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The Biggest List of Things to do in Basingstoke With Kids

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Daisies in the long grass

If you are looking for summer holiday ideas or family fun throughout the week then this post is for you. We have over 40 things to do in Basingstoke ideas which include attractions and activities.

These are the best places to go with your family throughout the year. Most of these are outdoors but we do have a few indoor activities further down the list.

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Country Parks in Basingstoke


If your family like to hike or even cycle around then here are some local treks that are great for all ages. Most are free but some do charge for parking or for any extra activities they may have onsite. Make sure you have a look at our full list of country parks in Hampshire here.

Wellington Country Park

Odiham Rd, Riseley, Reading RG7 1SP
Wellington Country Park is a 350 acres site that you can enjoy. There is an outdoor center that is chargeable but the rest of the country park is free to explore and have fun around.
Binfields Woodland Park

16 Elvetham Rise, Chineham, Basingstoke RG24 8ET
This woodland is great for the whole family. Walkthrough the trees and see how many bugs you can spot.
Yateley Common Country Park

Yateley GU46 6BE
Mostly flat, Yateley Common Country Park is the perfect place to fish with the kids or bird watch while enjoying a family picnic. Bring the bikes as the ground is mostly flat. They have free parking within easy walk of the park.
Bassetts Mead Country Park

London Rd, Hook RG27 9EH
Bassetts Mead Country Park offers free parking and is a great circular walk. It takes you along the riverfront which is great for spotting fish and other water creatures. Explore the fields and long grass for the local wildlife too.
Walled Garden

Down Grange Sports Complex, Pack Lane, Basingstoke, Hampshire. RG22 4ET
These gardens are about 2 acres with a great pond and stunning flowers. There’s so much history here and it’s a great place for the kids to explore.
Basing Wood

100 Carpenters Down, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9PJ
Explore the local wood and see how much wildlife you can spot. We’ve seen deer and rabbits through the trees on a quiet day. It has a great play area and loads of different walks so you never get bored!
Old Down Woodland Park

49 Firecrest Rd, Basingstoke RG22 5UL
This is a huge green space that can see found on foot from Firecrest Road. It has a small car park next to the community building with a small playground. Walk one of the smaller paths to enjoy the local wildlife. Bring the buggy or bikes as the route is mostly flat.

Walks in Basingstoke

Sky through the trees

If your family love walks or playing in the tall grass then these walks through Basingstoke are for you. Make sure you check out our full list of walks in Hampshire post here.

Russell Howard Park

St Andrew’s Rd, Basingstoke RG22 6PT
If you are looking for somewhere buggy friendly then Russell Howard Park is for you. It’s perfect for scooters or bikes on a nice day and a great place to do circuits.
Basingstoke Canal

Mytchett Place Road,Mytchett, SurreyGU16 6DD
The canal is a lovely 32 mile work that starts in Hampshire and stops in Surrey. The canal passes through rolling fields and beautiful cottages. It’s the perfect play to explore or relax with a great view of the boats that are passing by. There is a picnic area, playground and a tearoom onsite. There’s loads of parking and it’s a great place for the whole family.
The War Memorial Park

Basingstoke RG21 3AE
This is a lovely big park that has loads of mature trees and different walks to explore. You can relax throughout the park, enjoy the bandstand. Get the kids to bring their bikes or scooters as there is a skate park to enjoy too.
Crabtree Plantation

London Rd, Old Basing, Basingstoke RG24 7HB
This used to be part of the Hackwood Estate. The woodland is full of lovely trees and there’s loads of different footpaths you can take to explore. Why not visit to explore the local wildlife? See how many butterflies you can spot and how many off the beaten paths you can find.
Basingstoke Common

Redbridge Ln, Old Basing, Basingstoke RG24 7HB
Basingstoke Common is a huge area that is great for spotting the local horses. It’s a lovely picturesque location and a great place for the kids to run around. There is a playground close by and loads of different walks for the whole family.
Watership Down

Ecchinswell, Newbury RG20 9AA
With free parking and and great cycle paths, Watership Down is full of ancient history and rolling hillsides. Take the kids for a picnic and a run around. This is a great day out for the whole family.
Silchester Roman Walls

Silchester, Reading RG7 2HP
This is a great quiet attraction that you only know about if you’ve found it. The car park is little but all the trails are clearly marked and great for all ages. The amphitheater is a short walk from the car park and is a real sight to see. The paths can be rocky though so make sure that everyone has good shoes on.
Black Dam Ponds

Basingstoke RG21 3QR
These ponds are a great place to spot wildlife like ducks and fishes. There are plenty of places to have a picnic. Go for a lovely walk through the trees or around the ponds to fully explore the local area.
Hatch Warren Park

1 Holst Cl, Basingstoke RG22 4JA
This is a great place for the whole family. Enjoy the local playground and the local fields. The local community normally runs loads of local events so make sure you check out their website too.
Sherfield Park

Rockbourne Rd, Sherfield on Loddon, Hook RG27 0SR
Sherfield Park has a huge football pitch for the kids and has a great space for the whole family to relax in.
Eastrop Park

Eastrop Ln, Basingstoke RG21 4QB
This has a great boating lake, tree trail and children’s play area. The field is a great place to meet friends and family.
Alice Holt Forest

Farnham GU10 4LS
This is a family favourite of ours. There are different walking trails depending on the terrain. You can bring your bikes and dogs on leads. There’s a great playground and why not see how many of the Gruffalo sculptures you can spot too?
Millfield Nature Reserve

Old Basing, Basingstoke RG24 8AE
This is a lovely place to spot wildlife and go for a great muddy walk.
Popley Community Park

Basingstoke RG24 9NU
This has two playgrounds and loads of places to have a picnic. There is plenty of parking and a field to enjoy the nice weather.
Hoddington Park

15 Weston Cl, Upton Grey, Basingstoke RG25 2RX
Hoddington Park is a huge mansion that has sweeping fields and gardens.
Down Grange Meadow

Basingstoke RG22 5SN
This beautiful site is made up of lovely fields and wildlife. Visit with your wellies and enjoy a long walk through these sweeping hills.
Beggarwood Park

RG22 4WS
This is a big open space that includes a big playground, outdoor gym and a number of footpaths to explore.

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Basingstoke Trails

These trails are great self-guided tours that you can explore with the whole family.

Basing Trail

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Kempshott and Pardown Trail

Skate Parks in Basingstoke

Basingstoke have loads of amazing skate parks! If you are looking for more skate parks in Hampshire then read our post The Biggest List of Skate Parks in Hampshire.

Basingstoke skatepark

Ringway South, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 3QR
Basingstoke skatepark is a free to use metal concrete park that is fully outdoors. It’s great for all types of rider as it has back and front runs with flat banks at either side.
Chineham skatepark

Longstock Cl, Chineham, Basingstoke RG24 8WR
Chineham Skatepark is a huge skatepark that has mini ramps, pipes, flat banks, jump boxes and ledges. This is a great skatepark for beginners to intermediates. It’s surrounded by a huge field with a forest and has a small car park.
Mill Field Skatepark

Mill Field Lane Nature Reserve, Off Bartons Lane, Old Basing, Basingstoke, RG24 8AN
This is a free metal skate park that has a tarmac base. It has a quarter pipe and funbox.
Oakley skatepark

Station Rd, Oakley, Basingstoke RG23 7HD
Made up of wooden ramps, this small slate park has a ramp and funbox.
Tadley skatepark

Tadley Common Rd, Silchester Rd, Tadley RG26 3PX
This is a concrete skate park that has a quarter pipe and funbox.

Museums in Basingstoke

Windmill through the grass

If it’s a rainy day or you want a family day out with a difference then try one of these Basingstoke museums. Have a look at our free list of museums throughout Hampshire here.

Milestones Museum

Basingstoke Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke RG22 6PG
Milestones Museum is about 10 minutes from Whitchurch but is a great family-friendly museum. Run by Hampshire Cultural Trust, the Milestones Museum walks you through our history on cobbled streets and through the vehicles we’ve used and the shops we used to visit. This is really is a living history museum that lets you explore and interact with the past.
Willis MuseumOpen all year round, this is a local working museum with galleries on local archaeology and natural science. Learn more about Basingstoke and the history around you through the ages.
Whitchurch Silk Mill

28 Winchester Street, Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7AL
Whitchurch Silk Mill is a 19th-century watermill that weaves English silk fabrics. The mill is believed to be the last surviving example of silk weaving by hand. The weaving sheds show what it would have been like to work over the looms and how, in time, production grew and how it changed.
Basing House

The St, Old Basing, Basingstoke RG24 7BH
There is so much to do at Basing House. Discover and explore the ruins and visit the gardens and gatehouse. It’s great for a picnic spot or an explore on a Winter’s day.
Curtis Museum

Curtis Museum at High Street, Alton GU34 1BA
Open all year, Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5pm, the Curtis Museum houses a collection by Dr William Curtis and his associates in the local Mechanics Institute. The museum covers 100 million years of history and displays include prehistoric tools, Roman pottery reconstruction, Saxon burials, the Battle of Alton 1643 and the notorious tale of Sweet Fanny Adams.
The Vyne – National Trust

Vyne Rd, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
This is a National Trust site so you do need tickets but it’s so worth it. You have the huge house to explore and the gardens as well. Take a picnic and enjoy this great local day out.
Basingstoke Miniature Railway

The Harrow Way, Basingstoke RG22 4BJ
This has a free car park and free entry to the railway. There is a charge to ride the trains but it’s so worth it when you see the kids faces.
Highclere Castle

Highclere Park, Highclere, Newbury RG20 9RN
Highclere Castle, the base for Downton Abbey, is a huge house that is steeped in history. Make sure you get to really explore the gardens as well.
The Manor House

Church Street, Upton Grey, Basingstoke RG25 2RD
Make sure you visit the huge gardens that are in full of bloom in the summer.

Castles in Basingstoke

These are the best castles in Basingstoke. If you looking for more in Hampshire then have a look at The Best Castles in Hampshire.

Odiham Castle

North Warnborough, Hook RG29 1HQ
Also known as “King John’s Castle”, this is located right by the Basingstoke canal. It’s a great place steeped in local history that the whole family can enjoy together. It’s free to visit too!
Calleva Artrebatum Roman Town

Silchester, Reading RG7 2HP
This ruined castle is a great fortress that the kids can run around. Let them explore the history and the green space throughout these runes.
Stratfield Saye House

Reading RG7 2BZ
Set in the beautiful grounds of Wellington Country Park, this house is full of history. This is a good day out for older kids as the house walks you through what it was like to live there many years ago.

Laura x

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Here are the biggest list of things to do in Basingstoke with kids. Enjoy the museums, country parks, walks and days out, regardless of the weather by Laura at Things To Do In Hampshire With Kids

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