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Local Attractions

Eastrop Park

We love dogs and walking at the Portsmouth Arms, so why not combine a visit to the pub with a long stroll in Eastrop Park. Here you can find a boating lake, tree trail, trim trail, children’s play area and a paddling pool and indeed the park has been awarded the Green Flag Award for both 2017 to 2018.

The River Loddon runs through the park, feeding into a balancing pond in the wildlife area. You can watch wildlife from the dipping platform: on, below and beside the water and many birds inhabit this area including a Kingfisher, which can be seen hunting along the river.

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Old Basing House

Unearth the amazing stories of Basing House, the nationally important ruins and grounds of the largest private house in Tudor England, which suffered at the hands of Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War. Discover the Great Barn and spot the artillery damage still visible on its walls, explore the ruins and imagine what the house would have looked like from the viewing platforms, visit the walled garden and learn about Basing House’s fascinating history in the museum, use the free app to experience every aspect of this remarkable site, from the ruins themselves to the gatehouse and LEGO model of the great house or walk your dog or find a picnic spot and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the vast grounds.

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Anvil Arts

Anvil Arts, the largest performing arts organisation in Hampshire, runs The Anvil, The Haymarket and The Forge in Basingstoke. It is managed by The Anvil Trust, an independent educational charity and the venues provide a variety of entertainment from rock, pop and classical music to comedy, opera and dance. So why not join us for a meal or a drink before or after your event and sample our great hospitality.

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Following the Government’s instruction on the 20th March 2020, we have temporarily closed our doors to protect our guests and our team from the risk of spreading COVID-19.

We are now focussing on the immediate future and how we can continue to make people’s day during the temporary closure of our pubs. We will also ensure that we are well prepared to re-open when it is right to do so.

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