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Anvil Arts is the largest performing arts organisation in Hampshire. We are an independent charitable trust that operates three fantastic cultural venues in Basingstoke.

The Anvil, our 1,400-seat venue, is renowned as one of the top 5 concert halls in country. Within the same building is The Forge – an intimate 100-seat studio theatre. In the heart of the town centre is our 400-seat theatre, The Haymarket, set within a Grade II listed building.

Anvil Arts creates a year-round programme encompassing the best in music, performance, cultural education, arts participation, and outreach work.

Since opening in 1994, we have sold over 5,000,000 tickets, and brought audiences to Basingstoke from as far afield as Argentina, Iceland, Canada and Japan.

We take the customers' experience very seriously. 95% of customers have rated their visit to Anvil Arts as either 'Very Satisfied' or 'Satisfied' for two years in a row, and we have received the Certificate of Excellence for customer service for six years in a row.

We are proud to bring world-class artists to Basingstoke, and we ensure that the people of Basingstoke have access to the highest quality musicians, artists, facilitators and practitioners, and we exist to empower people of all ages in the community to celebrate and engage with their own creativity. (30,000 young people from our local community perform on our stages every year.)


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There is no earthly reason why Basingstoke Anvil should be one of the greatest nights of a tour. But it just is, every time.
Dara Ó Briain

30,000 local children and young people perform on our stages each year

Find out all the ways we engage with our local schools to deliver musical and cultural education
Working with Schools