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


Miller’s Ark


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


Swanage – Free! Just parking and petrol needed

Lakeside Country Park

Paulton’s Park/Peppa Pig World

Farleigh Mount – Free! Just petrol needed


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!


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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Swimming Pools in North Hampshire suitable for Babies and Children

I can’t believe I haven’t done a post about swimming pools in the area yet!

Let me know if I’ve missed any.

Public Swimming Pools

Private Swimming Pools

I’m putting together a list of swimming schools and classes in the area, and hope to get it published before Christmas!

Review 2013: Basingstoke Aquadrome

Basingstoke Aquadrome

I’ve been to the Aquapark many times but when we went it was my husband and daughters first time. I’m so old, that I actually remember when the swimming pool was Westfield Lido, and they used to open the glass doors so you could run down the hill, where the Bowling Alley now stands. It was always a pleasure going in the water that was full of grass! lol.

We went on a Friday evening, at 4pm. It wasn’t too busy, about 20 people in the whole aquapark section.

Play/Swimming Area

My little one loved the tiny toddler pool. She must have spent about half an hour going on the tiny elephant slide. I did think this pool was a bit cold. The baby beach was great. My little one loved the plastic puzzles on the wall. But beware of the water shoot. We nearly got drenched under this!

The lazy river was fab. We went into each of the different sections and our favourite was the one with the seating. My little one could stand up here and she enjoyed walking up and down the seating and being carried through the water jets. The lazy river wasn’t too fast but you do need to be very careful to avoid the fierce jets!

My husband thoroughly enjoyed the slides although he didn’t really rate the yellow slide.  We spent a couple of hours in the pool. It was a great bonding experience.


We didn’t try this so I cannot comment.

Baby Facilities

The family changing rooms were excellent. Very large and they each had a plastic baby changing stand and a nappy changing bin.


Were in good condition. One thing I don’t like is that the showers aren’t enclosed. You have to shower with your swimming costume on (unless you have no shame!), so you can’t shower properly. The toilets were in a good condition but I hate public swimming pool toilets. They are always wet. Yuk.


There is lots of parking (although not as much as there used to be because of the Spruce Goose hotel extension and the Parachute place), but none that is particularly well placed if you have small children with you. It is free parking though.


As it was Off Peak, my husband and I both paid £5.45 each. My little one was free and from what I can see on the website, all children under 4 are free. You need to double check this though, as I wasn’t quite sure about this.

Other Information

I wouldn’t recommend attempting to take more than one child on your own. If you have more than one small child, you really need a one adult to one child ratio. For safety, I wouldn’t suggest using the lazy river with more than one child at a time. The website states that:

“Children under the age of 4 must wear approved flotation devices and be accompanied by a responsible adult in the ratio of 1:1.”

Our little one didn’t have a flotation device, but that was our decision and we were happy with this as there were two of us to look after her.

The parent and baby beach is open every day from 10.30am and is £3.50.


4.5 out of 5. We had a lovely couple of hours in the water, but I took half a point off because the water was colder than I would have liked and the showers were open so you can’t really shower properly.

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