The quirky side of Basingstoke

Kitschen Cafe Basingstoke

Our weekend in photos. Vintage clothes, Vintage Cafe and Vintage cars….. Dear mummy, what a chilled out weekend we had! We stayed local and explored our home town of Basingstoke. It’s a town in North Hampshire, England. Just like any town and … Continue reading

All Our Own Crafts

All Our Own Crafts Shop

All Our Own Crafts Pop-up shop in Basingstoke’s Festival Place, Hampshire. Dear Mummy, we popped into Festival Place in Basingstoke over the weekend and stumbled upon this great little shop that only opened a couple of week ago. It’s called … Continue reading

Molly’s Den, Winchester

Molly’s Den, Winchester.

Molly's den WinchesterDear mummy, we stumbled on a fab vintage sales room today and loved it so much we just had to blog about it! It was all by accident really, my mummy works in Winchester and saw it sign posted, so we decided to go and explore. We imagined it to be small, cramped and dusty like antique places usually are. How wrong we were! This place is massive! It’s situated off junction 9 of the M3, in Winchester at Moorside Road in an industrial estate (so fairly hidden and tucked away amongst all the business warehouses). We knew we were in the right place when we reached the end of the road and bunting and chalkboard signs greeted us. The car park was big and we drove up behind the warehouse, which was colourfully decorated with old doors and bits of old fairground signs. It looked very quirky, just our place my mummy thought.

To get to the entrance at the rear of the emporium we walked through a lovely urban garden with picnic tables and a BBQ set-up, they even had a small playground to keep the kids occupied. They could have done with a couple of smaller slides and rockers for babies and toddlers, but it kept me amused for a good half an hour while my mummy ducked inside to have a good look around. It was really an Aladdin’s Cave full of treasure. From antique porcelain to vintage clothes, ethnic textiles to beautiful wooden furniture, there was something for everyone. My mummy loved all the old-fashioned pictures and lamps. We went upstairs for some cream teas and sandwiches and sat in a beautiful tea room. Lots of space and fun quirky seating, the staff were VERY friendly and helpful offering me a toy to play with when I got fractious. They smiled and waved at me and came over to say hello, even though they were rushed off their feet. Really good customer service! The prices in the tea room were reasonable too. £1.50 for a cuppa! £2.50 for 2 home-made scones with fresh cream and jam. We will be back just for the tea room alone my mummy thinks.

Molly's den Winchester sale roomI’m fascinated by the colourful stairs and spend a great deal of time walking up and down them, which is tiring for Grandma! I make some friends and wave goodbye when we leave. So much lovely stuff to buy just make sure you take some money. Molly’s Den do accept cards which is good but dangerous for a magpie like my mummy!

One of the best vintage sale rooms we’ve been too, they could do with a soft play area for younger children in one of the storage containers they have dotted around, but other than that we couldn’t think of a better way to spend a morning browsing. They’ve only been open for a week, and more little pop-up stands are setting up, so hopefully there will be more activities for us little ones.

We will be back to Molly’s Den but Shhhhhhhh! we don’t want everyone finding out about this hidden gem in Hampshire! 😉

 Visit Molly’s Den here..

Bella xx

 

Basingstoke Festival of Transport

Basingstoke Festival of Transport

Sunday, May 11, 2014.

Dear Mummy, you’ve attended this event for the past couple of years and enjoyed it, so we decide to head down to Basingstoke’s War Memorial park and check it out. We go in the afternoon as the weather has been mixed today, with it raining heavily all morning. We hope it’s not cancelled as my Grandpa likes cars.

We get there just after lunch and start off by looking at the Deloreans, best known from the great film ‘Back to the Future’, no Micheal J Fox here though. Daddy likes all the nice modern cars but mummy likes the vintage ones. Here’s a snap shot of our day.

Transport 3

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Transport 1

A free day out for all the family and car enthusiasts will love it, you will need to pay for parking but it only costs £2 for the whole day. Loads of food outlets including fish & chips, old fashion sweet stalls and coffee stands and a small auto jumble.

We were amazed by the rows of double decker buses and military vehicles. Basingstoke’s War Memorial park has it’s own children’s play park and park gym as well to keep kids entertained. A good, cheap way to spend the day.

Bella x