Enjoy the sunshine at Ickworth Estate

Ickworth's walled garden in summer

What better way to enjoy a warm summer's day than a lovely trip to Ickworth. Here are some top tips to make the most of the weather while staying cool and refreshed!

Family enjoying a summer picnic

Perfect picnic spots

Ickworth has plenty of spots to enjoy a picnic, head down to the walled garden or on the grass with beautiful views across the lake. Our other favourite spots include the North Lawn with beautiful blooms in the north border or a take cover in the temple amongst the trees in the Italianate Garden or the dappled shade of the Stumpery.

Our top picnic spots

  • The North Lawn. The wide expanse of flat lawn and lush meadows in front of the Rotunda are perfect for that summer lunchtime picnic. Admire the North Lawn border with all its seasonal colour complete with the backdrop of the iconic Ickworth Rotunda.
  • The Adventure Play Area. Located just off the car park, there are picnic benches for you to use whilst the kids let off some steam.
  • The Walled Garden. This large enclosed area is found just past the church. Sheltered from the wind, the Earl's Summerhouse (currently closed for renovation) can be found here and has lovely views across the lake and to the parkland beyond. Sorry, no dogs allowed.
  • The Italianate Garden. Found around the back of the house, these beautiful gardens and lawns have plenty of hidden spots for a picnic. 
  • Walnut Paddock. Sited to the side of the house, not far from Porter's Lodge, there are plenty of trees to find a shady spot to sit under on a hot day.
  • Chevington Field Plantation and Monument Meadow. These two spots are found on the Monument Trail and require a walk or a cycle to get to as they are over on the otherside of the estate. Both provide stunning views over the parkland and of the Rotunda nestled amongst the trees in the distance. You can hire a bike from us  and cycle through ancient trees and meadows to these spots.
A boy enjoys ice cream

Stay Refreshed!

You cannot go without ice cream on a hot summers day! We have tubs of ice cream and ice lollies in our shop and West Wing Café and locally made scooping Gelato available at Porter’s Lodge café. Along with plenty of cold drinks on hand to keep you cool. We also have special dog ice cream for your four-legged friend. These can be found at the Porter's Lodge.

Servants in the basement at Ickworth, Suffolk

Cool off in the house

The servant’s quarters is the perfect place to explore to get out of the sun; take a break below stairs and imagine life as it was in the 1930’s. Head upstairs and feel the benefit of the magnificent high ceilings in the rotunda and keep cool while you discover the treasures held within.

Dont forget to stay safe in the sunshine throughout your day. Stay hydrated with plenty of drinks throughout the day, small amounts and often is best. Remember to pack your suncream and a hat to protect yourselves from the sun.