96% of residents say they enjoy living in Basingstoke.
Basingstoke offers a huge amount to do on the doorstep. Wonderful shopping facilities that attract people from across the region, truly exciting leisure facilities, a summer festival that brings together the best of arts and culture, a nationally respected concert hall and beautiful English countryside all around - it's no wonder that the are is rated as one of the best places to live in England.
Also offering a fantastic mix of living space - from large period country homes to modern apartment living, it provides the perfect balance, where families and careers can thrive.
For more about what it is like to live in the area - as well as a comprehensive guide to what’s on and things to do visit www.destinationbasingstoke.co.uk
With more than more than 160 shops, 20 restaurants, bars and cafés, a multi-screen cinema, sports centre, library and nightclub, Festival Place is a shopper’s paradise.
Recently refurbished, the Malls is another popular shopping destination in the town centre. It has 300,000 square feet of shopping, cafés and restaurants and events throughout the year.
Top of the Town
Top of the Town is Basingstoke’s historic neighbourhood – it has a wide range of independent shops and hosts markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays. .
Where do we start? With swimming, and our swimming centre’s three pools and water flumes? Ice-skating, with a rink that hosts national ice hockey games? Bowling, cricket at the local club or the gliding school? Or, for a full-on adrenalin rush, there’s skydiving, skiing and surfing at Airkix’s state of the art indoor centre.
Runners can take part in the Basingstoke half marathon, rated one of the UK’s top ten half marathons because of its great scenery. Or for gentler pursuits, the surrounding countryside offers fishing in the River Test, horse riding, golf or walking deep in the heart of lovely countryside.
Food & Drink
From breakfast coffee to long lunches to late night cocktails, there are so many opportunities to indulge yourself in and around Basingstoke.
John Lewis at Home and Waitrose now open
At 9am this morning, the new co-located John Lewis at home and Waitrose Basingstoke shops opened their doors to customers for the first time.