Basingstoke Festival… 2013

Starts tomorrow!! There will be over 100 events happening in the Basingstoke area during the next couple of weeks. I’ve had a closer look at the webpage and it looks fab!

Click here for more details:

They say:

“Basingstoke Festival was created in 2012 to showcase the wealth of talent and community spirit in the borough. Back for a second year, the festival offers a choice of over 100 events to experience including drama, music, dance, comedy, film, historic walks and family fun taking place in over 30 venues across the borough.

Why not wander through Overton and take in over 400 individual scarecrow characters or dip in to a performance of local dancers taking part in Dear Lido around the town centre! Building on the success of 2012, this year’s festival features a packed programme including indoor and outdoor and free and ticketed family friendly events such as World Party at Eastrop Park, Alice in Wonderland at The Vyne, Elvis Costello at the Anvil, Chas n Dave at The Haymarket, community Shakespeare and finishing with the hugely popular free music festival Basingstoke Live.”

Alton Teddy Bear Festival 2013

Jane sent me a lovely email asking me to let you know about the Alton Teddy Bear Festival which will be on Saturday 22nd June from 10am to 4pm at the Alton Assembly Rooms…

This one!

This is the first year of operating the event and we are hoping for great things.

The event will have the feel of a summer fete, family event, Bear Festival to ensure that there is a large and varied range of clientele. We are planning to have a bear restoration team at the event, a second hand bear adoption agency, story time and individual make & take workshops for adults and children, amongst many other stands with dedicated bear designers and makers.

We are also very fortunate to have Paddington Bear attend the event to celebrate his birthday with us. He will be attending as part of the Medical Active Research charity ( who help save and change the lives of sick and disabled children in the UK.

For more details please see the poster: Poster V2

You can also find more details on the Facebook page:

Picture for Alton

Pirate Fun Day: Wednesday 29th May, Half Term

Pirate Fun Day POSTER

Pirate Fun Day



Wednesday 29th May 2013, 9.30am – 3.30pm, Chineham Village Hall, Basingstoke

Only £20 per child, for children aged 4 to 12 years old

Beat the boredom this school holiday!

  • Learn A Pirate’s Jig
  • Walk the plank to win the gold
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Script work from ‘Peter and the Neverland Pirates’
  • Polly Parrot Collage Competition
  • Games
  • Face Painting (£1)

And More…!

For further details email:


check the website for more details:

Basingstoke Mothercare Expectant Parent event

We’re holding exclusive Baby & Me Club expectant parent events in over 130 Mothercare stores across the UK from Sunday 19th May to Sunday 26th May 2013. These events will give you a great opportunity to hear invaluable advice from our in store experts and learn more about key parenting topics to prepare you for your baby’s arrival. You can bring a guest with you so please bring along your partner, mum or friend.

The Basingstoke Mother event is on Monday 20th May from 6.30pm to 8pm.

Unit 4 Wallop Drive, Kempshott, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG22 4TW

Tel: 01256 363737

We will be giving advice on:

  • Car safety and car seat fitting
  • Pushchair and pram choices
  • Essential nursery furniture, cot mattresses and the latest sleep safety advice
  • Toys, play and baby development during the first 12 months


  • We’ll also have midwives, health visitors and other health professionals in many of the stores holding these events. The professionals are on hand to talk to you about feeding and any questions that you may have about parenting
  • British Red Cross trainers will be in selected stores providing essential first aid information to expectant parents. Lazy Daisy and MamaBabyBliss will also be in selected stores offering information on baby massage and baby yoga
  • Our trained bra fitting experts will be on hand for personalised advice and bra fittings
  • A gift bag will be given to all mums-to-be that attend
  • And it’s also a chance to meet other mums-to-be

A Children’s Easter Extravaganza

Playdays are hosting a Free Easter Event to be held at Cornerstone Nursery on Priestly Road (near the Post Office Headoffice, just past the hospital). It’s on this Sunday (24th March) from 2pm to 4pm at the Nursery and is free entry. You will also receive a £1 entry ticket for Playdays on Easter Sunday. For more information please call on the number listed in the poster.

I’m hoping to be able to make it along on Sunday, so I might see you there!

Playdays Easter Extravaganza



The Olympics in Basingstoke/North Hampshire

Olympic Games: 27th July to 12th August

Paralympic Games: 29th August to 9th September

It’s not long to go until the start of the Olympics. If you haven’t been lucky enough to get tickets there are lots of activities happening in and around North Hampshire, so you can still join in all the fun!

The Olympic Torch is spending more time in Hampshire than in any other county and will be coming through Basingstoke on the 11th July.

I understand that several schools have given parents the right to take their children out of school to see the Torch, if they write and request this in advance. It looks like it’s going to be a popular day so have a look at the website for recommendations on the best places to see the Torch.

Large crowds and heavy traffic are expected in parts of the towns the torch will be visiting, so it is recommended that you plan ahead. To see a detailed map of where the torchbearers run in Basingstoke and for information about transport, parking and local torch celebrations, please check HERE.

If you don’t get a chance to watch the Olympic torch come through Basingstoke, there is the opportunity to “Watch the Games at Winchester Live”. Winchester Cathederal Outer Close will play host to a giant outdoor screen showing live BBC coverage throughout the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The screen is one of only 16 community live sites in the country. Winchester Live is open daily from 10am to finish. Why not take a picnic along. For more information click HERE.

There are several other events happening throughout Hampshire such as:

  • Exhibitions, talks and films
  • Olympic inspiration in Hampshire schools
  • Hampshire Welcomes the World
  • “Rings”

For more details about anything to do with the Olympics in Basingstoke and North Hampshire, click HERE.

If you have been lucky enough to get tickets to the Olympics and are planning to take a baby with you, please be aware of this potential issue about counterfeit slings: Parents urged to be wary of counterfeit baby slings as Baby Slings Mandatory for The Olympics “Babes in Arms” Tickets

Hope you have a great time, with or without tickets. I’m very excited and can’t wait!

How to keep all the family entertained during Easter

I blogged about the Hampshire Culture-All Passport last year. It’s such a great idea as it allows you free entry into many sites in Hampshire for 12 months and is a bargain price of £75.

Normally that includes entry for 2 adults and two children but they have a brilliant offer on for the whole of April which allows two adults and FIVE children to get unlimited access to top Hampshire attractions.

So if you are wondering how you are going to keep the family entertained for the whole of Easter, this is the answer!

The Culture- All Passport gives you unlimited access for 12 months to the following sites:

and unlimited free parking at these paid-for parking sites:

They also have a free Easter website which has details about Easter entertainment and events in Hampshire:

You can purchase a Culture-All passport here or find more details from my previous post: Culture-All Passport.

Family Friendly Festivals 2012

I read an article recently which prompted me to do some research on this year’s Festivals that are appropriate for little children. I know that festivals aren’t everyone’s thing but if you are interested in taking your little one along, you should be able to find something appriopriate below. Note that there is a festival in Hampshire in July which is appropriate for children. Now, let’s hope the weather catches up with the idea that summer’s on it’s way!!!

Wychwood Festival, 8-10 June,

The Eden Festival, 15-17th June,

Blissfields Festival 2012 (in Hampshire!), 29th June – 1st July,

Cornbury, 29th June – 1st July,

Larmer Tree festival, 11th to 15th July,

Latitude Festival, 13th to 15th July,

The Deer Shed Festival, 20 – 22nd July,

Lollibop Festival lollibop is the only festival where all the entertainment is for children. August – date TBA,

Chatterbox Shows – Planetarium shows for chatty people!

This looks SO brilliant! I can’t wait till my little one is a little bit bigger so I can take her to one of these.

Winchester Intech Science Centre Chatterbox Shows

Mondays , 5 March, 14 May, 11 June 2pm & Monday 2 April (during Easter holidays), time tbc.
They say:

“It’s natural for younger children or those with special needs to want to call out when they come into the planetarium. They like to share the experience, ask questions or just call out with surprise and amazement.

We normally ask visitors to watch quietly so that everyone can enjoy the show without distraction. But here is a show with a difference:

All the stars with no shushhing!

Come along to a Chatterbox Monday show and we promise not to shhhh you up*! It could get a little noisy but it should be great fun for the chatty ones. Shows are charged at our normal rate.

We’re currently running “Secret of the Cardboard Rocket” (30min) in this slot as it is the most child-friendly of our shows and the least likely to scare or overwhelm younger children. However, please do be aware that some children under 5yrs don’t enjoy planetarium shows, especially those scared by the dark.

If you’d be interesting in seeing other shows in this slot, please let us know!”