Looking for a family friendly day out? We’ve personally tried and tested our favourite things to do with our families and wanted to share these with you.
Located to the north of Basingstoke near Popley and Chineham is Basing Wood where you can enjoy the vast expanse of woodland all year round. Visit for a crisp wintery walk, den building in autumn, a picnic in spring or butterfly watching in summer. You’ll find three main walking trails, large open spaces and picnic benches. The kids will enjoy a nature play area including swings, rocks to climb, tree stumps to navigate and a large concrete tunnel to scramble through.
Full of interesting wildlife and insects, you may be lucky enough to spot deer, fallow, rabbits or even froglets and the protected great crested newts in the natural pond by the play area.
Enjoy the woodland to get away from it all, rain or shine. Any four-legged friends will have lots of fun too.
Another firm favourite with our families is Crabtree Plantation.
Just minutes from Basingstoke town centre, Crabtree Plantation can be entered via the arch off the A30 between Old Basing and Basingstoke or from Black Dam Ponds car park area. Park in the free car park and you are met with beautiful woods, open fields with fantastic views across the borough. Great for walking, cycling, flying a kite or just take a picnic, stop, relax and enjoy the surroundings and wildlife.
Follow one of the main woodland paths, which is suitable for prams and the land will drop to reveal a children’s play area. From here venture through the nature reserve and the underpass to Black Dam Ponds. Children will enjoy the secure play park, watching the swans and mallards and spotting the abundance of wildlife on the ponds.
If all the fresh air has made you peckish then Black Dam Ponds are within easy reach of Festival Place with all its eateries and amenities. Crabtree is located within easy driving distance to Olivers Fish and Chips, The Street Bakeshop, The Crown and The Bolton Arms.