Perfect picnic spots

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than packing a picnic and catching up with friends and family. With miles of coastline and acres of countryside, we have some of the best places in the country for eating outside. Here are some of our perfect picnic spots.

Visitors enjoying a picnic by the lake at Sheffield Park

Perfect picnic spots in the South East 

Live the life of leisure with your picnic by one of the lakes at Sheffield Park and Gardens in East Sussex, or explore the gardens and riverside at Mottisfont in Hampshire.

 Family having a picnic on the beach at Studland Family having a picnic on the beach at Studland/ National Trust Images/David Levenson

Perfect picnic spots in the South West 

Top spots in our view are the endless sands of Studland Beach, Dorset or the woodlands and orchards of Lydford Gorge in Devon. Pack your picnic and find out for yourselves.

A group of friends enjoying a picnic

Perfect picnic spots in the East of England 

There are some lovely places to eat outdoors in this region. Our favourites are the parklands on the Blickling Estate in Norfolk, and the fine Constable country surroundings of Flatford in Suffolk.

Visitors sitting on the grass enjoying a picnic on a summer's day

Perfect picnic spots in The Midlands 

We love eating in the landscaped parklands of Croome in Worcestershire, or by the lake at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire. Get your hamper together and choose one of these spots.

Family playing giant draughts at Souter Lighthouse

Perfect picnic spots in the North East 

We think you'll love a picnic by the sea on the Leas at Souter Lighthouse in Tyne and Wear. Enjoy getting friends and family together with a hamper in dramatic surroundings.

Visitors at Fell Foot Park

Perfect picnic spots in the North West  

There are fabulous places on the banks of lake Windermere and the famous long sandy beaches around Formby, near Liverpool to take your family or friends for a fun picnic and more.

Family having a picnic in the grounds of Fountains Abbey

Perfect picnic spots in Yorkshire 

Make the most of warm summer days at one of our most famous places, Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire. We recommend the Studley Royal Deer Park very highly.

A family enjoying a picnic

Perfect picnic spots in Wales 

Wales is picnic heaven but the two most spectacular spots are the limestone cliffs and beaches at Barafundle, Pembrokeshire and the dramatic mountain views of the elegant Plas Newydd in Anglesey.

Picnic lunch with salad, fruit and cakes at The Argory

Perfect picnic spots in Northern Ireland 

Northern Ireland offers you two gems for your picnics (amongst many others): the beautiful parkland of Florence Court, County Fermanagh and the green countryside of The Argory in County Armagh.