It was a coach trip (again) and we travelled down to Basingstoke, Hampshire, where we were based, on the Thursday morning stopping off at Banbury for lunch, arriving at the hotel about 5pm. It was a long journey so we unpacked and had a short rest before getting freshened up for dinner.
The following morning we set off after breakfast to Runnymede to board a river cruise boat for a two hour trip along the Thames. The water-meadow at Runnymede is the most likely location at which, in 1215,King John sealed the Magna Carta. Magna Carta was the first document imposed upon a King Of England by a group of his subjects, the feudal barons, in an attempt to limit his powers by law and protect their rights. Unfortunately we didn't have time to explore Runnymede as our boat was waiting for us.
before arriving at Old Windsor Lock.
Our next visit was to Milestones Living History Museum in Basingstoke, where you can step into the story of Hampshire's social, retail and industrial heritage and imagine what life would have been like during the Victorian era and the 1930's as you explore the life-size streets, buildings, shops and vehicles. Adults and children can dress in Victorian costumes, buy a 2oz ration of sweets in the 1940's sweet shop, enjoy a drink in the working Edwardian pub, climb on board some of the vehicles and see the vast collection of appliances from bygone days.
It doesn't look much from the outside does it?
Inside it's magic!
posser, I used to help my grandmother do the laundry in a dolly tub using one of these to mix the laundry.
The money which comes your way you spend wisely, although some may not think so. We cannot all have immense wealth and this does not always bring happiness. A kind person like yourself has true friends. The smiles on the faces of loved ones is ample reward for a few pennies well spent.
How nice is that?
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Milestones and can really recommend it for a day out if you are in that area. Unfortunately it was time to head back to the hotel as Milestones closed at 4.45 p.m. but as the hotel was only 15 minutes away we were able to have a much needed rest before dinner.
I hope you enjoyed Part 1 and will join me for Part 2 when we take a train ride and visit Winchester.