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 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. 

Ranger Walk: Basildon Blooms

Join Leo our ranger to discover the rare and surprising blooms that pop up at Basildon Park, including cowslips and bluebells. Tickets are £3 each and bookable online using the link below.

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

India & Me: A Journey

Mon 24 Feb 2020
Join us to experience our new audio-visual exhibition, looking at personal stories from a collaboration with the Reading Indian Centre.

Parkland run at Basildon Park

Tue 25 Feb 2020
Put your running shoes on every Tuesday to join our volunteers on a run around the park and woodland trails.

Friday walks at Basildon Park

Fri 28 Feb 2020
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.

Ranger Walk: Sit and Stay

Sun 22 Mar 2020
Join Leo the Ranger and his dog Buddy for a dog walk. Breakfast sandwiches and dog treats after in the tea-room. Advanced booking essential.

A Carpet of Bluebells

Sun 29 Mar 2020
The parkland at Basildon Park gets a new lease of life as delicate bluebells burst through the ground, creating great family photo opportunities.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Sat 04 Apr 2020
Over the Easter holidays we've got an exciting trail on, where you can follow the clues around the parkland to win a chocolate prize.