Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Wote Street, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7NW

Contact: 01256 844244



The Haymarket is run by Anvil Arts, the largest performing arts organisation in Hampshire, serving a region which stretches across central southern England. Anvil Arts is known for its diverse programme that ranges from classical, rock, pop and jazz concerts to drama, comedy, dance and more. At The Haymarket Anvil Arts presents productions by renowned touring theatre companies offering many opportunities for English and Drama students to visit the theatre. The Anvil Arts programme also includes children’s shows for our younger audience members.  Please visit our website for information on future events:

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

The Haymarket presents a wide ranging performing arts programme and offers opportunities for educational trips for all school ages and abilities across a wide range of subjects.  There is often a special rate for student groups available at performances relevant to schools and colleges. Group reservations can be held until up to one month before the performance date and there is no deposit required at the time of booking. The Haymarket is in the town centre of Basingstoke and only a ten minute walk from the station. There is a coach drop-off point at The Haymarket.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Dependant on the performance. Pre-performance talks might be available for some performances.

Backstage tours and familiarisation visits available. Please contact the Group Booking Assistant to arrange a visit.

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What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

Depends on the performance, please contact the number above.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Photography or any type of recording is not permitted in the auditorium.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Anvil Arts can provide you with a risk assessment document ( which includes information about The Anvil building and states our health and safety policies and recommendations. The Anvil is also available for viewing and making assessments prior to your group visit which we highly recommend. To arrange a visit please contact the Group Booking Assistant.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Please contact the Group Booking Assistant if you have any queries.

What does it cost?

Dependant on the performance.

Free leader ticket per 10 students and other group discounts available at selected performances.

Is specific clothing required?


Do you have first aid on site?

All Duty Managers and other key staff are qualified first aiders.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

Drinks and snacks are available at the bar. If you plan to have your packed lunch at one of our venues please contact the Group Booking Assistant to see if we have facilities available on the specific day.  

Are there disabled facilities?

There are a four wheelchair spaces available in The Haymarket, two at Stalls level and two in the Circle.  The Circle level at The Haymarket can be reached via a lift. Accessible toilets are also available.

The Haymarket is equipped with infra-red hearing enhancement systems for use with headsets or portable induction loops available from the stewards’ point.

Please let us know at the time of booking if any of your group members have specific access needs so that we can ensure you have suitable seats and can make arrangements if necessary.

What are your opening days and hours?

Box Office Opening Times:

The Anvil is open Monday – Saturday 10am to 6pm (excluding Bank Holidays) and later on performance evenings.

The Haymarket opens 1 hour before every performance and on Saturday 10am to 2pm.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

“Thank you very much! We all had a fantastic time and the kids loved it!
Thank you for making it all run so smoothly.” Hook Junior School

“I just wanted to thank you on behalf of all of us from Treloar School.
 All of us really enjoyed the pantomime , the students thought it was fantastic .
The staff thought you were amazing.” Treloar School

“Thank you so much for the wonderful play we watched yesterday.The children really enjoyed it and they loved meeting the actors after the performance.” Brockhurst School

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

Group information pack and risk assessment on the website: 

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Crafts Performing Arts Workshops Theatres Team Building

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Citizenship Drama English History Music

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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