Extras – October 2018


Basingstoke Voluntary Action Group

The Basingstoke Voluntary Action Group have lots going on this month, if you would like to read more please click here.

October Events at the Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Main events

Flying the Vulcan – a personal perspective

A talk by Squadron Leader Joe Marsden

Tuesday 16 October/ 2pm/ £4

Joe’s talk, illustrated by photos and film clips, will briefly cover the history and capability of the Vulcan, but will concentrate mainly on the personal aspects of flying this famous aircraft, in a journey which took him all around the world. In all, Joe has flown 34 different Vulcan aircraft – come along and hear his stories.

Adapting Great Expectations

Tuesday 30 October/ 6pm / £8

Join Cyphers Theatre Company for a discussion around the themes of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and adapting this classic novel for the stage. The workshop will include readings from the original novel and Cyphers’ script. Whether you’re studying the text, a keen Dickens fan or just curious about how stories are brought from page to stage, come along for a relaxed session and ask questions!

Children’s Events

Children’s Craft

Saturday 13th October / 10am – 12pm / FREE / Ages 3+

Celebrate Libraries Week with crafts and activities!

Charlie’s Storytelling Party

Saturday 13 October/ 1.30pm and 3pm/ £3.75/ For ages 3+

Join children’s entertainer and actress Charlie Sanderson for a fun and interactive 40 minutes storytelling party, including a story, singing, comedy, a little magic and parachute cool down.

Comic Book Drawing

Monday 22 October/ 1.30pm/ £5/ For ages 7+

A children’s workshop with local artist and teacher, Russell Bignold. Back by popular demand, Russell will continue to design and develop your comic book character, focusing on action poses and clothing in this 90 minute drawing workshop. He will also look at colouring alternatives. Suitable for children who attended his previous workshop or for new participants (bring along your comic book character outline drawing).

Quirks Animal Roadshow

Tuesday 23 October/ 2pm/ £5/ For ages 4+

1 hour animal handling workshop. Come along to meet some quirky animals from around the world at the Quirks’ Animal Roadshows workshop. You’ll have the opportunity to stroke and hold the animals as well as discovering lots of interesting facts about where they come from, what they eat and what makes them unique.

Halloween Costume Fun

Thursday 25 October/ 10am/ £4/ For ages 8-11

Get ready for Halloween with this fun and creative 90 minute sewing and textiles workshop. Bring along a T-shirt or similar garment and dress it up for Halloween. Scrap material and embellishments provided, although you are welcome to bring along your own.

Learning in Libraries courses

Dressmaking for Beginners

Wednesdays 3 October – 17 October (a 3 week course)

9.30am – 1.30pm


An opportunity to learn how to use a basic pattern to produce a simple garment.  Learners will work with different levels and techniques of sewing, like hand and machine sewing. You will need a sewing machine (not for the first session), although there will be some available to use.

Mandarin Chinese for Beginners 1

Tuesdays 18 September – 4 December (12 weeks)

5.15-6.15 pm


This course aims to help you to start speaking Mandarin Chinese in order to get more from your visit to a Chinese speaking country. You will learn and practice some of the language needed to deal with day-to-day situations and gain confidence in what is being said to you. No previous knowledge or experience is required.

Anvil Arts, Basingstoke – October 2018

Tue 2 Oct, 7.45pm
The Anvil
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
British violinist Chloe Hanslip joins the orchestra for a programme that includes Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake suite, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto no. 1 and Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony. Conducted by Vasily Petrenko.
TICKETS:  £41, £37, £30, £23, £15; Under 25s and f/t students £11

Wed 3 Oct, 7.30pm
The Haymarket
One Man Stranger Things – A Parody
Charles Ross single-handedly recreates season one of the Netflix sensation; all the characters, dialogue, special effects, music and Eggos in one superb, upside-down show.

Wed 3 Oct, 7.45pm
The Forge
Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
Josienne and Ben are four albums and a couple of EPs into a partnership that blends Walker’s intricate guitar playing and arrangements with Clarke’s compelling songwriting.
TICKETS: £16.50; over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £14.50

Thu 4 Oct, 8pm
The Anvil
Ross Noble
El Hablador
Ross Noble returns to dance around the stage, spinning out all the nonsense in his head into a hilarious stand-up show.
Suitable for ages 15 and over

Fri 5 Oct, 7.30pm
Sat 6 Oct, 2pm & 7.30pm
The Haymarket
The Goon Show
by Spike Milligan
In 1951, when The Goon Show burst onto the airwaves of the BBC Home Service, Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, and Harry Secombe brought a brand of chaotic humour unlike anything that had been heard before, making household names of its three main stars. Now enjoy the first major theatrical production of the show on stage.
TICKETS:  £20; over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £18 

Thu 11 Oct, 4.30pm
Fri 12, Sat 13 & Sun 14 Oct, 10.30am & 1.30pm
The Haymarket
The Gruffalo’s Child
Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up, and their grown-ups, in the smash-hit West End show which follows the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventures.
Suitable for ages 3 and over
TICKETS:  £14.50

Thu 11 Oct, 7.45pm
The Anvil
by Pascal Dusapin
Music Theatre Wales and National Dance Company Wales present the UK premiere of the beautiful and sensuous dance-opera by Pascal Dusapin which explores the pain and passion of two lovers who are forced apart to separate worlds. Springing from the myth of Orpheus but with an intriguing contemporary take.
TICKETS: £25; under 25s £10

Sun 14 Oct, 7.30pm
The Anvil
Joan Armatrading
2018 brings Joan into her 46th year in music and only the second time that she will be performing a tour completely solo. Joan has written new music for this tour and will be singing many of those songs, plus favourite hits from the past will also be included.
TICKETS:  £35.50

Tue 16 Oct, 8pm
The Haymarket
Jamie Raven
Making Magic
The lovable magician who headlined the West End box office smash The Illusionists will take you on a journey through the magical world in which he operates, explaining how magic works, why magic works and what it means to so many different types of people. Not everything is always as it seems, so expected the unexpected.
TICKETS:  £22; over 65s and f/t students £20.50; under 16s £20

Wed 17 Oct, 7.45pm
The Anvil
London Philharmonic Orchestra
British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor joins the orchestra for a programme that includes Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmilla overture, Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto and Dvorak’s Symphony no 8. Conducted by Alondra de la Parra.
TICKETS:  £41, £37, £30, £23, £15; Under 25s and f/t students £11

Thu 18 Oct, 7.30pm
The Anvil
The Russian State Ballet and Opera House present
Swan Lake
135 years ago, audiences heard Swan Lake by the great Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky for the very first time. From that moment on, the world of ballet would never be the same. The Russian State Ballet and Opera House return to The Anvil for another spellbinding, lavish, full-production ballet.
TICKETS: £36, £34; over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £2 off

Thu 18 Oct, 7.45pm
The Forge
Andreas Tophøj and Rune Barslund
The accomplished Danish duo perform with violin, accordion and viola. Their sound is closely linked to the Danish folk tradition but the two young musicians are also influenced by music from various countries and traditions.
TICKETS: £15; over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £13

Fri 19 Oct, 7.30pm
The Anvil
Michael Portillo
Life: A Game of Two Halves
It took Michael Portillo little more than 10 years to get a seat in the Commons and then rise in power. Since leaving the House almost a decade ago, he has endeared himself to many with his respect for our great Victorian railways and the daily life of ordinary hard working people. Listen to his story and feel free to ask him questions.
TICKETS:  £20.50

Sun 21 Oct, 7.30pm
The Anvil
Paul Young
35 Years of No Parlez
Paul Young performs his much loved debut album No Parlez in celebration of 35 years since its release. Reaching no.1 in UK charts and quickly becoming triple Platinum, the album produced his first UK no.1 single Wherever I Lay My Hat, and hits Come Back and Stay and Love of The Common People.
TICKETS:  £45.50. £33

Wed 24 Oct, 1pm & 4pm
Thu 25 Oct, 10am & 1pm
The Anvil
Peppa Pig’s Adventure
Join Peppa as she gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends. With Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure full of games, laughter and live music.
Suitable for ages 3 and over
TICKETS:  £19; under 16s £17

Wed 24 Oct, 7.30pm
The Haymarket
Neil Oliver
The Story of The British Isles in 100 Places
Neil was born to love Great Britain. During his 20 years travelling to every corner, and whilst filming BBC2’s Coast, he’s fallen in love all over again. It cradles astonishing beauty and he’s seen it all from land, sea and sky. The tolerant, easy-going peace we enjoy has been hard won and the places Neil’s seen have given him a unique view and understanding of British history. Hear in his amusing and entertaining way what it all means to him.
TICKETS:  £25.50; under 16s £18

Fri 26 Oct, 7.30pm
The Anvil
Joe Pasquale
A Few of His Favourite Things
Joe Pasquale first appeared on our television screens 30 years ago on ITV’s New Faces. Fast forward and he is now on his 30th anniversary tour, treating audiences to a comedic mega mix of some of the best bits, plus some surprises on the way!

Sun 28 Oct, 7.30pm
The Anvil
10cc make a welcome return to The Anvil to perform their hits including I’m Not in Love, which reached number one in the UK in 1975, Donna, Rubber Bullets, and Dreadlock Holiday.

Tue 30 Oct, 7.30pm
The Haymarket
Benedict Allen
The adventurer-explorer tells the truth about his most recent adventure – a solo expedition to Papua New Guinea during which he filmed his journey to visit a community he had befriended thirty years earlier – when he hit the headlines as friends and family thought he was missing. Hear the highs and lows of this awe-inspiring trip.

Wed 31 Oct, 7.30pm
The Anvil
Sons of Pitches
100 Number One Hits
The multi award-winning British vocal group perform fast-paced medley and mind-bending mashups as they attempt to hit their target of 100 tracks in just one evening. From Michael Jackson to The Beatles, ABBA to Eminem, the show caters to audiences of all ages. It’s fair to say The Sons have ‘given a cappella a kick up the backside’.
TICKETS:  £28; meet and greet tickets £53

Old Basing Bake-Off

If you didn’t do as well as you hoped at the Village show, or maybe you are a novice baker who wants to have a go. Perhaps you just fancy letting us try your bakes, whatever the reason – we would love to see you. Anyone can enter our first Old Basing ‘Bake-Off’ at the Old Basing Royal British Legion, Crown Lane, Old Basing, RG24 7DN on 28th October from 1pm.

All you need to do is enter a minimum of two categories from the following list:
*1 Shortbread round marked in 8 slices
6 flavoured or fruited scones
*6 cookies
6 savoury tarts
*1 filled Victoria Sponge
12 bread rolls
*6 decorated cup or fairy cakes
1 large traybake cake cut into 18 pieces
*Your choice of a Poppy themed item

Under 16’s may enter one or more of the starred categories

All judging will be carried out from 1pm so you need to make sure your baked goods are on display in good time – access to the hall from 12.00 onwards.

Public entry is from 2 pm when the Poppy themed item will be part-judged by public vote – purchase tokens to cast votes. These votes will comprise half the overall score for the Poppy Themed item, the other half score will be by The Worshipful the Mayor and Mayoress of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Sean Keating and Mrs Gwen Keating.

We will also be serving tea and coffee at this time.

We are a charity, so we aren’t able to use our funds to give prizes however you will get a certificate to keep.

All items must be displayed on a suitable plate or tray and covered in cling film.

The judging criteria will be appearance, taste and presentation.

The judge’s decisions are final.

All baked goods will be sold afterwards to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal, Charity Number 219279.
You can enter by bringing an entry form to the RBL CLub in Crown Lane, or by registering at the event site