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A great day out that supports classroom learning on the topic of The Civil War, or can be used as a Humanities linked trip during Activities Week. Basing House was the last Royalist stronghold in the South East and a key site in the battle between King and Parliament – come and discover what the Civil War meant to people living in Hampshire at the time.


£200 per class (up to 35 students), with up to 8 accompanying adults free of charge. We can accommodate up to 120 children for a full day’s programme and require an adult:child ratio of 1:15


Using a wide range of resources including costumed interpreters, museum displays, archive materials, replica and real objects, audio-visual installations, the ruins of Basing House itself, and the Learning and Community Centre resources, this day-long event enables pupils to explore key themes linked to the events of the Civil War at Basing House.


Children must be arranged into a maximum of 8 groups of 10-15 before arrival (the exact number depending on how many people are attending) and each group must ideally have an allocated member of staff who will stay with that group throughout the day.

Some activities will be fully led by Basing House staff and some will be self-led, supported by clear instructions and information cards. School staff will be asked to oversee but not lead these sessions.


There are limited toilets available at Basing House and they are located in the Learning and Community Centre and at the Garrison Gate. Fully accessible toilets are available at both these locations and also below the Museum. If required, children can also visit the shop to buy small souvenirs, soft drinks and snacks. There is no café open on site during the week. Free coach parking is available (use RG24 8AE for SatNav) and the coach park is a 5 minute walk from Basing House.


Lunch can be eaten anywhere on the site and we suggest using the Walled Garden if the weather is good, or the covered barn at Basing Grange if it is not. Packed lunches can be left at Basing Grange or in the ticket kiosk near the Walled Garden while activities take place. Large groups may prefer to split their lunch break over both sites.


For further information and to make bookings, please contact the Basing House learning team who are based at our sister venue, Milestones Museum, on 01256 639550 or email: milestones.schools@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk.