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7 things you must do during a staycation in Farnborough, Hampshire

Farnborough is home to two of our extremely popular serviced apartments properties,  Equinox Place, Farnborough (rated 4.9/5 on Google Reviews), is a privately gated property which offers 2-bed serviced apartments (some with balconies) and secure parking, and Solstice House, Farnborough (rated 4.7/5 on Google Reviews), serviced apartments offers magnificent 1-bed serviced apartments with secure parking.

Both properties are fitted with fast WiFi and Sky TV to keep you busy when you aren’t out exploring the lively town of Farnborough, Hampshire.  Located in central Farnborough, Equinox Place & Solstice House are a short 8 minute walk to the town centre and a 4 minute walk to the train station.  Car parking is available with your booking (subject to availability & cost).  

When staying at House of Fisher in Farnborough, here are seven things we recommend you must do:

Learnt about aviation history at the Air Science Trust Museum

1. Learn about aviation history at the Air Science Trust Museum

The Air Science Trust Museum houses a wonderful and extensive collection of aircraft, satellites, simulators and even a wind tunnel which was built to be used as a tool in aerodynamic research.  Farnborough’s aviation history is notorious for its contributions to the development of aeronautical science, such as the creation of the first airborne cameras and flying clothing. When visiting The Air Science Trust Museum you will be able to get an amazing understanding of aircraft as you view all the parts from the nose sections to the cockpits. Make sure you check out the full size replica of the Cody Flyer which was a pivotal turning point in the development of the aviation industry with it being the first air powered controlled flight in the UK which took place in Farnborough.

If you would like to pick up some memorable or historical souvenirs then head on over to the FAST museum shop located on site, pick up a range of publications, photos, models and toys, you can even get some books about the Cody Flyer so don’t miss that opportunity.

Located a 3 minute drive from our serviced apartments at Equinox Place & Solstice House, we would definitely recommend going for a day to learn about some of the pivotal turning points in aviation history. Parking is available on site and is free.

Hop in, we're going shopping at Princes Mead

2. Hop in, we’re going shopping at Princes Mead 

Princes Mead, Farnborough’s shopping centre, is packed with loads of shops to help you enjoy a fun day out.  It has you covered on finding some funky new clothes to wear and something nice to eat, keeping you fueled on your shopping packed day.  Enjoy one of Princes Mead’s many events such as the Christmas grotto or one of the performances from some outstanding artists, details of which can be found on the Princes Mead website (events are subject to change).  As for a store, we would recommend Yours who supply the best plus sized clothes loved by the nation.  With sizes ranging from 16 to 36, we at House of Fisher support their message of “Fashion should be available for everyone, no matter what shape, dress size or age they are”. 

Princes Mead has you covered should you get hungry on your shopping spree, as they have a Costa Coffee, Burger King and a Subway offering you lots of variety for whatever entices your taste buds. 

Located only an 8 minute walk from our serviced apartments at Equinox Place & Solstice House, it makes for the perfect place for an exciting day of shopping.

Tuck into a lovely meal at Kingfisher on The Quay

3. Tuck into a lovely meal at Kingfisher on The Quay

Kingfisher is a stunning place to sit down and have a delicious meal.   Positioned on the side of a lake, with seating looking out over the picture-perfect freshwater lake, you will enjoy an amazing viewing experience while enjoying your meal.  The decor is inspired by the underwater world which adds to the meal, giving you a sense of peacefulness, and two large log fires to keep you warm on a winter’s night.  If you dine during the day, your viewing experience will be enhanced as you enjoy the entertainment of observing a wide range of water sports.  As for meals, we would definitely recommend you try the pan-seared haddock fillet served with garlic roasted new potatoes and tenderstem broccoli.  Why not wash it down with a bottle of Santa Rita Gran Hacienda from Chile, a full-bodied Sauvingnon Blanc?

If you are gluten intolerant, Kingfisher has adapted many of the main menu items for their non-gluten menu so you can enjoy your meal as well.

Located only a 4 minute drive from our serviced apartments at Equinox Place & Solstice House, why not enjoy a lovely dinner at Kingfisher on The Quay?

Become the next Lewis Hamilton at Team Sport Go Karting

4. Become the next Lewis Hamilton at Team Sport Go Karting

Have you ever wanted to take the wheel of a go kart and test your abilities?  Great news!   Team Sport Go Karting has you covered with their extensive, multilevel, 800m go kart track.  If you are an F1 fan then the Grand Prix styled races will be perfect for you, where you can race your way onto the podium as there can only be one winner.  If you would like a bit more time to get accustomed to the go karts and the tracks then the 50 lap race style will give you plenty of time to become the best.  This consists of a safety briefing followed by 50 laps of the track and trophies for the top three drivers.  You won’t go hungry either as they have a tasty menu for you to fuel up before or after the race of your life.  With a wide range of pizzas to a full range of hot and cold drinks, there’s something for everyone.

With the eco electric karts being able to go an astonishing 40 mph there are some super fast lap times. 41.562 seconds is currently the fastest time on the track – if you think you have what it takes to beat that then get down to Team Sport Go Karting.

Located only a 4 minute drive from our serviced apartments at Equinox Place & Solstice House, we would definitely recommend drifting your way down there for an exciting day.  They also have free onsite parking to make it even easier to get to.

Take to the slopes at Alpine Snowsports

5. Take to the slopes at Alpine Snowsports

If you have ever wanted to experience the thrill of skiing, then Alpine Snowsports in Aldershot can help you.  Fitted with a mixture of artificial ski slopes, there’s loads of different activities for you to try and enjoy, including skiing, snowboarding and donutting. If you would like to simply learn how to ski or maybe take your skiing skills even further and progress to the big slopes one day then Alpine Snowsports will help you achieve this.  They offer skiing lessons by professional skiing instructors who have many years of experience behind the skis, so you couldn’t be in better hands.  Each slope has their own lift system so you don’t have to worry about getting back up once you have navigated down.  To keep the slope as realistic as possible they have installed a mist system to keep the ramp slippery 24/7, along with floodlights so that they are open late most nights.

If you forget any of your ski gear, don’t worry as they have an onsite ski shop so that you can buy any last minute ski accessories to make sure you are suited and booted before you hit the slopes.

Located only a 10 minute drive from our serviced apartments at Equinox Place & Solstice House, you should definitely make the trip, for a ski trip.

Jump to new heights at Gravity Force

6. Jump to new heights at Gravity Force

People usually assume exercise is not fun but at Gravity Force you can get plenty of exercise while having loads of fun!  Bounce your way to success with all types of games and activities to do.  There are a plethora of trampolines, some on the floor, some on the walls and, if you want to get a bit more adventurous, even have a foam pit so you can jump high in the air, try whatever acrobatic tricks you want to and land safely in a large open foam pit.  If you have more of a competitive side and would like to challenge yourself and others then the dodge ball courts can make you feel like the true Ben Stiller that you are.  Be careful, as the dodge balls can sometimes come at very fast speeds so maybe channel your inner Neo from The Matrix.  Looking to try the fitness aspect out?  Then take yourself to one of the many fitness classes which they run; high intensity and low impact to reduce stress on your joints keeping you healthy and happy.

All this exercise can make you hungry and Gravity Force has you covered with their Tuck In café where you can choose from the scrumptious and filling treats to re-energize you for your trampolining adventures.

Located only an 8 minute drive from our serviced apartments at Equinox Place & Solstice House, we would definitely recommend bouncing on over there for a day of fun. Parking is available and there’s plenty of it making your trip even easier.

Learn about military history at Aldershot Military Museum

7. Learn about military history at Aldershot Military Museum

Once you have visited the Air Science Trust Museum, it would definitely be worth checking out the Aldershot Military Museum.  Established in 1854, Aldershot has long been seen as the home of the British Army.  Be sure to take a look at Montgomery’s Barn, a building which once stood in the grounds of Field Marshal Montgomery’s home at Isington, located near Alton.  This barn was built to house his wartime caravans and now houses some of the museum’s exhibits such as vehicles and weapons.   The Local History Gallery, steeped in history, tells you the story of Farnborough and Aldershot including the war and the local history about the two towns.  Want a little more hands-on action and want to know some of the courses that the soldiers had to go through?  Then the World War II Assault Course is just for you; you will get to jump, leap and climb through an action packed assault course inspired by the real courses used in WWII.

If you are finding yourself hungry after the WWII Assault course then grab a drink and some snacks from the onsite café or maybe even bring your own picnic to enjoy outdoors.

Located only a 6 minute drive from our serviced apartments at Equinox Place & Solstice House, get on down there to learn all about Aldershot and Farnborough’s military history.  Car parking is available and free on site, making your trip even easier.

Where to stay in Farnborough?

Farnborough houses two of our extremely popular serviced apartment properties Equinox Place, Farnborough, a privately gated property which offers 2-bed serviced apartments (some with balconies) and secure parking and Solstice House, Farnborough, serviced apartments offers a magnificent 1-bed serviced apartment with secure parking.  Both aparthotels are fitted with fast WiFi and Sky TV to keep you busy when you aren’t out exploring the lively town of Farnborough, Hampshire. Located in the thick of Farnborough, Equinox Place & Solstice House are a short 8 minute walk to the town centre and a 4 minute walk to the train station.  Car parking is available with your booking (subject to availability & cost).

When booking your Staycation with House of Fisher, we always encourage you to book directly through our website and advanced booking engine or by calling our Reservations team on 01189 514151. Click here to read the wealth of benefits from doing this and remember booking directly with House of Fisher is the only way to guarantee you will pay the lowest price.

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