Eastrop Park in Basingstoke town centre is home to a boating lake, a children’s play area and paddling pool. Eastrop Park’s position near Festival Place means you can forget the picnic hamper and enjoy a take out from many of Festival Place’s restaurants. Parking is available on site, with disabled parking bays. The park can also be reached with ease by cycling or walking with pathways throughout the park which are suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. If it’s a hot day you can always cool down with an ice cream or cold drink served from the boathouse.
Black Dam Ponds is a haven for wildlife and has dedicated picnic facilities and free onsite parking. There are plenty of free activities for families to enjoy such as a play area, feeding the ducks and walking trails. The ponds are well connected to Crabtree Plantation which is another great location for a picnic.