Basing House

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Unearth the amazing stories of Basing House, the natioanlly imortant historical ruins of the largest private house in Tudor England, which suffered at the hands of Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War. Join us at the Visitor Centre, just a 5 min walk along the River Loddon from our free car park. There you'll begin to discover the story of Basing House and see the magnificent Tudor Great Barn which still bares the scars of the Civil War. Walk accross the road and you'll find the ruins of the Old Basing House and see our museum full of interesting artefacts that have been found on site. Great place for a picnic, especially in our walled garden which features a recreated Jacobean Knot garden and our new 'Lady of the House' garden. Check our What's on section of our website for all the events and workshops we run.

Basing House
08/07/2019

Basing House

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife......
05/07/2019
Pride and Prejudice | Hampshire Cultural Trust

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife..." 💑
Jane Austen's iconic novel Pride and Prejudice, packed with wit and romance, comes to the stage here 26 July - tickets on sale now!

Pack a picnic, bring your chairs and prepare for an evening of entertainment under the stars in the magnificent gardens of Basing House.

Check out this brilliant video from Amulet, filmed during our Civil War Re-enactment Weekend!
03/07/2019

Check out this brilliant video from Amulet, filmed during our Civil War Re-enactment Weekend!

"Roundhead" full band video is HERE: https://youtu.be/JS5u1oSeHzs (Please share)

Heathen Steven: "Roundhead is the key track on the album and it has a great historical theme so we wanted a suitably epic video. Looking into it, the long-established and brilliant The Sealed Knot Society Official English Civil War re-enactment company had a - perfectly timed - huge public event in April at historic Basing House in Hampshire.

The house is a palace that was razed by Cromwell's Parliamentarian forces during one of the largest sieges of the Civil War. The ruins are still there and the original 'Great Barn' is completely intact. The Sealed Knot and Hampshire Cultural Trust allowed us full access to the House, the Great Barn plus their event generally and troops. We had great time making it in such a beautiful and historic location and we enjoyed hanging out with the Knot troops too with many ales drunk that night. Roundhead!" /AMULET

Love Basingstoke
01/07/2019

Love Basingstoke

Amazing shot of Basing House - Basing House Project - a great historic site!
Hampshire Cultural Trust

#LoveBasingstoke #BasingHouse

🎭📚 Join us next month on 26 July for a special open air performance of Pride and Prejudice from Chapterhouse Theat...
21/06/2019
Pride and Prejudice | Hampshire Cultural Trust

🎭📚 Join us next month on 26 July for a special open air performance of Pride and Prejudice from Chapterhouse Theatre Company, who bought their production of Sense and Sensibility to Basing House last year! Book online now:

Pack a picnic, bring your chairs and prepare for an evening of entertainment under the stars in the magnificent gardens of Basing House.

Open air theatre: WUTHERING HEIGHTS, 1 September. Pack a picnic, bring your chairs and prepare for an evening of enterta...
30/05/2019
Wuthering Heights | Hampshire Cultural Trust

Open air theatre: WUTHERING HEIGHTS, 1 September. Pack a picnic, bring your chairs and prepare for an evening of entertainment under the stars. Chapterhouse Theatre Company is proud to present the wild and tempestuous love story of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. Set on the mysterious Yorkshire moors, this tale of passion and revenge has thrilled readers and audiences alike for generations. Book now online.

Pack a picnic, bring your chairs and prepare for an evening of entertainment under the stars in the magnificent gardens of Basing House.

Hampshire Cultural Trust
23/05/2019
Hampshire Cultural Trust

Hampshire Cultural Trust

📚 Story telling, 🏺 object handling, 🐸 pond dipping and much more! Pack your half term with great fun, in and out of doors, for all the family wherever you are around Hampshire.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, 26 July: Pack a picnic, bring your chairs and prepare for an evening of entertainment under the sta...
23/05/2019
Pride and Prejudice | Hampshire Cultural Trust

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, 26 July: Pack a picnic, bring your chairs and prepare for an evening of entertainment under the stars in the gardens of Basing House. Take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s admirable and endearing heroine. When Elizabeth meets the terse and abrupt Mr Darcy, she loathes him at first sight. But is there more to him than meets the eye? Tickets available now online.

Pack a picnic, bring your chairs and prepare for an evening of entertainment under the stars in the magnificent gardens of Basing House.

Here's a throwback to this year's Civil War Reenactment event - were you there? Check out the pictures below of some of ...
16/05/2019

Here's a throwback to this year's Civil War Reenactment event - were you there? Check out the pictures below of some of the action from Sunday. ⚔️

07/05/2019
Basing House

We recently stumbled upon this amazing drone footage of Basing House - take a look for a birds eye view of the ruins! 🤩

Basing House is in the village of Old Basing, just to the east of Basingstoke. Originally built as a palace in 1531 for the 1st Marquess of Winchester it was...

As part of the Sealed Knot Civil War Re-enactment Weekend, the living history will be on display from 11am to 4.30pm on ...
19/04/2019

As part of the Sealed Knot Civil War Re-enactment Weekend, the living history will be on display from 11am to 4.30pm on Saturday and throughout the weekend. Come on down from tomorrow to take a look around, or on Sunday or Monday for the battle! https://buff.ly/2v0JghZ

17/04/2019
Siege of Basing House part 8

Coming down to the Sealed Knot Civil War Re-enactment this weekend? Check out this clip from a previous year's event for a taste of what to expect on Sunday and Monday! Full details on our website: https://buff.ly/2GsnFFT

The Sealed Knot put on a mock battle giving an idea of what it would be like battling during the 17th century. The brave royalist defenders are finally destr...

Sealed Knot Civil War Re-enactment returns to Basing House this weekend! Come along 20 - 22 April for this exciting livi...
16/04/2019

Sealed Knot Civil War Re-enactment returns to Basing House this weekend! Come along 20 - 22 April for this exciting living history event, open to all. Find out more on our website: https://buff.ly/2v0JghZ

Book now for the Henry VIII Christmas Court Experience at Basing House's Tudor Christmas Fayre (1 Dec); a chance to meet...
12/11/2018
Traditional Tudor Christmas Fayre: Merriment, Yule and Misrule | Hampshire Cultural Trust

Book now for the Henry VIII Christmas Court Experience at Basing House's Tudor Christmas Fayre (1 Dec); a chance to meet Henry VIII and his queen at the Christmas Court! Loyal servants will receive a gift from the king. Ideal for ages 3 to 12, book online.

Set inside the majestic Tudor Barn, our Christmas Fayre is a wonderfully festive shopping experience with a Tudor twist.

FAMILY PUMPKIN LANTERNS AND MUMMIES WORKSHOP: Come down to Basing House on Wednesday 24 October and make a spooky pumpki...
26/09/2018
Pumpkin Lanterns and Mummies Family Workshop | Hampshire Cultural Trust

FAMILY PUMPKIN LANTERNS AND MUMMIES WORKSHOP: Come down to Basing House on Wednesday 24 October and make a spooky pumpkin lantern, or an ancient mummy out of cardboard and paper and light it up to project a spooky shadow on the walls of Basing House. Cost: £4 per person. https://buff.ly/2M6SkIH

Make a pumpkin lantern out of cardboard and light it up to project a spooky shadow on the walls of Basing House this Halloween. Fresh from their 2000 year slumber, we'll be bringing mummies back to

Fluid Motion Theatre Company
04/09/2018

Fluid Motion Theatre Company

We believe no one should feel isolated and alone. That's why we brought the old and the young together for a bit of a picnic and a good old fashioned pantomime in the grounds of Basing House in collaboration with Pumpkin Pantos

We laughed a lot and ate far too much 🤣🍰☕

The oldest fabric known to humans, felt can be used for both decorative and practical purposes.  Join Basing House for a...
28/08/2018
Felt Hat Making Workshop | Hampshire Cultural Trust

The oldest fabric known to humans, felt can be used for both decorative and practical purposes. Join Basing House for a fun FELT HAT MAKING WORKSHOP on 18 September, 10am - 4pm, and use Merino wool fibres and wet felt making techniques to produce a hat (either a cloche or a beret). You can also explore dry felting techniques (needlefelting) which can be used to embellish the hats. Cost: Adult £50, 60+ £45. https://buff.ly/2lk9UNX

The oldest fabric known to humans, felt can be used for both decorative and practical purposes.

AN INTRODUCTION TO WILLOW WEAVING: Basing House, Thu 13 Sept – Thu 11 Oct, 12.45pm – 3.45pm. This is an opportunity ...
19/08/2018
An Introduction to Willow Weaving | Hampshire Cultural Trust

AN INTRODUCTION TO WILLOW WEAVING: Basing House, Thu 13 Sept – Thu 11 Oct, 12.45pm – 3.45pm. This is an opportunity for complete beginners to learn the craft of basket making in a relaxed way over 5 weekly sessions. Those with some experience are also welcome to come and get some vital practice, with all materials and tools provided. Make baskets with round bases using the English ‘stake and strand’ technique. Cost: Adult £120, 60+ £108. https://buff.ly/2K1fgIC

An opportunity for complete beginners to learn the craft of basket making in a relaxed way over five weekly sessions.

Last chance to get tickets for Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility in the Walled Garden tomorrow at 6pmGet your tickets ...
18/08/2018

Last chance to get tickets for Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility in the Walled Garden tomorrow at 6pm

Get your tickets here! https://buff.ly/2MjZGgx

Get crafty with MAKE AN APPLIQUE BAG at Basing House, 12 September. Embellish a tote bag with a stag’s head design usi...
15/08/2018
Make an Applique Bag | Hampshire Cultural Trust

Get crafty with MAKE AN APPLIQUE BAG at Basing House, 12 September. Embellish a tote bag with a stag’s head design using the fusible appliqué technique. Learn a couple of hand embroidery stitches to sew a decorative edge around the design. This workshop is ideal for beginners or anyone looking to engage in sewing for relaxation. Cost: Adult £30, 60+ £27. Visit the website to book. https://buff.ly/2K8ou9t

Embellish a tote bag with a stag’s head design using the fusible appliqué technique. Learn a couple of hand embroidery stitches to sew a decorative edge around the design.

"The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex. Their estate was large, and their residence was at Norland Park...
15/08/2018

"The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex. Their estate was large, and their residence was at Norland Park..."

Get your tickets today for Chapterhouse Theatre's open air production of Sense and Sensibility on Sunday! Book online now! https://buff.ly/2Oi2poi

Learn more about PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM in a new three week course this autumn. Join a professional photographer and filmm...
12/08/2018
Photography and Film - Three Week Course | Hampshire Cultural Trust

Learn more about PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM in a new three week course this autumn. Join a professional photographer and filmmaker at Basing House, from 9 September – 23 September, 10.30am – 4pm for an in-depth three day workshop, exploring different locations on the grounds. Discover and develop new camera techniques and skills in a fun and interesting way. All cameras, ages and abilities welcome. Cost: Adult £150, 60+ £135. https://buff.ly/2K3vDom

An in-depth three day photography and film workshop exploring different locations on the ground

Join Fluid Motion Theatre Company for a joyous afternoon with a 'Over 55's Picnic and a Panto' within the grounds of Bas...
10/08/2018

Join Fluid Motion Theatre Company for a joyous afternoon with a 'Over 55's Picnic and a Panto' within the grounds of Basing House. The afternoon includes a performance of Red Riding Hood by Pumpkin Pantos with an afternoon tea.

Book your tickets at https://buff.ly/2JJHJlu

Why not celebrate National Picnic Month by taking a picnic to Basing House! Book ticket online :https://buff.ly/2uPQxS1
26/07/2018

Why not celebrate National Picnic Month by taking a picnic to Basing House!

Book ticket online :https://buff.ly/2uPQxS1

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
19/07/2018

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

Happy Birthday to the borough’s sculpture of Jane Austen! It was unveiled one year ago today by Lady Portsmouth. Join the celebrations outside The Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery where the bronze figure, the world’s first sculpture of the famous borough-born author, stands. Created by Basingstoke’s Adam Roud, it depicts Jane walking through Market Square with books spilling from her arms. Funds for the sculpture were raised through donations from individuals, trusts and foundation grants, all co-ordinated by Hampshire Cultural Trust. 2018 marks 201 years since Jane Austen’s death.

A performance of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility will take place at Basing House on 19 August. Find out more: https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/event/sense-and-sensibility-0

Fluid Motion Theatre Company
19/07/2018

Fluid Motion Theatre Company

In our quest to help improve social isolation through the arts we are delighted to be teaming up with Pumpkin Pantos on our 'Over 55's Picnic and a Panto' in the beautiful walled garden of Basing House

This event will take place on Wednesday 15th August from 2pm - 4pm with a performance of Red Riding Hood followed by an afternoon tea.

Tickets are £5 (over 55's) and £2 (carers). We are also offering full price tickets at £7 for anyone else who would like to come along and have fun!

www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/506487

"The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex. Their estate was large, and their residence was at Norland Park...
19/07/2018
Sense and Sensibility | Hampshire Cultural Trust

"The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex. Their estate was large, and their residence was at Norland Park..." Chapterhouse Theatre return to Basing House next month (19 August) with their open air production of Sense and Sensibility. Book online now!

A wonderful evening performance of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility will be performed by the renowned Chapterhouse Theatre Company outdoors in our walled garde

Attention Austen fans! Don't miss a wonderful evening performance of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility", performed by...
15/07/2018
Sense and Sensibility | Hampshire Cultural Trust

Attention Austen fans! Don't miss a wonderful evening performance of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility", performed by the renowned Chapterhouse Theatre Company outdoors in the walled garden at Basing House, 19 Aug. Full details online. https://buff.ly/2MJ4Kb0

A wonderful evening performance of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility will be performed by the renowned Chapterhouse Theatre Company outdoors in our walled garde

Final six spaces available for stalls at the Basing House Christmas Fayre, taking place in the Great Barn on 1 December!...
14/07/2018

Final six spaces available for stalls at the Basing House Christmas Fayre, taking place in the Great Barn on 1 December!

We're on the lookout for crafters and local produce sellers and are particularly interested in the following:
- Cheese and food gifts
- Teas, coffee and hot chocolate gifts (we have a café coming)
- Alcohol gifts (for consumption off site!)
- Gifts for dogs, cats and horses and other pets.

Stall cost £25.00 and owners must have 5 million of Public Liability insurance. For further information, please contact [email protected]

SPINNER RING WORKSHOP: Learn traditional silversmithing skills at Basing House on 25 July, 10am -  4pm, to create a spin...
04/07/2018
Spinner Ring Workshop | Hampshire Cultural Trust

SPINNER RING WORKSHOP: Learn traditional silversmithing skills at Basing House on 25 July, 10am - 4pm, to create a spinner ring. A wide ring with thinner rings spinning freely, it's fun to wear as well as fun to make! A choice of textures will make your ring unique. Suitable for both beginners to jewellery making and those with previous experience. Cost: Adult £75, 60+ £67.50. https://buff.ly/2MJm3IG

Learn traditional silversmithing skills to create a spinner ring, a wide ring with thinner rings spinning freely, making it fun to wear as well as fun to make! A choice of textures will make your r

Thursday 26 July: Want to brush up on your nature knowledge? Come along to Basing House for a Wildflower Identification ...
28/06/2018
Wildflower Identification | Hampshire Cultural Trust

Thursday 26 July: Want to brush up on your nature knowledge? Come along to Basing House for a Wildflower Identification beginners’ session. Learn the basics by focusing on plant families and their characteristics. By the end of the session you should be able to identify a number of common grassland plants. Cost: Adult £15, 60+ £13.50. https://buff.ly/2M2PZhZ

Come along to this beginners’ session to learn how to identify wildflow

FAMILY MEADOW SWEEP, Basing House, Thursday 26 July, 11am – 12pm. Come along to this family meadows day and learn abou...
27/06/2018
Family Meadow Sweep | Hampshire Cultural Trust

FAMILY MEADOW SWEEP, Basing House, Thursday 26 July, 11am – 12pm. Come along to this family meadows day and learn about the butterflies and other bugs that live in this habitat. Have a go at using sweep nets and bug pots to catch and identify a range of species. Find out how you can get involved in the Big Butterfly Count. Cost: £6 per person, £20 for a family of four. https://buff.ly/2MF05Xi

Come along to this family meadows day and learn about the butterflies and other bugs that live in this habitat.

The sun has come out for the first day of summer, so why not enjoy the longest day with an evening of open air theatre? ...
21/06/2018

The sun has come out for the first day of summer, so why not enjoy the longest day with an evening of open air theatre? Last minute tickets still available for A Midsummer Night's Dream, at Basing House TONIGHT! https://buff.ly/2ytBu4H

16 July, 10.30am – 3.30pm: Join artist Denise Jaques to create a beautiful, shimmering mosaic butterfly for your garde...
18/06/2018
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16 July, 10.30am – 3.30pm: Join artist Denise Jaques to create a beautiful, shimmering mosaic butterfly for your garden, at Basing House's MOSAIC BUTTERFLY WORKSHOP. Cost: Adult £75, 60+ £67.50. https://hants.co/2BFR5fs

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"A crew of patches, rude mechanicals, That work for bread upon Athenian stalls, Were met together to rehearse a play Int...
16/06/2018
A Midsummer Night's Dream | Hampshire Cultural Trust

"A crew of patches, rude mechanicals,
That work for bread upon Athenian stalls,
Were met together to rehearse a play
Intended for great Theseus' nuptial-day...."
Players, lovers, fairies and more all combine in Chapterhouse Theatre's enchanting A Midsummer Night's Dream, performed in the walled garden at Basing House, 21 June. Book online now!

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy.Let yourself be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and hilarious travelling players. Beautifully designed Elizabethan costumes, a wonderful m...

ONE WEEK until A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Basing House! Don't miss this remarkable open air production in the walled g...
14/06/2018
A Midsummer Night's Dream | Hampshire Cultural Trust

ONE WEEK until A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Basing House! Don't miss this remarkable open air production in the walled garden. Book online now.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy.Let yourself be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and hilarious travelling players. Beautifully designed Elizabethan costumes, a wonderful m...

"The course of true love never did run smooth..." Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company on 21 June for Shakespeare's most fa...
07/06/2018
A Midsummer Night's Dream | Hampshire Cultural Trust

"The course of true love never did run smooth..."
Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company on 21 June for Shakespeare's most famous romantic comedy, performed in the walled garden at Basing House. Lovers, fairies and travelling players all collide in this enchanting performance - book now!

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy.Let yourself be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and hilarious travelling players. Beautifully designed Elizabethan costumes, a wonderful m...

Address

Basing House (Free Car Park), Bartons Lane, Old Basing
Basingstoke
RG24 8AE

Free car parking at Bartons Lane. Sat Nav post code: RG24 8AE

General information

Open 17 March - 1 October 2018 Monday - Thursday: 11am - 4pm Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 4pm Closed Fridays. Open for pre-booked groups or schools only from 2 October 2018 - March 2019 Please call us all year on 01256 639550 (at Milestones Museum) to book your group or school visit, wedding, room and filming hire for Basing House.

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

Telephone

01256 463965

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