7th November 2021 @ 10:00 am – 3:15 pm
Milestones Living History Museum
Basingstoke Leisure Park
Churchill Way West, Basingstoke RG22 6PG
12.50 via PayPal
John Wheeler

John & Patricia Wheeler, together with Angela & Ron Clarke have kindly put together this visit to The Milestones Living History Museum, details are given below;

Sunday 7th November Visit to Milestones Living History Museum
Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Bassingstoke, RG22 6PG
The plan is to meet at Morrisons Supermarket, Lakesmere Road, Horndean, PO8 9FB.
Meeting time will be 10:00 so we can be ready to leave no later than 10:30
Patricia and I look forward to you joining us for this great day out.
Entrance Fee: £12.50 p/p (special prices down from £16.50 p/p Adult, £13.25 p/p Concession)

Payment required in advance paid via PayPal, remembering to tick the paying a friend or relative box, to fj.wheeler46@gmail.com

Visit Milestones’ Rooftops Café for fish and chips, soup, savoury pastries, sandwiches, children’s meals, hot and cold drinks, ice cream and more! Food and drink can be consumed either inside the café or at our outdoor seating area. Hot and cold drinks are available from our very own pub, The Baverstock Arms. Hot and cold drinks, cakes and snacks are available from our Vintage Tea Tent

Get 30p off your next hot drink in the museum café when you bring your own reusable cup! Simply present your cup to a member of café staff to claim your discount.

Visitors are welcome to use our outdoor seating for picnics, however, there is no indoor picnic area.

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Milestones tells the story of how people used to live, the things they used and the work they did. The maze of Victorian and 1930s streets is packed with shops, factories and houses, most based on original buildings from in and around Basingstoke.

If you enjoy shopping, you’ll discover what the high street was like before the arrival of chain stores: the milliner, saddler and ironmonger all offer a glimpse into shopping habits of the past.

Our impressive collection of restored vintage vehicles includes fine examples from top Hampshire manufacturers. The Thornycroft Steam Wagon Company Ltd was originally based in Chiswick, but demand for their steam lorries and vans led them to build a huge new factory in Basingstoke in 1898, where cars were also produced from 1903 – 1912. At Milestones, you’ll find a large Thornycroft collection, as well as a re-creation of part of the factory.

As well as vehicles from these giants of local manufacturing, during your visit to Milestones you’ll also see many other beautifully restored vehicles, from a Victorian tram, to classic motorbikes, a Romany caravan and even a 19th century steam-powered fire engine.

The museum is based on the extraordinary group of teddy bears put together over many years by Mr W Simpson, and visitors will find out why he started his collection and explore the history of teddy bears, which goes back as far as 1905. The bears are displayed alongside specially commissioned animated films and there are lots of fun things for children to do, too. Learn about teddy bear history and how to identify any antique bears you may have at home!

Take a step back in time and visit the Milestones Pier! Stroll along the boardwalk, learn all about the history of piers and view the traditional seaside scenes. Laugh at your friends in the postcard-style photo opportunities and wacky mirrors just like you would at the actual seaside! There are vintage arcade games from claw grabbers and shove pennies to enjoy, plus Pac Man and table football. The Milestones Pier has something for all the family to enjoy.

John, Patricia, Ron & Angela