18. Visit a new park
Pack up a picnic, take your bikes and scooters and explore one of Basingstoke and Deane’s parks and green spaces.
19. Enjoy some movie magic
You’ll find the Vue Cinema in Festival Place and Odeon at the leisure park to enjoy film all year round but if you are a movie lover, check out Exit 6 Film Festival which comes to Basingstoke every September.
20. Take in a show
There is no shortage of venues to take in a show. Anvil Arts has a packed programme across The Anvil, The Forge and The Haymarket. You'll find a variety of shows to suit all ages and interests whether you are looking for comedy, drama or music. Also in the town centre you'll find Proteus Creation Space which has a varied programme including interactive children's shows over the summer and at Christmas. Central Studio situated in the surroundings of Queen Mary's College hosts a wealth of events and performances including comedy, dance, drama, live music, children’s theatre and many more.
21. Visit Viables Craft Centre
Located just outside of Basingstoke town centre is Viables Craft Centre. Here you’ll find a selection of small businesses in workshop style buildings and a tea room. The community centre often runs events including craft fairs. Train lovers will also enjoy taking a ride on a mini train run by Basingstoke and District Model Engineering Society. It makes a great morning or afternoon out.
22. Pamper yourself
Rest, relax and unwind at one of the local spas. You can enjoy a spa day or even a break at Hampshire Court Hotel, have a treatment or spend the day at Beechdown, or enjoy a visit to national award-winning spa, beauty salon and wellness centre, Laurabella. If a spa isn’t your thing then perhaps treat yourself to a haircut or get your nails done.
23. Head out for breakfast or brunch
If you fancy a lazy weekend morning and for someone to cook you breakfast or you fancy brunch with friends, head out locally and indulge. Take a look at our top spots for breakfast and brunch.
24. Enjoy Christmas in Basingstoke
Before we know it the festive season will be upon us again. Basingstoke is a great place at Christmas time. You can enjoy the pantomime at The Anvil or a spot of shopping at Festival Place and The Malls.