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

Choose from one of 4 way-marked walks to discover signs of spring at Basildon Park. Follow the green walk for the chance to see some impressive views of the mansion through the trees across the parkland; on any of the walks 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.

The Old Kitchen is a covered, indoor space you can relax in with your dogs when it’s time for a rest. With biscuits and water provided for the dogs, grab a cup of tea and seasonal treat for yourself from the tearoom just across the courtyard.   

Daffodils and Bluebells 

Daffodils are the first sign that spring is starting at Basildon Park. Look out for these cheery plants appearing throughout the parkland and gardens, and enjoy the displays of daffodils indoors as well. 

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 centre staff for the best places to spot them on your walk. 

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 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.

Why not join one of these in spring to discover more about what Basildon Park is like during this season?