Try something new at Festival of Sound this weekend
From Friday 25 March to Sunday 27 March, join the Love Basingstoke team for lots of interactive fun with your family and friends or spend the day exploring Basingstoke by yourself.
Take a walk down memory lane with 12 interactive locations on the Basingstoke Heritage Trail which will include audio and narratives to bring the stories of the town’s history to life.
Want to know more about days gone by? Join the Living History Walks – an interactive one-hour tour around the Top of the Town with Pedlars and Petticoats bringing this to life at 11am and 2pm on Saturday. Walks start at the Register Office in London Road and is suitable for adults and families with children aged eight and over.
Be sure not to miss Chorus’ mesmerising installation. Towering above War Memorial Park, giant tripods will emit musical pitches and red light tracing rings above the heads of those taking in performances throughout the three-day event by national artist Ray Lee.
Performances take place at 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Friday and regularly on Saturday at 12noon, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. You can also catch performances at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm on Sunday.
On Sunday, join Stemmed Vine in Market Square between 11am and 3pm and release your inner creativity by making sustainable musical instruments out of recycled materials and explore sound waves.
And there is fun for all the family at London Vegetable Orchestra’s sessions where you can build your own musical instruments out of handcrafted local vegetables while resisting the urge to eat them. Sessions are taking place between 11am and 3pm in Market Square and the orchestra will also be performing at 12noon, 1.30pm and 3pm.
If you are interested in learning a new skill, join Anvil Arts’ Musication Station in Market Square where you can try your hand at playing a new musical instrument.
Explore businesses in the Top of the Town by taking part in The Brick People’s LEGO trail and solve the anagram, with a number of LEGO models displayed in shops.
The programme of activities is supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, the government’s Welcome Back Fund and Arts Council England.
Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Leisure Cllr Rebecca Bean said: “As part of our ongoing programme of exciting events, we are delighted to bring this fantastic weekend of free activities to the town centre for residents and visitors.
“Whether you are interested in local history or are keen to try something new, there really is something for everyone so come along and don’t miss out on this fun while supporting our local businesses.”
For the most up-to-date information on times and activities, visit <span>www.lovebasingstoke.co.uk or follow @LoveBasingstoke on Facebook and Instagram and @LoveBstoke on Twitter.