A little bit of history
Contrary to popular belief, Basingstoke is not a new town. It's actually a very old market town, and can be traced to 1214 in the Domesday Book. It has a rich history both politically and socially, with the cloth and brewing industries both playing a major part in its development. During the 1960's the rebuilding of the town centre and subsequent expansion took place as part of Basingstoke's role as an expanded town to take overspill population from London.
Need to know
Basingstoke is twinned with Alencon in France, Braine-L'Alleud in Belgium, and Euskirchen in Germany.
Basingstoke is packed with every shop you could possibly need. To make your life easier, head to Festival Place, where you'll not only find every major high street name, but bars, restaurants and a cinema complex too. The surrounding towns of Hook, Overton, Whitchurch and Tadley also have plenty to offer by way of shops.
BASINGSTOKE IS HOME TO TWO MAJOR ENTERTAINMENT VENUES: THE ANVIL, WHICH ATTRACTS SOME PRETTY BIG NAMES IN THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD, AND THE HAYMARKET THEATRE ' A GREAT PLACE TO TAKE IN A PLAY OR A MUSICAL.