Ideas for the 2015 Easter Holidays

I know this is a little bit late, but there’s still another week of the Easter holidays to go, so I’m sure it will still be helpful ;-).

Places to Go

Manydown

Miller’s Ark

Milestones

Cinema – Odeon or Vue – Book early for the children’s showings as they are very cheap and thus very popular!

Wellington Country Park 

Micheldever Wood – Free! Just petrol needed

The Vyne

Basing Lime Pits – Free!

Basing Wood – Free!

Basingstoke Aquadrome

Further Afield Places to go

Finkley Down

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Moors Valley Country Park  – Free! Just parking and petrol needed

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Queen Elizabeth Country Park – Free! Just parking and petrol needed

Dinton Pastures Country Park, Berkshire – Free! Just parking and petrol needed

Marwell Wildlife

California Country Park, Finchampstead

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Legoland

Swanage – Free! Just parking and petrol needed

Lakeside Country Park

Paulton’s Park/Peppa Pig World

Farleigh Mount – Free! Just petrol needed

Birdworld

The Hawk Conservancy

Alice Holt, Farnham – – Free! Just petrol needed

Kids ‘n’ Action, Soft Play Centre, Winersh Triangle nr Reading

The Living Rainforest, nr Newbury, Berkshire – Keep your receipt as it automatically gives you a year’s entry!

Sunny

8 things to do in Basingstoke when it’s sunny – we can but hope!

My list of places to visit in 2015

24 things to do during the summer holidays with small children in Basingstoke – Some of these can still be applicable for the Easter holidays

Great Picnic spots in Basingstoke

Great picnic spots near Basingstoke

Ideas from previous posts

Ideas for the 2014 Easter holidays

Things to do this Easter (2013) – just as relevant for 2015

Easter Holiday Activity Inspiration (free or very cheap)

How to keep all the family entertained during Easter – from 2013

Eating Out

5 Places for Sunday lunch, with Children, in North Hampshire

8 “Cheap” Restaurants in Basingstoke (Meal for 2 for under £15)

11 Places to Breakfast “out” with Children in North Hampshire

Useful Posts

Season Tickets to local attractions in North Hampshire – Now is the time to get your season ticket, to make the most of the 2015 season.

Age limits for local attractions

Things to do/Places to go with a baby when it’s raining

15 Different Experiences for Children

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Event: Family Fun at Festival Place’s Eat Street this Easter

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Festival Place is the place to be for families this Easter, with two days of delicious free food and entertainment planned on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

From 11am – 3pm on both days there will lots of deliciously indulgent free food and drink from the shopping centre’s big brand restaurants and cafés including Wagamama, Giraffe, GBK and more. All to be enjoyed to the sounds of a lively mariachi band!

TV chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli, will be attending the event, taking to the stage between 12pm and 2pm each day to teach everyone how to cook quick and easy French classics through his interactive cooking demonstrations. Avid fans will also get the opportunity to have their books signed by the celebrity chef himself!

Those with a sweet tooth will be able to sample tasty treats from the likes of Costa and Thorntons whilst budding bakers are invited to put their creative cupcake skills to the test in the Great Festival Bake Off.

The competition is open to adults and children with two age categories; 11 and under and 12 and overs.

The entries will be judged in the management suite at Festival Place between 9am and 10am on Saturday 4th April and will be assessed on the most interesting combination of flavours and most beautiful decoration,  with fifty percent of marks awarded for appeal, twenty five per cent for creativity and twenty five percent for appearance.

Finalists in both categories will be displayed on the Great Festival Bake Off stand outside Debenhams on the Upper Atrium and the prizes will be announced and awarded by TV Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli at 2pm on the same day.

As well as the main prizes, everybody in the 11 and under category will receive a medal for entering.

For full information on how to enter and for full terms and conditions visit www.festivalplace.co.uk/eatstreet.

There will  also be other fantastic prizes up for grabs by engaging on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #EATSTREET.

With the opportunity to also find out more about how to receive special offers and discounts by signing up to Festival Place’s loyalty scheme, Festival Rewards, the event will have something for everyone and is a must for the diary this Easter bank holiday weekend.

Commenting on the event, Marketing Manager at Festival Place, Sarah Murphy, said: “This is the third year that we have held our Eat Street event and we are delighted that Jean-Christophe Novelli is going to be joining us.

We look forward to welcoming both local shoppers and those from further afield and showcasing some of the fabulous food available from our big brand restaurants and cafés.”

To keep up to date with all the latest news about the Eat Street event and other Festival Place news visit www.festivalplace.co.uk/eatstreet or find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Ideas for the 2014 Easter Holidays

Places to Go

Manydown

Miller’s Ark

Milestones

Cinema – Odeon or Vue – Book early for the children’s showings as they are very cheap and thus very popular!

Finkley Down 

Wellington Country Park 

Ideas from previous posts

Half Term Inspiration (February 2013) – just as relevant for 2014

Easter Holiday Activity Inspiration (free or very cheap)

How to keep all the family entertained during Easter – from 2013

Sunny

8 things to do in Basingstoke when it’s sunny – we can but hope!

My list of places to visit in 2014

24 things to do during the summer holidays with small children in Basingstoke – Some of these can still be applicable for the Easter holidays

Rainy – Lets hope this section isn’t needed!

22 things to do with an under 6 year old in Basingstoke when it’s raining

8 Cheap or Free Rainy Day Activities in Basingstoke

Winter “Bored Sticks” Jar – 40 ideas

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

Eating Out

5 Places for Sunday lunch, with Children, in North Hampshire

8 “Cheap” Restaurants in Basingstoke (Meal for 2 for under £15)

11 Places to Breakfast “out” with Children in North Hampshire

Useful Posts

Season Tickets to local attractions in North Hampshire – Now is the time to get your season ticket, to make the most of the 2014 season.

Age limits for local attractions

Things to do/Places to go with a baby when it’s raining

15 Different Experiences for Children

Reviews – A list of all the Reviews on NHM so far.

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

 

 

Easter Holiday Activity Inspiration (free or very cheap)

 

If it’s getting to that point in the Easter holidays where you need some inspiration, the following free or very cheap ideas might help.

Basingstoke Odeon

Grown-ups go FREE with ODEON Kids screenings ODEON Kids are exclusive screenings for children, tickets from only £1* and adults go FREE! Available on Saturday and Sunday mornings as well as school holidays.

Alvin And The Chipmunks – Chipwrecked – today only at 11am

A Monster In Paris 2D – 11am Fri – Mon

Out and About

NetMum’s has a really good area which provides inspiration for things to do if you need to get out of the house. Some of the suggestions are:

  • Nature Walks (See yesterday’s post here for more inspiration)
  • Local Library
  • Galleries (See previous post here about the Willis Museum Easter activities)
  • Parks (See previous post here about local parks and open spaces in the area)
  • Country Walks
  • Bike Riding
  • Fly a Kite
  • Visit to Grandma and Grandad’s house (if they live close enough!)
  • Sensory Walks (See yesterdays post here for inspiration)
  • Fishing
  • Grocery shopping (Maybe check out an independent butchers like the one in Old Basing, or a local Bakery like the one in Bramley)
  • Visit the pet shop
  • Bird watching
  • Trips to the local toy shop
  • Walk a dog
  • Help a neighbour

For more details and other ideas click here.

Also check out this post I found which has some great ideas for Easter Holidays on a Budget: Easter Holidays on a Budget

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: www.hants.gov.uk/easter

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