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History & Culture

Also known as the ‘Donut city’, it is famous for its large roundabouts and historical buildings such as the ‘Basing House’ and ‘The Vyne’.

Basingstoke is home to many important industrial heritage sites such as Burberry, Thorny croft and The AA. Thomas Burberry established the luxury brand, ‘Burberry’ in the heart of town at just 21 years old, founded on the principle of designing clothes to ‘protect people from British Weather’; now reigning a net worth of over 4 billion US dollars.

Why move to Basingstoke?

People move to this town not just for its history, but also to escape from busy and crowded cities to a more peaceful and quiet place- with some neighbourhoods overlooking the serene countryside.

It is an ideal place for commuters looking to move out of London, as the Train station provides a 50 minute direct train to London Waterloo.

Things to do in Basingstoke

Housing over 200 shops and situated in the centre of Basingstoke, ‘Festival place’ is THE place to go when looking to shop around; whether that be for a delicious meal or just a casual- but safe, shopping experience.

‘Immerse yourself in the past at Milestones, Hampshire Museum of Living History’. Milestones is a Museum located in Leisure park, built to showcase the streets, shops and buildings in the 1940’s, with interactive activities designed to help you discover how the locals lived.

It is also home to various theatres and entertainment venues such as ‘The Anvil’ and ‘Haymarket’, where a wide range of entertainment is offered; from dance shows to Stand-up comedy.

Close to the town centre reveals ‘Eastrop Park’, a more relaxed atmosphere, where people go to unwind with their family. Not only is it a public space, free of use, but it is also great for  kids and dogs as the park consists of both a boating Lake and plenty of space for a nice picnic, with your friends and family.

Basingstoke Education

The trend in varieties and choices doesn’t end there. Basingstoke has an incredible range of schools, almost one in each area. So wherever you move to within Basingstoke, you don’t have to worry about your kids travelling far. There is Kings Furlong Junior School (Near town centre), The Vyne School (In Old Basing), BrightonHill community school (In BrightonHill), Fairfields Primary school (Just outside of Festival Place); the choices are endless.