance.

Pop Tots: Halloween Party

This is your place for a spooktacular Halloween

Older Children over 3 years old

Halloween Half Term @ Finkley Down Farm

JJ’s Soft play – last Friday and Saturday of October

PlayDays Halloween Party – Friday 30th October

Watercress Line are doing Wizard Weekend’s on Halloween weekend.

Westside Family Halloween Party In Aid of St Michaels Hospice

The Vyne is hosting a Halloween Craft workshop on Saturday 31st October.

Nelsons Diner Kingclere have a Children’s Halloween Special on Friday 30th October.

Bookvale Community Association Halloween Disco

Brookevale Halloween Disco

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Halloween 2011

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This is your place for a spooktacular Halloween…

Festival Place Halloween

Festival Place is your place for a spooktacular Halloween this year with their two-day long Halloween extravaganza.

Taking place from Friday October 30th to Saturday October 31st, the fiendish family fun event will have a range of eerie entertainment, 12-6pm, to get customers set for the scary season.

Porchester Square will be transformed into the centre’s very own Spooky Hollow, raising money for Ark Cancer Centre Charity, with scary face painting and a Shear Beauty nail art stand for kids – big kids welcome too!

Customers will then have the chance to win a variety of great prizes from Festival Place’s retailers simply by taking a photo in the centre’s custom-built photo booth (including scary props!) and sharing it on social media with the hashtag #spookyfp.

Prizes will go to the spookiest photos, so customers are encouraged to come along in their creepiest costumes and ghoulish gear.

To keep up to date with details of these and other upcoming events at Festival Place visit www.festivalplace.co.uk  or find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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