All you need to know about Basingstoke
Set within the beautiful Hampshire countryside with green spaces and walks galore. It has shops, restaurants and many parks. there are 75 state schools in the region, making it an ideal spot for a family home. it’s notably well-connected too, with easy access to the M3 and M4, and direct trains taking you to Waterloo in just 47 minutes and to Southampton and the south coast in just 33.
A little bit of history
Contrary to popular belief, Basingstoke is not a new town. It’s actually a very old market town, and can be traced to 1214 in the Domesday Book.
Basingstoke is packed with every shop you could possibly need. To make your life easier, head to Festival Place, where you’ll not only find every major high street name, but bars, restaurants and a cinema complex too. Visit the open-air market on Market Place.The surrounding towns of Hook, Overton, Whitchurch and Tadley also have plenty to offer by way of shops.
Things to do
Basingstoke is home to two major entertainment venues: The Anvil, which attracts some pretty big names in the entertainment world, and the Haymarket Theatre – a great place to take in a play or a musical. There are also two major cinema complexes and plenty of facilities for the more sports-minded individuals, including an ice rink, driving range, gyms, astro-turf pitches and swimming pools.
Eating and drinking
There are cafés, bars and restaurants to suit every taste and occasion in Winchester, whether it’s grabbing food on the hop or enjoying a slap up meal Our tip would be to check them out for yourself, and then try something a little different by visiting OctoberFest. It’s Basingstoke’s very own German beer and food festival, which is held at the Milestones Festival site every October.
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