This popular park is an ideal place to spend the day. A boating lake, tree trail, trim trail, children’s play area and a paddling pool are all available. Due to its high standards, Eastrop Park has been awarded the Green Flag Award for 2015 to 2016.
The River Loddon runs through the park, feeding into a balancing pond in the wildlife area, where a dipping platform allows you to observe wildlife on, below and beside the water (caution is recommended in wet conditions). Many birds inhabit this area including a resident kingfisher which can be seen hunting along the river.
Location and access
Eastrop Park is accessible by a short walk from Festival Place and the bus station. Alternatively, the park and ride bus service stops at City Wall House, Basing View; follow the footpath over the bridge to the park. For information on how to find Eastrop Park click here.
Free parking is available at two car parks on site, which are accessible from Eastrop Way. Both have disabled parking bays. There is a disabled toilet and pathways throughout the park are suitable for buggies and wheelchair users.
There is a range of play equipment in the park, to meet the needs of various age groups including those with disabilities.
Cafe and Boathouse
This facility is weather dependent but generally open from 11.30am to 5.30pm as follows:
Easter weekend / Easter school holiday
May half term
School summer holiday
Bank holidays between Easter and the end of September
Weekends from Easter until the end of September.
Boats (per person/20 minutes)
Basingstoke Model Boat Club
The model boating lake in Eastrop Park is the smaller of the two manmade lakes in Eastrop Park, and is used regularly by the Basingstoke Model Boat Club. This friendly group brings a variety of models such as yachts and steam boats down to the lake for a peaceful sail in the park. The group is always willing to talk about their boats and welcome new members to the club. To find out more about the Basingstoke Model Boat club and how you can get involved visit the group’s website.