Summer holiday activities at Basildon Park

Children playing in the parkland

With 400 acres of parkland to play in, there’s plenty of space at Basildon Park for kids to let off steam during the summer holidays. Find out below how they can play at Basildon Park this summer.

The Wild Play Trail

This year at Basildon Park, we've decided to create something completely new to entertain the kids this summer. In the woods at Basildon Park we're going to build a new wild play trail for kids to let their imaginations run wild and have fun playing in the great outdoors.

There'll be lots to keep you and the kids active, including walking across balance beams, jumping on stepping stones, and peeking into a bug hotel. The Wild Play Trail will also include a section of ball-run for all the fans out there to come along and have a go at. 

The trail will cost £2, and we are hoping to launch it Wed 8 Aug. 

50 things to do before you're 11 and 3/4 activities

Basil-Den is a great area for kids to complete a number of 50 things activities, including den-building, hunting for bugs and making a home for a wild animal.

With vast amounts of open space to run in, Basildon Park is the ideal place to fly a kite during the summer months. Enjoy running after your kite and tick off a 50 things activity.

Ask at the Visitor Reception team for more info about what 50 things activities are available, and pick up any leaflets you need to complete them.

Hunt for bugs in the house on the Big Bug Hunt

In the house this summer, help the conservation team hunt for all the bugs that are running a muck in the house, threatening to damage the collection. Pick up a trail from the entrance to the house and make sure to find as many of the little beasties as you can!

A doggy day out

We welcome all kinds of visitors to Basildon Park, including our four-legged friends. Pick up an estate map and head out on a parkland walk, then head to the tearoom for a well earned treat, where both you and your dog are welcome to sit and rest after a long walk.

There are four great parkland walks at Basildon that are ideal for exploring with your dog on a lead. The walks range in length from 0.5 miles to 3 miles. For a shorter walk take a stroll around the gardens towards the back of the house. 

During the summer months there are cattle in the parkland, please keep your dog on a short lead when walking in areas where the cattle are grazing.