LIFESTYLE & LEISURE

In Basingstoke you can expect a fantastic quality of life

When it comes to the essentials – where to live, where to work, what’s the health care like? Where should my children go to school? What’s the public transport like?– then you can be sure that Basingstoke has it all.

And then there’s the interesting stuff that makes life fun – excellent shopping, a world class concert hall, a choice of theatres, modern leisure facilities for every kind of sport from skydiving and gliding to bowls and gymnastics – and lots of sports clubs to support the real enthusiasts. There are lots of places to eat out from modern bistro to country pub, whatever your taste.

With the town surrounded on every side with beautiful countryside, and just minutes from the motorway network its easy to explore further afield too.

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BASINGSTOKE LEISURE PARK

The leisure park  features a  swimming centre with three pools and water flumes, the Milestones interactive family museum, a skating rink hosting national ice hockey, a skydiving and ski centre,  bowling alley, indoor bowls, multi-screen cinema and a range of restaurants.

Shopping in Basingstoke

SHOPPING

With its modern, top brand, stores, Festival Place is currently ranked number three in the country for shopping centres in a town centre, adjacent is the newly refurbished The Malls. The ‘Top of the Town‘ is a traditional mix of independent shops, restaurants and pubs – and all with ample parking and convenient access to bus and rail stations.

Health and care in Basingstoke

HEALTH & CARE

Basingstoke is well served with health care, the North Hampshire Hospital boasts some of the lowest infection rates in the country and cutting edge treatments with a new critical care centre and regional cancer treatment centre planned on the outskirts of town. there are also good private health care options at The Hampshire Clinic and Candover Clinic.

Education in Basingstoke

SCHOOLS & EDUCATION

Basingstoke offers a range of high quality education choices from primary to post-16 level, including specialist and private sector institutions.

There are over 65 primary schools and of the Borough’s 11 secondary schools – many now academies. There are also some well regarded private schools in the area, and lots of options for pre-school day care.

There are two colleges which cater for post-16s – Queen Mary’s College and Basingstoke College of Technology (BCOT)

Business

WORKING IN BASINGSTOKE

Basingstoke is an exciting place to work and is home to many globally recognised brands like Sony, AXA Wealth, Barclays and over 6,000 other businesses in all sectors – from pharmaceuticals, IT, financial services to engineering and manufacturing. It is place where there are opportunities for your career to develop whatever your skills and experience – and its great place to live and bring up a family too.

Historic Basingstoke

PLACES TO LIVE IN BASINGSTOKE

Basingstoke is a compact, modern town surrounded by beautiful countryside with lots of choice on where to live for those working locally – from urban living apartments, to country cottages, and modern family homes – with prices to suit all. With a fast train service to London Waterloo (45 minutes) and  2 motorway junctions on the M3, you don’t have to work here to want to live here.

Basingstoke Festival

EVENTS

Basingstoke has an impressive array of special events throughout the year, the Basingstoke Festival in the summer, the Basingstoke Half Marathon in the autumn, the OctoberFest beer festival, CarFest and Basingstoke Live – the country’s largest free music festival.

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GRADUATES IN BASINGSTOKE

Basingstoke is a great place to start out on your career and with plenty of big name employers waiting to meet you, and a reasonable cost of living and great quality of life.

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COUNTRYSIDE

Basingstoke offers the best of both worlds. A busy, vibrant town centre surrounded by charming, tranquil villages. With over 90% of its area classified as rural and edging onto the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the west, the Borough boasts attractive countryside, nature conservation areas and many sites of historical interest.

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CULTURE & HISTORY

Basingstoke offers the best of both worlds. A busy, vibrant town centre surrounded by charming, tranquil villages. With over 90% of its area classified as rural and edging onto the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the west, the Borough boasts attractive countryside, nature conservation areas and many sites of historical interest.

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