TO book a place on any of these events, visit Basingstoke Discovery Centre in Festival Place, or call 01256 478670.

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Bows and Blooms Cupcake Decorating Workshop

Learn the skills to make four different high quality designs (suitable for weddings or anniversaries) in a fun and professional environment with local bakers ‘Sugartown Cupcakes’. Please bring four undecorated cupcakes and a case to transport them in. All other materials are provided. Sun 1 June from 11.30am to 1.30pm. £12

Crochet for the Home and Garden 

Learn all the basics if crochet in a friendly and relaxed class suitable for beginners. Candle holders, vase sleeves and cushion covers are all possible. Led by tutor Barbara Touati-Evans from ‘Let’s Crochet UK’. Sat 7 June from 10.30am to 3pm. £35. 

Jane Austen’s Guide to Writing

Basingstoke Gazette:

Two Jane Austen events with author Rebecca Smith who was the Writer in Residence at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton; she has published three of her own novels through Bloomsbury.

For Readers and Writers: A light-hearted and practical look at Austen’s methods and timeless style. Saturday, June 14 at 10am, £4.

Workshop: Following on from the talk, this workshop will give you the opportunity to try out some of the methods Jane Austen used to introduce and establish characters and to create the worlds of her novels. Saturday, June 14 from 11.30am to 1.30pm, £12.

Crochet Squares: A three week course

Basingstoke Gazette:

Learn how to make squares and it will open many possibilities: rugs, blankets, cushions and much, much more. Suitable for beginners, this relaxed workshop is led by tutor Barbara Touati-Evans from ‘Let’s Crochet UK’. Wednesdays June 18, June 25 and July 2 from 10.30am to 12.30pm.£35. 

Inside Film Classification with the BBFC

Usually only film studies get access to the BBFC, but anyone interested in seeing how the films are awarded their ‘age ratings’ can attend this session, with clips, conundrums and controversy set to reveal the history of the British Board of Film Classification. Wed 18 June at 2pm. £3. 

Myths and Mysteries of the First World War

Basingstoke Gazette:

Rupert Matthews returns after his popular talks on local ghosts and Jack the Ripper to talk about the more mysterious episodes of the First World War and what government records were kept secret. Mon 23 June at 2pm, £3. 

Willow Sculptures Workshop

Judith Needham will lead a small class on making small pieces of sculpture from willow-weaving. Suitable for all. Sat 28 June from 10am to 4pm, £35 (includes all materials).