Activities for Adults

Wayfaring Art Installation at Basildon Park Celebrating the Icknield Way

The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has released a video that explores the ancient routes of the Icknield Way.  ‘Wayfaring’, inspired by this route, and is an outdoor art installation and performance being held at Basildon Park, a National Trust Property near Reading, from 18 to 21 July.

Click here to see the video.

Claimed at the oldest road in Britain, The Icknield Way is a chain of braided tracks running along a chalk spine, from the  cliffs of Dorset to the Norfolk Coast.  Their origins have been lost in time, however pre-historic landmarks across the landscape is how it can be traced today.  Basildon Park, is where the North Wessex Downs meet the Chiltern Hills and sits on the edge of the route.

The video maps the approximate route of the Icknield Way within the North Wessex Downs, and features a birds eye perspective via aerial footage of some of the fascinating prehistoric landmarks and chalk landscape along it; including; Avebury World Heritage Site (c. 2850BC) in Wiltshire, Uffington White Horse (c. 1750BC) in Oxfordshire and Seven Barrows in Berkshire, dating back to c. 4000BC.

‘Wayfaring’, is created by artists Mandy Dike and Ben Rigby, who work together as And Now: and co-commissioned by the Corn Exchange in Newbury with support from the Arts Council.

Access to Basildon Park and the art installation is free, and visitors can contribute to the artwork between 18 and 20 July.  On the evening of Saturday 21 July from 7pm, live music and performance will transform the installation in a rousing celebration.  The audience will play an active part in Wayfaring – walking, looking, listening, maybe even singing.  This is also free to attend but tickets need to be reserved in advance.

Wayfaring Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, RG8 9NR
• Wednesday 18 July from 10am – 5pm FREE
• Thursday 19 July from 10am – 8pm FREE
• Friday 20 July from 10am – 5pm FREE
• Saturday 21 July from 7pm – 10.30pm. Main event from 8.30pm FREE but ticketed.

National Trust members should bring their membership cards so they can be scanned at Visitor Reception.

Book via Corn Exchange, Newbury: 0845 521 8218 or

For more information on the North Wessex Downs AONB, please click here.


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