There were an amazing array of events to enjoy at Basingstoke Festival 2016!
Basingstoke Festival 2016 was even more action packed than ever before! Described as “the best and probably most important community event held in Basingstoke”, it celebrated its fifth year.
There was a brand new line-up of over 100 amazing events. Running from Friday 17 June to Sunday 10 July 2016 Basingstoke Festival 2016 featured everything from productions of Shakespeare’s classics, such as Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, ‘sand mandala’ art exhibitions to dances of Tibetan Monks. It also included lots of brilliant new activities for all the family to enjoy.
On Friday 17 June the festival opened with a Carnival Parade through the town centre. Starting at 5pm from Cross Street at the Top of the Town, the streets came alive with music, dance and dazzling costumes. Led by BinBot, a 10 foot high moving robot made from recycled materials for part of the route, there were more than 500 colourful performers, giant puppets and walkabout acts.
A huge number of other musical acts and entertainers performed across the festival period too, including big names such as Jamie Raven and Russell Watson. In addition to this, there were demonstrations, arts and craft fairs, food festivals, such as the Cheese and Chilli festival, dancing, buskers, workshops and much, much more! The festival also provided an opportunity to see the historical side of Basingstoke, with a series of walks through the borough, and it culminated with a grand finale at Basingstoke Live.
A free live music extravaganza was enjoyed by thousands of people at the final event of this year’s Basingstoke Festival.
A giant Binbot wowed the crowds as the Green at Heart themed carnival parade opened this year’s Basingstoke Festival in style.
Make a date in your diaries for the official launch of the Basingstoke Festival programme on Friday, 3 June.