A ONE-stop shop to repair rather than replace goods is one of the highlights of a week of activities getting underway on Saturday.

Basingstoke Green Week is set to make a return this year, with themed events, activities and special offers taking place.

Running from Saturday, 22 September to Sunday, 30 September, the week will look to highlight all things green in and around the borough.

One of the new activities for this year is a repair café for visitors to get their broken or damaged items and get them repaired as opposed to buying new ones.

The repair cafe will be set up in the Basingstoke Makerspace in Maritime House, New Road, and will have volunteers from Basingstoke Makerspace as well as members of Basingstoke Shed which is a communal workshop society for people in the town.

The cafe will be open from noon to 4pm on Sunday.

People looking to take part and try their hand at repairing goods can bring their broken items, which can include clothes, laptops, PCs, toasters, lamps, hair dryers and bicycles.

Tools, materials, and expert advice from volunteers will be available on the day.

The team is also looking for more volunteer repairers and anyone who can help with setting up of a website and Facebook page as organisers are hoping to make the repair café an ongoing base.

A repair café in Farnham, which has been operating for three years, has had 1,837 visitors, repaired 675 items, diverted 2.14 tonnes of items from landfill, and made a reduction of CO2 of 18.92 tonnes.

The repair café is one of the many events that will be taking place over the Green Week, backed by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

This year, there will be a green market taking place in The Malls on Saturday where charities and independent businesses will be showcasing all things green in the borough.

Other events that will be taking place over the week include beer tasting at Longdog Brewery, a tour of the energy recovery facility in Chineham, a pond dipping exercise with local wildlife experts and a leisurely cycle ride.

Many of the activities are free, though some will require a small cost and others need to be booked in advance.

For more information about Basingstoke Green Week and the events and activities going on, go to basingstoke.gov.uk/green-week.