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Things to do in Basildon

Sizeable 'new town' with plenty to do

Are you looking for things to do in Basildon? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the town.

Known for...   Basildon House


Did you know...

  • Electronic music band Depeche Mode formed in Basildon in 1980.
  • Television personality Denise Van Outen was born and raised in Basildon.
  • Despite being designated a 'new town' in 1948, Basildon was first mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book!



 

  Attractions

Wat Tyler Country Park

120 acres of parkland, craft shops, historic buildings, marina, miniature railway and play area.
Pitsea Hall Lane
Basildon
SS16 4UH

01268550088

 

The Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker

The secret home of central government and military commanders in the event of a nuclear attack during the Cold War.
Crown Buildings Kelvedon Hall Lane
Brentwood
Essex
CM14 5TL

 

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

Hopefield cares for a variety of animals including horses, donkeys, goats,sheep, pigs, chickens, geese, ducks, cats & more.
Sawyers Hall Lane
Brentwood
Essex
CM15 9BY

01277201110

Recommended by Pam Barnes, Chigwell

 

Tropical Wings Zoo

Tropical Wings Zoo is proud to be one of the best interactive zoo attractions in Essex. There’s fun for all the family.
Wickford Road
South Woodham Ferrers
Essex
CM3 5QZ

01245425394

Recommended by Julie Bell, Essex
“Lovely day out, staff were really friendly and had fun with the children”

 

Barleylands Farm Park

Barleylands is the perfect all weather, best large attraction in Essex.
Barleylands Road
Billericay
CM11 2UD

01268532253

Recommended by Hannah Bewley, Norwich

 

Off Road Action Park

Affordable high adrenaline outdoor activities for all ages (6 ) and abilities. Professionally trained and qualified staff.
Bonville Farm, Arterial Road
Wickford
Essex
SS12 9JQ

08446830675

 
 

  Museums

The Cater Museum FREE

The Cater Museum houses many artifacts of Billericay and contains a lot of local information.
74 High Street
Billericay
Essex
CM12 9BS

01277622023

 
 

  Parks

Gloucester Park FREE

Gloucester Park in Basildon town centre has a swimming pool and all weather sports stadium.
Cranes Farm Road
Basildon
Essex
SS14 3DE

Recommended by Terrie Farley, Basildon

 

Fobbing Marsh Nature Reserve FREE

This 187 acre site is one of the few remaining Thameside grazing marshes, part of which was dammed.
Down Marsh Lane
Fobbing
Essex
SS17 9HZ

 

Langdon Visitor Centre FREE

Set in a stunning nature reserve of 461 acres which comprises woodland, meadows, lakes and former plotland gardens.
Lower Dunton Road
Basildon
Essex
SS16 6EB

01268419103

 

Shotgate Thickets Nature Reserve FREE

This 8 acre reserve is remnant oak woodland situated on the north bank of the tidal River Crouch.
Battlesbridge
Essex
SS11 8NT

 

Woodham Fen Nature Reserve FREE

This 20 acre reserve lies between and near the tidal limits of two small creeks running south into the River Crouch.
South Woodham Ferrers
Essex
SS11 7QX

 

Thorndon Countryside Centre FREE

There are some fantastic walks through ancient woodland and historic deer parks which lie close alongside recently planted woods.
Thorndon Park North, The Avenue
Brentwood
Essex
CM13 3RZ

 

Saltcoats Park And Compass Gardens FREE

The parks offer a range of outdoor facilities, large green space, grass sports pitches, skateboard park, Outdoor Gym, play areas.
Ferrers Road
South Woodham Ferrers
CM3 5WE

 

Horndon Meadow Nature Reserve FREE

The highlight on this 2 acre nature reserve is a fine display of several hundred spikes of Green-winged Orchids in early May.
Horndon village
Horndon-on-the-Hill
Essex
SS17 8QB

 

Lake Meadows Park FREE

Large park with plenty of sports and recreational facilities.
Radford Way
Billericay
Essex
CM12 0AQ

 

Wickford Memorial Park FREE

80 Acres of Parkland Cricket Pitch Football Pitch Six-rink Bowling Green Tennis Court (Hard Surface) Basketball Court Novelty Golf.
Rettendon View
Wickford
Essex
SS11 8HU

 

Northlands Park FREE

60 acres of parkland Fishing Lakes Multi Sport Ball Court Rose gardens Children's playground Skateboard Park.
Felmores Road
Basildon
Essex
SS13 1SD

 

Thorndon Country Park

Beautiful country park with great walks, stunning views, idylic picnic spots and much more.
The Avenue
Brentwood
CM13 3RZ

08456037624

Recommended by Carly Carpenter, Brentwood
“'Its like stepping into an Enid Blighton book from my childhood'”

 

Hanningfield Reservoir FREE

Providing panoramic views over the 870 acre reservoir. The visitor centre is set in mature woodland.
Hawkswood Road, Downham
Billericay
Essex
CM11 1WT

 
 

  Bowling

Basildon Bowl

20 lane tenpin bowling centre.
3-4 High Pavement
Town Square
SS14 1EA

 

Hollywood Bowl

Ten pin bowling alley.
Festival Way
Basildon
SS14 3WB

01268531122

 
 

  Cinema

Empire Basildon

Multi-screen cinema.
Festival Leisure Park
Basildon
SS14 3WB

08714714714

 
 

  Theatre

Townsgate Theatre

Basildon's most popular theatre.
St Martin's Square
Basildon
SS14 1DL

01268465465

 
 

  Golf

Basildon Golf Club

Basildon Golf Course first opened in 1967, it is now a mature 18 hole, par 71 course covering 164 acres of attractive undulating countryside.
Clay Hill Lane
Basildon
Essex
SS16 5HL

 

Boyce Hill Golf Club

Golf Club.
Vicarage Hill
South Benfleet
Essex
SS7 1PD

 

Castle Point Golf Club

Golf Club.
Somnes Avenue
Canvey Island
Essex
SS8 9FG

 

Thorndon Park Golf Club

Golf Club.
Ingrave
Brentwood
Essex
CM13 3RH

 

Warley Park Golf Club

Golf Club.
Magpie Lane
Little Warley
Brentwood
Essex
CM13 3DX

 

Stock Brook Manor Golf & Country Club

Golf Club.
Queens Park Avenue
Stock
Billericay
Essex
CM12 0SP

 
 

  Leisure centres

Fitness First

Friendly gym and fitness centre.
Festival Leisure Park
Cranes Farm Road
SS14 3TJ

01268533370

 

David Lloyd

Gym, tennis, health and fitness club.
Pipps Hill Road
Festival Leisure Park
SS14 3DG

01268662100

 

Basildon Sporting Village

50m swimming pool, indoor and outdoor sports, climbing wall and much more.
Cranes Farm Road
Basildon
SS14 3GR

01268722450

 

Euro Fitness

Fitness, health and fighting studio.
Phoenix House
Christopher Martin Road
SS14 3EZ

01268284453‎

 
 

  Water sports

Swimming At Snow Dome

Indoor 25m swimming pool and flumes, suitable for all ages.
Leisure Island
River Drive
B79 7NO

 
 

  Karting

Brentwood Karting

One of the largest and fastest circuits in the South.
Warley Gap
Brentwood
CM13 3DP

01277260001

Recommended by John Rigby, Watford

 
 

  Sport

Brentwood Leisure Park Ski & Snowboard Centre

The Leading Outdoor Ski & Snowboard Centre in the South East of England.
Warley Gap
Brentwood
Essex
CM13 3DP

 

Brentwood Ski And Snowboard Centre

Popular ski and snowboard centre.
Brentwood Park
Warley Gap
CM13 3DP

Recommended by Malcolm Hawkey, Brentwood

 

Tamworth Snowdome

Innovative indoor ski and snowboard centre.
Leisure Island
River Drive
B79 7NO

Recommended by Clare Edwards, Tamworth

 

Ice Skating At Snow Dome

Indoor ice skating rink that caters for all ages.
Leisure Island
River Drive
B79 7NO

Recommended by Chris Umpleby, Tamworth

 
 

  Riding

St Margaret's Riding School

Horse riding lessons.
Botney Hill
Little Burstead
CM12 9SJ

01277632438‎

 

Running Well Equestrian Centre

Horse riding lessons available.
Runningwell Stud
Warren Road
CM3 8DG

01268711221

 
 

  Climbing

High Sports Basildon

One of the finest climbing walls in Essex.
Basildon Sporting Village
Gloucester Park North
Basildon
SS14 3GR

08453631177

 
 

  Laser

Basildon Quasar

Futuristic laser tag game experience.
3-4 High Pavement
Town Square
SS14 1EA

 

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