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.

Man lying on a rug with a picnic

Perfect picnic spots in the East of England 

There are some lovely places to eat outdoors in this region. Our favourite spots include Wimpole's Folly in Cambridgeshire and the riverside setting of Flatford in Suffolk.

Enjoy a picnic at Clumber Park

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.

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.

Picnic lunch with salad, fruit and cakes at The Argory

Perfect picnic spots in Northern Ireland 

Northern Ireland offers you some great spots to unroll the picnic rug. Bring along a hamper to the beautiful parkland of Florence Court, the green countryside of The Argory or the dramatic rugged coast at Carrick-a-Rede.

One of our favourite picnic spots in Wales
A family enjoying a picnic

Plas Newydd, Anglesey 

For stately surroundings, it's hard to beat Plas Newydd. The backdrop of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia’s mountains are unrivalled too. Stroll through the ornate terrace gardens and wander along the shaded woodland trails to find a perfect spot for a picnic. Afterwards you can walk up the steps to discover what the treehouse has to offer.

Two great spots for a picnic in the North East
Friends picnic on the abbey west green

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, North Yorkshire 

What better way to enjoy a warm summer’s stroll than by stopping off with your picnic on the west green of Fountains Abbey? With the 800 year old ruins as you backdrop, it's the perfect place to relax, lay down the blanket and enjoy a family lunch stop off.

A unique venue for your event at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Tyne and Wear

With spectacular coastal views and wildlife to spot, plenty of fresh air and miles of open grassland, The Leas is an ideal spot to sit, eat and contemplate. There are 2.5 miles of coastline to choose from or you can find a picnic bench at Souter Lighthouse.