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Breaks in Basildon have something for everyone, whether you fancy delving into the town's heritage, climbing onto a wakeboard or simply relaxing. And given its close proximity to London, hiring a car in Basildon will give you easy access to the capital and surrounding areas.

Basildon has plenty up its sleeve to tempt visitors, and with car rental you'll be able to explore its exciting surrounding areas too. Here's why you should go...


If you choose to rent a car in Basildon, you can easily pick your vehicle up from one of several downtown locations.

On arrival in Basildon, make your way to the town centre where you can get a feel for the town's history. Embark on the heritage trail which will allow you to view a number of 20th century sculptures such as the Mother and Child Fountain, the Armillary Sundial and the Pussiewillow III sculpture. 

The area boasts a number of great attractions for kids, and children will be in their element in Partyman World of Play. Here they can let off steam on enormous play structures, incredible slides and even an artificial volcano! If you have little ones, there is a specially designed toddler area for guests under three years old. Alternatively, Barleylands Farm Park is another popular attraction where little ones can meet farmyard friends, enjoy a tractor ride and have fun in the indoor play area. 

For those seeking something a bit different and to get the adrenalin pumping, Festival Wakeboard Park caters both for beginners and for those with a little more experience. The trainers will teach you all you need to know about this exhilarating sport, from initially getting up on the board to your first airborne tricks!

At the other end of the scale, if you are looking for relaxation, you could head to Noak Bridge Nature Reserve. Here there are a variety of ponds, woodland and large grassy areas to explore, and butterflies, dragonflies and even grass snakes thrive here.

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