February Events at Basingstoke Discovery Centre

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Take a look at February's events at the Basingstoke Discovery Centre. 

Flying the Vulcan – a personal perspective

Tuesday 5 February, 2pm / £4

Another opportunity to hear Joe Marsden’s sell out talk from last year. Flying higher than airliners at nearly the speed of sound, manoeuvring at five times the force of gravity and under radar at heights lower than a church tower, Squadron Leader Joe Marsden burned 1000 gallons of fuel per hour in iconic Vulcan bombers and flew through nuclear fallout. He has a wealth of facts and anecdotes of his 29 years in the RAF during the Cold War period. 


Alfred the Great: his life through archaeology, artefacts and places

Tuesday 26 February, 2pm / £4

Find out about the life of King Alfred the Great (probably born around 849AD, died 899AD), thought the places, people and key artefacts associated with him throughout his life.


Adoption and Fostering Drop-in Evening 

Thursday 21 February, 5pm – 8pm / FREE

The Finding Homes for Hampshire Children’s Team are hosting a free adoption and fostering information event. Drop in for an informal chat and they will be on hand to answer any questions and help you take the next step along your journey.


Children’s events

We love Happy Potter!

Saturday 16 February,  Starts 10am /3+/ FREE

Calling all Muggles, Witches and Wizards. Grab your broomstick, dragon* or portkey and come on in for a magical morning of spell-tastic activities. We will be celebrating the one-and-only Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with a craft activity, Dobby’s missing sock trail and much more.

* Dragons must be left outside of the library for the duration of the event.


The Rubbish Monster Thing

Tuesday 19 February: 1pm / FREE

Join Simon Chadwick as he reads his new children’s book, The Rubbish Monster Thing, and other stories he’s written or illustrated. This bright and colourful book packed with rhyme is an exciting book to snuggle up and share. Discovery a story of friendship and waste prevention in this children’s tale. Then take part in some interactive drawing at Simon creates Rubbish Monsters and Litterbugs with the children’s help, and there is also a chance for the children to draw their own. A fun and friendly event for pre-school children and primary-aged children.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

21 February: 1.30pm and 3pm/ ages 2 – 6 / £3.75

The little caterpillar has had a busy week eating all the food in the garden. When it builds a small house and falls asleep something very magical happens…  Come and join in with the magic as Amanda from Merry-go-Round Storytelling brings this classic to life with songs and storytelling and lots of imaginative fun! A 45-minute interactive storytelling workshop. Parents/carers must remain with their children during this session.


Family Chess Coaching

Saturday 23 February, 10am – 1pm / FREE

David Graham and members of the Basingstoke Junior Chess Club will be visiting to offer hints, tips and guidance for complete beginners as well as players with some knowledge and experience.


Learning Libraries 

Create Paint

29th January – 12 March, Tuesdays, 4pm – 6pm /£60

A six week course including two weeks of watercolour painting, 2 weeks of acrylic painting and 2 weeks of mixed media.


Sewing for All

30 January – 13 February, Wednesdays, 9.30am – 1.30pm / £60

A 3 week course.


Get more from your iPad

Tuesday 12 February, 10am – 4pm /£30

A one-day course.