In 2015 Basildon was crowned ‘Best Commuter Town’ by property advisors CBRE and with good reason. It’s one of Essex’s most dynamic towns offering a fantastic range of attractions and amenities.
Make the most of 60-acre Northlands Park, with its rose gardens, fishing lakes and skateboard park, or try Gloucester Park, home to Basildon Sporting Village, an all-weather stadium complete with netball and tennis courts, bowling green and AstroTurf pitch.
Meanwhile less than 5 miles away is Noak Bridge Nature Reserve providing a welcome habitat for wildlife and Barleylands Craft Village and Farm Park, one of south east England's most popular educational farm experiences. The park hosts an array of shows from classic cars to country fayres permanent fun family attractions from farmyard animals and birds of prey, to indoor playbarns, vintage tractors and steam engines. There's a great range of craft stalls and a farmer's market is held here twice a month.
Basildon Railway Station is only a 15 minute bus ride from Beechwood, with a direct service to London Fenchurch Street in just 31 minutes.
The region's newest airport, London Southend Airport, is only a 20-minute drive. It's your gateway to dozens of enticing European destinations, including Barcelona, Milan, Amsterdam, Faro, Prague and Paris.
For days out a little closer to home, try the likes of Southend on Sea, only 19 minutes away by train or a 30-minute drive, or the charming fishing town of Leigh-on-Sea, a 10-minute rail journey, or a 20-minute drive.
There are two major routes into London for drivers, the A127 and A13. Both roads give you easy access to the M25.
It's comfortably one of Essex's most dynamic towns offering a fantastic range of attractions and amenities. Basildon Market is open four days a week, with over 60 stalls supplying the best fresh produce in town.
The town centre's Eastgate Shopping Centre provides all the high street names you need, along with plenty of independent outlets, while the Festival Leisure Park offers a wide array of entertainment, thanks to its multi-screen cinema, bowling, soft play area, restaurants and bars.
Basildon may be well established as one of Britain's 'new towns', but that doesn't mean it rests on its laurels. The town as we know it today was developed in the late 1940s to meet the post-war need for affordable homes and communities and today Basildon continues to flourish in the same spirit.
Basildon's been gradually developed and enhanced over the decades, but the town is set for a host of exciting plans in the near future, as it undergoes one of Britain's most ambitious regeneration projects. Over the next 20 years, Basildon will receive 2,000 new homes, a new college, a new cinema, new shops, offices and public squares, all of which will further invigorate the town.
Industry, businesses and Investors are ploughing millions of pounds into Basildon regeneration projects, which are certain to create unprecedented opportunities for residents.