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  • The hardware & jewellery shop
    The hardware & jewellery shop
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  • A recreation of the Winchester Chesil station
    A recreation of the Winchester Chesil...
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  • A tramcar from Portsmouth
    A tramcar from Portsmouth
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    Milestones museum

    by jonathanbarker Written Oct 6, 2014

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    In 2000, a special museum was built to record life in Hampshire in the 20th Century. Inside a special building (which helps to preserve and protect the many exhibits), there is a recreated village which has shops, houses, a pub, post office a work-shop and part of a factory, as well as many smaller items from the 20th century. I met two friends who are currently living in Basingstoke and as we entered the museum it was like a journey back in time. We collected an audio guide and started our visit when we visited the Tasker workshop, where iron items and even steam road vehicles were made, a recreated railway station, shops, a typical house, a pub, a cycle workshop. There is a tram from Portsmouth, lorries & cars, a steam train and a Romany caravan. This part of the museum recreates the early 20th century. We passed through a "time tunnel" to a street typical of the 1930s, there is a music shop which displays old gramophones (record-players) and wireless (radio) sets. Sometimes a volunteer will play the old 78rpm records. We visited a sweet shop where I bought 2oz (56g) of "dolly-mixtures" for the equivalent of an old penny (0.4p). As well as a trip down "memory lane" this museum also made me aware of some of the social ethics and changes to people's lives in the 20th century, including, awful working conditions, rationing of the 1940s & 50s, why ladies were unable to ride bicycles in the early days, why children could only play with a wooden model of Noah's ark on Sunday. One part of the 1930s Art décor building has examples of domestic appliances from the 20th century and typical living rooms from each decade 1930s-70s. As well as the permanent displays there are special events, and there museum also has a 1950s American diner style café.

    The hardware & jewellery shop A recreation of the Winchester Chesil station A tramcar from Portsmouth Wallis, Gramophone & music shop Window shopping for toys
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    • Museum Visits
    • Historical Travel

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    The Milestones Museum

    by TygerLyn Updated Apr 1, 2012

    As the head office of the AA is in Basingstoke, the Milestones Musem is primarily a museum of transport but is nicely done,a bit like the the large museum in York. Plenty to see and great on a rainy afternoon. With a bowling complex, swimming pool, ice rink and cinema right next door, you can park & spend a whole day there.

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    St Michaels Church

    by Toughluck Written Feb 12, 2007

    For years, we've looked at a plate hanging on the kitchen wall of St. Michael's. It was my mother-in-laws family that came from here and the anniversary plat was a reminder of the home her father left behind. As far as we know, we're the first to return to Basingstoke and visit the church.

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Basingstoke Hotels

  • Hampshire Court Hotel

    Centre Drive, (formerly Hampshire Centrecourt), Basingstoke, RG24 8FY, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Audleys Wood Hotel

    Alton Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG25 2JT, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • The Elvetham

    Fleet Rd, Hartley Wintney, RG27 8AR, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Premier Inn Basingstoke - Central

    Basingstoke Leisure Park, Worting Road (formerly known as "Travel Inn"), Basingstoke, RG22 6PG, Unit

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Travelodge Basingstoke

    Stag & Hounds, Winchester Road, Basingstoke, RG22 6HN, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Holiday Inn Basingstoke

    Grove Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 3EE, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Apollo Hotel (Aldermaston Roundabout...

    Aldermaston Roundabout RG249NU Basingstoke

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

  • Apollo Hotel

    Aldermaston Roundabout Ringway, Basingstoke, Engla

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

  • Red Lion Hotel

    24 London Street, Basingstoke, RG21 7NY, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

Basingstoke Restaurants

  • Nandos: Nandos

    by mattalthor Written Feb 4, 2007

    The sauces are superb. Very hot!

    Couple of problems

    1. When you have a few friends, you will not get your food at same time. On manyoccassions, one person has finished their meal before the other person even gets there

    2. Lack of variety of drinks

    3. Most of the times i have been, my chicken has been stone cold ie not cooked. And they have also put the wrong sauce on and tried to tell me that mayonaisse is their extra- hot sauce!

    Favorite Dish: Chips with extra hot peri-peri
    Or chicken with extra hot peri-peri

    When the food is done right - 5 stars...
    More often, it is substandard/inconsistent - hence low grade

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Basingstoke Nightlife

  • Liquid: Frisky Fun

    by Ceri-Ann Written May 22, 2006

    Liquid in Basingstoke is wicked! I have had many good nights there. Looking forward to the upcoming LiveXXXTV night with DJ Spoony on Fri 26th May. Got a feeling its gonna be messy! see you there!

    Dress Code: Make sure you have ID and are looking sexy!

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    Liquid: Late night drink and disco

    by theboywonder Written Dec 20, 2003

    The only nightclub in Basingstoke although other venues do open to 2am

    It is open Wednesay to Sunday nights. Thursday and Sunday Night (R & B) have cut price entry and drinks

    I hear varying reports about this club but at the end of the day it is always busy

    I have been there Sunday nights and It is mellow. Saturday you get more mixed age range

    Like most clubs check dress code and carry age ID

    Dress Code: Check with club

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Basingstoke Sports & Outdoors

  • Basingstoke Bison - Elite League Ice...

    by acerjenny Updated Nov 15, 2006

    The Basingstoke Bison play in the Elite Ice Hockey League, this highest level of professional Ice Hockey in the UK (Standards are similar to ECHL although there are former-AHL/NHL players)

    Other teams are:
    Belfast Giants
    Nottingham Panthers
    Newcastle Vipers
    Edinburgh Capitals
    Sheffield Steelers
    Cardiff Devils
    Coventry Blaze
    Hull Stingrays
    Manchester Phoenix (welcome back 06/07)
    London Racers (sadly no longer with us)

    Home games are Saturday nights (usually) and the season runs from September to March.

    Tickets for the 05/06 season were £11 for adults, £9 concession/student, £7.50 child

    Equipment: Remember to wrap up warm - this isn't the warmest arena in the world! Your outdoor coat should suffice, but if you do get chilly you can always get a nice warm coffee and a hotdog!

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    • Budget Travel
    • Study Abroad
    • Backpacking

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Basingstoke General

  • The best thing about basingstoke

    by geoff123 Written May 19, 2008

    Favorite thing: Basingstoke has excellent access to the M3 motorway. Basingstoke is 50 miles from london and close to reading, winchester, southampton are just a short drive. The best thing about basingstoke is that you can get somewhere else easily from there and you'll want to as well.

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