• Lights & Liminality: Christmas at Basildon Park
  • Winter Candlelight Mansion Tours
  • Winter Wreath Making Workshop
  • Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail at Basildon Park 4 Dec - 3 Jan
  • Winter Walks
  • Tea Room

As the world has changed around us over the last year, we have been suspended in a liminal space. This season at Basildon Park we celebrate the opportunity to let our senses lead us through this transition. We invite you to discover new ways to explore light and space as we usher nature indoors and enjoy the sensory delights of Winter.

This year the house will be transformed into a winter wonderland, with a forest of pine trees adorning the Staircase Hall and the Dining Room transformed into an indoor terrarium. As you step inside you’ll be transported into a liminal space, where nature fills the interior of the main showrooms. With the sounds of woodland animals, the feel of trees brushing past you and the smell of dried oranges and cinnamon, 'Lights & Liminality' will be a delight for the senses.

Join us in an exclusive evening candlelight tour of the Mansion this winter. You'll be ushered in by a conservation expert and led into the grand halls where our decorating team have brought the outdoors in.

Bask in the cosy glow as you are led through centuries of history at Basildon Park.

Led by florist Jane, with all materials included, you will spend 2 1/2 hours crafting a festive wreath of dried flowers. Learn how to arrange, secure, and finish your wreath in time to have it hung for Christmas morning.

Join in the fun with Percy and his animal friends and give nature a helping hand on this trail. The trail will take place between 4 Dec - 3 Jan (property closed on 24 & 25 Dec), so come along and explore the beautiful parkland of Basildon Park.

Winter at Basildon Park is a beautiful time of the year, and the perfect place for a refreshing winter walk. The winter trees open up new views of the garden and house, and you can see long vistas of natural beauty. Put on your wellies and coat and get ready to let off some steam!

Parkland walks

The 400 acres of parkland offers routes to suit everyone, with four way-marked walks to choose from. From half a mile to 3 miles, our routes can take you around the estate through the woodland and frosty fields, with fantastic views of the mansion through the bare trees. Look out for wildlife and see if you can spot the first snowdrops of the season in January.

Our most popular route is the green walk, with spectacular views of the estate, and a stroll back through open parkland.  If you’re feeling more energetic, the orange route will take you on a 3 mile loop around the boundary of the estate, past the oldest trees at Basildon.

Please ask our friendly team at visitor reception to help you find the routes.

Main Tea room

The tearoom is on the ground floor of the mansion and is open everyday from 10am - 4.30pm. The tearoom serves hot food such as sausage rolls, jacket potatoes and soups, as well as sandwiches, cakes and drinks.

Toolshed Kiosk

Our Toolshed kiosk is open in the stableyard on weekends and serves drinks and light refreshments for you to enjoy out in the estate.

At Basildon Park we've got plenty of spaces for you to enjoy a picnic around the parkland, with beautiful views of the Thames valley.

Where to picnic

​The front lawn is an ideal, spacious place to lounge on with the whole family or for those slighter rainier days, there are some covered picnic huts near the Stableyard courtyard. The friendly team at Visitor Reception can help point you in the right direction.

If you're feeling in the mood for more of an adventurous spot for your picnic, find a secluded space along one of the four way-marked walks at Basildon Park. There are a number of benches dotted around, or bring a picnic rug with you to enjoy your alfresco lunch.

Pick up some extras for your picnic

Don't panic if you turn up and find you've forgotten some key items from your picnic, the shop and tea-room at Basildon Park are well stocked with picnic essentials. 

Head to the shop if you need an extra rug, or fancy a new basket to carry your picnic in. The shop also has many treats to add to your picnic; if you fancy picking up some bits when you arrive you'll find the shop in the Stableyard just opposite the visitor welcome centre.