Christmas at Basildon Park
Experience the enchantment of the season at Basildon Park as it pays tribute to the timeless tale of 'The Wind in the Willows.' Starting from 18 November, immerse yourself in a wonderland of beautifully adorned trees, garlands, and twinkling fairy lights, all inspired by the captivating story. The magical atmosphere extends to the gardens, where you'll encounter charming woodland creatures and whimsical decorations.
Embrace the spirit of Christmas with us from 18 November this year until 5 January 2024.
Our doors will be open from 10am to 4pm, with the last entry at 3pm. Step into the house, which opens at 11am, and discover the delightful Christmas decorations. Wander through the house at your own pace, and our knowledgeable guides will be there to share captivating stories along the way.
Join us for a fun session of wreath-making. Get prepared for Christmas by creating a wreath to decorate your house. Tea, coffee and festive snacks will be provided.
We will provide all the materials, but please bring your own gloves, secateurs and any additional decorations you would like to add to your wreath. We will have some extras available if needed.
The sessions will be run on 20, 21, 27, and 28 of November and on the 4 and 5 December 2023 from 10:30am to 12:30pm. The workshops will take place indoors. Tickets cost £30.
Festive food and drink
Cosy up with a hot soup or enjoy a festive mince pie this winter in the tea-room.
Browse our selection of Christmas decorations and treats in the shop. The range on offer has something for everyone, making it the perfect place to stock up on presents for family and friends.
Many of the houses and buildings in our care that will be transformed with colour this Christmas. Find out more about our winter illuminations and lights trails and book tickets for your visit.
Step back in time and experience a historic Christmas first-hand. See houses decked out with decorations from across history and be transported right back to the festivities of the time.
Discover the opulent styling and artistic treasures that make the house at Basildon Park a signature 18th-century Palladian mansion, including some quirky details.
Enjoy food and drink and buy a reminder of your day out on your visit to Basildon Park. Pick up a tasty treat in the tea-room or grab a gardening must-have in the shop.
Discover the beautifully laid out, restored grounds that surround the house at Basildon Park. Take in the views from the terrace and pause awhile under the thatched Umbrello seat.
Follow the rise and fall of Basildon Park from aspirational 18th-century beginnings to its decline after the Second World War and how its fortunes recovered in the 1950s.