Basingstoke Wellbeing Walks welcome people of all ages to join regular, short walks in their own communities. These free walks are led by trained volunteers and enable you to explore locally, get a bit fitter and meet new people.
For those that love to hop on their bicycle for some exercise check out our cycling guide for some inspiration or a new route.
Other ways to save on food
Download the Too Good to Go App to find unsold food from businesses that you can purchase at a good price. It also helps you rescue food so it doesn’t go to waste. OLIO works in a similar way allowing local people to offer up leftover food for free. Although both are aimed at reducing food waste, they can also help your purse too.
Join the Lunchbox Leftovers revolution. Cook in bulk at dinner and have for lunch the next day, waste less and save money.
There are 19 community pantries across Hampshire with three in Basingstoke and Deane. They provide access to discounted food. They offer access by membership where, for a small weekly contribution, members receive food to a significantly higher value.
Basingstoke Foodbank provides free emergency food and toiletries to local people in crisis.
Each week day there is at least one centre open for two hours morning or afternoon. All locations and times are on: www.basingstoke.foodbank.org.uk.
Save on things you would buy
To save on clothes take a look at the Community Wardrobe which runs from The Roger Morris Centre. There you can swap clothes or pick up something for a small fee. There are also a number of charity shops in the town centre and surrounding villages which often stock clothes. For school uniform see if your child’s school runs a second hand uniform shop.
When the kids get bored of their toys we often think about taking a trip to the nearest toy shop to buy new. But by buying second hand or borrowing we are not only saving pennies but the planet too. There are a number of marketplace groups where you can pick up toys for much less than buying new and some for free. There are also two toy libraries in the borough – one at The Roger Morris Centre and one in Tadley. Here you can borrow toys to take home for a small fee.
If you have an item that’s broken take a visit to one of the repair cafes to see if they can fix it before forking out on a new one. You can find them monthly in Overton. The North Hampshire Repair café visits Sherfield on Loddon, plus Odiham and Hartley Wintney which are just outside of the borough.
If you are looking for a new bike then St Michael's Hospice charity shop, with the help of the Recycle Bike Hub, refurbish bikes ready to continue their life with another rider!
In need of new furniture? You’ll find a furniture shop in Chineham run by St Michael’s Hospice where you can buy something pre-loved.
If you are in financial difficulty, please do seek help. You can contact the local branch of the Citizens Advice Bureau via the website.
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January 2023, updated August 2023