An NHM Reader asked “I was wondering if you could help me out. I live in Basingstoke and have an 8-month-old son. I would love for us to be able to go out for the day somewhere, but I’m not sure where is good for babies. I don’t drive either, so it would have to be accessible by public transport or walking distance. I do have a railcard though. Do you have any ideas?”
Thank you to the NHM Readers for the below replies. Thank you also to Juliet for putting this post together!
NHM Reader Recommendations: Places to go with an 8 month old and no transport
Lottie says “There’s a bus to Marwell Zoo which I think you can pick up in Winchester so you could get the train there”
Helen says “I second the Beale Park suggestion. As well as animals and the train they have a big sand pit and paddling pool. Go during the term time and it’ll be quiet.”
Vicky says “I downloaded this app it’s really good tells you what’s going on groups etc in your area for the age group you are looking for” https://hoop.co.uk
Wendy says “A walk by the Thames at Reading (there’s a park by Reading bridge and lots of swans). The New Forest has tourist buses in the summer. Paultons Park has a bus from Southampton station. The number 11 bus stops outside Manydown. Bus to Shakespeare Road (Popley East) for the Splash Park.
Jason says “The New Forest also has a train station”
Cathy says “Lots of free events coming up around town http://www.basingstokefestival.co.uk/…/cate…/free-events”
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