Top picnic spots

A family stops for a picnic by the lake

With over 800 acres of parkland here at Kedleston there are plenty of great picnic places. Whether you’ve been on a big adventure into the parkland's wilderness or for a potter around the Pleasure Grounds everyone loves a good picnic!

Down by the lake

Down by the lake is a favourite when it comes to picnics, especially for those who enjoy bird watching. The banks are a prime spot for wildlife, just make sure that you’re careful not to disturb any of the nesting birds that call Kedleston home.

The park and pleasure grounds at Kedleston are being restored to reflect its 18th-century origins
The fishing pavilion by the lake at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire

Into the wilderness

For those who don’t mind walking a little further the 'wilderness' on the far side of the lake is a haven of calm. Intentionally left more rough and ready with fallen deadwood and long grass to keep a more natural environment and habitats for our wildlife.  Roll out your blanket beneath one of Derbyshire's most ancient trees and relax in the peace and quiet on the path less trodden.

Find some of Derbyshire oldest trees
one of kedlestons veteran oak trees

Woodland wonders

Depending on what time of year you visit Kedleston’s woodland there's always something new. From the springtime bluebells, delicate yellow primroses and wild orchids to the sea of golden leaves come Autumn it's one of our favorite places. The natural play area hidden in the woods is a great place to stop for those with little adventurers to!

Let imaginations run wild in the natural woodland play area
playing in the woods

Forgotten your sarnies?

Not to worry! Although Kedleston’s main restaurant only serves plated food we do have a kiosk next to visitor reception to cater for you picnicking requirements. The kiosk is weekends and weekdays during school holidays right up until November selling hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks. There's also some handy picnic benches here as well.

A perfect place for a picnic
a family enjoy a picnic