Arts and culture

The Anvil

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With some of the finest acoustics in the country, The Anvil is one of the South’s leading venues for high quality live music.

This prestigious concert hall offers a varied programme of classical, jazz, country, folk and popular music that has attracted, inspired and delighted audiences from far and wide. It is also a popular comedy venue and stages an annual panto season.

Orchestral music is the flagship function of The Anvil, specialising in big name soloists, conductors and composers. The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performs regular concerts at The Anvil and delivers a series of education workshops within the borough.

Anvil Arts receives grant funding from the council.

For information about what's on visit the Anvil Arts website or telephone 01256 844244.

The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, RG21 7QR

View the disabled access guide for The Anvil.

Basingstoke Festival

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The festival is a 17 day summer outdoor arts festival based in the borough. It serves to showcase the very best of local arts talent alongside top UK and international artists and companies, additionally supporting and promoting a large number of ‘Festival in the Community’ events.

Basingstoke Festival is a partner in Without Walls, working with festivals and artists and bringing fantastic outdoor arts to people in towns and cities across the UK.

Find out more information by visiting the Basingstoke Festival website.

Central Studio

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A small, state-of-the-art theatre located on Queen Mary’s College campus. The Studio hosts a wealth of events and performances including comedy, dance, professional theatre, live music, film and dance.

Facilities include a 130 seat auditorium, dance studios, four music rooms, and a recording studio which are all available for hire. Workshops on offer include youth theatre and dance.

For more information visit Central Studio website or contact 01256 418318.

Queen Mary's College, Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke, RG21 3HF

The Haymarket

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This venue offers a varied programme of theatre, drama and dance under the management of Anvil Arts

The Haymarket receives grant funding from the council.

For more information about what's on visit the Haymarket Theatre website or telephone 01256 844244.

The Haymarket Theatre, Wote Street, Basingstoke, RG21 7NW

View the disabled access guide for The Haymarket.

Viables Craft Centre

Owned and managed by the council the centre sits on the site of the old Viables Farm. The farm buildings were converted into workshops now occupied by individual creative businesses which include art classes, a beauty salon, dressmaker, handmade cards, sweets, homeware, engravers and manufacturers of jewellery and pottery.

The site also includes a miniature steam railway, a tearoom and community facilities.

For more information visit the Viables Craft Centre website

Viables Craft Centre, 19 The Harrow Way, Basingstoke, RG22 4BJ

View the disabled access guide for Viables Craft Centre

If you are interested in renting a unit visit the Viables Craft Centre website. For general enquiries please contact Property Services at the council by emailing

Public Art - An explorations of public art in Basingstoke and Deane

The borough is home to a vast collection of public art. Since 1989 the council has followed a Percent for Art policy, encouraging developers to include art and craft in new developments and improvement schemes.

From sculptures to seating, and gates to glasswork, this has resulted in a vibrant range of public art which can be found across the borough. The brochure below provides an introduction to much of the work which is on public display.

Proteus Theatre Company

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An award winning professional theatre company that believes the audience is as important as the artist.

The company collaborates with artists from a range of disciplines, such as visual art, film, music, puppetry, dance, photography, circus and magic to create its unique performances. It makes work for, and with, diverse communities from rural villages to socially excluded young people, creating amazing experiences, promoting and advancing education and enriching lives through the power of the performing arts.

Based at the Proteus Creation Space at Top of Town in an attractive Grade II listed building, visitors can participate in a range of arts activities.

The Company receives grant funding from the council.

For more information about what's on visit Proteus Theatre website or telephone 01256 354541.

Proteus Creation Space, Council Road, Basingstoke, RG21 3DH

View the disabled access guide for Proteus Creation Space.

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