All Our Own Crafts 2015 – Grand Opening this Saturday!

I’m soooo excited to see that the “All Our Own Crafts” team are back, even bigger and better than before!

Many of the 40 local crafters in the shop are NHM Readers and Supporters and I’m delighted to see that there are so many people involved.

Congrats to Tracy, Kate and the team and I’m sure it will be a HUGE success!

All Our Own Crafts 2015

A new POP-Up craft shop in Festival Place, Basingstoke will launch with a grand opening on Saturday 18th April 2015.

This project was devised by Basingstoke residents Tracy Braybrook and Kate Donohoe who originally opened All Our Own Crafts in October 2014 for 3 months, giving local residents a unique chance to retail their crafts within the busy shopping centre. This will be the second time All Our Own Crafts will be in the centre, with the shop opening in April.

Festival Place have granted the pop-up shop the use of an empty unit opposite Laura Ashley for a two month period. It will display the crafts of 40 local people.

All Our Own Crafts will hold a grand opening from 9am on Saturday 18th April 2015 with lots of fun activities within the shop.

Normal opening hours will be Monday to Saturdays 9am to 6pm and on Sundays 11am to 5pm.

For more information, visit All Our Own Crafts Website or their Facebook page HERE.

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Event: Family Fun at Festival Place’s Eat Street this Easter

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Festival Place is the place to be for families this Easter, with two days of delicious free food and entertainment planned on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

From 11am – 3pm on both days there will lots of deliciously indulgent free food and drink from the shopping centre’s big brand restaurants and cafés including Wagamama, Giraffe, GBK and more. All to be enjoyed to the sounds of a lively mariachi band!

TV chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli, will be attending the event, taking to the stage between 12pm and 2pm each day to teach everyone how to cook quick and easy French classics through his interactive cooking demonstrations. Avid fans will also get the opportunity to have their books signed by the celebrity chef himself!

Those with a sweet tooth will be able to sample tasty treats from the likes of Costa and Thorntons whilst budding bakers are invited to put their creative cupcake skills to the test in the Great Festival Bake Off.

The competition is open to adults and children with two age categories; 11 and under and 12 and overs.

The entries will be judged in the management suite at Festival Place between 9am and 10am on Saturday 4th April and will be assessed on the most interesting combination of flavours and most beautiful decoration,  with fifty percent of marks awarded for appeal, twenty five per cent for creativity and twenty five percent for appearance.

Finalists in both categories will be displayed on the Great Festival Bake Off stand outside Debenhams on the Upper Atrium and the prizes will be announced and awarded by TV Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli at 2pm on the same day.

As well as the main prizes, everybody in the 11 and under category will receive a medal for entering.

For full information on how to enter and for full terms and conditions visit www.festivalplace.co.uk/eatstreet.

There will  also be other fantastic prizes up for grabs by engaging on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #EATSTREET.

With the opportunity to also find out more about how to receive special offers and discounts by signing up to Festival Place’s loyalty scheme, Festival Rewards, the event will have something for everyone and is a must for the diary this Easter bank holiday weekend.

Commenting on the event, Marketing Manager at Festival Place, Sarah Murphy, said: “This is the third year that we have held our Eat Street event and we are delighted that Jean-Christophe Novelli is going to be joining us.

We look forward to welcoming both local shoppers and those from further afield and showcasing some of the fabulous food available from our big brand restaurants and cafés.”

To keep up to date with all the latest news about the Eat Street event and other Festival Place news visit www.festivalplace.co.uk/eatstreet or find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

#lockyourlove at Festival Place this Valentine’s Day – Awesome prizes for a date night too!!

This looks worth doing, just for the prizes alone!

It starts at 12pm today in Festival Place

#lockyourlove at Festival Place this Valentine’s Day

Launching on 31st January in association with The Breeze radio station, and running for two weeks until Valentine’s Day on 14th February, shoppers will be given the opportunity to personalise a padlock with a tribute to their loved one and attach it to the Festival Place heart. By taking a picture of their padlock and sharing on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the #lockyourlove hashtag  participants will also have the chance to win Big Brand prizes from Festival Place retailers including Nando’s, Giraffe, Wagamama, Build-A-Bear, Thorntons and The Perfume Shop.

The heart sculpture has been lovingly created by two local artists, Helen Dyne and Louise Hight, who met recently through All Our Own Crafts, a pop-up shop in Festival Place promoting local crafters. Shoppers will also be encouraged to share the love this Valentine’s Day by donating to Festival Place’s chosen local charity, the Ark Cancer Centre, when they receive their padlock in centre.

Commenting on the #lockyourlove event, Marketing Manager at Festival Place, Sarah Murphy, said: “We’re really looking forward to revealing the heart installation in centre this weekend which has been beautifully designed and created by some of our prominent local artists. It will be exciting to see it transform as shoppers add their padlocks as tributes to their loved ones and there are some fantastic prizes to be won from our generous retailers! We really hope that people will also dig deep and share the love this Valentine’s Day by donating to the Ark Cancer Centre.”

To keep up to date with all the latest news about the #lockyourlove campaign at Festival Place visit www.festivalplace.co.uk or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Prizes available

  • Nando’s – 5x vouchers for two free combination meals
  • Giraffe – £50 vouchers for a meal for two
  • Hotel Chocolat – Sleekster gift box worth £22
  • Build-A-Bear – £25 gift card for a ‘Build-A-Bear Workshop experience’
  • Thorntons – large continental heart box worth £25
  • GBK – £40 gift vouchers for a meal for two
  • Sports Centre – 2x free week memberships at the centre
  • The Perfume Shop – A free bottle of Gucci Guilty Diamonds
  • Ed’s Easy Diner – £25 gift card for a meal for two people
  • Taking Shape – £25 gift card
  • Vue Cinema – 4x 1 pair of tickets to any film

CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH FESTIVAL PLACE

Check out the details below for the events that are on at Festival Place over the 2014 Christmas period.

This post also includes the opening times of Festival Place during December.

(If you’d said to me, three and a bit years ago when I started this blog, that I’d have several pictures of Keith Chegwin in a post, I wouldn’t have believed you. 😉

The fact that I met him 20 years ago when I worked as an usher at the Anvil panto 19 (!!!!) times in 20 days, is beside the point.

He’s lovely, if I remember correctly, but it was a while ago! lol.)

Christmas at Festival Place

As the countdown to Christmas begins, we’ve got a range of exciting festive activities planned this November and December to help make the season even more special for all the family.

From our annual Christmas light switch-on and extended opening hours to gift wrapping and meeting Santa himself, check out our event highlights for full details of what’s on.

CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE

Give your children a Christmas to remember with a trip on our magical train ride through Porchester Square to visit Santa.

Open every day from 20th November–24th December,

entrance price is £4.50 per child including gift.

Photo memorabilia available from £5.

Simply turn up on the day or avoid disappointment by pre-booking your tickets via the Festival Place website.

DATES IN NOVEMBER

21ST – LIGHT SWITCH-ON AND FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

Starting from 5.30pm in Festival Square, be entertained by Basingstoke Rock Choir; 2014 X Factor band, Concept; and local duo, Common Ground, in the lead-up to the official light switch-on at 7pm by TV favourite, Keith Chegwin.

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This will be followed by a dazzling firework display.

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Afterwards, Keith and other members of the Cinderella pantomime cast will meet fans and sign autographs on the Upper Level near Starbucks with entertainment continuing on-stage until 9.30pm.

23RD – MEET & GREET: PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR

To celebrate the release of the new ‘Penguins of Madagscar’ film, come and meet the famous penguins themselves for FREE on the Upper Level near Starbucks. Taking place every hour from 11.30am–3.30pm, no advance booking is required.

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THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER & DECEMBER – CHRISTMAS CRAFTS AT THE DISCOVERY CENTRE

Take part in a range of Christmas crafts at The Discovery Centre this November and December.

Workshops include a ‘Reindeer and Stars’ rustic willow decoration-making session and a Christmas Papercraft Workshop to help you create beautiful 3D decorations, table favours and a box card, alongside a series of FREE festive craft sessions just for children aged 7+.

Visit their website for full details and to book your place.

30TH – ANNUAL SANTA PARADE

Heralding the official start of the countdown to Christmas, the festive parade featuring Santa & Friends will leave Porchester Square at midday and will arrive at Festival Square at 12.30pm.

Acts taking part in the parade include the Red Hot Santa Band, the Bouncing Elves, and the Snowball Sprites to name a few.

Following the arrival of the parade, make sure you stick around to join Basingstoke Rock Choir for a seasonal sing-a-along!

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FROM 9TH – GIFT WRAPPING

Once you’ve done your Christmas shopping, relax with a coffee whilst our friendly volunteers from Shopmobility wrap your presents for you on the Upper Level by Paperchase.

£1 minimum donation to Shopmobility required.

See the Festival Place website for full details and opening times.

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DATES IN DECEMBER

FROM 11TH – CINDERELLA AT THE ANVIL

Enjoy a heartwarming pantomime for all the family with Cinderella at The Anvil from 11th December to 4th January.

Featuring TV personalities such as Keith Chegwin as Buttons, and CBeebies’ presenter Katy Ashworth as the Fairy Godmother, tickets are available from The Anvil’s website or direct from the Box Office.

All details subject to change.

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HOW TO FIND US

Getting to Festival Place really couldn’t be easier. The train station is just a five minute walk away, plus we have a bus station right on our doorstep.

If you prefer to drive, we’re only a few minutes off junction 6 of the M3 and have over 2,500 spaces in our secure car park.

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR OPENING HOURS

DECEMBER 2014

MONDAY 1 9AM–7PM

TUESDAY 2 9AM–7PM

WEDNESDAY 3 9AM–7PM

THURSDAY 4 9AM–8PM

FRIDAY 5 9AM–8PM

SATURDAY 6 9AM–7PM

SUNDAY 7 11AM– 5PM

MONDAY 8 9AM–7PM

TUESDAY 9 9AM–7PM

WEDNESDAY 10 9AM –7PM

THURSDAY 11 9AM–8PM

FRIDAY 12 9AM–8PM

SATURDAY 13 9AM–7PM

SUNDAY 14 11AM–5PM

MONDAY 15 9AM–8PM

TUESDAY 16 9AM–8PM

WEDNESDAY 17 9AM–8PM

THURSDAY 18 9AM–9PM

FRIDAY 19 9AM–9PM

SATURDAY 20 9AM–7PM

SUNDAY 21 11AM–5PM

MONDAY 22 9AM–9PM

TUESDAY 23 9AM–9PM

WEDNESDAY 24 9AM–5PM

THURSDAY 25 CLOSED

FRIDAY 26 10AM–6PM

SATURDAY 27 9AM–7PM

SUNDAY 28 11AM–5PM

MONDAY 29 9AM–7PM

TUESDAY 30 9AM–7PM

WEDNESDAY 31 9AM–5PM

JANUARY 2015

THURSDAY 1

11AM–5PM

FROM FRIDAY 2 NORMAL TRADING HOURS RESUME

PARK FOR £1 from 5pm onwards, provided you exit before 6am the following morning.

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New Shop Opening Oct 2014: “All Our Own Crafts”

I am so excited about the new All our Own Crafts shop opening!!!!

Most of the crafters displaying are women running their own business from home, so this is your chance to support your peers.

It will also be a great chance to get some unique Christmas presents sorted!

Several of the local crafts-people in the shop have featured on a Guest Post at  NHM over the years.

It’s so great to see that they are finally getting the recognition they deserve!

All Our Own Crafts

A new POP-UP craft shop in Festival Place, Basingstoke will launch with a grand opening on Saturday 11th October.

All Our Own Crafts, a project devised by Basingstoke residents Tracy Braybrook and Kate Donohoe after seeing the success of the All Our Own Work art gallery, gives local residents a unique chance to retail their crafts within the busy shopping centre.

The All Our Own Crafts Pop-Up Shop is situated opposite T K Maxx in the unit that was previously Millets.

Featuring the handmade work of over 20 local crafts-people, we will be displaying work from crochet to candles, children’s clothing, prints, glass, ceramics and much more.

We hope to be running workshops at our demo table so people can learn how to make their own crafts.

We will also have crayons and paper so Mums can browse whilst their little ones do some drawing. People are also welcome to pop in to do some knitting/ stitching  etc and have a chat.

We are having a preview week from Monday 6th where people can come in and browse and buy.

We’ll be adding more stock over the week leading to our grand opening on Saturday 11th with lots of fun activities for all the family.

This will run from midday-5pm.

We have this unit for a three month period only but it will be perfect for people looking for handmade, unique gifts for Christmas.

Most of our crafters accept bespoke orders and are happy to create custom items.

Normal opening hours will be Monday to Saturdays 9am – 5pm and on Sundays 11am – 5 pm.

For more information, visit All Our Own Crafts or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllOurOwnCrafts/

Eat Street 2014 at Festival Place today!

I’m gutted that we can’t go to this today. I didn’t get to go last year because we were away and had every intention of making it this year, but Miss NHM has chickenpox!

It’s on today from 12pm to 3pm and you can experience the sights, smells and bustle of an authentic street food market, where you’ll find some of your favourite restaurants cooking up bite size versions of their bestselling dishes for you to try for free.

Find out more here: http://www.festivalplace.co.uk/eat_street.htm

John Torode will also be there and has recorded this short video about Eat Street: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHQYoV3zfBc

If you do make it to Eat Street, please have some food for me and Miss NHM!! ????

Child Safe Zones at Festival Place

Basingstoke Festival Place operates as a Child Safe Zone:

Around the country, shopping centres, beaches, visitor attractions and other family venues are becoming Child Safe Zones…

If you have children its very likely you have experienced that dreaded moment when you turn around and your child is out of sight… the Child Safe Zones scheme can help.

If you lose your child in a Child Safe Zone, simply ring the number clearly displayed on the Child Safe Zones stickers or posters for direct contact with the local security team – getting help with your search quickly. This simple, effective service works for everyone and is free.

You do not need to register with FamilySafePlus+ and you do not have to buy any Child Safe Accessories. Just call the number displayed.

Virtually every venue in the UK has a missing child procedure. The Child Safe Zone Scheme simply brings all these systems under one nationally recognised identity – helping venues and parents to keep children safe and found.

This scheme is can prove equally valuable for older children and vulnerable adults, where personal safety is an issue.

Free Wristbands

All Child Safe Zones offer free wristbands allowing children to carry their parent or guardian’s contact mobile number safely. Look out for the dispensers as you enter the Zone, and help Child Safe Zones to reunite your child with you quickly, if they lose sight of you.

Resource: http://www.childsafezones.co.uk/childsafe-zones.html#

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