A Trip To…Basildon Park, National Trust

A Trip To…Basildon Park, National Trust

Since becoming members of the National Trust we’ve been making full use of them and exploring lots of lovely places. My favourite one being on our trip to Dorset and going to Corfe Castle.

What I love about the National Trust is they always put on some great events throughout the year and Easter is no exception. They have teamed up with Cadbury and have Easter Egg Hunts at over 300 National Trust venues one the Easter holidays. It doesn’t end until the 15th April, so you still have time to go.

One National Trust place I wanted to visit was Basildon Park, it’s not to far from us and it has appeared in the Pride and Prejudice film. The interiors of Basildon were also used in the Grantham House on Downton Abbey.

With only Easter Sunday going to be a dry day over the Easter weekend, we decide it was the perfect time to go to Basildon Park for the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. My family came with us and we couldn’t wait to have a fun day out.

When we arrived we managed to park in the car park by the entrance, there is also an overflow car park. But this is closed if it gets too wet, they put a notice on their website to let you know if it’s closed.

When you first arrive there is a courtyard that has a shop in it and as it was the Easter Egg Hunt, this was where we collected the activity sheet the girls had to do, to collect their winning egg. It was £3 per child to take part.

We then followed the path up through the woodlands, there were bunny paw prints marking the way. The Easter Egg Hunt took place in a large field and there was 8 animals to find, where you had to write down a fun fact about them. It was quite a walk, but we all enjoyed it and we were so pleased it was a dry day.

With the Easter Egg Hunt completed I was keen to see the house and the rest of the grounds, as obviously on a normal day the Easter Egg Hunt wouldn’t be here to entertain the girls.

We carried on up through the woodlands and when we came out, the house was right there. We went to have a look around the back of the house and to wander through the gardens.

As we made our way through the gardens there were lots of lovely daffodils to see. With the weather we’ve been having it was nice to see some signs of spring. As we turned around the corner the girls found a large parasol with a bench underneath it.

Whilst at Basildon Park there isn’t a children’s play area, the girls loved just walking and running through the gardens.

Within the house is a tea room, like you would expect at a National Trust and we headed in for some lunch. It was really busy, but we managed to get a seat and whilst we were in the queue a lady came along with a plate of shortbread for us to nibble on.

The girls had the sandwich boxes, Andy had a panini and I had a cream tea (but with coffee!). It was delicious.

After lunch we had a look in the room next to us, which had lots of Indian dresses being displayed which the girls enjoyed looking at.

We then made our way back down through the woodlands and the girls found some stepping blocks to go on.

We carried on down to the courtyard for the girls to hand in their completed activity sheets and claim their Easter Egg. They were very excited and very happy with their eggs.

There is also a whole woodland area with trails to follow that we ran out of time to go and explore. Save it for another day.

It was a lovely day and as the rest of the Easter Weekend was a wash out, we were lucky to have 1 dry day. Basildon Park was beautiful and I’m sure we will be back again.

Disclosure: I wasn’t asked to write about our trip, I’m sharing because we had a great day out.


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  1. 04/04/2018 / 09:49

    This looks lovely! We’ve actually found ourselves watching that Alan Titchmarsh National Trust programme, how old are we!? I have a few I’d like to visit this year.

  2. 04/04/2018 / 15:38

    Aww it looks lovely, especially the Easter egg hunt! We didn’t manage to get to a NT one this year but they’re always fab. Love those stepping blocks too!

  3. 04/04/2018 / 22:22

    This sounds like a really great day out, I really need to have a look and see what National Trust sites are local to us.

  4. 06/04/2018 / 07:40

    Oh this looks lovely – I especially love the sound of the tea room! I think as the boys get a bit older, becoming members is something we will have to look at.