There are no shortage of things to do in the local area, this list should keep you and your loved ones entertained and occupied…
A stunning National Trust property, this glorious Tudor home provides you with sprawling gardens, a picnic lawn beside the lake and a range of walking trails. If your youngsters are interested in animals and creatures, the Woodpecker Trail will be of interest while many others will be delighted to walk in the same grounds that inspired authors like Jane Austen. There is a play area for under 10s next to a tea room and gift shop.
You can find a boating lake, tree trail, trim trail, children’s play area and a paddling pool in Eastrop Park. The Park has been awarded the Green Flag Award for 2018 to 2019.
The River Loddon runs through the park, feeding into a balancing pond in the wildlife area. Many birds inhabit this area including a kingfisher which can be seen hunting along the river.
A programme of events run throughout the summer, they are advertised in the What’s On guide on the Destination Basingstoke website. (www.destinationbasingstoke.co.uk)
This historic Georgian park has an attractive parkland landscape of mature trees and garden features, including a woodland walk and aviary. It also has a bandstand, play area, BMX/skatepark, sports pitches and all-weather tennis courts run by Totally Tennis. Due to its high standards, War Memorial Park has been awarded the Green Flag Award for 2018 to 2019.
The Crabtree Plantation is a nature reserve just minutes from Basingstoke town centre, with beautiful woods, a play area and open fields for fantastic views, great for walking, cycling and flying kites!
Immerse yourself in the past at Milestones, Hampshire’s museum of living history. Explore the museum’s streets, shops and buildings to discover how people used to live, buy a ration of sweets from the 1940s sweet shop, view the unique collection of vintage vehicles and have a go in the penny arcade!
Located at Basingstoke Leisure Park is a fun swimming pool for all the family with flumes, bubble pools, rapid rides and a toddler’s area, there should be something for everyone. There is also a gym, and a café when you need to rest and recuperate.
At the ice arena there are public skate times as well as lessons for all levels of skaters, including for ice hockey and a range of classes and planned activities. There are also various ice shows put on though the year. Birthday parties can be booked and there is a restaurant for refreshments.
On the same Basingstoke Leisure Park as the Aquadrome and Planet Ice is Hollywood Bowl for bowling and Odeon cinema as well as various food outlets.
An indoor soft play centre for when the weather isn’t so good. Enjoy the pirate ship themed play equipment, with lots to do for your little ones. There is a 4 lane astro slide, 4 ball cannon play park, twist and straight tube slides all on a multilevel play frame. Open 7 days a week.
A large indoor trampoline park with plenty of free parking and a café in the viewing area. It has over 80 trampolines, plus the UK’s first Half Pipe, a Walk the Wall area as well as Dodgeball and Basketball. They offer all inclusive sessions for people with a disability, daily Mini Jump sessions for toddlers, Family Jump sessions for siblings up to age 12 and DJ Jump nights!
Located in Festival Place in the town centre. The arena has an incredible selection of trampolines, crazy stunt boxes and the UK’s first ninja tag assault course, 10 interactive climbing walls, 2 massive cyber tower courses, stunt boxes & trick park, battle beams, foam pit, burger diner/cafe, 3 birthday party rooms, state of the art arcade and soft play area.
If you and your loved ones are keen to test your skills on the water or want to take to the open seas, this is an excellent activity centre. With dinghies, kayaks, canoes and even the chance to build your own raft as a team-building and family bonding exercise, this is a centre that will keep you busy all day and talking all summer long. Located in Sandhurst, half an hour from Basingstoke.
A wonderful 140-acre wildlife park for a great family day out, home to hundreds of animals from endangered Amur tigers, snow leopards and white rhinos to giraffes, hippos and penguins. Located near Winchester.
Set within 22 acres of stunning countryside, the Hawk Conservancy Trust is an award-winning visitor attraction and offers a full day out for all ages. With world-class flying displays throughout the day, and many other activities in between such as a young explorers trail, play area and tractor rides. Located near Andover.
No matter how much free time you have or what constitutes fun to you and your family, there are many things to do all year round in Basingstoke.
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