This Saturday, as part of our festive day out in Basingstoke we visited Milestones museum. I had visited the museum with the children around 4 years ago but they were too small to remember it. I wasn’t really sure whether it would interest them or not, but to my surprise, they all loved it.
Basically it is a step back in time. Here is a display in the Co-Operative shop.
Even as a 40 year old, I was picking things out from my childhood. Old fashioned school desks, blackboards, toys from when I was a child. I imagine it is a place that Grandparents love taking children too.
You can get an audio guide to tell you about the exhibitions and the boys really enjoyed using these. It was amazing the amount of facts that they picked up and told me about.
There are two things I would highly recommend you do if you are visiting. Firstly, buy the children a ration card at the entrance. These are £1 each and contain a card and coin. At 12 o’clock, the traditional sweet shop opens and the children can get their weekly ration. The boys loved choosing their sweets and watching them being weighed out on old fashioned scales.
Secondly, buy some old coins. This can be done using a change machine. £1 will get you 10 old coins and these can be used on all the old style games.
The boys were shocked by how basic the puppet shows were, and loved playing the table hockey and horse racing games. I think by spending a little bit extra, you really will get more out of your trip.
A trip around Milestones isn’t a whole day activity. More like a couple of hours. There is a picnic room that you can use and a coffee shop if you would prefer to purchase food.
As it is Christmas, the place was tastefully decorated. Wreaths on front doors and Christmas trees in the streets. There was also a Santa’s Grotto for an additional £3.50 a child.
We all really enjoyed our visit to Milestones museum and I don’t think it will be our last.
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We received complimentary entry as part of our press trip to Basingstoke.