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Family-friendly things to do at Basildon Park

A family playing outside at Osterley Park and House, London in autumn
Enjoy autumn leaves at Basildon Park | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Keep all the family happy at Basildon Park, from playing at the ball run, adventuring in the wild play trail, or getting a picnic out in the pleasure grounds.

Planning your family visit

Here's the information you need at a glance to make the most of your family day out at Basildon Park:

  • Baby-changing facilities are available in the accessible toilets in the stableyard by visitor reception
  • The gardens are accessible for buggies, but the parkland has uneven ground
  • Please don't bring balls, bikes or scooters
  • Children's books and toys are available to buy in the shop
  • Hot and cold drinks and snacks are available from the tea-room.

Family-friendly events

Summer of Play at Basildon Park, sponsored by Starling Bank

Enjoy a fun-filled day out with your family this summer at Basildon Park! From 21 July - 4 September, we're hosting a variety of outdoor play activities that will keep everyone entertained all day long. Test your skills on our wild play trail, where you can balance on logs, create your own ball run, and explore the great outdoors. Or try your hand at some lawn games, perfect for a family friendly competition. For the more active family members, we've got a range of outdoor games to keep you moving. Don't forget to bring a picnic and take a break in our beautiful grounds. Come and join us for an adventure-filled summer at Basildon Park.

Autumn children's trails and activities at Basildon Park

As the interior of the house is illuminated for the Festival of Light and Colour this Autumn, children can enjoy a free trail and craft inside the house. Take part in a trail exploring traditions from around the world and how light and colour are used in celebrations at this time of year. There will also be the opportunity to see an artist creating a large scale Rangoli and take part in a craft activity of your own.

We're also celebrating Fantastic Fungi at Basildon Park with an outdoor trail, perfect for adventurers of all ages. From 14 to 31 October, pick up your trail sheet from visitor reception to help you find fungi themed facts, games and activities. Trail costs £2, which includes a trail sheet and a prize at the end.

Family-friendly things to do on the estate

Children's wild play trail

Head along the woodland walk to find the wild play trail in the parkland. Get adventurous on the balance beam, jump on the hopscotch and play with the ball run. There’s also plenty of space for some den building too.

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The garden at Basildon Park 

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.

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Explore the wider estate on a parkland walk. Choose from one of four trails that are designed for different ages and abilities. Take in the views of the 18th-century Bath-stone house as it glows in the distance.