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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.
It's worth considering car rental - Basildon offers plenty of opportunity to hit the road and embark on an adventure. Here are some ideas for where you can explore...
Two miles east of Basildon will bring you to Wat Tyler Country Park where you can take time out and enjoy a little rest and relaxation. With 125 acres of parkland, there is plenty of opportunity for a hike, while a diverse range of wildlife offers plenty for nature lovers to see. The RSPB also has a visitor centre on site that you can visit.
A mere 20-minute drive would allow you to enjoy a day at the seaside. Southend-on-Sea offers seven miles of sandy stretches, rides and attractions at Adventure Island, a traditional pleasure pier and Sea Life Adventure Aquarium.
Or why not take advantage of Basildon's close proximity to London and enjoy a day touring the sights, indulging in a spot of shopping or taking in a show in the West End? The capital is also jam-packed full of events throughout the year and is sure to have something to suit every taste.