Art & Culture

The award-winning Anvil Arts is the largest performing arts organisation in Hampshire. The Haymarket Theatre, art galleries and the annual Basingstoke Festival mean there is something to suit all tastes throughout the year.

The Basingstoke Festival

This annual flagship event takes place in June and July and is a series of events by individual organisers which is coordinated by the council. Since the festival began it has continued to grow and now has more than 100 events in over 40 venues, reaching an audience of over 160,000 people. Typically, the festival includes theatre, orchestras, choirs, dance, multicultural parades, rock festivals, film exhibitions, book readings, art installations and more.

Arts & culture venues

The Wills Museum and Sainsbury Gallery

The museum offers an ongoing programme of family events and community exhibitions and is home to the impressive Sainsbury Gallery, which hosts a range of high-profile exhibitions throughout the year.

Market Place, Basingstoke, RG21 7QD

01256 465902

The Anvil

With some of the finest acoustics in the country, The Anvil has firmly established itself as one of the South’s leading venues for high quality live music.

The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, RG21 7QR

01256 844244.

The Haymarket Theatre

The venue offers a varied programme of theatre, drama and dance.

Wote Street, Basingstoke, RG21 7NW

01256 844244.

Proteus Creation Space

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.

Council Road, Basingstoke, RG21 3DH

01256 354541

Central Studio

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

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

01256 418318

The Sanctuary Live

The Sanctuary Live is an exciting live music venue and bar in Basingstoke Town Centre and offers late night alternative club nights at weekends.

18 London Street, Basingstoke, RG21 7NT

01256 352622