On Saturday we had a fun filled festive day out in Basingstoke. It is so easy to forget that there are some fantastic places to visit nearby. Basingstoke is only 45 minutes from where I live, but not somewhere I particularly think of visiting. Until now that is!
We started our day at Milestones museum. This is a few minutes drive from Basingstoke town centre. Here you step back in time. The boys loved buying a ration book and choosing their sweet ration for the week from the 1940’s sweet shop. Audio guides allow you to find out more about each part of the exhibit. The Christmas decorations were a lovely touch. Wreaths on doors and tall Christmas trees with sparkling lights. There was also a Santa’s grotto for an extra £3.50 a child. Although we chose not to do this, as we already have plans, I really liked that it was subtly advertised. There weren’t big signs everywhere. I find it difficult explaining all his helpers. The boys really enjoyed the museum, and it is certainly worth buying a ration card for sweets and some coins to play the old fashioned games.
Next stop was The Anvil for this years pantomime: Sleeping Beauty. It was good old fashioned family fun. The stars included Sue Holderness (Marlene from Only Fools and Horses) and Katrina Bryan (aka Nina from Nina and the neurons.) There was lots of singing, dancing and slapstick. I even found myself coming home and googling “Pen Pineapple Song.” I am clearly out of touch with the younger generation! The show runs until 2nd January so you still have time to book tickets.
We then had a quick look around Festival Place. Now I know there is a Tiger store there, I will be going back! It was all decked out for Christmas and looked beautiful. Even better, as it was open until 7 we managed to do a bit of shopping before and after dinner and it was pretty quiet.
Our dinner was at Pizza Express and I really couldn’t fault them for being such a family friendly restaurant. Aside from the fact that their food was delicious, they kept the children happy with colour in baubles and hats. My husband and I got to try the Christmas menu and I can recommend the rather huge Cauliflower e Carne Romana pizza.
I made a short video to give you all a taste for our day, and I will be posting more in depth reviews later this week.
Have you visited Basingstoke before? Where do you like to visit at Christmas? To find out what else you can do in Basingstoke this Christmas you can visit In Basingstoke here.