Retail – so much more than just shopping

Many of the country’s largest retailers are now offering their customers different experiences while they shop to bring added value to the High Street.

And UK top 20 shopping centre and leisure destination Festival Place in Basingstoke is no different.

The environmentally aware centre kicked off its calendar of events mindfully with a calming two-day live painting experience by a local artist.  

Known for her nature-inspired paintings, Sian Storey created a stunning underwater-themed mural surrounding the centre’s ‘hydration station’ to draw attention to the water refill point and encourage visitors to reuse their water bottles. 

The Refill campaign aims to stop millions of single-use plastic bottles at source each year by offering free water refill stations throughout the UK.  

The retail and leisure destination prides itself on its customer experiences and has planned events including wreath making, cookery demonstrations and craft workshops throughout the year.

Sian Storey