About This Area
As the largest town in Hampshire, Basingstoke has lots to offer with its cultural heritage as well as lots of fun and interesting attractions. The area also has a nickname of ‘doughnut city’ due to the vast amount of roundabouts it has.
Said to be one of the South’s best shopping centres, Festival Place gives you all of your well known high street brands including NEXT, M&S, New Look and much more. It also has over twenty restaurants and eateries and a Vue cinema.
Basingstoke has an incredible music venue named The Anvil, offering fantastic acoustic live music. The concert hall is in the centre of the town and plays a variety of music including jazz, folk, classical and more, entertaining all audiences.
A big part of Basingstoke’s heritage is the making of fabrics such as wool, Burberry and silk as they helped in the areas development. You can visit Whitchurch Silk Mill, a 19th century water mill that produces these fabrics. Take a tour of the Mill and learn about the Victorian times as well as enjoying a peaceful lunch at its tearoom by the River Test.
The Basing Trail is a great walk that takes you through the small village of Old Basing and the famous Civil War site. You will see the old ruins and the surviving buildings as well as picturesque scenes through the beautiful parks. There is information and fact posts along the walk and can be a 2, 3 or 4.5 mile walk, depending on the shortcuts you can choose to take.
The area’s dining experience gives you many branded restaurants as well as quaint independent ones, all offering great food. When travelling around Basingstoke, walking around the town centre is easy with many attractions nearby, however the area’s bus service is good and covers many spots around the town.
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