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Top things to do in Basingstoke and Deane

Summer is here and we thought it would be a great time to put a spotlight on some of the wonderful attractions in the borough, from shopping to family adventures and beautiful spaces to get outdoors and closer to nature. Take a look at the list below and start planning your next adventure!

Festival Place

For the perfect day shopping and located close to junction 6 of the M3 and Basingstoke train station, Festival Place is a vibrant 1.1 million square feet shopping centre in the centre of Basingstoke. Home to more than more than 200 brands including M&S, Next, Rituals, H&M, Jack & Jones, Fat Face, Apple, Pandora, Schuh and Superdry, there are also lots of brilliant independent businesses that bring something completely different to the mix. Check out vintage comics and action figures and retro games at Kushti Comics, and homeware and gifts at Rosie Rose and Fig & Fox. For a bite to eat, you'll find more than 20 mouth-watering eateries and for entertainment take a look at Vue multiplex cinema and Flip Out trampoline park.

Bombay Sapphire Distillery tour

The ultimate day out with friends or adult family members, tour the historic distillery at Laverstoke Mill in rural Hampshire. Here you can unveil the care, skill and artistry behind every drop of Bombay Sapphire. 

Photo credit Bombay Sapphire Distillery

4 Kingdoms Adventure Play and Family Farm

Relax and have some family fun at 4 Kingdoms Adventure and Farm. There really is something for all ages and it features over 20 different areas that your children can enjoy including the animal barn, outdoor soft play, electric and peddle go karts, laser tag, baby train and a large train, tractor ride, toddler village and lots more.

The Vyne

A former Tudor powerhouse turned 17th Century family home, set in gardens, woodlands and wetlands, The Vyne is a great day out as a couple or with the family. During your trip you can enjoy lunch in the café or ice cream in the garden. 

Whitchurch Silk Mill

Whitchurch Silk Mill is the UK’s oldest working silk mill and a gem of industrial heritage located on the River Test. You can enjoy lunch or a coffee at the mill’s café or take a short stroll into Whitchurch for refreshments.

Credit Whitchurch Silk Mill

Active Nation: Atmosphere Trampoline Park

A great one for all the family and for all weathers! Book in to Atmosphere and enjoy over 80 Trampolines, Half Pipes, Walk the Wall, Air Bag, Dodgeball and Basketball. Sessions for toddlers and those with special educational needs (SEN), parties for all ages and fitness classes for over 16s!


iFLY Indoor Skydiving in Basingstoke is the perfect destination for a day out with the whole family. Enjoy your most unforgettable flight ever in the super smooth 14ft wind tunnel. Located on the Leisure park just out of the town centre so you’ll find plenty of free parking together with places to eat. You can also combine your trip with a visit to one of the other venues on the park.


Milestones Museum

Kids will love a day out at Milestones Museum, Hampshire’s museum of living history. Walk the cobbled streets and head to the sweetshop, pub or take a walk around the vintage vehicles. Change up your coins for some old school pennies and enjoy the traditional working penny arcade. Children are fascinated with how the games work. Pre-book admission tickets online and make use of the pay once, visit all year!

Basing House

Basing House is perfect for the history lover, explore the nationally important ruins and grounds of the largest private house in Tudor England, which suffered at the hands of Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War. Keep your eyes peeled on the website for lots of events planned during the year.

Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery

Since 1984, the Willis Museum has been housed in this impressive early Victorian building that was once Basingstoke’s town hall. Here you can find out all about the history of Basingstoke along with enjoying one of their temporary exhibitions. Located in Basingstoke town centre so you can combine a visit here with a spot of lunch or shopping or enjoy a stroll at the nearby Eastrop or War Memorial parks.

Enjoy outdoors

There are also some wonderful places to explore outside in the borough and soak up some amazing views.

Head out to Beacon Hill iron age hill fort for views over the North Wessex Downs or Crabtree Plantation for views of Basingstoke town centre.

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Please note the inclusion of any business within this listing should not be seen as an endorsement of their services. Whilst the information is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of the information.

June 2024

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