Basingstoke has something for everyone. It’s easily accessed from the M3 and by rail and is both urban and rural, relaxed and bustling. So you can be sure to find a great day out no matter what your preference. If you want to entertain the kids, engage the whole family or take along your four-legged friend, Basingstoke has something for you.
Wear out the kids in Basingstoke at Atmosphere Trampoline Park. Find it on the way from Old Basing to Basingstoke. Sessions run for all age groups and abilities, from families to participants with additional needs. Cool on a hot day and under cover on a rainy day, a couple of hours of trampoline jumping ticks all the boxes for kids.
With features to engage everyone from toddlers to grandparents, Milestones is Basingstoke’s jewel of a museum. It’s easy to park and with lift access to different levels the museum is accessible to the whole family. Educational, nostalgic and fun, the centre reanimates different eras of British life. Visit the sweet shop and penny arcade. There’s a programme of activities running through the year and your entrance is valid for a whole year.
As a National Trust property The Vyne in Basingstoke welcomes dogs on leads. From the gardens to wilder surrounding grounds, there’s lots of walks for dogs and owners alike to enjoy. The grounds include regular benches from which to admire the view. You’ll also find one of the most dog friendly cafe options in Basingstoke here, with a coffee kiosk and cafe both with outdoor seating.
In Basingstoke, you can quench your thirst for adventure without even leaving the town, by visiting the iFLY centre. Easily accessed by car or public transport, the centre offers indoor sky diving, VR paragliding, freedom climbing and snow sports. So Basingstoke can give you the sense of adventure that you’d previously have had to travel overseas for.
Centrally located in Basingstoke, Eastrop Park may not be your first thought as an ideal outdoor day out. If it’s wild countryside you want, then you’re spoilt for choice around Basingstoke itself. However, if you want to fill your day with activity then it doesn’t get better than Eastrop Park. The park encompasses a boating lake, play area, paddling pool, tree trail and trim trail. The balancing pond of the River Loddon which runs through Eastrop Park includes a pond dipping platform for nature lovers.
Rainy days and swelteringly hot days can send us all looking for indoor activities in Basingstoke. Sitting next to each other in the leisure park west of Basingstoke town centre are a plethora of indoor options. Planet Ice, the Aquadrome and Hollywood Bowl all sit together, meaning that there’s always an option. Ice skating, fun swimming and bowling – or even fill the whole day with all three!
Anvil Arts is the largest performing arts organisation in Hampshire, and it runs three venues in Basingstoke. The Anvil concert hall, Haymarket theatre and Forge studio. So from classical music to performance and engagement, Basingstoke is a real cultural destination. Activities are not limited to performance, with education and outreach programmes sitting centrally to the Basingstoke community.
To get up close to history, Basing House in Old Basing includes a museum, activities and ruins. Explore the ruins of the site, the remaining great barn and walled garden to imagine life in Tudor Basingstoke. Within the walled garden sits the Basing House museum where you can learn all about the dramatic events which took place on the site.
From adventure to history, fresh air to taking cover, Basingstoke days out are varied and plentiful.
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