Basingstoke town centre has a lot to offer this month, with online community Love Basingstoke at the forefront.

Through October, Love Basingstoke are working with local venues and organisations to host an array of live music, spooky Halloween trail, art and crafts workshops and much more.

Live music from The Haymarket, The Anvil and Proteus Theatre Company can be enjoyed every weekend, with pop up play sessions, Rangoli arts workshops with Kala The Arts and Mandala making and chalk art with local artist Rachel David and Jacky Purtill will be available during half term.

There is also plenty for adults, with the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner's team present to answer any questions during a free bike security event. Here, the police will be offering free bike markings on Wednesday 27th October at the Top of the Town.

A spooky Halloween trail has been created for children and adults around the town, while lantern making with Sarah Thomas Lane and Becky Kitter will available to lift your spirits throughout the day.

Friday 29th October makes way for a performance by Autin Dance Theatre will see the sea giant Eko help inspire the themes of climate emergency and the biodiversity crisis. The opportunity to make a mini Eko out of waste and recyclable materials will take place during the day, before Eko passes through Basingstoke's Top of the Town at 5:00pm.

Cabinet Member for Communities, Planning and Infrastructure Cllr Simon Bound said: “We are delighted to bring residents and visitors a spooktacular range of free activities to enjoy this half term as well as a host of more entertainment for all ages across the town centre.

“Please come along and join in the fun as there really is something for everyone, from arts and crafts, workshops and much more to get in the Halloween spirit as well as a fantastic range of community-led events to celebrate the diversity of the borough during Black History Month and Diwali.”