Basingstones

This is such a brilliant idea!! Well done Rachel for setting this up!!!!

Basingstones

Whilst being away for a few days with the family, we came across a fab craze in Dorset which I think our children here in Basingstoke and Hants will absolutely love.

I have set up a facebook group called Basingstones.

 

Everyone can join in the fun, young and old, and anyone in between. You just paint a stone, write ‘Basingstones’ on it and hide it somewhere. Perhaps in one of our lovely parks here in Basingstoke, by a bench, under a tree, anywhere you like. The idea is that someone will find your stone and smile. It may even brighten their day! Hopefully they will post a photo on our facebook group page so we can all see how far our stones travel. Then our Basingstone finder can either re-hide the stone, or keep it and replace it with a new stone.

You can paint the stone however you wish, perhaps with a pretty pattern, a fun cartoon character, an inspirational quote or an artistic design, for example. Sharpie pens, permanent markers, nail polish, paints and varnish all work really well.

It is encouraging us as a family to get outdoors, be creative and spread some joy.  It has certainly kept us busy and entertained this half term break and without damaging the bank balance.

I hope everyone loves the concept as much we do and gets involved and has some fun.

Enjoy! x

https://m.facebook.com/groups/476782099372115

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Saints Foundation Football Soccer School – October 2017 Half Term

Details for the soccer school at Everest Community Academy that will run over October 2017 half term.

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Season Tickets to local attractions in North Hampshire – updated 2017

I’ve recently just invested in a Season ticket for a local attraction. I wanted somewhere that was near to Basingstoke, that we could just pop into after work or when my husband is at work on the weekend.

Paying for entry to attractions can be very expensive, but if you find somewhere that you like, and you know you will visit maybe once a month, it makes sense to invest in a Season ticket.

You also get discounts and extra perks with most Season tickets. I am planning to get a season ticket for a different place each year, so we don’t get bored of the same places.

This is an exceptionally long post. Sorry about that! It was really difficult to know what to include, so I’ve tried to include the key highlights and the costs. Hope you find it useful!

Updated September 2017

Wellington Country Park

Wellington Country Park Season Tickets

How long is it valid for?

Valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.

Under 3’s go free.  

Not only do you receive ‘unlimited access’ to the Park but also a whole host of other benefits…

2017 Season Ticket Benefits

  • UNLIMITED ADMISSION to Wellington Country Park during normal opening hours
  • 3 FREE train ride vouchers for each Annual Pass holder, with all subsequent rides only £1.00 each
  • 5 FREE hot drink vouchers for Adult Annual Pass holders only
  • 3 FREE day passes for Adult Annual Pass holders only
  • FREE PARTICIPATION in all of their in-house events – excluding Christmas and additional ticketed events
  • MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTER to keep you up to date of what takes place at the Park

Please note: Terms and Conditions do apply. For full details, please see ‘Terms and Conditions’ on their website.

How much does a Season Ticket cost?

2017 Prices  

Adult (16+) £74.00
Child (3-15)   £60.00
Children 2 and under FREE

Please Note: Don’t forgot that when your child turns 3 years old, they will need their own Annual Pass

Finkley Down Farm

Finkley Down Farm Season Ticket

An Annual Pass enables each person purchased free admission to the farm park for 1 Year from date of purchase. Ideal for a short visit even after school for a quick play on the playground or all day in the holidays.

Also if you purchase a pass before your child turns two they are free the duration of your pass.

There is also a Childminder’s annual pass, details can be found on their website.

Please note: Terms and Conditions apply.

Person Type Monthly Direct Debit (Online Only) One Off Payment
Family (4 persons) £24.00 £260.00
Adult £7.00 £75.00
Children 2 – 16 Years £6.00 £65.00
Children Under 2 Free Free
Senior Citizen £6.00 £65.00
Student Student ID Required £6.00 £65.00
Disabled + Unnamed Carer Disability Proof Required £6.00 £65.00

Beale Park

Beale Park Season

Season tickets will soon be available to purchase on-line. In the meantime, please read the options on how to buy a season pass below.  A season ticket to Beale Park is fantastic value, offering:

  • Access to the Park for one calendar year from the date of application.
  • 10 train rides during the course of your season ticket
  • Subscription to the Park’s electronic news updates

…and, by becoming a season ticket holder, you are actively supporting the conservation projects that Beale Park undertakes, as well as contributing towards the care of the animals.

It’s easy to join. Simply print out the form on the website and bring it with you to the Beale Park ticket office where, on payment, a photograph will be taken and your application processed, enabling your season ticket to be produced.

How much will it cost

Adult Season Ticket – £48  

Senior Citizens (60+) – £38.00  

Child Season Ticket – £34  

Registered Disabled + Carer – £48  

Family Season Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) – £135  

Terms and Conditions apply

Bucklebury Farm

Bucklebury Farm Park Membership

Why not become a Farm & Deer Safari Park member and enjoy access to the farm and deer park throughout the 2017 season? An ideal opportunity for numerous short visits either after school, school holidays, rainy days, to visit the animals, go round the deer park on a tractor, safari or deer expedition, have a stroll or just for the children to let off steam!! All our park attractions are included in the price with the exception of special events. Joining costs you the equivalent of around £5 per month. Make six visits and then go FREE!

The membership includes a 10% discount on group party bookings for 2017. This can be used for birthday parties but also your children’s class (only one discount per class can apply!) at school – well worth mentioning to your children’s teacher. We also offer all season ticket holders a very special 20% discount in Woody’s for ten visits – great for breakfasts, family lunches or just coffee and cake with friends (excluding special event menus).

How much will it cost

Adults – £60

Children & OAPs – £54

Disabled/helpers – £46 each

Many Down Farm

Many Down Farm Season Tickets

Season tickets are valid for unlimited visits during all 4 2017 events. Easter lambing, May Half Term, Summer Maize Maze (Plus all weekends in September), & October Pumpkin Carving

Front Entrance Price Online Discount Price
Adult £37.50 £37.00
Child £37.50 £37.00
Senior Citizen £35.50 £35.00
Under 2’s £0.00 £0.00
Family Tickets Front Entrance Price Online Discount Price
Family of 2 Online Only £73.50
Family of 3 £107.50 £107.00
Family of 4 £137.50 £137.00
Family of 5 £167.50 £167.00
Family of 6 £197.50 £197.00

Terms and conditions apply. Details on entry.  

4 Kingdoms Adventure Park

4 Kingdoms Adventure Park Annual Pass

Enjoy their 12 Special Events through the Summer Season for the price of 6: Purchasing an annual pass costs less than the equivalent of 6 visits over a twelve month period.

You can visit 4 Kingdoms 7 days a week throughout the year: An annual pass runs for a full twelve months from the date of purchase.

“Try Before You Buy”: When you go to 4 kingdoms on any day and buy day tickets for you and your family, if you buy an annual ticket before you leave you will have your day ticket refunded (T&C’s Apply).

An Annual Pass gives you 10% off your child’s special birthday party event at 4 Kingdoms: Choose from any of their special themed birthday parties and get 10% off the price.

An Annual Pass gives you 10% off their magical Christmas Event: Join them for a magical Christmas family experience and get 10% off the ticket price.

Visit 6 times And Every Other Day Is FREE!

Single – £59.90

Family of 2 – £115.00

Family of 3 – £165.00

Family of 4 – £210.00

Family of 5 – £250.00

Birdworld

Birdworld Membership

If you are a regular visitor to Birdworld then why not become a Birdworld member. Their members enjoy many benefits including:

Unlimited Visits – As an Annual Pass holder, you can visit Birdworld as often as you like, be it for half-an-hour or a full day. Just show your pass with photo at the Information Desk on arrival, thereby avoiding any queues at Admissions on busy days.

E-Newsletters – Their regular newsletters will keep you up-to-date with happenings within the Park, so you’ll hear all about new arrivals amongst the birds, fish, reptiles and animals on the farm, seasonal activity in the Gardens, and generally be aware of what’s going on around Birdworld. You may opt to receive this via E-mail.

Annual Pass Holder Events – You can join their team for exclusive events at Birdworld, which are only available to our pass holders. This includes our annual supper evening, which you can enjoy at no extra cost.

Discounts & Special Offers – Annual Pass Holders are eligible for a 10% discount on any purchases from the Gift Shops (excl. foods), and 15% discount on Birdworld Birthday Parties. You will also receive special prices for our Santa’s Winter Wonderland. When buying your pass you will also receive a one off 10% voucher to use on many products at Forest Lodge Garden Centre.

If you are still not sure, then visit Birdworld for the day and they will be pleased to refund the cost of that ticket against the pass if you decide to join on the day.

Pass type 1 year
Adult £55.95
Child £46.95
Pre-School Child (3-6 years) £29.95
Disabled Child £35.95
Concession (Senior citizens, students and disabled adults) £46.95
Family: 2 Adults & 3 Children £185.00
Family: 1 Adult & 3 Children £135.00
2 Adults Joint pass £99.95
2 Concessions Joint pass £89.95
Carer £19.95

The Hawk Conservancy

Hawk Conservancy Membership

By becoming a member you can be an invaluable part of our mission while enjoying as many visits to the Hawk Conservancy Trust as you like – not to mention many other benefits throughout the year.

Participating Member:

As a Participating Member, you can visit the Trust as many times as you like in one year and support our important conservation work. You’ll also receive:

  • invitations to our exclusive Members’ Evenings;
  • discounted tickets for your guests;
  • three HawkTalk newsletters;
  • and our Annual Review.
Adult £55
Joint (couple) £105
Child £24
Family (two adults and two children) £140
Extra child on a family membership £18

Conservation membership and life membership are also available with additional benefits, details of which can be found on their website.

Terms and conditions apply to all membership packages.

Other Passes or Season Tickets

The Living Rainforest review on NHM (The standard admission price entitles the purchaser to an Annual Ticket, which allows free entry for one year, so keep your receipt!) NOTE: the prices have increased since the review and can be found on The Living Rainforest’s website.

National trust

Culture Trust Membership

Merlin Pass

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Competition!!!! FREE tickets to Don’t Dribble on the Dragon!!!!!

Competition for FREE tickets to “Don’t Dribble on the Dragon”

Prize: 1 x pair of tickets for the winner to see the show at The Haymarket on Tuesday 11 April at 2.30pm.

Question: Who wrote Don’t Dribble on the Dragon?

Answer: Please share this post from NorthHantsMum FB Page AND email your answer to the question above to “competitions@anvilarts.org.uk“.

Closing date for the competition is Friday 7th April.

Don’t Dribble on the Dragon

Tuesday 11 April 2017 2.30pm

The Haymarket 

The People’s Theatre Company presents Don’t Dribble on the Dragon, by Steven Lee, at The Haymarket on Tuesday 11 April at 7.30pm

Tom is a toddler with a cool older brother, a secret dragon… and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop! When Tom’s endless drooling threatens to tear the brothers’ friendship apart can their dragon’s amazing magic help them put it back together again or will it only end up making things worse?

Based on the new book by Steven Lee, and with magic designed by the late Paul Daniels, this spectacular musical adventure about growing up and the importance of family is the perfect feel good show for big-hearted adults and loving little ones alike.

Tickets for Don’t Dribble on the Dragon are priced £12 (includes £2 booking fee).  Suitable for ages 2 and over.

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

This competition is in no way affiliated with Facebook.

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Age limits for National Attractions

Thank you very much to Shona for this BRILLIANT post!!

Age limits for National Attractions

London

Free for everyone

Natural History Museum

Science Museum

Museum of Childhood

Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

Free for Under 3’s

Coca-Cola London Eye

Shrek’s Adventure – London

Sea Life – London

London Zoo

Free for Under 4’s

Warner Bros Studio Tour

Madame Tussauds

The View from the Shard

Free for Under 5’s

Buckingham Palace

Tower of London

South East

Free for all children

Hillier Gardens

The Willis Museum

Free for Under 1 metre

Paultons Park

Free for Under 2’s

Finkley Down Farm

Manydown Family Fun

Miller’s Ark

Beale Park

The Living Rainforest

Bucklebury Farm

4 kingdoms Adventure Park

Free for Under 3’s

Chessington

Legoland

Thorpe Park

Birdworld

The Hawk Conservancy

Marwell Wildlife

Weymouth Sea Life

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Wellington Country Park

Free for Under 5’s

Milestones Museum

Basing House

The Vyne

North West

Free for Under 2’s

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Free for Under 3’s

Legoland Discovery Centre – Manchester

Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Blackpool Tower

Sea Life Blackpool

Sea Life Manchester

Free for under 90cm

Gullivers World

Scotland

Free for Under 3’s

Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary

Sea Life Loch Lomond

Free for Under 4’s

Landmark Forest Adventure Park

Ireland

Free for Under 3’s

Sea Life Bray

South West

Free for Under 95cm

Flambards

Free for Under 3’s

Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park

Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Longleat Safari Park

Free for Under 5’s

Cheddar Gorge

North East

Free for Under 1’s

Seven Stories – only £2.50 for 1 – 3 years

Free for Under 3’s

Sea Life Scarborough

Free for Under 4’s

Flamingo Land

Free for Under 5’s

Jorvik Viking Centre

The Midlands and East Anglia

Free for Under 2’s

Drayton Manor Theme Park – Only £6 for ages 2 – 3 years

Free for Under 3’s

Alton Towers

National Sea Life Birmingham

Sea Life Great Yarmouth

Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary

Warwick Castle

Free for Under 5’s

National Space Centre

Wales

Free for Under 3’s

Oakwood Theme Park

Llangollen Steam Train

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Things to do w/c 17th October 2016

I can’t quite put into words how grateful I am for all of the messages I received yesterday after I posted that I was cancelling the NorthHantsMum 2016 Christmas Expo. I was a blubbering mess by the end of last night!!!

Thank you very much for all of your messages of support. I am feeling very humbled at how many of you have messaged me, confirming that I’ve made the right decision. I am very, very, very lucky and so blessed to have such AWESOME support. Thank you.

It was a very difficult decision but I know it’s the right one. I still want to raise funds for the “Mum’s safe bench” but not at the cost of my sanity and my relationship with my loved ones! I do want to say an extra special thank you to Tina for putting all of the promotional material together for the Expo. I feel very guilty that it’s not going to be used but I do appreciate all of Tina’s time on this.

I also want to say an extra special thank you to Abigail. I know it’s ended very badly but I am very grateful that you’ve got the site to where it is and that you put so much time and energy into my vision. One day I hope I will be able to repay you for all of your hard work.

I’m pleased to say that the site looks like it’s back and stable for the time being, so hopefully I will be able to post every day this week.

I will do my very best to get posts ready for half term, but Miss NHM and I are off to Germany to stay with friends for the half term (24th to 28th October) so I may not have time to get everything sorted. If not, there is tonnes of historical stuff on NHM, if you search for “half term”.

Don’t forget to start planning for half term activities now as there doesn’t seem to be too much on during this half term so those things that are on will get booked up quickly. I will do a shout out on “Louise nhm Smith” on facebook so keep an eye out there for classes that are still running during half term.

Things to do w/c 17th October 2016

Monday 17th October: Little Stars (AM)
9.30am – 11.30am – Baby and Toddler Group
Hill Rise Hall, Bach Close, Basingstoke, RG22 4JZ.

Tuesday 18th October:  Little Angels (PM)
12pm – 2.30pm from Birth to 5 years.
St Paul’s Church Centre, Smannell Road, Andover, SP11 6JP

Wednesday 19th October: Storytime for Under 5’s (AM)
10am – 10.30am
South Ham Library, Paddock Road, South Ham, Basingstoke, RG22 6QB

Thursday 20th October: Cookery Doodle Doo (AM)
10am – Preschool age
15 Laverstoke Lane, Whitchurch, RG28 7NY

Friday 21st October: Storytime (0-5 years) 11-11.30am, Chineham Library, Chineham Shopping Centre,  RG24 8BQ

Saturday 22nd October: North Hampshire Academy of DanceCentral Studio, QMC, Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke RG21 3HF

Sunday 23rd October: Cinema: Odeon Kids, Odeon Cinema, Leisure Park

Related Pages

Activities (Classes, Playgroups, Meet Up’s)

New Classes!

Local Events

Don’t forget, if you have any events coming up that are relevant to parents in the area, please let me know via northhantsmum@gmail.com. Thanks!

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“Why the Whales Came” Special Offer for NHM Readers!!!

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The Anvil are offering a very special offer to NorthHantsMum Readers for Michael Morpurgo’s “Why the Whales Came” on Saturday 29 October at 2pm

http://www.anvilarts.org.uk/whats-on/why-the-whales-came

Offer:

Save £5 per ticket (£8 instead of £13).

Call the box office on 01256 844244 and quote “WHALES – NorthHantsMum”

T&Cs: Full price tickets only. Tickets already bought cannot be refunded. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Subject to availability. Not available online.

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Holiday clubs for the Spotlight Centre

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Ideas of Things to do for May 2016 Half Term

This is a list of things to do during the May Half term that I’ve literally just pulled out of my head!

Sometimes I forget how much stuff I know because of NorthHantsMum! lol.

Let’s hope the sun shines!!! 😀

Ideas of Things to do for May 2016 Half Term

  1. Get a head start on Father’s Day gifts and Teacher gifts

2. Visit Alice Holt or Moors Valley Country Park.

3. A day at the beach if the weather is nice (take lunch and drinks with you) and go shell hunting or rock pooling. NHM Readers recommended their favourite beaches last year.

4. Visit Whitchurch Silk Mill.

5. Have a picnic.  You could try a picnic breakfast at Basing Lime Pits or there are some great suggestions for places to go on picnics near Basingstoke and in Basingstoke on NorthHantsMum.co.uk.

6. Check out the new “splash zone” at Wellington Country Park.

7. Feed the pigs at Manydown Family Fun which is open for the duration of the May half term.

8. Find a woodland trail and print off this seasons Nature Detectives pack.

9. Go paddling at Eastrop park and play pooh sticks off the bridge.

10. Bake some fairy cakes. (I’m rubbish at cooking, but even I can manage this with assistance from a toddler!)

11. Go on a bear hunt in your nearest woods. I recommend Basing Wood for this.

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February Half Term 2016: Ideas and Suggestions!

Half term starts on Friday in Hampshire, so if you are looking for things to do to keep your little ones amused, keep an eye on NHM.

Next week I’m going to do summaries of the following categories (Outings, Staying In, Reviews, Other posts) all related to things to do during the half term, but if you wanted to get planning now, check out the posts below:

Reviews (A list of all of the Reviews that have been done on NHM)

A Toddler Box of Tricks: Things To Always Have On Hand With A Toddler Or Two

Spring Bored Jar

Half Term Outing Ideas in and around Basingstoke

Half Term Ideas

Basingstoke

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