Love Parks

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Love Parks Week is an annual week-long celebration of parks and green spaces, recognising their importance to local people, the hard work that goes in to maintaining and protecting them and celebrating community involvement. The campaign is run by Keep Britain Tidy, who are responsible for the Green Flag Award and The Great British Spring Clean.

Building on previous years, a programme of free and low cost activities this July offers people of all ages a wide variety of ways to play, explore, exercise and relax in the borough’s green spaces.

The success of the campaign would not be possible without the support of partner organisations who deliver activities across Basingstoke’s parks, along with numerous community groups and volunteers that help run events. A detailed programme of activities within Basingstoke and Deane can be found in the events section below.

Events

This year’s events will run between Friday 12 July to Sunday 21 July 2019 and cover everything from bug hunts to health walks and bands in the park!

* Bookable event

** Bookable and chargeable event

Event Location Time Meeting place or link to further information
Friday 12 July
Nature storytime Basingstoke Discovery Centre 10.30am For more information, visit the Discovery Centre’s Facebook page
**Brilliant bugs adventure St Mark's Meadow 3.30pm to 5pm In front of St Mark's Primary School, Danebury Road, Basingstoke, RG22 4US. Please note this is a paid event at £4 per child - booking essential. To find out more or to book a place, visit the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust website
Health walk Woolton Hill 10.30am Meet at the Rampant Cat Pub, Broad Layings, RG20 9TP.
More walks can be found on our Health Walks webpage.
Breeze women's cycle ride Beggarwood Park 6.30pm Meet at Beggarwood Community Centre's 'Café in the Park'. Booking essential - please visit British Cycling's Let's Ride website for more information.
Saturday 13 July
parkrun War Memorial Park 9am Meet on the football pitches below the Costello School site. For more information visit the parkrun website
Hatch Warren Summer Festival Hatch Warren Community Centre Playing Fields 12pm to 4pm For more information, visit Hatch Warren Community Centre's website
Sherfest Sherfield Park Community Centre 12pm to 8pm For more information, visit the Sherfest Facebook page
Sunday 14 July
Junior parkrun - wildlife fancy dress! Stratton Park 8.45am Meet behind the tennis courts. For more information visit the parkrun website
Model Boat Club session Eastrop Park 9am to 12 noon Meet at the model boat lake. For more information, visit Model Boat Club's website
Test Valley Brass Eastrop Park 3pm to 5pm Meet at the Eastrop Park Boating Lake. For more information, visit the Eastrop Park summer bands concert website
Monday 15 July
Toddler walks Eastrop Park 10am Meet at the Roger Morris Centre, Eastrop Way, Basingstoke, RG21 4QE
Health Walk Overton 10am Meet at Overton Recreation Centre, Bridge Street, Overton, RG25 3HD. More walks can be found on our Health Walks webpage.
Health Walk Eastrop Park 10.45am Meet at Eastrop Park Boathouse for a choice of two to three walks. More walks can be found on our Health Walks webpage.
*Running for beginners War Memorial Park 5pm Meet next to the main car park on Crossborough Hill, RG21 4AG. Please phone or text 07757 861372 to book your place. For more information visit the Love2run4fun website
Ready Steady Mums Tadley 10am Meet at Sainsbury's superstore café entrance, 30A Mulfords Hill, Tadley, RG26 3JE. For more information, visit Ready Steady Mums Facebook page
Tuesday 16 July
Health Walk Basing Wood 11.30am Meet at the entrance to Basing Wood, Carpenter's Down, Popley, RG24 9AE. More walks can be found on our Health Walks webpage.
Ready Steady Mums Beggarwood 1pm Meet at Sainsbury's superstore café entrance, Wallop Drive, Hatch Warren, RG22 4TW. For more information, visit Ready Steady Mums Facebook page
Wednesday 17 July
Build a boat, sail a boat Eastrop Park 10am to 3pm Meet at model boat lake. For more information, visit the Model Boat Club's website
Health Walk Whitchurch 10am Meet at the Gill Nethercott Centre, Winchester Street, Whitchurch, RG28 7HP. More walks can be found on our Health Walks webpage.
*Running for beginners     Meet next to the main car park on Crossborough Hill, RG21 4AG. Please phone or text 07757 861372 to book your place. For more information visit the Love2run4fun website
Evening Health Walks Various 7pm More information on the walks can be found on our Health Walks webpage.
Ready Steady Mums Eastrop Park 1pm Meet at Waitrose ground floor café. For more information, visit Ready Steady Mums Facebook page
Thursday 18 July
Pond dipping Black Dam and Crabtree 3.30pm to 5pm Park at Black Dam ponds car park and follow the signs under the underpass to the natural ponds at the bottom of Crabtree meadow.
Health Walk The Walled Garden 11am Meet at The Walled Garden, Down Grange, Pack Lane, RG22 4ET. More walks can be found on our Health Walks webpage.
Ready Steady Mums Rooksdown Community Centre 9.30am For more information, visit Ready Steady Mums Facebook page
Friday 19 July
**Shark in the Park Eastrop Park 10am Meet under the canopy near the boating lake. Suitable for under 5's. This is a paid event at £6 per child, first sibling free, £4 for subsequent siblings - booking essential. To find out more or to book a place, please contact Debbie@talkingtots.info
Toddler walks Eastrop Park 3pm Meet at the Roger Morris Centre, Eastrop Way, Basingstoke, RG21 4QE.
*Bat walk Basing Wood 9pm Park in the Popley Fields Community Centre car park and meet at the entrance of the woods behind the car park. Booking is essential - please email wildlifeconservation@basingstoke.gov.uk to reserve your place
Health Walk Popley 11am Meet at Shakespeare House Medical Centre, Shakespeare Road, Popley, RG24 9DS.
More walks can be found on our Health Walks webpage.
Health Walk Tadley 1.30pm Meet at Tadley Pool, New Road, RG26 3LA.
More walks can be found on our Health Walks webpage.
Saturday 20 July
The Big Forest Find Basing Wood, Popley 10am to 4pm Parking available at Popley Fields Community Centre. For more information, visit the Forestry Commission's website.
parkrun War Memorial Park 9am Meet on the football pitches below the Costello School site. For more information visit the parkrun website
*Totally Tennis taster sessions War Memorial Park 10am to 11am
Munchkins
Adults
11am to 12.30pm
Over 10's
Family time
War Memorial Park Tennis Courts. Please call Totally Tennis on 01256 358816 to book your free place.
Sunday 21 July
Insect ID and minibeast hunts Down Grange Meadow 10am to 1pm Meet at the gazebo inside the entrance to Down Grange Meadow, Homesteads Road, just below the bend to Jasmine Road, RG22 5LH.
Junior parkrun and litter pick Stratton Park 8.15am Meet behind the tennis courts. For more information visit the parkrun website
*Totally Tennis taster sessions Stratton Park 10am to 11am
Munchkins
Adults
11am to 12.30pm
Over 10's
Family time
Stratton Park Tennis Courts.
Please call Totally Tennis on 01256 358816 to book your free place.
Model Boat Club session Eastrop Park 9am to 12 noon Meet at the model boat lake. For more information, visit the Model Boat Club's website
Every day
Pooh sticks, bark rubbing, bird watching, geocaching, woodland romps and wild art The Vyne 10am to 4.30pm Normal admission applies. For more information please visit the National Trust website

Play

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Nature Storytime

Visit the Basingstoke Discovery Centre for a relaxing morning of stories all about nature and wildlife! For children 0-5 years and their parent/carer.

Toddler walks

Join Sarah at the Roger Morris Centre for her popular toddler walks around Eastrop Park, where you and your little ones can enjoy fresh air, nature and even better company. Open to mums, dads, grandparents, guardians and anyone else looking after energetic toddlers.

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Build a boat, sail a boat

The Basingstoke Model Boat Club would like to encourage both young and old to try their hand at building a cardboard model boat and launching it onto the water! Members will also bring some of their own models for people to experience sailing a radio controlled boat under supervision. Look for the gazebo by the smaller model boat lake in Eastrop Park.

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Shark in the Park

‘Timothy Pope, Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope .............’
Talking Tots Basingstoke presents ‘Shark in the park’
A special one off class; come and join in the fun with our well-loved character Timothy Pope, in his hunt for a shark.

Suitable for under 5’s. Cost £6.00 per child, first sibling free, £4.00 for subsequent siblings. Places are limited and will be reserved on a first come first served basis. For more information or to reserve a place, please contact debbie@talkingtots.info quoting ‘Shark in the park’ in the subject line.

Explore

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Brilliant bugs adventure

Join the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust for an after school adventure around St Mark’s Meadow! Discover the wildlife jumping, crawling and flying around this amazing local green space. £4 per child, booking essential via outreach@hiwwt.org.uk

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Pond dipping

Join Home Start and Grove Generations for a family pond dipping session at Crabtree! See what wildlife lives in and around the natural ponds at the bottom of Crabtree meadow! Park at Black Dam Ponds playground and walk through the underpass, following the signs. Please note the pond dipping isn’t at the duck ponds by the playground, but through the underpass onto Crabtree in the woodland area!

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Bat walk

Discover what animals come out as the sun sets over Basing Wood. Starting at the entrance of the woods behind Popley Fields Community Centre carpark, have a go at using different bat detectors to see what species live and feed in different areas of the site. Booking is essential - please email wildlifeconservation@basingstoke.gov.uk to reserve your place.

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The big Forest Find

Join the Forestry Commission and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council staff for a hands-on wildlife activity day at Basing Wood in Popley! With bug hunts, pond dipping, bushcraft and guided nature walks, there is something for people of all ages to enjoy! Find out more about how the wood is managed, what lives there and help record the species found to go on a national database!

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Insect ID and minibeast hunts

An exciting invertebrate session suitable for eight year olds up to adults, including minibeast hunts and pitfall trapping with identification. Volunteers from Natural Basingstoke will be on hand with survey equipment, ID sheets and knowledge!

National Trust

Outdoor trails at The Vyne

Every day during Love Parks Week, the National Trust has a variety of free activities available at The Vyne to encourage people to explore the site. Activities include: Pooh sticks, bark rubbing, bird watching, geocaching, woodland romps and the wild art. Explore this former Tudor powerhouse turned 17th century family home set in 1500 acres of gardens, woodland and wetlands. Normal admission applies. Visitors can pick up their trail sheets from Visitor Reception.

Exercise

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Health walks

Every step counts! Would you like to try a gentle way to improve your fitness, make new friends and enjoy your local parks and open spaces? With a wide variety of walk lengths and paces, there is something to suit everyone. See website for more details www.basingstoke.gov.uk/healthwalks

Breeze cycle

Breeze women's cycle rides

Breeze Network Basingstoke will be running a fun women's cycle ride, starting and ending at Beggarwood Community Centre café, using cycle paths and quiet roads into town and around a number of Basingstoke parks. This 15 mile route will be at a social pace to enjoy the green spaces and will take approximately 2.5 hours. The ride is supervised by experienced riders, so no one will be left behind!

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the ride start time to allow us to have a quick chat and bring a pump and spare inner tube for your bike, in order that we can help you with a puncture should that be needed! Please note that the cafe car park will be closed, but there should be parking by the Co-Op. Visit British Cycling’s Let’s Ride website for more information and to book your place!

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parkrun

parkrun organise free, weekly, 5 kilometre timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone and are safe and easy to take part in. The Basingstoke parkrun takes place in War Memorial Park every Saturday and is attended by people of all ages and fitness levels. The event is entirely run by volunteers and has a fantastic community spirit! Please register online prior to the event if it is your first parkrun http://www.parkrun.org.uk/basingstoke/

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Junior parkrun

Junior parkrun is a series of free 2 kilometre events for children aged between 4 and 14. The Basingstoke junior parkrun takes place in Stratton Park every Sunday and is all about having fun, regardless of ability. For Love Parks Week, junior parkrun is having two special events; come along dressed as your favourite animal or wearing green (runners, volunteers and spectators) on July 14 and help keep Stratton Park looking tidy with a pre-run litter picking activity the following Sunday.

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Running for Beginners

Live2Run4Fun is delivering two 'Running for Beginners' sessions for adults and children 12 years old and over. The sessions are aimed at helping people who have never run before, or haven’t tried it for a long time, to have the confidence to have a go in a safe and friendly environment and to enjoy running outdoors!

Please call or text 07757 861372, or email: L2R4Fun@gmail.com in advance to book your free place!

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Totally Tennis Taster sessions

As part of the Nature Valley Big Tennis Weekend, join Totally Tennis for a weekend of tennis taster sessions for all the family! With munchkins and adult sessions from 10am to 11am and over 10’s/family time from 11am to 12.30pm there is something for all the family to be involved in! Please call 01256 358816 to book your free place.

Relax

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Hatch Warren Community Centre summer festival

The popular Hatch Warren Community Centre summer festival, the biggest free-entry event in the area, is returning this year. With over 40 craft and activity stalls, including bouncy castles, tanks, a fun fair, zorbing, ice creams, face painting, children's activities, crazy golf, hot food and a licensed bar, come along and join in the fun.

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Sherfest

The Sherfield Park Community Association proudly presents Sherfest 2019! With live music, stalls, hot food, real ale, cider and gin, inflatables, face painting and new for this year – a climbing wall – the afternoon is a great day out for the whole family!

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Model Boat Club

As well as running a special ‘Build a Boat, Sail a Boat’ event for Love Parks Week (details above under ‘Play’) the Basingstoke Model Boat Club is hosting its regular Sunday morning sessions at Eastrop model boat pond, where new potential members can meet the group, bring along their own models, or experience sailing a radio controlled boat under supervision for the first time.

Test Valley Brass

Eastrop Park is hosting the ever popular summer band concerts again from May to September 2019. Bring your picnics, rugs and deckchairs to enjoy a relaxed afternoon of music.

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Ready Steady Mums

Barnardo’s, in partnership with Southern Health, has a wonderful network of volunteers who lead free walking groups for mums, dads, grandparents, guardians and anyone else looking after little ones in a buggy. If you would like a fun, sociable way to get out in the fresh air, enjoy some gentle exercise and meet others looking after babies, then come along. With four different weekly walks around the borough, visit the Facebook page ‘Ready Steady Mums – Basingstoke’ for more details.

Documents

PDF document Love Parks week leaflet (PDF) [771 kb]

Useful links

Contacts

If you’ve got suggestions of what you’d like to see more of during Love Parks Week, or would like to get involved in conservation volunteering, visit our webpages at http://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/conservationgroups or contact us at Wildlifeconservation@basingstoke.gov.uk

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