Summer in the outdoors at Basildon Park

Roses in Basildon Park garden

As spring fades and the summer is in full swing, Basildon Park is a breath of fresh air for those wanting to explore the outdoors and take in the sights, sounds and smells of the summer season.

Picnic in the parkland

With different cakes and treats each month in our tea room, this summer is the perfect time to grab a picnic and explore the parkland here at Basildon Park. There are beautiful spots to take a moment for quiet contemplation or catch ups with friends. Pick up a picnic and head out to find a favourite spot today. Our National Trust shop has a great selection of rugs.

Nothing beats a picnic outside with friends and family at Basildon Park
Picnic at Basildon Park

Roses are red...

...and pink and white! This June, discover all the different kinds that make our garden a blossoming sight. Throughout the month our Head Gardener will share his trade secrets on rose care with a specifically created self led trail, and our flower arrangers will show you how to create beautiful displays.

Take an afternoon stroll to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere as you stroll around the rose garden, taking in the stunning views across the Thames Valley.

Roses in Basildon Park garden
Roses in Basildon Park garden

For the first time ever we are stocking David Austin peat free roses in our Shop. Add some colour to you Garden this summer. From delicately flowering shrubs named 'Queen of Sweden' to fragrant larger climbers named 'Gertrude Jekyll' there's lots of choice.

Summer wildlife and flowers

We are lucky to have so many wonderful types of wildlife and flowers here at Basildon Park; it's the perfect place to learn more about the wonderful green spaces around you.

The Chilterns is a great place to see red kites
Red Kite

Whilst you're walking out in the gardens and parkland, try to spot a red kite or the many butterflies that flutter past. If you're really lucky you may see the native English orchids that pop up in the parkland to share their pretty flowers with us. Download our parkland walks leaflet below to get the most out of your visit.

Parkland walks leaflet (PDF / 3MB) download

Nocturnal neighbours

Old historic parklands are generally great places to see bats. Recent surveys have shown that there are at least seven types of bat at Basildon Park. This is around half of all the bat species in Britain and the rare Barbastelle bat was found here in 2010. 

Bechstein's bat (Myotis bechsteinii)
Bechstein's bat (Myotis bechsteinii)

Download our bat leaflet for more information.

Basildon Park bat leaflet (PDF / 1.154296875MB) download

If you're interested in bats and want to find out more please visit the Bat Conservation Trust website where you can become a member and discover the many ways you can be involved and do your bit for bats. 

Dogs

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome to join us outside during summer, too (and all year round). We just ask that you please clean up after your dog. There are water bowls for dogs around the property and we even offer complimentary dog biscuits for your pooch in the Old Kitchen.

Dog walking
Dog walking on a lead