A Date for your diary: National Play Day 2014

This year’s National Play day is on Wednesday 6th of August.

Update: The event in Tadley has already been arranged and you can find more details HERE.

The event at Eastrop Park will also be going ahead and you can find more details HERE.

For those of you who have never been this is a FANTASTIC free event.

We’ve been for the last couple of years and we always have a great time.

The whole thing is free and there are usually lots of brilliant activities on.

Normally it’s at Eastrop Park and there is free parking near the War Memorial Park.

Usually there is also a free bus that runs during the day to take you from the car park to Eastrop (we normally walk though as it’s just as quick!)

I really hope that this event goes ahead again this year as it’s such a brilliant day out.


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National PlayDay – 7th August 2013 – Free Event!!!

National PlayDay – 7th August 2013 – Free Event!!!

Apologies to those of you weren’t able to see yesterday’s “Things to do” post on your phones. I am hoping the problem is resolved today. If it isn’t could you please let me know again. Thanks! (Apologies that this post is a little late today too, it’s already one of those weeks! lol)

I went to the National Play day at Eastrop Park in 2011 when I was on Maternity Leave and it was brilliant! It’s a free event and they have lots to do, although it’s mainly for children aged 3 and over. There is special parking, at the top of Eastrop and a bus that runs all day, so you don’t have to walk up and down the hill. I am hoping this is still running this year, although if the bus isn’t running, it’s not so far to walk.

For those of you who aren’t in Basingstoke, there are Playday events happening all over the country, so please check the website at the bottom of this post to find a free event near you.

I wasn’t able to take the time off last year to go to this event, but I am hoping to be able to go this year with my little one. It’s a fabulous day out! A great date for your diaries during the summer holidays. If you’re there, and you see me, please do come and say hello! I’m not wearing my NHM T-shirt though :-D.

Basingstoke National Play Day- Eastrop Park

Date: 7 August 2013

Time: 11:00 – 16:00

Details: Circus skills, a bouncy castle and craft activities are just some of the free activities for families at Play Day in Basingstoke.

The fun starts at 11am and runs until 4pm, giving families the opportunity to play and learn together.

Other activities on offer are pond dipping, sport activities, face painting and scarecrow making. A children’s farm will also be visiting the Basingstoke.

Organised by: Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council

Open to the public or invite only:  Open to the public


  • Eastrop Park
  • Eastrop Lane
  • Basingstoke
  • Hampshire
  • RG21 4QF

Contact details

Contact name: Mike Nicholls/Sarah Elkins

Contact number: 01256 844844

Contact email address: community.development@basingstoke.gov.uk 

For more details about National Play days, you can check the website here: http://www.playday.org.uk/about-playday.aspx