Tucked away along the estuaries of the River Thames, Basildon showcases the natural beauty of the Essex countryside while celebrating its rich English heritage. The charming town is teeming with opportunities to experience Britain’s great outdoors and meet native wildlife.
Things to do in Basildon
Encounter Earth’s most fascinating feathered friends at the Imperial Bird of Prey Academy, which offers hands-on-experiences with owls, hawks and falcons. Venture into the Essex countryside to photograph these majestic creatures in action and discover the art of falconry through live demonstrations.
Stroll through Wat Tyler Country Park, which boasts over 50 hectares of trails and a traditional village green with thatched cottages and a cafe. Ride on the miniature railway and uncover its fascinating history along the WWII Trail and contemporary art on the Sculpture Trail.
Treat the kids to a day of discovery at Barleylands Farm Park, home to cute farmyard animals. You can bottle feed a lamb, cheer on your favorite goat in the Hilly Billy Goat Races and try milking Charlotte the cow. There are even bumpy tractor rides, a giant jumping pillow and a reptile park with giant pythons.
Have you ever wanted to try rock climbing? Take on the 10-meter-high rock climbing wall or brave your first bouldering ascent at High Sports Basildon. Boasting over 50 different climbing routes, Basildon’s world-class rock climbing center has challenges to suit all skill levels.
Getting around Basildon
Basildon is a 30-minute train ride from London on the Shoeburyness Line and London Southend Airport is a 45-minute shuttle bus away. The town is serviced by A127 and A13, which provide access to the M25 motorway. Basildon is easily explored on foot and by bus.