FAMILIES will be in for a treat this Easter half term with a whole range of shows to keep people entertained at The Anvil in Basingstoke.

Kicking things off will be Join Kay Ellis in the award-winning Taylormania at The Anvil on Tuesday, April 6 at 6pm, as she pays tribute to one of the leading contemporary recording artists of our time, Taylor Swift.

Ellis, a self-obsessed ‘Swiftie’, along with an incredible live band and dancers, delivers an authentic recreation of a Taylor Swift show featuring Taylor’s much-loved hits, including Shake It Off, Blank Space, Love Story, You Belong With Me, Look What You Made Me Do, I Knew You Were Trouble, and more.

On Wednesday, April 3, there are two performances of Rude Science! at The Haymarket, at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

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TV Gastronaut Stefan Gates' hilarious, high-tech, explosive family show is packed with science stunts, spectacular experiments, and bizarre props. Expect enormous bottoms, fart machines, snot cocktails, urine-powered fireworks, vast whoopee cushions and vomiting mannequins in this celebration of the fascinating bodily science essential to life. This show, suitable for those aged six and over, transforms complex biology, physics, and chemistry into educational hilarity.

At The Haymarket on Saturday, April 6 at 2pm, is Shark In The Park! The show is suitable for those aged two and over. Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope – but wait, is that a Shark, in the Park!? See all three of Nick Sharratt's best-selling Shark in the Park books live on stage in this fintastic family musical.

On Tuesday, April 9, don’t miss Enchanted Entertainment’s annual Easter Panto at The Anvil. 

Beauty & The Beast stars Lee Latchford-Evans from pop group Steps as the Prince/Beast, Barney Harwood from CBBC and Blue Peter as Gaston, and Steve Royle, a Britain’s Got Talent finalist, as Silly Billy.

The fun-filled Easter panto is packed with great music, dance routines, jokes, slapstick and heaps of audience participation. The tale tells the story of Belle, who longs for romance and adventure, a bad-mannered Prince who is transformed into a Beast to teach him a lesson, and a good Fairy who makes both their dreams come true.

Straight off the TV and onto the stage, Andy & The Odd Socks bring their madcap mix of songs, slapstick and silliness to life at The Anvil on Friday, April 12 at 3pm.

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Featuring a host of popular songs from their much loved CBBC TV series Andy and The Band, children’s TV megastar Andy Day along with Moxy, Rio, Blu, and Cousin Mac deliver an uplifting, fun live performance that has songs for everyone to sing along to, but also has a positive message to be yourself and proud of who you are. Are You Ready To Rock?! is suitable for those aged 3 and over, and is just over an hour long with no interval.

The Amazing Bubble Man makes a welcome return to The Haymarket on Saturday, April 13 at 2pm. Louis Pearl explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and spellbinding tricks. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornados and trampolines, to people inside bubbles, The Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages.

For more information and ticket prices, visit anvilarts.org.uk or give the Anvil Arts box office a call on 01256 844244.