WIN a Family Break to the first ‘MADE IN BASINGSTOKE’ Festival!

Basingstoke is set to become Hampshire’s cultural capital this summer, when the town’s creativity is celebrated in its inaugural “Made in Basingstoke Festival” , a jam-packed extravaganza of events catering for all tastes and age groups.

Running from 14th July to 13th August 2017 and comprising of four themed weeks entitled Create, Taste, Discover and Make, this family-friendly Festival will showcase the town’s talent through a programme of daily activities to be staged at key attractions, shops, museums and shopping centres across the town.

Discover image courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection

One lucky reader and their family will win a weekend away during the Festival’s “Taste” week including an overnight stay in a family room at the Apollo Hotel on the 22nd July, including breakfast and full use of the property’s leisure complex. Apollo is a four star hotel situated in Basingstoke, Hampshire. Just five minutes from Junction 6 of the M3 and twenty minutes from Junction 11 of the M4, making it the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding area and enjoy the Made in Basingstoke Festival. Guests can relax in one of the 125 comfortable ‘home from home’ bedrooms – all with superfast free Wi-Fi – and enjoy a choice of two restaurants offering fresh and tasty menus, as well as the cosy Library Bar. Apollo Hotel also has an indoor pool with waterfall, spa pool, sauna, and steam room, plus a gym and beauty rooms offering a range of luxury treatments.

Included in the prize winning weekend is a delicious Jane Austen themed cream tea at the Red Lion Hotel to celebrate the 200th anniversary of author, who was born in the area. Families will be treated to scones and cream, sandwiches, cakes and fancies plus a glass of bucks fizz for mum and dad.

A three-course dinner at Pizza Express in Basingstoke’s Festival Place and the chance to visit ‘The Taste Market, filled with fresh local produce in The Malls shopping centre featuring live demonstrations by well known TV chefs, Phil Vickery and Jean-Christophe Novelli completes the prize.

Coinciding with the Festival is a great free new trail for families called ‘Sitting with Jane. The trail and  associated app comprises 24 Jane Austen ‘Book Benches’, each designed and painted by a different professional artist.

To be in with a chance of winning this great family prize, just answer the first two questions in the magic widget box below. There are more chances to win by completing the other entry options if you so wish – they’re entirely up to you!
NB – the prize MUST be taken the weekend of the 22nd July – make sure you’re free before you enter!
The closing date for this competition is midnight 16th July 2017 and only entries received on or before that date can be included. The winner will be the first randomly chosen entry. Good luck!

‘Made In Basingstoke’ Weekend Away

Author: Laura

A 70's child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in (gulp) 2004. I like huge mugs of tea. And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. #healthyeater When I grow up I am going to be quietly graceful, organised and wear lipstick every day. In the meantime I *may* have a slight butterfly-brain issue.

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  1. I would be the most popular mother and wife if I were to win this prize.

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  2. my kids would adore this adventure as they never had one before.

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