Things to do at home
Visit your local library to sign up for The Hampshire Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge, and take some books home to enjoy. The theme this year is Sport.
To keep the little ones entertained in the garden, you could visit The Entertainer in Festival Place, Smyths Toys in St Michaels Retail Park or Bee Muddy Mud Kitchens online for garden toys.
There are a number of holiday clubs running over the summer. SCL Holiday club offers varied activities for children aged four to 12 and has locations across the borough including Hatch Warren Community Centre and Castle Hill Primary School. TNT Family Fitness holiday clubs run 31 July to 25 August at Winklebury Junior School.
For sporty kids take a look at Gol Elite Summer Camps perfect for children aged four to 12 years. They run from 24 July to 1 September at Testbourne Community School and Basingstoke Soccer Centre. Totally Tennis run tennis and multisport camps for those aged four to 14.
There are a number of one or two day events happening that you can check out!
Enjoy a fun weekend of arts and crafts activities, live theatre, music, dance, storytelling, poetry and live music at Whitchurch Children's Festival 2023 on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July.
From 25 to 28 August Carfest will be back at Laverstoke Park Farm. Enjoy seven festivals in one with cars, music, Starfest, Kidsfest, Spafest, Adventurefest, Foodfest and Retrofest.
The Summer Market at Basing House will run on 27 and 28 August. You’ll be able to browse stalls for gifts, artisan items and local made produce in the wonderful historic setting.
As part of this year’s National Garden Scheme open days you can visit Bere Mill on Monday 28 August and explore over five acres of gardens.
If you aren’t local or are visiting relatives and are looking for somewhere to stay whilst here, take a look at our list of local hotels and B&Bs. Oakley Hall Hotel has some offers for the summer. Their Summer Sizzler Dinner, Bed and Breakfast package runs until the end of September 2023 and as part of this offer dogs can stay free during August so they can come too!
Take a look at our guide to Summer Fun in Basingstoke town centre for details of what's on each day and don't forget to check the What's On for autumn events.