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Curtain up for Pictures in the Park at new venue

Outdoor cinema will be back in Basingstoke this summer with the return of the popular Pictures in the Park event.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has lined up 10 fantastic film favourites, to be shown on the big screen at a new venue, The Walled Garden at Down Grange, from Thursday 8 July to Sunday 11 July.

Audiences will be treated to a very special outdoor cinema season in the beautiful surroundings of the Walled Garden and for the first time, due to a day-safe screen, there will be afternoon screenings in addition to evening performances, so that people of all ages can enjoy the entertainment which is part of Basingstoke Festival 2021.

Movie blockbusters will include Frozen 2, Wonder Woman 1984, Downton Abbey, Ghostbusters, Bridesmaids, Madagascar, Black Panther, The Incredibles, Back To The Future and get ready for a musical extravaganza with The Greatest Showman Sing-along!

As in previous years, cinema-goers are invited to bring their own deckchairs and a picnic or buy hot drinks and snacks on site. Ticket holders should check the Pictures in the Park website for any updates and wrap up warm for evening screenings.

To ensure that the event is COVID-secure, audience numbers will be limited and safety measures will be in place.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council's Arts and Events Manager Ross Harvie said: “After the difficult time everyone across the borough has faced during the pandemic, we are delighted to be bringing back the popular Pictures in the Park event in the stunning surroundings of The Walled Garden at Down Grange.

“This year, we have a larger selection of great movies to bring some much-needed entertainment to the borough and there really is something for everyone.

“We are looking forward to seeing everyone and I’m sure there will be a fantastic atmosphere as friends and family get together for the outdoor cinema experience. So don’t miss your chance to come along and keep an eye out on the Basingstoke Festival social media channels for regular updates before tickets go on sale in the middle of May.”

Tickets will be priced between £5 and £15, plus booking fee, and go on sale in mid May at https://www.basingstokefestival.co.uk/picsinpark2021/

Find out more about Down Grange at https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/walledgarden

Follow @basingstokefestival on Facebook and @BstokeFestival on Twitter and Instagram.

Jessica Bave


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