NHM Readers Recommend: Free holiday activities for families 2019

In July 2018, a NHM Reader asked: “Do you have a list of free activities over the holiday which includes older siblings?”

Thank you for all your responses, they are listed below in no particular order. All opinions are the readers own and are not that of NHM.

NHM Readers Recommend: Free holiday activities for families 2019

Jools said, “Basingstoke children and families page has loads of free stuff or very inexpensive including things at Westside cc, viables community centre, Popley fields and Streetz which happen across Basingstoke and caters for older children. Things on every day mon-fri.”

Vicky said, “We did pets at home workshop. Had booked both girls in, who are 6 and 9, but my 9 year old backed out my my 6 year old got to hold a rat, bunny and guinea pig which she loved then there was a small activity box to take away with you. There were mainly younger ones but only half an hour and free! You do have to book online though as max of 12 kids. The lady was very knowledgeable.”

Becky said, “Good question. With a 4 yr old and a 12 year old it is difficult to find things on offer that allow both younger and older children.”

Louise said, “Blackberry picking?” Also check out the free sessions at your local Apple Store. They do educational sessions twice a day that you can book on for free. 

Rebecca said, “Hobbycraft do lots of free craft activities which both kids might like. Included slime making today and you take home the slime you make, that is good or bad depending on how you look at it!”

Hannah said, “We took our three (eldest 10/youngest 3) to the splash pad in popley (Chineham Splash Park) today….they all loved it and didn’t want to come home. Normally I struggle to entertain the 10 year old but he came away having had the most fun and asked to go back. Best bit was it costed nothing!!!!! The library are also running various craft bits too.”

Kate said, “A trip out to local woods (such as Micheldever) to go exploring?”

Hannah said, “Check out viable community centre as they have lots going on at the mo.”

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Half-term fun at Anvil Arts Basingstoke

Anvil Arts has some great shows during half-term.  The stage adaptation of Zog, based on the book by Julia Donaldson, will be at The Haymarket on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 May.

Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks

Large in size, and keen in nature, Zog is eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know.  Zog tries so very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three. Luckily, the plucky Princess Pearl patches him up ready to face his biggest challenge yet… a duel with Gadabout the Great!

The production features an original folk score performed live by the actors and colourful puppets which come to life on stage.

Black Magic

On Friday 31 May, kids, tweens, teens and adults alike can enjoy the energetic tribute Black Magic – The Little Mix Show at The Anvil.

Following in the footsteps of the award-winning girl band Little Mix, the show includes lots of added extras including dance competitions, free giveaways and even a meet and greet with the girls after the show.

Featuring the chart topping hits including the most recent releases from the Glory Days album plus Black Magic, Power, No More Sad Songs, Wings, Shoutout to My Ex and even a few covers from their time on X Factor.

For more information, and tickets, call the Anvil Arts box office on 01256 844244, or visit anvilarts.org.uk

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Half-term sure to be eventful in Basingstoke

An intimate pop-up venue which will host entertainment for all ages is coming to Basingstoke for a wide range of activities and performances throughout the February half term.

The Event Box is a temporary indoor venue which will be in the Market Place at the Top of Town in Basingstoke from Monday 18 February until Saturday 23 February. A full programme of free daytime activities for the family will be on offer as well as ticketed events for children and adults in the evenings.

The initiative is being run and organised by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Basingstoke Together, which is the face of the Basingstoke Business Improvement District (BID). The BID’s aim is to help Basingstoke town centre to thrive by creating destination events, engaging with consumers and supporting retailers and businesses.

Lucy Boazman, Chief Executive of Basingstoke Together, said: “We’re so excited to be hosting such a fabulous calendar of events here in Basingstoke at The Event Box. At this time of year, we’re all a little more inclined to stay at home or indoors. However, we want to encourage people to venture out and explore the fun activities which are on offer during this traditionally quieter time of the year.

“We hope that lots of people of all ages will make the most of this fun opportunity to come and join in the fun at The Event Box. We also hope that it helps to cement Basingstoke as a great destination for families as well as visitors of all ages.”

The full schedule includes:

Monday 18th February, 11am – 6pm, The Jurassic Box
Head off on a dino dig to discover T-Rex bones, train your dinosaur and find out about the world when dinosaurs used to roam. Arts, crafts and dino dress up for youngsters.

Credit: Basingstoke Together

Tuesday 19th February, Midday – 6pm, The Bricks Box
Children can indulge their imaginations in a world of LEGO®. Marvel at the amazing brick unicorn made of 37,800 individual elements, take control of the Brick Kingdom or get a selfie in the LEGO brick throne. Play tables also available for children to get creative too.

Credit: Basingstoke Together

Wednesday 20th February, 11am – 5pm, The Art Box
Get messy with Artventurers to make your own creations with glitter, paint and everything in between. Free face painting for children aged three and over.

7pm – 10pm, The Art Box After Dark
A pop-up art gallery will showcase up to 30 new works from local and visiting artists, hosted by THAT Gallery, Basingstoke. Some of the artists will also be on hand to discuss their work. Free to attend but pre-booking is required.

Credit: Basingstoke Together

Thursday 21st February, 11am – 4pm, The Circus Box
A day of circus skills workshops and demonstrations for your budding greatest showmen, as well as puppetry workshops and interactive shows.

5.30pm – 7.30pm, Film Box Kids
The Greatest Showman (PG) 1hr 40mins
£3 per ticket which must be pre-booked

8pm – 10pm, Film Box Adults
Top Gun (15) 1hr 50mins
£5 per ticket which must be pre-booked

Credit: Basingstoke Together

Credit: Basingstoke Together

Friday 22nd February, 11am – 4pm, The Games Box
Test your skills against Miss Pacman, beat your friends at Air Hockey or take yourself back to the 1980’s and try your hand at Space Invaders.

5.30pm – 7.30pm, Film Box Kids
The Lego Movie (U) 1hr 40mins
£3 per ticket which must be pre-booked

8pm – 10pm, Film Box Adults
The Wedding Singer (12) 1hr 40mins
£5 per ticket which must be pre-booked

Credit: Basingstoke Together

Saturday 23rd February, 11am – 4pm, The Tech Box
Test your skills as a drone pilot or take part in a live virtual orchestra. The drone racing is suitable for children who are able to ride a bike as hand-eye coordination is key.

5.30pm – 7.30pm, Film Box Kids
Despicable Me (U) 1hr 35mins
£3 per ticket which must be pre-booked

8pm – 10pm, Film Box Adults
Shaun of The Dead (15) 1hr 40mins
£5 per ticket which must be pre-booked

Some activities will require pre-booking due to a strict capacity restriction. All of the daytime activities will be free of charge although some evening activities incur a ticket cost. More information can be found here: www.basingstoketogether.co.uk

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Train Like a Jedi, Thursday 25th October 2018

Train Like A Jedi fun fitness class taking place at Basingstoke Sports Centre on Thursday in half term, 11.15-12.15.

Limited spaces so booking is advisable.

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Spotlight UK – October 2018 Half Term Holiday Clubs

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Cafe in the Park team up with Pots 2 Paint for May half term 2018

Cafe in the Park in Beggarwood are teaming up with Pots 2 Paint for the half term. We will have plates, mugs, coasters and fridge magnets for the kids to paint from Wednesday- Sunday next week. Will be a great idea for a Father’s Day gift!

More information can be found on Cafe in the Park’s Facebook page
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Families invited to spot the LEGO creatures as Festival Place and Bright Bricks host a fun-filled safari hunt for the Easter holidays

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Families invited to spot the LEGO creatures as Festival Place and Bright Bricks host a fun-filled safari hunt for the Easter holidays

A fun-filled safari park adventure made entirely from LEGO bricks will encourage families to go wild at Basingstoke’s Festival Place this Easter.

The shopping centre will be transformed as more than 20 colourful life-size animals made from LEGO go on display, scattered throughout the shopping and leisure destination.

The sculptures, including an intricately-designed lion, crocodile, ostrich, gorilla, and warthog, will form part of a fun jungle trail designed for families to challenge themselves to find as many creatures as they can to be in with the chance of winning prizes.

People will be invited to share their fun safari pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by tagging @festivalplace and using the hashtag #GreatBrickAdventure

Participants of all ages will be able to take selfies in an authentic safari jeep, and children will be invited to take part in “Make and Take” LEGO workshops, where they will be able to build their own tiger or lion face and take it home with them.

The experience is being brought to Festival Place by Bright Bricks, based in Bordon, Hampshire, which is the only LEGO-certified building company in the UK. The sculptures have been made using more than 1m bricks and the specialist team has spent 6,241 hours building the models.

The LEGO Bricks Safari tour begins on Thursday, March 29 and will run until Sunday, April 8. The drop-in “Make and Take” sessions will take place from 11am to 3pm in Porchester Square on Good Friday and Easter Saturday (March 30 and 31)

Steven Connolly, Centre Director at Festival Place, said: “We are really excited about bringing the LEGO safari tour to the shopping centre and it promises to be a fun few days for all the family to enjoy. Festival Place will be transformed overnight into a mini-zoo of LEGO, so we can’t wait to get it all set up for safari fun over the Easter holidays.

“LEGO appeals to all ages, so we are expecting a high level of interest. The animal sculptures are incredibly life-like and have to be seen to be believed to appreciate the amount of effort and time that has gone into building them.

“We will have animals people might expect on a safari like lions and tigers, and some more unfamiliar ones, such as parrots and spiders. It promises to be a lot of fun and there will be some great picture opportunities.

“We wanted to make it an interactive experience, rather than just a display, so we hope as many families and children as possible can take part in the jungle trail and let their creativity flow in the workshops in Porchester Square.

“With all our shops, restaurants and leisure facilities, it’s a great opportunity for a family day-out over the Easter holidays, for families who live locally and those who come from further afield.”

Children can drop in to the “Make and Take” sessions and no prior booking is required.

For further information on upcoming events at Festival Place visit www.festivalplace.co.uk/safari or find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To watch a time lapse video of the Bright Bricks team making an ostrich, which took four people 200 hours to create using 29,860 bricks, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBqdnQzGxXg

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Pay Once, Visit all year Attractions (plus a couple of free ones)

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Pay Once, Visit all year Attractions (plus a couple of free ones )

Did you know that many attractions are pay once, visit all year? This means if you keep the entrance ticket it allows you to return to the attraction for free in the following 12 months (some have additional terms and conditions such as gift aid).

A recent post on “Buy and Sell Baby/Children’s Bits in Basingstoke” by Sarah-Louise asked group members to help create a list of all the attractions that offer this. We have taken a few of these, investigated the list and added too it.

Milestones – Basingstoke

Silk Mill – Whitchurch

Living Rain Forest – Newbury

Military Museum – Aldershot

F.A.S.T – Farnborough FREE ENTRY

Jane Austens house – Chawton

Winchester Cathedral – Winchester

River & Rowing Museum – Henley on Thames

Historic Dockyard – Portsmouth

Museum of Army Flying – Stockbridge. Annual pass given free if you gift aid.

Hollycombe Steam in the Country – Liphook

Blenheim Palace – Blenheim nr Oxford. Annual pass given free if you gift aid

Oxford Universities Museum – Oxford FREE ENTRY

Natural History – London FREE ENTRY

Transport Museum – Covent Garden

Tank Museum – Bovington

Royal Collection Trust – Various palaces and royal residences. Annual pass given free if you gift aid

Additional Tip – NATIONAL TRUST MEMBERSHIP – Buy through the Scottish national trust. It’s a lot cheaper and you can still go to all the English and Welsh places

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Half Term (Feb 2018) Activities at Pots to Doodle Do

Tuesday-Saturday 10-4 pm
Pottery painting, great time for Mothers Day (11th March) present making!
ALSO
Present making with CLAY!
Wednesday 14th February 10.30-12.30
Making ‘Love Mummy’ plaques and Jewellery dish.
£14 including drink and a snack!

Daddy and children painting sessions also available to give Mummy a break and to create a lovely painted present for her!

Call Tracey on 07900 692858 at Pots to Doodle Do! www.potstodoodledo.co.uk

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Saints Foundation Football Soccer School – February 2018 Half Term

Soccer schools are a great way for children to play Football in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Children will learn a variety of new skills and have the opportunity to make new friends.

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