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Explore Basingstoke town centre with a fun-filled day of shopping, eating and street entertainment

Spring is in the air and with the latest lifting of COVID restrictions, Basingstoke town centre is ready to welcome you back.

From enjoying a meal or drink with family and friends, exploring the wide range of national and independent shops or taking in a fantastic display of outdoor art, there really is something for everyone.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has been working closely with Festival Place, The Malls and local businesses to ensure visitors can enjoy a welcoming and pleasant experience.

This includes one-way systems, an increased cleaning schedule of public areas, hand sanitising stations and extensive signage reminding shoppers what they need to do to keep safe.

To help everyone get the most out of their visit to the town centre, a dedicated team of friendly town centre ambassadors are on hand to answer any questions people may have and promote the social distancing measures in place.

And a series of COVID-safe outdoor arts and theatrical productions will provide much-needed entertainment across the town centre every Saturday ahead of the start of Basingstoke Festival from Friday 25 June.

To avoid disappointment, visitors are being encouraged to plan ahead of their visit as individual businesses are likely to have new measures in place such as booking systems.

Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cllr Ken Rhatigan said: “It is fantastic to see the town centre buzzing with visitors again following the relaxation of COVID restrictions and I am pleased that more businesses are able to reopen next week.

“As well as a fantastic range of shops, bars and restaurants ready to explore, we have been working hard to organise a full programme of outdoor entertainment in the run up to Basingstoke Festival in June.

“We have been supporting our town centre partners and businesses to keep you safe so please continue to follow the measures in place when you are enjoying everything the town centre has to offer by shopping local.”

For more information about the Top of The Town, visit www.lovebasingstoke.co.uk, The Malls at www.themalls.co.uk and Festival Place’s website at www.festivalplace.co.uk.

Jessica Bave


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