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Easter at Basildon Park National Trust

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Last weekend we visited Basildon Park on the first day of their Easter event. The vast majority of National Trust sites have an Easter event on and they are always really popular – we went to Easter at Mottisfont a few years ago.

Easter at Basildon Park National Trust

Easter at Basildon Park

This year Basildon Park’s Easter event is based around the rich movie history that Basildon Park has. It celebrates all the movies that have been filmed at Basildon Park over the years.

Easter at Basildon Park National Trust
Easter at Basildon Park National Trust

Basildon Park have set up ten different activity stations for children to work through as their Easter trail. They aren’t very Easter-y but they are really fun and something different to the classic Easter trails you see everywhere at this time of year.

Easter at Basildon Park National Trust
Easter at Basildon Park National Trust

There are stations to make up Easter themed movie names, a game of Guess Who and coloured panels to see how colours can change the feel of a movie or scene.

Easter at Basildon Park National Trust
Easter at Basildon Park National Trust

There were also wheelbarrows to race around collecting movie props, a bean bag throwing challenge and places to act out movies – before walking along the walk of fame to the end of the trail.

Easter at Basildon Park National Trust
Easter at Basildon Park National Trust
Easter at Basildon Park National Trust

The Easter trail at Basildon Park costs £3 per trail and as well as the trail sheet you also receive a pair of cardboard bunny ears to wear and a chocolate egg – that you can pick up either at the start or end of the trail. Plus, there are chocolate eggs available to suit all dietary requirements.

Easter at Basildon Park National Trust
Easter at Basildon Park National Trust

During our trip to Basildon Park we cracked out new coats for the spring. Dave has a lovely new raincoat which is perfect for the unpredictable spring weather. And I have a new longline gilet, hoodie and bobble hat which keep me toasty warm even when the weather isn’t the best!

Easter at Basildon Park National Trust
Easter at Basildon Park National Trust

Visiting Basildon Park

When you visit Basildon Park to do the Easter trail, you also have the rest of Basildon Park to enjoy. The visitor centre is situated right next to the car park and as soon as you walk through you’re met by the National Trust shop – which also includes a second hand book shop.

From there we walked to the Basildon Park house which is so beautiful – but was closed when we visited so we couldn’t explore inside. It’s such an iconic house – and also houses the Basildon Park cafe downstairs.

Easter at Basildon Park National Trust

Around the house are formal gardens and great views over parkland, plus Basildon Park is surrounded by so much land you can adventure through and explore. It’s easy to spend a whole day there if you want to.

Easter at Basildon Park National Trust
Easter at Basildon Park National Trust

There’s also a little play trail in the forest which is lovely and sheltered from the elements, and would be lovely and shady in the summer too.

We had such a nice time at Basildon Park and really enjoyed the Easter trail. It’s such a nice way to spend time together as a family and the children really enjoyed it.

You can find out more about Basildon Park over on their website and for reference the Basildon Park address is: It’s also right next to Beale Park if you want to extend your trip and visit both attractions on one day or over the course of a weekend.

Easter at Basildon Park National Trust

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