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REVIEW: Hercules

Basingstoke Gazette:

2:27pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

CLASSICAL Greek mythology gets a campy, testosterone-pumped rewrite in Brett Ratner's swaggering swords 'n' sandals romp.

REVIEW: Earth to Echo

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

IN 1982, ET phoned home and now another stranded extra-terrestrial requires assistance from pint-sized heroes to safely return to the stars in Dave Green's fantastical family-oriented adventure.

REVIEW: The Purge: Anarchy

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

RELEASED in the summer of 2013, The Purge was a guilty and twisted pleasure.

Hercules star Dwayne Johnson talks about the film ahead of its release this week

Basingstoke Gazette:

2:15pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

AS a wrestler-turned-leading-action man, Dwayne Johnson is no stranger to keeping his body in peak condition, so his preparation to play Hercules is a little unexpected.

The Imitation Game announced as opening night film for BFI London Film Festival 2014

Basingstoke Gazette:

3:20pm Monday 21st July 2014

Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley and director Morten Tyldum are expected to attend the London event.

Bespoke table by local All Our Own Work artists to be auctioned in Festival Place in aid of the Ark Cancer Centre Charity

Basingstoke Gazette:

12:50pm Monday 21st July 2014

ASK Italian commissioned the group to create a one-of-a-kind bespoke piece from one of the restaurant's tables.

Quentin Blake and Friends have arrived at Hampshire's Mottisfont Abbey

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Sunday 20th July 2014

Visitors will be able to see, for the first time, 21 new drawings made by Quentin for the hit West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, full of his usual wit and sharp-eyed observations.

Win a Dawn of the Planet of the Apes goody bag

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Friday 18th July 2014

We have three prize sets, each comprising a lenticular mousemat, watch, keychain, T-shirt and a sleeping bag, to give away to Gazette readers.

Evening of Edinburgh Fringe comedy previews takes place in White Hart next week

Basingstoke Gazette:

10:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

Paul F. Taylor, winner of the New Act of the Year competition in 2013, and Nick Hodder will preview their Edinburgh Fringe shows in their hometown.

List of 26 free or low cost activities for families to do in the Basingstoke area during the school summer holidays

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

Stuck for something to do with the children during the six week summer holiday, and don’t want to fork out a lot of cash?

Your guide to What’s On in the area between July 18 and July 24

Basingstoke Gazette: The cast of Angelina Ballerina The Mousical

9:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

These comprehensive listings include theatre, music, family events and exhibitions.

Kate Adie and Alexandra Burke among stars of next month's Heroes at Highclere Castle event

Basingstoke Gazette:

1:44pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

The events also include family fun, a celebrity football veterans match, a Downton Abbey star appearance and flyovers by a Spitfire, Mustang and B17.

REVIEW: Pudsey the Dog: The Movie

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:49am Wednesday 16th July 2014

THE sound of a pig repeatedly evacuating its bowels reverberates throughout Nick Moore's ham-fisted attempt to transform Britain's Got Talent's performing pooch into a modern-day Lassie.

REVIEW: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Basingstoke Gazette:

2:00pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

BLENDING state-of-the-art special effects with an intelligent script, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes conjures two hours of animal magic that looks set to be crowned king of the blockbuster swingers.

See local artist Sian Storey's London Book Bench as part of summer sculpture trail

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:59am Tuesday 15th July 2014

The event, organised by the National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art, is a summer-long celebration of London's literacy classics, aiming to inspire children and adults to pick up a book.

Paultons Park voted 'second best rated amusement park in the UK' in TripAdvisor awards

Basingstoke Gazette:

5:10am Tuesday 15th July 2014

The Ower park. which boasts 60 rides and attractions set within 140 acres of parkland on the edge of the New Forest National Park, is also named in the top ten amusement parks in Europe.

Whitchurch Silk Mill restoration appeal under way

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:00am Monday 14th July 2014

AN APPEAL to raise £200,000 to refurbish a north Hampshire heritage attraction is up and running.

Team to excavate part of the Tudor mansion at Basing House in July and August

Basingstoke Gazette:

2:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

Activities over the course of the excavation will include object handling sessions and tours of the dig site daily at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

REVIEW: Boyhood

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:00am Friday 11th July 2014

The celebrated Texan director of Dazed And Confused and Before Sunrise, whose mother and father separated when he was seven, wanted to make a drama that realistically captured the bonds between parent and child.

Jane Austen's House Museum appoints poet in residence

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:00am Friday 11th July 2014

From August, poet Maura Dooley will be working with the museum on a number of writing related projects.

Open auditions for Basingstoke Variety Show to take place this month

Basingstoke Gazette:

1:03pm Thursday 10th July 2014

The auditions will take place on Saturday, July 19 in Central Studio at Queen Mary’s College from 12pm until 5pm.

Your Guide to What's On in the area from July 11-17

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:07am Thursday 10th July 2014

These listings include theatre, music, family fun and out & about.

REVIEW: Begin Again

Basingstoke Gazette:

10:28am Thursday 10th July 2014

Begin Again - which was originally titled Can A Song Save Your Life? - sees Carney orchestrate another musical collaboration between emotionally damaged misfits.

It's the last few days of Basingstoke Festival 2014. We take a look at a few of the final events

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

IT’S the final few days of Basingstoke Festival 2014, which culminates with Basingstoke Live in War Memorial Park at the weekend.

100 year-old Thornycroft military lorry to visit the Willis Museum on Friday

Basingstoke Gazette:

5:00pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

SEE a 100 year-old Thornycroft 'J' type lorry outside the Top of the Town's museum this week. 

REVIEW: Bronzes for the World: The Morris Singer Foundry, Willis Museum, Basingstoke

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:36am Wednesday 9th July 2014

THIS fantastically enlightening little exhibition upstairs in the museum focuses on the work of the Morris Singer Foundry, which relocated from London to Basingstoke in 1967.

REVIEW: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:25am Wednesday 9th July 2014

BASED on the book by Cressida Cowell, the 2010 computer-animated adventure How To Train Your Dragon soared tantalisingly close to perfection.

Local kids invited to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge 2014

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

This year’s theme is Mystical Maze, and you can sign up in Basingstoke Discovery Centre any time from July 12.

Special screening of Basingstoke director Geoff Harmer's film Addict to take place this week

Basingstoke Gazette:

1:02pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

Preceding Addict will be a screening of all four episodes of Meat...: The Series from the team at Pork Chop Pictures.

Damon Smith and Brighton Hill's SAM ROLFE, 10, deliver their differing opinions of Transformers: Age of Extinction

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:00am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Five years have passed since the Battle Of Chicago, which provided the pyrotechnic-laden climax to Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.

Win one of five How to Train Your Dragon 2 prize packages!

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:59am Tuesday 8th July 2014

We have five How To Train Your Dragon 2 prize packages, including a T-shirt, keychain, stationery set and Viking helmet game, to give away to Gazette readers.

Your guide to What’s On in the area between July 4 and 10

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10:51am Friday 4th July 2014

These comprehensive listings include theatre, music, family events and exhibitions.


Basingstoke Gazette:

11:20am Thursday 3rd July 2014

Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon star in this comedy about a forty-something woman on the brink of emotional meltdown who embarks on a road trip with her grandmother.

Win a pair of tickets to Basingstoke's Laughter-House comedy club

Basingstoke Gazette: Dominic Holland

7:00am Thursday 3rd July 2014

The club's next event on July 17 features a superb line-up including Dominic Holland, George Egg and Don Tran.

A closer look at what's in store from week three of Basingstoke Festival 2014

Basingstoke Gazette: The Whizzers

6:00am Thursday 3rd July 2014

BASINGSTOKE Festival 2014 is currently in full swing! Hundreds of events are taking place all over the borough until July 13. Here, we take a closer look at some of what's in store in week three.

Find out more about the making of the film version of War Horse in BDC tomorrow

Basingstoke Gazette:

2:30pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Andy Robertshaw will reveal his behind-the-scenes stories, military insight and on-set photographs during a unique presentation marking 100 years since the First World War.

Anvil Trust wins Arts Council England funding for another three years

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:38am Tuesday 1st July 2014

The Trust is included in the list of National Portfolio Organisations published by ACE today, one of only six music organisations in the region to achieve this status.

Artists Rifles Exhibition preparing to open in Basingstoke's Willis Museum

Basingstoke Gazette:

10:10am Tuesday 1st July 2014

It will open in the Market Place museum on July 5.

Anvil Arts awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

2:51pm Monday 30th June 2014

The award is given to establishments that consistently receive outstanding reviews on the TripAdvisor website.

North Hampshire Academy of Dance to perform new show at QMC at the weekend

Basingstoke Gazette: Kelly Hopkins, NHAD's principal

9:56am Monday 30th June 2014

Over 100 dancers from the ages of two to 18 will delight audiences with a variety of solos, duets and group performances of dance, singing and musical theatre.

That Comedy Thing present Edinburgh comedy previews in The White Hart on July 7

Basingstoke Gazette: That Comedy Thing present Edinburgh comedy previews in The White Hart on July 7

7:00am Saturday 28th June 2014

Tickets cost £4 OTD or £3 in advance by emailing

World Party 2014 is one of the key events in week two of Basingstoke Festival

Basingstoke Gazette: The World Stage programme for World Party

2:15pm Friday 27th June 2014

Watch some 20 performances on the Main Stage. Join in 12 free workshops, enjoy international foods and shop at the Global Bazaar.

Your guide to What’s On in the area between June 27 and July 3

Basingstoke Gazette: Joe McElderry

10:27am Friday 27th June 2014

These comprehensive listings include theatre, music, family events and exhibitions.

REVIEW: Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie

Basingstoke Gazette: PREVIEW: Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie

3:24pm Thursday 26th June 2014

FIRST conceived for Irish radio and then as a series of books, the misadventures of feisty Dublin matriarch Agnes Brown (Brendan O'Carroll) transitioned seamlessly from stage to the small screen in 2011 with the birth of the BBC sitcom Mrs Brown's Boys.

Flash Mob tour cancelled

10:11am Thursday 26th June 2014

The previously advertised performance at The Anvil on July 5 will not now take place.

Basingstoke Writers’ Circle annual Open Mic to take place next week

7:00am Thursday 26th June 2014

Local performance poet, actor, and writer of poetry and plays, Bryn Strudwick, will compere the evening's events in South Ham library, Paddock Road, on Tuesday, July 1.

Professor Blast’s Learning Lab launches at Paultons Park

Basingstoke Gazette: Professor Blast's Learning Lab

1:49pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

Boasting interactive work stations, the lab will be exclusively available for schools and uniformed groups, such as the Brownies and Cubs, to book an interactive lab session as part of their Paultons Park visit.

REVIEW: Walking on Sunshine

Basingstoke Gazette: Feelgood fun: Leona Lewis, left, as Elena and Hannah Arterton as Taylor in Walking On Sunshine

12:00pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

Walking On Sunshine sincerely flatters the creative team behind Mamma Mia! by reusing their template for a soapy summertime wedding on sun-drenched Mediterranean shores.


Basingstoke Gazette: REVIEW: Chef

10:01am Wednesday 25th June 2014

Written and directed by Jon Favreau, this uplifting confection works to a tried and tested recipe of triumph against adversity.

July's programme of events at Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Basingstoke Gazette: July's programme of events at Basingstoke Discovery Centre

7:00am Sunday 22nd June 2014

The programme includes craft classes, talks and children's events.

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