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Places to visit in Basingstoke
The Willis Museum (Free entry) (approx 0 miles from town centre)
http://www.hants.gov.uk/museum/willis
Open  Mon – Fri 10a.m. – 5p.m.
           Sat 10a.m. – 4p.m.
Tel: 01256 465902

Situated in the Market Place at the Top of Town, Basingstoke.

Admission is free!

Travel back in time and experience some of the major changes that have created the Basingstoke that we know today.
Eastrop Park (Free entry) (approx 0 miles from town centre)
This area was originally wetland and the river Loddon still runs through the centre of the park. The park is particularly popular in the summer, providing a range of activities including rowing and paddle boats for hire from the Boathouse Café. During the summer there are other events including band concerts, Punch and Judy shows etc. The nature trail which starts at the Boathouse, follows a circular route via the Crabtree Plantation and Black Dam Ponds. Also, a cycleway runs through the park connecting the Town Centre to Old Basing.
The War Memorial Park (Free entry) (approx 0 miles from town centre)
This is an 18th century park which was established as a public amenity in 1927. The park contains extensive woodland and many mature specimen trees. In addition to the many sport activities catered for within the park, the Basingstoke Carnival is based at the park in mid-summer. Other events take place during the year including a hot air balloon festival, a fireworks festival, dog shows, cross country and various children’s entertainment. The current programme of improvements includes a new aviary, play area and further landscaping.
The Anvil (approx 0 miles from town centre)
http://www.theanvil.org.uk

Tel: 01256 844244

Cafe/bar opening times: Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 - 14:30
    (food orders taken 12-2pm)

The Anvil is situated in Basingstoke town centre.

Prices vary according to the performer – see website for further details.

The Anvil, Basingstoke is the leading arts venue for the South of England

Great music - live!
Black Dam Ponds (Free entry) (approx 2 miles from town centre)
The ponds act as a flood control and provide a haven for wildlife, particularly water fowl. This attractive area has picnic facilities and is popular for feeding the ducks and swans. The path at the eastern end connects under a subway to the nature reserve managed by Hampshire Wildlife Trust and on to Crabtree Open Space.
JJ's (approx 2 miles from town centre)
http://www.jjsplay.com
Open: 9a.m. – 6:30p.m. 7 days a week
Tel: 01256 350544

Located at:
  Unit B, Morse Road
  West Ham Industrial Estate
  Basingstoke
  Hants RG22 6NE

Admission Prices:
  Approx £2.50 Under 5’s
    £3.50 over 5’s

JJ’s is Basingstoke’s largest indoor play centre. Features demon fire freefall slide; 3 lane wave slide; 8 cannon splat zone; ride the surf; run the ball canyon; 140 seat café; dedicated toddler area; rainbow astra slide; magic ball juggler; plus much more fun for all the family.
Crabtree Plantation (Free entry) (approx 3 miles from town centre)
The main entrance to Crabtree from the A30 is through the Bolton Arch, which is a listed building. Car parking is available at this entrance. There is a woodland area with wildlife and paths running through it. This leads on to a large open space managed by the Hampshire Wildlife Trust. There is an open grass area running down to a nature reserve which is popular for leisure activities, especially in the summer.
Milestones Museum (approx 2 miles from town centre)
http://www.milestones-museum.co.uk
Open  Tuesdays – Fridays 10 a.m.- 5p.m.
           Saturday & Sunday – 11a.m. – 5p.m.
Tel: 01256-477766

Milestones is only 3 miles from the M3, Jct. 6, on the Leisure Park off Churchill Way West in Basingstoke.

Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) is £16.50.

A trip to Milestones is an ideal family visit with lots to see and do in a safe, warm child-friendly environment. Explore the cobbled streets and old fashioned shops, with a surprise around every corner.
Basing House Ruins (approx 3 miles from town centre)
http://www.hants.gov.uk/museum/basingho/index.html
Open from April – September, Wed – Sun 2 – 6p.m.
Tel: 01256 467294

Basing House is situated in Redbridge Lane, Basing, Basingstoke, RG24 7HB

Admission is £2 for adults and £1 for children.

Once the country’s largest private house, now you can visit the earthworks and ruins of Basing House destroyed in the Civil War.
The Funhouse (approx 3 miles from town centre)
http://www.funhouse.tv
Open  Mon – Thurs. 10a.m. – 6p.m.
           Fri – Sat. 10a.m. – 7:30p.m.
           Sun. 10a.m. – 5p.m.
Tel: 01256 471066

The Funhouse is located at Argent House, Daneshill Industrial Estate, Basingstoke

Admission Prices:
Babes in Arms free
School Days – 4 years and under - £2.70
  5 years and over £3.45
Weekends & holidays – 4 years and under £3.20
  5 years and over £3.95

Basingstoke’s Premier Indoor Adventure Playground. A whole world of fun for 0-12 year olds set on 4 levels with it’s own 80 seat restaurant, food and drinks, you are sure to have a fantastic time.
Stratfield Saye House (approx 8 miles from town centre)
http://www.stratfield-saye.co.uk
Open from 6th July – 1st August 2004, weekdays at 11.30a.m. and weekends at 10.30a.m.
Tel: 01256 882882

Stratfield Saye House is situated one mile west of the A33halfway between Reading and Basingstoke. It is easily accessible from Jct. 11 of the M4 and Jct. 6 of the M3.

Adults £7, Children £3.50. These are weekend prices, weekday prices are reduced.

Stratfield Saye House was bought for the 1st Duke of Wellington in 1817 as his country house. The family still live there.
Access to Stratfield Saye House is by guided tour only, however, visitors may explore the gardens, grounds and exhibition at their leisure.
Wellington Country Park (approx 11 miles from town centre)
http://www.wellingtoncountrypark.co.uk
Open daily from 10 a.m. (check website for further details)
Tel: 0118 932 6444

Wellington Country Park is on the Hampshire/Berkshire border between Reading and Basingstoke. It’s just off the A33 on the B3349 and is easily accessible from the M4 (Jct.11) and the M3 (Jct.5)

Adults £4.80; Children £2.50 (Family ticket – 2 adults and 2 children is £13.50)

A wealth of enjoyment with lots to see and do; a wonderful place for walking; an ideal destination for children with safe play areas; beautiful nature trails and much more to interest and educate.
Wellington Country Park has all the ingredients for a fantastic day out with barbeque and picnic areas, adventure playground, crazy golf, sandpit, animal farm, fishing lake, café, coffee and gift shop.
Marwell Zoo (approx 27 miles from town centre)
http://www.marwell.org.uk
Open daily from 10 a.m.
Tel: 01962 - 777900

Price for a family of 4 is £37.50. Discount applies if you book in advance. See website for further details.

Marwell Zoo is easily located from the M3 at Jct.11 and is well signposted thereafter.

A great day out for all the family, one you’ll want to repeat again and again.
Legoland Windsor (approx 33 miles from town centre)
http://www.legoland.co.uk
Opens daily at 10 a.m.
Tel: 08705 040404

Legoland Windsor is situated on the B3022 Windsor/Ascot road. It’s clearly signposted from the M3 (Jct. 3) and the M4 (Jct. 6).

Adult prices are £23 and Child prices are £20 (prices vary – see website for further details).

New for 2004 – Jungle fever hits Legoland as the new Jungle Coaster is unveiled. Also there are great offers on annual passes and the new Fun Pass. Have a great family fun day out.
Thorpe Park (approx 34 miles from town centre)
http://www.thorpepark.co.uk
Opening times vary throughout the year between 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Tel: 0870 444 4466

Price for a family of for approx. £75 (see website for further details)

Thorpe Park is within easy reach of the M25 Exit at either Jct 11 or 13 and follow signs via the A320 to Thorpe Park.

If you want fear, Thorpe Park will satisfy your twisted cravings. They’ll take you to limits you didn’t know existed.
Paultons Park (approx 36 miles from town centre)
http://www.paultonspark.co.uk
Opens daily at 10 a.m.
Tel: 0123 8081 4442

Attracts over 550,000 visitors each year
Situated just off Exit 2 of the M27

Price for a family of 4 is £48. Children under 1 metre go free. (see website for further information on prices)

Paultons Leisure Park on the edge of the New Forest offers a great family day out with over 50 different attractions and rides included in the price. The variety of things to do and see includes thrilling and gentle rides, dinosaurs, museums, animated shows, play areas, exotic birds and other fun activities for all ages.
Chessington World of Adventures (approx 43 miles from town centre)
http://www.chessington.co.uk
Opens daily at 10 a.m.
Tel: 0870 444 7777

Chessington is situated just 12 miles from London on the A243 just 2 miles from the A3 & M25 (Jct. 9 or 10)

Family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children under 12 is £52 (see website for further details and offers)

Chessington offers non stop entertainment the minute you walk through the gates. There’s a guarantee that all members of the family will be satisfied with their day out.
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