Some of our places we care for in the South East of England will be opening with guided tours, so you’ll need to pre-book before your visit. These tours will be led by expert volunteers and will show the places in a new light. You may also need to book in advance at some other larger places, where visitor numbers need to be carefully managed for practical reasons.
Sink into a deckchair, and recline as you dine in the historic gardens. Once you've had your fill, there's formal gardens and the wider estate to explore. Bring along your favourite snacks, or pop into the Mote Café for takeaway treats.
Self-respecting picnickers head straight for the veg plot for the best view in the house. Benches overlook a panorama of Kentish countryside, with rolling hills and fields to boot. There's blankets to borrow and big games for a post-picnic play-off.
A sunny spot on the grassy meadow leading down to the lake is a perfect place to picnic. Sandwiched between views over the Kent Weald and the majestic home of Sir Winston Churchill, it's a feast for all the senses. The Landemare café has snacks and rolls for those keen to grab and go.
Peruse a five star menu of picnicking spots. Enjoy first course on a pew by the Old Stables café, then move on for dessert in the meadow overlooking Ide Hill. Bring a blanket and digest among the wildflowers under a carefree blue sky. Four-legged friends on leads are welcome.
With views across the Kentish Weald, Toys Hill is a great place to picnic. You could even sit on Octavia Hill's seat and imagine what drew her to love this landscape while you munch on your sandwiches.
The 780 estate is just made for picnics, scenic walks and mini-adventures. Country paths lead to breathtaking views of the fairy tale ruin. Venture further still to seek out a shady spot in the ancient woodland. With cows gently grazing and birds overhead, it's a slice of picnic paradise.
Dogs are welcome in lots of the countryside we look after in Kent and East Sussex. From the picturesque Scotney estate to sheltered woodland at Chartwell there's somewhere to discover with your four-legged friend.