Basildon Park 'dinner at 8' exhibition

The curtains have been drawn, the crystal chandeliers are sparkling and the table is set ready for guests to arrive. See the house dressed ready for a dinner party, as it would have been when the Iliffe's hosted them.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Lord and Lady Iliffe were famous for the weekend parties they laid on, including the decadent dinner parties that went with them. Now, you too have the opportunity to experience the glamour and opulence of a country house evening party.

You can view the house at its usual opening hours, with house tours taking place at 11am and 11:30am, and free-flow visiting from 12pm to 5pm.

Please note that from 30 Oct - 31 Dec the house will close at 4pm.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Basildon Park

Prices

Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £14.00 £12.70
Child £7.50 £6.80
Family £35.55 £32.30
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £11.00
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £5.40

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...

Entry for National Trust members: free.

The basics

Suitability
Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.
Meeting point
Head to the outside stairs of the house and entry to the house is at the top of these.
Accessibility
Only stairs access to the house.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
24 November 2017 11:00 - 16:00 Available
25 November 2017 11:00 - 16:00 Available
26 November 2017 11:00 - 16:00 Available
27 November 2017 11:00 - 16:00 Available
28 November 2017 11:00 - 16:00 Available
29 November 2017 11:00 - 16:00 Available
30 November 2017 11:00 - 16:00 Available

Contact Info

Name
Property Administrator
Email
basildonpark@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01491 672920

Upcoming events

Reimagining India exhibition

Fri 24 Nov 2017
10:00-16:00
The Garden room, one of the more intriguing rooms at Basildon Park, is being reinterpreted and re-presented this autumn with an exhibition titled Reimagining India.

Illuminated woodland walk

Fri 24 Nov 2017
10:00-16:00
As the sun fades see the woodland walk lit up, and enjoy the changing colours of the trees through the seasons from autumn to winter.

Wildlife walk

Fri 24 Nov 2017
11:00-12:00
Join us for a wildlife walk around our parkland, leaving from the ticket office at 11am every Friday.

Basildon Park 'dinner at 8' exhibition

Fri 24 Nov 2017
11:00-16:00
The curtains have been drawn, the crystal chandeliers are sparkling and the table is set ready for guests to arrive. See the house dressed ready for a dinner party, as it would have been when the Iliffe's hosted them.

At Home with Art - Treasures of the Ford Collection

Fri 24 Nov 2017
11:00-16:30
A new exhibition of inspiring artworks in the South Pavilion.

Parkland run at Basildon Park

Tue 28 Nov 2017
10:30-11:30
Put your running shoes on every Tuesday to join our volunteers on a run around the park and woodland trails.