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Family-friendly things to do at Basildon Park

A child wearing a straw hat and a pink top is point at a clock as part of an Easter trail
A child is pointing at a trail board | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Keep all the family happy at Basildon Park, from playing at the ball run, adventuring on the wild play walk, or taking part in one of the seasonal trails.

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

Are you ready for a Summer of Play? Join us at Basildon Park 20 July - 3 September.

Discover the games gazebo near the picnic area, jam-packed with games kits to take onto to the vast lawn with the backdrop of the mansion in one direction and wide views of the parkland and woods in the other. Which kit will you choose? There are badminton rackets & shuttlecocks to volley, bean bags to juggle and tower tumble to stack and balance. Take part in a spotter activity inside the mansion. Follow your free map and the colourful bunting as you set out on a play-filled visit.

On selected dates, den building sessions will be available. Booking is advisable as numbers are limited, please check the event section of our website for more information.

Summer of Play is sponsored by Starling Bank.

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.

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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.