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Balloons over Basingstoke takes place in War Memorial Park, find out more...

War Memorial Park, Basingstoke is situated at the 'top' of the town between London Road and Black Dam.

An historic Georgian park, it has an attractive parkland landscape of mature trees and garden features, in which to walk and relax (see below for further information on the park's history and development). It also has a newly refurbished play area, BMX/Skate park, sports pitches and all weather tennis courts run by Totally Tennis.

Following an award from the National Lottery Fund, the park was refurbished in 2001 to include a woodland walk, wedding garden and new aviary.

The park is accessible by a short walk from Festival Place and the bus station or Hackwood Road Bus stop. Alternatively there are subways to the park from the residential areas of Cranborne and Black Dam, with pathways from Kings Furlong, Riverdene and Eastrop estates. Free parking is available at Crossborough Hill.

As well as Balloons over Basingstoke, War Memorial Park is home to lots of other events during the year including the Transport Festival in May, Basingstoke Live a 2 day music festival in July and The Mayor's Charity Firework Fiesta every November 5th.

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