Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Exciting Events at Festival Place, Basingstoke

With the nights drawing in it’s really starting to feel like autumn/winter now, which can only mean one thing – Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas! I must admit I don’t tend to do much for Halloween, but I wanted to share a couple of events coming up at Festival Place, Basingstoke, as I thought they sounded like great fun. I was quite excited when the press releases for these upcoming celebrations dropped into my inbox, so hopefully they will excite you just as much.

First up is a Halloween Spooktacular, suitable for both young and old. This is Festival Place’s two-day long Halloween extravaganza, taking place from Friday October 30th to Saturday October 31st. This fiendish family fun event will have a range of eerie entertainment, 12-6pm, to get customers set for the scary season.

Porchester Square will be transformed into the centre’s very own Spooky Hollow, raising money for Ark Cancer Centre Charity, with scary face painting and a Shear Beauty nail art stand for kids (big kids are welcome too!)

Customers will then have the chance to win a variety of great prizes from Festival Place’s retailers simply by taking a photo in the centre’s custom-built photo booth (including scary props!) and sharing it on social media with the hashtag #spookyfp.

Prizes will go to the spookiest photos, so customers are encouraged to come along in their creepiest costumes and ghoulish gear.

If that wasn’t enough, Festival Place have also organised a massive evening of entertainment for their Christmas Lights Switch On! They will kick off Christmas this year on 13th November with their annual Light Switch On. Starting at 5.30pm, the shopping centre will host a range of family entertainment and transform into your ‘festive place’!

Breeze FM’s Breakfast presenters, Ben Moseby and Lizzie Crow will host the Christmas activities. Santa himself will turn the Christmas lights on, along with this year’s Anvil Panto star Mark Little (aka Neighbours’ Joe Mangle).

Adding to the Christmas entertainment will be The Military Wives Choir, made famous by Gareth Malone’s original BBC TV series, The Choir. Initially set up to help women in the military community to share the enjoyment and pride that comes from singing; the choir’s enormous success has included a number one single and the creation of the Military Wives Choirs Foundation.

The evening will also include performances from ‘Walk like a Man’ Jersey Boys tribute act, featuring West End singers. If that is not enough they have a special Festival Reward Discount Weekender from Friday 13th November across the whole weekend! Customers who have signed up to Festival Rewards via the new Festival Place mobile app will be able to get a whole host of discounts from the likes of the Fragrance Shop, Laura Ashley, Hotel Chocolat, GBK, La Tasca and Paperchase to name but a few.

And to make sure Santa knows exactly what your little ones want this year, Festival Place will be launching their official Christmas Experience. The best way to meet Santa, here children will have to chance to enjoy a Christmas train trip before making a special visit to Santa’s festive grotto.

The Christmas Experience will open at 12pm on 12th November and from 13th November will be open Monday-Thursday – 10.30am-6.30pm, Friday – 10.30am-7.30pm, Saturday – 9am-6pm and Sunday – 11a-6pm. From 14th – 23rd December the Christmas Experience will then be open for an extra hour before closing at 3pm on 24th December as Santa leaves Festival Place to get ready for his busy night! To book your place, just click here.

Throughout the festival season the Festival Place team will be working hard to make sure the Christmas shopping experience is as easy and stress-free for customers as possible – with their special Festival Place ‘Festive Services’ pop-up Christmas shop. Whether a customer is looking for the best gifts to buy, needs help with their shopping bags or just wants some directions, Festival Place’s Christmas dedicated staff will be on hand to assist.

Parking won’t be a problem either this Christmas as Festival Place’s car park has over 2,500 car parking spaces. Customers park for just £1 if you park after 5pm all the way through to 6am.

Photo from here

For anyone that doesn’t know about Festival Place – it is a 1.1m sq ft shopping centre situated in the centre of Basingstoke, just off the M3, housing over 160 big brand stores including Apple, Debenhams, M&S, Zara, Schuh, Pandora, Oasis and Gap.

The shopping facilities are complemented by popular restaurants including; Wagamama, Coal Bar & Grill, La Tasca and Pizza Express, and a 10-screen Vue cinema.

To keep up to date with details of the Halloween Spooktacular, the Christmas Light Switch On and other upcoming events at Festival Place visit their website here or find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For any local bloggers reading this, I am also hosting a meet-up on 9th November, 6pm at Pizza Express, Festival Place. There are still places on the guest list, so please drop me an e-mail on if you’re interested in coming along!

Are you planning to go to any of these events at Festival Place? Or do you have your own plans for Halloween and Christmas?

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