Winter Walks at Basildon Park | Winter at Basildon Park is a beautiful time of the year, and the perfect place for a refreshing winter walk.
Basildon West Berkshire
The parish encloses two villages situated on either side of the stunning Basildon Park estate. Lower Basildon is in the valley alongside the river Thames and Upper Basildon, is situated to the South West on the other side of the park.
In Lower Basildon you will find St. Bartholomews church, built over 700 years ago, which is cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust. You can also see the old school, which was built in 1858 complete with bell, opposite lower Basildon garage. In Upper Basildon, there is the local primary school, the village hall, St Stephens Church, built in 1964 in the shape of a fish and the Red Lion, the village pub.
There is village hall, with a large car park adjacent to the hall, and an enclosed toddler play area in addition to the recreation ground and tennis courts. Regular activities include a baby and toddler group, yoga, Monkey Music, Mini Professors, ballet and street dance, folk dancing, spanish lessons, amateur dramatics, table tennis and horticultural talks and shows. There is a friendly and family oriented traditional Scout Group that caters for boys and girls from six years old up to adults in the Oxfordshire and Berkshire area. A friendly amateur dramatics group based in Upper Basildon and fun football for kids at the recreation ground every Saturday from 9am. Chatterbox is a new, small group of ladies meeting in the church centre once a month for a cup of tea, and piece of cake and a chat.
There is a drama club for 6-8 year olds focusing on putting the fun into drama. Small groups allow every child, outgoing or shy, to shine and build confidence and dance lessons for children of all ages held weekly at Basildon Village Hall. Classes at Monkey Music are specifically tailored in 4 stages and we have Ding Dong for 3+4 year olds, Jiggety Jig for 2+3 year olds, Heigh Ho from 12 months and Rock ‘n’ Roll for babies from 3 months.
There is also Pilates classes on Monday mornings, a Shooting School, table tennis, tennis countryside society, yoga and Zumba.
Food & Drink
The local pub is the Red Lion.
The local doctors surgery is the boathouse surgery and Chapel Row Surgery.
There is the 42 and 143
There is the Basildon. C of. E primary school.
The Churches are St Peter's and St Bartholomew's.
There is a parish council.
Basildon is a Thames-side Parish in the Royal County of Berkshire, lying between Pangbourne to the south and Streatley to the north and some 8 miles west of Reading. It has a population of 1600 and comprises some 3,500 acres.
Nowadays it is best known for Basildon Park, a National Trust property, built by John Carr of York between 1777-1783 for Sir Francis Sykes, one of the East India nabobs. It has a history, often turbulent, that has been recorded back to Neolithic times. It was settled by the Romans and then became a royal Saxon Manor, suffering from Mercian and Viking attacks. It was sacked by Sweyn of Denmark in 1006 and was then sacked again by the Norman army, when they crossed the Thames at Streatley on their march to take London. The Domesday Book records the extent of the devastation. Read more-
Autumn at Basildon Park | As autumn begins, the Parkland and gardens at Basildon Park transform into a riot of oranges, reds and hues of yellow as the leaves change. With a wide variety of tree species at Basildon Park, there’s much to be seen, and enjoyed, during a walk this autumn.
“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I announce the closure of the Red Lion Pub. The loss of the Beehive Pub eight years ago, and the fact that the Red Lion was failing prompted me to save the last pub in the village"