What’s on this Easter 2018

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What’s on this Easter 2018

Easter is a wonderful time of year isn’t it?

The weather *should* be starting to warm up again, daylight is lasting longer and the daffodils and tulips are emerging to add a glorious splash of colour to the world. We’re often surrounded by a bountiful supply of chocolate and lots of us will have the joy of an extra long weekend to spend with loved ones. What’s not to love!

The possible downside to all of the extra sugar consumption, is that you may have some very energetic bunnies on your hands to entertain and wear out. We at NHM’s are here to help, with some suggestions for local events and activities to have them positively hopping with joy.

Below is a great list of what is going on in the local area, throughout the school Easter Holidays and the bank holiday weekend. Enjoy!

Running all through the holidays locally

  • The National Trust are once again running Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts at a number of their properties between 30th March – 15th April. You can spend some time taking a wonder around the impressive grounds and houses at The Vyne or Basildon House, collect clues along the way, to claim a choc-tastic treat at the end! You can find out more about what’s going on and which locations are taking part here – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/join-the-cadbury-easter-egg-hunts
  • Four Kingdoms adventure park are holding an ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’ right through the school holidays with an easter egg hunt every day. Watch the story time show: “Who Stole My Eggs” and then help the giant rabbit, Gruff, Bart and his friends in a tail of naughty easter egg gobblers. They will also be offering arts and crafts and a chance to cuddle and feed their new spring lambs. https://www.4-kingdoms.co.uk/easter-holiday-activities-for-kids-in-basingstoke/
  • Finkley Down Farm are also hosting their own ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’ all through the Easter holidays with pony rides, baby animals and their massive indoor play area. https://www.finkleydownfarm.co.uk/event/easter-eggstravaganza
  • Festival Place have teamed up with the master builders at Bright Bricks to bring us a FREE Giant LEGO bricks safari tour between 29th March – 8th April. An exciting way to keep the kids entertained whilst you take a dash into the shops or grab yourself a pit stop in a local café!
  • Basingstoke Discovery Centre are hosting a number of FREE Easter themed sessions for kids to get creative and crafty. Check out their full itinerary here. https://www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives/library/events/libraryevents-eventsearch
  • If you’re happy to travel a little further afield, Hampton court palace are holding a Lindt Gold Bunny hunt between 26th March – 15th April. Get your fix of history at this impressive Tudor palace whilst getting into the spirit of Easter! https://www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/explore/lindt-gold-bunny-hunt
  • Marwell Zoo have added an extra special creature to their impressive collection, in the form of the Easter Bunny! Visit him quickly as he’ll be there between 30th March – 2nd April before he disappears back into his rabbit hole. https://www.marwell.org.uk/zoo/event/39/meet-the-easter-bunny
  • The wonderful team at The Watercress Line are holding an Easter special with Thomas the Tank Engine. Jump on board and experience a ride on a real steam engine, shake hands with The Fat Controller and take part in Thomas themed activities in the Imagination Station. https://www.watercressline.co.uk/product.php/105/day-out-with-thomas
  • On selected weekend and Bank holiday dates, Wyevale garden centres across the country are hosting breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Tuck into a delicious cooked breakfast, cuddle up to a new cuddly toy and decorate an Easter cookie. Yum! https://www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk/cms/events/breakfast-or-tea-with-easter-bunny/

Easter Egg Hunts

We all remember the thrill of a good Easter egg hunt and there are some cracking ones happening locally this Easter. Below are a list of specific events happening through the school holidays and bank holiday weekend –

Saturday 24th March

Sunday 25th March

  • The Anvil are bringing some fun and hilarity to Basingstoke with their Easter Pantomine, Beauty and the Beast. Tickets are no doubt selling fast so check out more here http://www.anvilarts.org.uk/easter-panto

Friday 30th March

  • Happy Faces Playgroup have announced an annual hop around the village between 10am – 12pm. Join them on Easter Friday for our egg hunt, face painting, tea and cake, raffle, tombola, games and more!
  • In case one Easter egg hunt just isn’t enough, Bramley are also hosting an Easter egg hunt, starting from the centre of the village at Clift Meadow Pavillion. For £1.50 per child, you can follow the clues and bag yourself a treat at the end. Refreshments will also be available.

Saturday 31st March

Sunday 1st April

The list could go on, there is so much happening locally, we are spoilt for choice. Whatever you do, have a cracking time!

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Big kids welcome: Grown-ups eat free at Basingstoke Giraffe to mark new dawn for family favourite

Don’t you just LOVE it when a PR company change their mind about what they’ve sent to you as they “were a little too excited about our new offering and it’s launch date.”

They have asked me to remove this post as I’m afraid the offer is no longer applicable.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

I’m just as miffed as you are!

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CLUTTER NUTTERS

We launch our company this month so wanted to let the NHM community know all about us.

We are a home organisation/de-cluttering service and offer the following services currently;

  • Organising any room(kitchen, lounge, bedrooms, study, playroom, cellar, conservatory
  • Within a room (cupboards, shelves, clothes etc)
  • Whole house
  • Sheds, garages and garden storage units
  • Storage containers
  • Playgroups/Nurseries

For further details please see our website or facebook page.

We also offer vouchers and 10% discount for returning customers.

https://www.facebook.com/TheClutterNutters/

www.clutternutters.com

Thanks Lisa & Emma J

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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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Review 2016: Chineham Splash Park

Thank you very much to one of the NHM Writers, Karen, for this fab review!

Thank you also to Michelle for the pictures!

About

Chineham Splash Park is a new, free water activity open between 10:00 and 19:00 until september. It is situated in Chineham park and also boasts a large field with a half pipe and outdoor trail gym.

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When we attended we arrived before 10:00 and the park was already filling up with excited children and parents with picnic blankets.

Once 10:00 finally came around someone pressed the activation button and it was only moments before all the shrieking children were soaking wet and running around in the water jets.

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Facilities and Food

There has also been a portacabin toilet that was added to the splash park in the past week. However, the park unfortunately lacks any other facilities but the Popley Spotlight centre are happy for people to pop in and use the toilets and they also sell refreshments.  Bare in mind that is a 5 minute walk away so if there’s only one adult in your group you’ll probably end up packing away your things.

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You might want flipflops or sandals for wet children to wear as well as extra towels or clothes to put on over wet swimming costumes for the trips to the toilets. Don’t forget your swimming costumes, towels and swim nappies as well as sun protection.

The area has several picnic benches but they are unshaded in the morning so bring a picnic rug or blanket and head under the trees.

Parking

There are around 20 parking spaces at the park and others in residential streets a bit further away

Tips

Our top tips are to consider bringing the buggy (or a shopping trolley) to load everything in for trips to the toilet, don’t forget your own potty to avoid a few and arrive early before it fills up.

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Older excited children might be a bit daunting for the little ones so bring a towel for yourself so you can encourage them in (and cool off) and a carrier if you have a baby.

If the water isn’t working, don’t leave, the council advise that if its been on constantly for a long time sometimes the reservoir will need 30 minutes to refill.

Rating

We enjoyed the splash park so it scores a 5/5 from the Johnson family.

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Lambing weekend 9th – 10th April at Overton

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Lambing Weekend at Northington Farm, Overton, RG25 3DJ.

Saturday 9th April, 12 till 5pm, Sunday 10th April, 12 till 4pm.

Bored during the Easter holidays?

Help raise funds for Overton’s swimming pool by coming along and enjoying an afternoon on the farm and seeing the newborn lambs.

lambing day CM

Admission £5 adults, children free, children must be accompanied.

Cake stall and refreshments available.

Wellington boots recommended, this is a working farm!

Please leave dogs at home.

Free parking in the field. 

For further information email mjmnoble@hotmail.com

Lamb (rob elliott)

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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.

 

Dates for your Diary – Spring 2015

LOTS of things happening on NHM in the next few months.

I meant to put these dates into the weekly/monthly Monday post but completely forgot. Opps!!!

Dates for your Diary – Spring 2015

NHM Small Business Networking Lunch – Feb 2015

NHM Small Business Networking Evening – Feb 2015

NHM February 2015 Meet Up (Thursday 26th February, 9.30am to 12pm at Playdays)

NHM Small Business Networking Lunch – March 2015

NHM Small Business Networking Evening – March 2015

NHM Small Business Networking Lunch – April 2015

NHM Small Business Networking Evening – April 2015

NHM Small Business Networking Lunch – May 2015

Save the Date: Tuesday 12th May, 9.30am to 1pm… 😀