The 4th December marks the anniversary of when me and the husband started ‘going out’ many many moons ago.  23 to be precise.  It’s become a tradition that we spend the day doing a bit of Christmas shopping, and each year we try to go somewhere different.

This year with the smalls spending the day eating chocolate and generally being spoilt by Nana and Grampy, we headed off to Basingstoke.

First stop was a festive hot chocolate in Costa (also a Christmas tradition).  And no, ten-thirty is not too early for hot chocolate.  December is advent month which means it is entirely acceptable to eat chocolate at seven in the morning.


Yum! Black Forest Hot Chocolate in case you were wondering!

We then had a wonder around the Christmas market which was a mix of traditional stalls, gifts, and food which smelt amazing.  Then it was into the shopping center Festival Place where I was in my element because they had a Smiggle store. #stationerygeek.  Although if stationery is not your thing there’s plenty of choice in shops.  Another highlight was the Christmas shop.  So much sparkle!

The decorations in Festival place were beautiful and there’s a cute little train for the kids to ride on before they visit Mr C.  Aptly renamed for the festive season, ‘Festive Place’ was indeed very festive.

Christmas Decorations in Basingstoke  

There’s loads of places to eat.  We had a lovely lunch in Pizza Express.  The atmosphere was relaxed and family friendly, the food was delicious, and the jaffa profiteroles rolls were a highlight!


Image (c) Pizza Express

We had a really lovely day, celebrating our anniversary and having a few hours to ourselves mooching around the shops without any whinging or whining!  Basingstoke is a great place to visit.

What else can you do in Basingstoke this Christmas?

As well as the Christmas markets and shopping in Festival Place, the Anvil is staging a production of Sleeping Beauty starring Nina from Cbeebies Nina and the Neutrons.

There’s also a show for preschoolers called “How do reindeer fly” at the Proteus theatre.

For more information on what you can do in Basingstoke this Christmas visit christmasin


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