Picnic in shady spots across the Surrey Hills this summer

Up your game from munching ham sandwiches and drinking a flask of tea. Now's the time to fully embrace the joys of eating al fresco. From sumptuous feasts to shared platters, picnics are a marvelous way of enjoying the summer with family and friends.

Teddy Bear's Picnic

Enjoy eating al fresco at Limpsfield Common

It's easy to find your special place at Limpsfield Common which has such a wide variety of landscapes. For family fun lay the table cloth in Ridley Grove where kids can play hide and seek, and explore the homes of woodland characters. For a quieter, more traditional situation, head to the cricket pitch. Shake out the rug, open up the hamper, and sit back to watch the "flannelled fools". Enjoy!

family looking out at viewpoint at Box Hill

Picnic with a view at Box Hill

The donkey green at Box Hill offers families the perfect spot to come together, play, eat and take a post picnic nap under the trees. Box Hill offers stunning views across the surrounding countryside and you can always top up your hampers with some delicious treats from the Box Hill café.

Family enjoying a picnic

Denbies Hillside

With its south-facing slopes and glorious views, Denbies Hillside is a perfect picnic spot for friends and family. Use the picnic tables at the top of Steers Field or shake out the rug, unpack the hamper, pour out the drinks and enjoy the views. Plenty of space for a game of frisbee or cricket afterwards.

Devil's Punch Bowl kiosk

Hindhead Commons and the Devil's Punch Bowl

The new grab and go kiosk is perfect for making up a picnic. Top up your hamper with sandwiches, ice cream or cake and find your favorite spot amongst the heathland.

Couple enjoying a picnic at the water's side

Summer evenings at Frensham Little Pond 

With its café, pond and extensive heathland, Frensham Little Pond is a lovely quiet place to explore in the summer. To avoid the weekend busyness, come on a warm summer's evening, pick your vantage point, open the hamper and watch the sunset reflecting in the lake.

Picnicing at Leith Hill, Surrey

Picnic on Leith Hill

Picnicking around Leith Hill Tower has been a popular pursuit since the 19th century. Victorian day-trippers eating al fresco on the gentle slopes of the Hill was a very common sight.

Family enjoying a summer picnic

Picnic amongst the wild flowers and butterflies

Situated on the North Downs this a great place for a family picnic with sweeping views across the Weald, plenty of space to play games or fly a kite.