Festival Place Kung Fu Panda Meet and Greet

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Basingstoke shopping centre, Festival Place is inviting shoppers to meet Po the Panda on Wednesday 17th February 2016 from 11am until 5pm.

The famous Panda will be outside Marks & Spencer at 11:00 – 11:30 / 12:00 – 12:30 / 13:00 – 13:30 / 14:30 – 15:00 / 15:30 – 16:00 / 16:30 – 17:00.

The exciting meet and greet comes as one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, KUNG FU PANDA 3.

The fun new film sees Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappear, reuniting the duo as they travel to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible; learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!

KUNG FU PANDA 3 is released in cinemas on 30 March 2016.

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

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Festival Place invites shoppers to share their Valentine’s love

This looks fab if you are looking to win some valentines prizes for your loved one.

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Basingstoke shopping centre, Festival Place is spreading the love this February with their special ‘Share Your Love’ Valentine’s competition.

Launching on Saturday the 6th February, ‘Share Your Love’ will invite customers to share their photos with loved ones on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #FPValentines for the chance to win big prizes.

Prizes on offer include

  • Meal for two at Coal Bar & Grill (Worth £40)
  • Vue Cinema tickets for two
  • Hotel Chocolat box of chocolates
  • Pandora bracelet
  • Men’s Clarins Gift Set
  • Festival Place £100 Gift Card
  • Build-a-Bear Workshop Valentine’s bear
  • Ann Summers Gift Card worth £30

Photos posted with #FPValentines on Instagram and Twitter will then be available at the Festival Place printing station outside Marks and Spencer on 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th February.

Here shoppers will be able to peg their images on the Festival Place heart, in exchange for a £1 charity donation.

Customers not on social media will also have the opportunity to win and share the love, by emailing marketing@festivalplace.co.uk or by bringing their photos into centre and paying their donation at the Festival Place Information Desk.

The romantic event follows on from Festival Place’s successful ‘Lock your Love’, where shoppers were invited to padlock their messages of love on a heart sculpture in Porchester Square for charity.

Inspired by the Pont des Arts in Paris, ‘Lock your Love’ saw almost 1,500 visitors take part, raising £1,402 for The Ark Cancer Charity.

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

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Festival Place Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet and Greet

Alvin and Chipmunks

Basingstoke shopping centre, Festival Place are inviting shoppers to meet Alvin, Simon and Theodore on Saturday 23rd January 2016 from 11am until 4:30pm.

The furry trio will be in Porchester Square doing a meet and greet to promote their new film, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.

Come along at 11:00 – 11:30 / 12:00 – 12:30 / 13:00 – 13:30 / 14:30 – 15:00 / 15:30 – 16:00 / 16:30 – 17:00 for photos, high fives and even a few prizes!

The fun new film sees the chipmunk gang go through a series of misunderstandings that lead them to believe Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York City…and dump them!

They then have just three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving them not only from losing Dave but also possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip is released in cinemas on 12 February 2016.

Festival Place embraces Christmas with Festive Place rebrand – Your place for a Christmas Light Switch On!

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Festival Place is changing its name in a bid to spread the Christmas cheer this festive season.

After 13 years of operating under the name Festival Place, the Basingstoke shopping centre will temporarily become ‘Festive’ Place this Christmas.

In addition to the name change, the centre will host a variety of Christmas events, starting on 13th November with the Christmas Light Switch On. This will feature entertainment from the Military Wives Choir and the Jersey Boys’ tribute act ‘Walk Like a Man’ as well as a festive firework display.

Christmas Light Switch On_Credit The Digital South Ltd
Credit to The Digital South Ltd

Friday 27th November will then see the centre take part in the famous American discount event, Black Friday.  Festive Place will be extending their opening hours from 8am through to 9pm, so that customers have plenty of time to get the best bargains put on by their major retailers.

The Christmas activities will continue on Sunday 6th December, with a Santa Parade marching through the centre from 11.30am to get the whole family into the festive spirit.

Festive Place Centre Director Steve Connolly said: “We are thrilled to be embracing Christmas this year with our festive rebrand.  By changing our name and hosting a range of events and activities, we are hoping to spread the Christmas cheer this festive season.”

Festive Place will also be spreading the love this Christmas with their ‘Share your Christmas love’ fundraiser in aid of the Ark Cancer Charity. For a small charity donation, customers will be given a Christmas tag to personalise with a festive message to a loved one and hang it on the Festival Place Christmas tree.

If the customer takes a photo of the tag and shares this on the Festive Place Facebook, Twitter or Instagram social media page, using #festiveplace and tagging Festive Place.  They will be in with a chance to win a fantastic range of big brand prizes from our retailers.

Prizes include:

  • IPhone 6s
  • Nutribullet from Debenhams
  • Pandora bracelet
  • Marc Jacobs, Decadence, Perfume, 30ml
  • Hugo Boss, Boss the Scent aftershave, 50ml
  • Festival Place £200 gift card
  • Build a bear reindeer
  • Hotel Chocolat Chocolates

More festive prizes will be up for grabs with the Festive Place Christmas Legends competition throughout December when the centre will invite customers to share their festive pictures on their Facebook page with a chance to win a £250 Festive Place gift card

And to make sure the Christmas shopping experience is as easy and stress-free for customers as possible, Festive Place will launch a ‘Festive Services’ pop-up Christmas shop.   Whether a customer is looking for the best gifts to buy need their gifts wrapped or want help with their shopping bags, Festive Place’s Christmas dedicated staff will be on hand to assist.

Parking won’t be a problem either this Christmas as Festive Place’s car park has over 2,500 spaces.  Customers can park for just £1 if they park after 5pm all the way through to 6am.

To keep up to date with details of Festive Place upcoming events at Festivel Place and opening times visit www.festivalplace.co.uk  or find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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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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Festival Place – Your place to be festive this winter 2015!

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This winter will see Festival Place transform into your “Festive” Place, with a range of Christmas activities and events for the whole family.

The Christmas entertainment will kick off on Friday 13th November with the centre’s famous annual light switch on to an incredible firework display.  Marking the official start of Christmas, the event will include performances from ‘Walk Like A Man’ Jersey Boys tribute act featuring four West End vocalists, the Military Wives Choir and some of the best Sound Stage acts from the recent Summer Festival.

The 13th November will also see the launch of Festival Place’s Christmas Experience, where families will have the chance to hop on a train and meet Santa with his elves.

Bargain hunters will be pleased to hear that Friday 27th November will see the centre host the ultimate discount event, Black Friday, where Festival Place’s major retailers will be putting on hundreds of money saving deals for customers.

The Christmas activities will continue on Sunday 6th December, with a Santa Parade marching through the centre to get the whole family into the festive spirit.

The Festival Place team will also be working hard to make sure the Christmas shopping experience is as easy and stress-free for customers as possible – With their special Festival Place ‘Elf Services’ pop-up Christmas shop.   Whether a customer is looking for the best gifts to buy, need help with their shopping bags or just want some directions, Festival Place’s Christmas helpers will be on hand to assist.

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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Festival Place, Basingstoke.
Festival Place, Basingstoke.

Festival Place announces bumper Summer Festival activity line-up

Continuing Festival Place’s celebration of summer, the shopping centre is delighted to reveal a fantastic line-up of family-friendly activities taking place in its dedicated Summer Garden this August.

On Saturday 15th August, children should bring their favourite bear and pop down to take part in a Teddy Bears’ picnic hosted by Build-A-Bear Workshop. Kicking off with games at 10am, activities will be happening throughout the day including a colouring competition, fashion shows, dressing up games.  As well as story time between 11am and 1pm, thanks to the Basingstoke Discovery Centre.  Tesco will be providing free soft drinks and honey sandwiches for the picnic.

Towards the end of the month, any dinosaur fans should mark Saturday 22nd August in their diaries as Dinosaur Day comes to Festival Place.  There will be Dinosaurs, Music and a Balloon modeller there between 11.00am and 3.00pm.  Little ones wishing to meet Peppa Pig and George, as well as meet the Gruffalo should visit on Saturday 29th August thanks to local charity, Dreams Come True and Lloyds Bank.  Subject to change, for the latest appearance timings and information please visit the Festival Place website.

Events Schedule

  • 15th August – Teddy Bears’ picnic
  • 22nd August – Dinosaur Day
  • 29th August – Meet Peppa Pig and Friends

For full details of all events, please visit www.festivalplace.co.uk/summerfestival or find Festival Place on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Festival Place brings the holiday spirit to Basingstoke!

As part of Festival Place’s ongoing Summer Festival of activities, the shopping centre is getting ready to launch its Festival Beach Club and bring a little holiday spirit to the people of Basingstoke.

The Festival Beach Club will be in Festival Square on Saturday 25th July and Sunday 26th July from 2pm until 8pm, with stylish beach furniture for shoppers to relax on whilst they enjoy some fun entertainment.

There will be chill out tunes from popular DJ, Dean Carr, who has recently played at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, and fantastic performances from some of the X Factor’s regular dancers.

Kids can have beach-style fun in the sand pit and everyone can enjoy food from some of the shopping centre’s restaurants, including Festival Street Kitchen, Coal Bar & Grill, GBK, Giraffe and La Tasca, who will all be serving orders to the area.

Marketing and Business Performance Manager at Festival Place, Sarah Murphy, said: “Whether you can’t get away for a holiday this year or perhaps just want to get into the holiday spirit, our Festival Beach Club is going to be the place to come to get that holiday vibe. It’s going to be a lot of fun for everyone!”

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

Share your photos of the Festival Beach Club on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram tagging Festival Place and using #fpsummer for your chance to win a family day out at Festival Place including four tickets to Vue Cinema and a Festival Place voucher worth £250!

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Get your summer on with Festival Place’s Sound Stage – starts Saturday 11th July 2015

This could be a really great opportunity to expose your little one’s to some live music in town and it’s free too!

Let’s just hope the performers are warned in advance that swearing won’t be acceptable. (Wow, do I sound old! lol. )

Get your summer on with Festival Place’s Sound Stage

As part of Festival Place’s ongoing Summer Festival of activities and entertainment, the centre is looking forward to the exciting launch of its Festival Sound Stage on Saturday 11th July. Running from 4pm – 8pm, and subsequently every Sunday throughout the summer, the stage provides a terrific platform for local up and coming music talent to showcase their abilities through performing acoustically or a cappella.

Live acts will perform in the newly transformed Summer Garden in Festival Square, after being chosen from the initial auditions on 6th June. The line-up includes local artists, Chris Holden, Rich Jacobs, Irene Nazimbwa and Mark Furmston to name a few and will run in partnership with one of the longest serving music retailers in the UK, Dawsons Music.

Marketing and Business Performance Manager at Festival Place, Sarah Murphy, commented: “Festival Place is delighted to launch the Festival Sound Stage to provide some fantastic live entertainment for the people of Basingstoke and to give the region’s future stars a chance to shine. I can’t wait to see the artists take to the stage and am grateful for the ongoing support of Dawsons Music who have really helped bring this event to life.”

If you are interested in being part of the Festival Sound Stage simply email through a link to your YouTube video to marketing@festivalplace.co.uk.

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

Share your photos of the Summer Festival on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram tagging Festival Place and using #fpsummer for your chance to win fantastic prizes!

 

Please view the timetable below for full event timings for Saturday 11th July:

Time Name YouTube video
4.00 – 4.30 Chris Holden  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=552FFs1Xh_0
4.30 – 5.00 Sam Brett https://www.youtube.com/user/SamBrettMusic
5.00 – 5.30 Rich Jacobs  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muPV3BneOhU
6.00 – 6.30 Irene Nazimbwa  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_ClwcRQCKA
6.30 – 7.00 Simon Vincent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2xa1CPzLg4&feature=youtu.be
7.30 – 8.00 Mark Furmston N/A

For further information contact the Festival Place PR team on 02380 828525 or email festivalplace@fivebyfiveuk.com.

 

 

My Experience: Style Council at Festival Place

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Melissa is the blonde on the left, Dawn from “Dear Mummy” blog is on the right.

This morning I went into Festival Place for a VIP breakfast for “Style Council” so I could see what the event was all about.

“Style Council” is a free event that is open to everyone who is in town this weekend.

Anyone who has met me will know that I’m not exactly a “follower of fashion”. However, just because I’m not “good” at fashion doesn’t mean that I don’t take an interest.

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I have really struggled with shopping for clothes since Miss NHM was born, not least because my body shape has changed (waist, what waist?!?) but also because I developed textile dermatitis which basically means I am allergic to polyester, nylon, viscose and any other man made material.

I literally have only worn cotton since Miss NHM was born.

A few months ago I was invited along by the Festival Place team to meet Melissa Murrell, who is a top stylist and I was very lucky to have a few minutes to ask Melissa about my clothing dilemma.

She was absolutely lovely about it and very approachable and knowledgeable. I learnt that I can also wear modal which has literally opened up clothing doors for me that I thought would always be shut! lol.

Melissa is hosting a number of FREE masterclasses across the weekend in Festival Place.

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Dawn and Jenny looking fab in the gorgeous mirrors that were on display.

If you’ve lost your confidence with clothes, especially since having babies, or you need a new outfit for a wedding, interview, etc, I recommend nipping into Festival Place and catching one of Melissa’s classes.

I learnt so much in 30 minutes from her and it helps that she’s a busy Mum, like us, so she gets how difficult it can be.

Melissa has also introduced me to Fake Bake, a really fab and easy instant tan spray, which I finally got hold of this week and am hoping to try out this weekend.

Fingers crossed I don’t turn out like I’ve been tangoed! (showing my age there! lol) 😀

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Festival Place – Style Council

Melissa Murrell who is a top stylist, is at Festival Place to offer a number of FREE masterclasses across this weekend:

Masterclass 1 –  Dress for your body and shape

Times: 12pm and 2pm, Saturday and Sunday

Masterclass 2 –  Capsule Wardrobe

Times: 1pm and 3pm, Saturday and Sunday

Melissa has real women of all different shapes and sizes to help show how to dress for your shape using clothing from:

  • Oasis
  • Next
  • M&S,
  • BHS
  • Fat Face
  • Quiz
  • Taking Shape
  • H&M
  • Ann Summers
  • Warehouse

In addition there are also beauty experts on hand from:

  • Destination Skin
  • Body Shop
  • Lush
  • The Perfume Shop

to help you get ready for summer.

The lovely lady from The Perfume Shop who let me try out some of their perfumes.
The lovely lady from The Perfume Shop who let me try out some of their perfumes.

If you share your Style Council photos on social media tagging Festival place, using #fpsummer, you will also be in with a chance to win a £500 Festival Place voucher to have a shopping spree on them!!

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