Spring outdoors at Basildon Park

View of spring flowers in the pleasure grounds and a view overlooking the Thames Valley hills

As the warmer days draw closer, why not dust off the winter cobwebs by discovering Basildon Park in spring. Choose a parkland walk to find fresh signs of spring, or discover spring bulbs starting to bloom in the gardens.

Parkland walks

Cheery buttercups and daffodils cover the parkland in spring. With four way-marked paths to choose from, there is plenty of opportunity to discover spring flowers blooming on a refreshing walk. Follow the green walk for the chance to see some impressive views of the mansion through the trees across the parkland, and follow the orange walk to find ancient trees. On your way, look out for spring flowers such as violets, cowslip, cherry blossom and primroses. 

Dog-walking in spring

Bring your dog along to join in the enjoyment of warmer days arriving with spring. Dogs are warmly welcomed and are free to wander the gardens and parkland on short leads.

There's somewhere for ever member of the family
Dog on a walk
There's somewhere for ever member of the family

The Old Kitchen just across from the tea-room is a covered, indoor space you can relax in with your dogs when it’s time for a rest, and dogs are allowed in the tea-room now as well.  Grab a cup of tea and a seasonal treat for yourself and please help yourself to water and biscuits we have provided for the dogs. 


Towards the end of April and beginning of May, keep an eye out for Bluebells, which are at their peak during this time of the year. Ask the friendly visitor reception team for the best places to spot them on your walk, which is further out in the woodland. 

Please take care to keep to the paths as bluebells are very fragile. 

Bluebell walks

Leo our ranger will be hosting some bookable bluebell walks, where he will show you the best places to see them and explain how we look after them. 

Visiting during the week

Are you free during the week? Catch the morning sun on the spring flowers during the week to enjoy a quieter moment of spring at Basildon Park.

Friday walks

Friday nature walks also take place at 11am every Friday, starting from the Stable yard. A range of volunteers lead these walks, meaning the walks can be quite different from one week to the next! They’ll always include some history, information about the seasonal plants that are appearing, and what you can spot in the parkland.

Upcoming events

Book Conservation Week

Fri 22 Feb 2019
Discover how the house team cares for the books in the library.

Wild play trail at Basildon Park

Fri 22 Feb 2019
The Wild Play Trail takes in some of the best views of the parkland, while engaging the little ones with the nature that surrounds them.

February half term: Parkland trail

Fri 22 Feb 2019
Get exploring the estate and learn how we care for it on this new children's trail

Friday walks at Basildon Park

Fri 22 Feb 2019
Find out more about the parkland that surrounds Basildon Park mansion from our knowledgaeable team of volunteers and rangers as they take you on a guided walk of the park.

At Home with Art - Treasures of the Ford Collection

Fri 22 Feb 2019
A new exhibition of inspiring artworks in the South Pavilion.

February half term: Storytelling in the Stableyard shop

Fri 22 Feb 2019
Let your imaginations go wild as we read childhood favourite books in the shop.